Missouri appears to be changing its football recruiting strategy a bit: First, lock down the borders, which it is doing better this year than it has in 40 years. Then cherry pick the top talent from neighboring states (Iowa, Kansas) to take advantage of the fact that kids want to play in the best league, the SEC. Keep trying to pluck kids from your recent base in Texas while making a major push into Georgia, Florida and Memphis, to which is actually closer (by a few miles) than is the University of Tennessee. Based on Missouri's past move into Texas, it will take about three years to really get rolling in the new areas. But this staff can recruit. It will happen, particularly if Mizzou has a bit of success on the field.
Offensive lineman Jake Campos from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, has committed to Missouri.
Campos, who had scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State, chose Missouri as much for the school as the football.
“I would really like to go on to the NFL,” Campos told the Des Moines Register, but I’m hoping to get my master’s degree in engineering. Hopefully I can do both.”
Campos, who’s the 12th prospect to commit to Missouri’s class of 2013, will be playing what’s regarded as the nation’s top conference in the SEC. Valley head coach Gary Swenson believes Campos will be able to adjust in college.
“He played his best games against the people we considered our best opponents,” Swenson said.