Mizzou's first commit Steward still solid

KANSAS CITY – Missouri’s first commit of the 2012 class, three-star running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo./Staley), is aware that some of the recruits nationwide are viewing Missouri differently since the school’s announcement to move from the Big 12 to the SEC. The move has had both positive and negative feedback from recruits.

For Steward, playing in the SEC doesn’t bother him, and he is still a solid Missouri commit. In fact, Steward said playing in the SEC offers the Tigers a chance to show that it can be equally competitive as the other teams in the conference.

“The SEC and all the stuff going on doesn’t really change anything,” said Steward, who committed on March 2. “Mizzou is a great program, and wherever they go, they’re going to compete well. They’re always going to be great.

“I just hope that everyone stays committed. Mizzou’s going to be doing great things, and I want them all to be a part of it with me.”

Missouri currently has 14 commits, including four four-star and nine three-star players. Steward, a speedy, 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back, is hoping Missouri adds top players to the class rather than lose the commits they currently have.The Tigers watched four-star running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas) decommit last week, and at least two other recruits are wavering with their decisions. Steward will bring tremendous speed and solid strength to the Missouri program. He runs a legitimate 4.4-second 40-yard dash, and he bench presses 330 pounds and squats 540.