Offensive lineman says yes to first offer

Class of 2013 prospect Alec Abeln (St. Louis/University) was offered by Missouri Wednesday night while attending the Tigers' basketball game against Iowa State and committed to sign with the program on Thursday, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

"The school that I wanted the most offered first, so it worked out nice," Abeln said. "I don’t need to look anywhere else. There's no place I'd rather play... I like the fact that the coaches have been together for 17 years," he added. "I like that the players come up and introduce themselves to you and take interest in you and ask where you're from and things along those lines. There's not another place in the country I'd rather play."

Alben, a 6-foot-3, 275-pounder, plays offensive and defensive tackle in high school. He's expected to slide inside to center at Missouri. Illinois, Tulsa and Harvard were among the other programs showing interest, according to sources.

His mother, Julie, served as the "Truman the Tiger" mascot while attending Missouri in the 1980's.

Missouri now has four juniors, all from within state lines, on board for the Class of 2013.