Posted: Apr 17, 2014 6:00 PM by Thomas Bradbury, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Updated: Apr 17, 2014 7:12 PM
COLUMBIA - Missouri Football has quite the future ahead of them. Wednesday night Coach Pinkel received his sixth commitment of the 2015 class in the form of six foot four, 220 pound receiver/tight end prospect Daniel Imatorbhebhe.
Imatorbhebhe is a three-star prospect, according to rivals.com, and comes from the same Georgia high school that produced Missouri soon-to-be freshman four-star wide receiver Nate Brown.
Imatorbhebhe chose Missouri just eight days after a visit to fellow SEC East competitor University of Florida.
Daniel Imatorbhebhe's younger brother, Josh Imatorbhebhe, is a class of 2016 prospect who also has a scholarship offer from the Tigers. Also with Missouri scholarship offers are two of their teammates, linebacker Anree Saint-Amour and receiver Almonzo Brown.
Missouri's top commitment so far has been quarterback Drew Lock from Lee's Summit High School. Lock, according to 247 composite recruiting rankings is the fifth-best quarterback in the class of 2015. ESPN recently reported Lock stole the show at the Chicago regional Elite 11 quarterback showcase, earning the first of the 11 invites to the national competition.
After his signing Lock said he was going to start actively recruiting fellow top Missourians like, Rock Bridge receiver Alex Ofodile and Helias tight end Hale Hentges.
Alex Ofodile is ranked by 247 sports as the top player in the state of Missouri, and the fifth-best wide receiver in the country. Like Lock, Ofodile is a Missouri legacy. Ofodile's father A.J. is the head coach of Rock Bridge's football team and spent multiple years in the NFL after his career at Missouri.
Hale Hentges is ranked by 247 sports as Missouri's second-best prospect and the fourth-best tight end prospect in the entire 2015 class.
Hentges and Ofodile both have received scholarship offers from top programs. They've attracted offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma just to name a few.
Another one of Missouri's signings is four-star running back Nate Strong. He's ranked by 247 sports as the 14th best running back and the second-best player in Illinois. The only player ranked higher in his state is his teammate, defensive end Terry Beckner Jr.
Beckner Jr. is ranked by ESPN as a five-star prospect and the sixth-best defensive end overall. He had his visit with many top prospects from his team including Nate Strong and fellow Missouri target Jeff Thomas.
Beckner Jr. would be the Tigers first five-star since Dorial Green-Beckham committed to Missouri in 2012.
Missouri also has commitments from four-star guard A.J. Harris, Lee's Summit West three-star running back Ryan Williams and junior college transfer Chase Abbington.
Abbington originally was Missouri's second highest ranked recruit in the class of 2013. He was declared academically ineligible by the NCAA and has spent the past year playing for Hutchinson Community College.