Missouri football recruits enroll early

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 5:16 p.m. CST; updated 7:01 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

COLUMBIA — Five Missouri football recruits braved a cold morning to begin classes Tuesday.

Logan Cheadle, Kenya Dennis, Brandon Lee, Marvin Zanders, and Mike Fairchild chose to enroll in classes for this semester — four of whom chose to graduate early and forgo their final semester of high school — rather than wait until the more traditional fall enrollment period in order to be eligible to participate in spring football. By doing so, these recruits hope to gain an advantage over other incoming players by familiarizing themselves with the Tigers' system a semester in advance.

Chad Moller, strategic communications director for the football team, confirmed that all five are on campus and taking classes.

The players come from across the country. Cheadle, a cornerback who graduated from Lee's Summit West High School, is the only Missouri native..

Lee and Dennis will join Cheadle on the defensive side of the ball, the latter being the only non-freshman of the five. The junior cornerback transferred from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. Lee, an outside linebacker from Indianapolis, is ranked by ESPN the 16th prospect at his position in the nation.

Fairchild, who played at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan., is regarded as one of the top offensive lineman in the state's 2014 recruiting class. Zanders, who is from Jacksonville, Fla., will join Mizzou's stable of dual-threat quarterbacks. 

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