State's leading high school quarterback boosts Missouri football recruiting

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 9:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team continued a successful week of recruiting Wednesday, receiving a verbal commitment from Lee's Summit High School quarterback Drew Lock. 

Lock is considered the top quarterback in the state of Missouri. His father, Andy Lock, is a former Missouri offensive lineman.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound pro-style passer also received offers from Ohio State and Tennessee.

But he opted to become the second four-star recruit of the week for the Tigers, joining East St. Louis (Ill.) running back Natereace Strong.

Two more in Missouri's 2015 recruiting class are also considered four-star recruits by That is one more four-star recruit than the Tigers signed for this year's class.

With 10 months until the next National Signing Day, Missouri fans have reason to be optimistic about the class of 2015.

"It makes me think this is going to be one of their best recruiting classes ever," said Brian McLaughlin, a recruiting writer for the Southeastern Conference news site

The Tigers, it appears, are getting a boost from their SEC-East championship in 2013 and Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. The big season might have happened too late to produce a big-name 2014 class for Missouri, which is ranked toward the bottom of the SEC.

Strong, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, and six of his high school teammates visited the team Tuesday.

"He's wanted to come here since he was a freshman," East St. Louis Senior High School's head coach, Darren Sunkett, said Tuesday as he watched Missouri practice. "When you have a school in that conference in your own backyard, there’s no reason to go to Florida or Alabama. That’s definitely one of the biggest draws for our kids."

Sunkett said he feels comfortable sending his players to Pinkel and Missouri. In addition to geographic proximity and his relationship with Missouri's coaching staff, Sunkett also cited the team's success in the SEC as a selling point for his players.

Missouri has also offered scholarships to two of Strong's teammates, including defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. Beckner, a junior, is considered the No. 1 player in his class in Illinois.

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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