The Missouri Tigers are one more commitment stronger from the Show-Me State -- and they got the player many consider the biggest of the remaining uncommitted in the state.
Four-star linebacker Eric Beisel (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit) verbally committed to Missouri before the start of his high school's annual alumni game. A 6-foot-4, 235-pound inside backer and the No. 4 player in the state, Beisel chose the Tigers over Arkansas, Nebraska and Illinois, with Missouri and Arkansas making his final two.
Beisel’s announcement gave Missouri its 14th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class and its first in nearly two months. More importantly, Beisel became the 10th in-state player to commit to the SEC’s newest program.
“I definitely feel the most comfortable with the coaching staff as a whole,” Beisel said of Missouri. “They know how to get kids to the NFL. Missouri was one of the first schools to offer, and that played into it, too.”
Recruited by defensive coordinator Dave Steckel and cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, Beisel said he’s built a strong relationship with the Missouri coaching staff the last two years. Beisel, however, said that the recruiting process recently has gone more through his fellow classmates who already have given the Tigers their verbal.
One of those players is Nick Ramirez (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West). A fellow linebacker and the No. 6 player in Missouri, Ramirez said recruiting Beisel was his No. 1 priority after he gave his pledge on April 14.
“We’re going to have a dream linebacker crew,” Ramirez said. “I know he’s going to do great things as a teammate, and we’ll push each other to excellence.”
Ramirez then joked: “I’d like to take some credit because I really was his main recruiter.”
Beisel has developed a friendship with many of the Missouri pledges by way of camps, combines and regular-season competition. He said choosing Missouri would mean an easy transition in establishing relationships with players.
What Missouri will get is a player who has a nose for the football. Beisel recorded 110 tackles as a junior and recorded triple-digit tackles as a sophomore, as well. Beisel is a two-time all-state linebacker who participated on Team USA’s Under-19 IFAF World Championships football team in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.
Beisel said his decision was tough for multiple reasons. Nebraska was the first school to offer, and they had recruited him since his sophomore year. He said Illinois was the program to recruit him the hardest, as he was in touch with a handful of coaches throughout the process. Beisel was a huge fan of Arkansas’ coaches and facilities, and he had a chance to be a face of the recruiting class on a strong SEC contender.
In the end, Beisel still chose the SEC, but he also chose to ride with the program roughly 90 minutes away from home that is loaded with familiar faces. He said academically, he will pursue a degree in either exercise and sports sciences or kinesiology in an effort to be either a coach or a personal trainer.
“It was a tough decision, but I’ve been doing my homework since last year,” Beisel said. “I’ve been digging deep the last couple of weeks, and I just wanted to make the best decision for myself, my family and my future.
“I want to go into school, show off my leadership and give them the best possible opportunity for a chance at a national championship.”
Ramirez added: “I wanted him to come to Missouri, and I believed he made the right choice. Now, I’m ready to work with him.”