made the trip to Columbia on Thursday, as the Lawrence (KS) Free State offensive tackle visited Missouri
for the first time. 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle watched the Tigers final practice before spring break, and he left raving about MU.
"It was definitely something," Frantz said with a laugh. "I went into it not knowing what to expect. It was awesome. I was extremely impressed with the campus, definitely the nicest I've seen so far. It was a really fun trip."
The 2015 prospect was excited to get his first look at Mizzou. He was looking forward to watching practice, as he had never experienced spring football before.
"When I got there, I was met by a recruiting coach," Frantz said, the enthusiasm building in his voice. "We went around campus, and he showed me everything. We went up to a suite at the start of practice, and he said Coach Henson and Coach Hill wanted to have a word with me. I talked with them, then Coach Pinkel came over and offered me right there."
"I was really excited," he said of his conversation with the Missouri head coach. "That's my first SEC offer, so I was super excited, and really thankful."
After a standout junior year that earned him All-League and All-State honors, the Firebirds OT entered the month of February without any Division 1 offers. In the past four weeks, Idaho
, Kansas State
, and Marshall
all extended scholarships to Frantz. The offer from the Tigers caps off what has been a manic month for Frantz.
"I'm definitely a little surprised by how fast it's taken off," he said of his recruitment. "A year ago at this time, I would never imagine I would be at this point. I was weighing in at 205-pounds. I committed myself to football, and I got really big, really fast, and it's skyrocketed from there. It's been really surprising."
"Throughout junior high and the beginning of high school, I wasn't really sure I wanted to play at the next level. I was thinking I wanted to go into the military. I loved football, though, and I thought I was really good at a lighter weight. That's when I started lifting and packing on the weight."
Frantz laughed, then revealed the secret to his success.
"I figured out I loved food, so that really helps."
Despite growing up in Lawrence, Frantz is very interested in Mizzou. The athletic tackle is looking for the program and university he believes is the best fit.
"I never really grew up hating Missouri," he said, matter-of-factly. "I've always been a KU fan, but I've never been a die-hard fan enough to hate another team. I'm going to spend the next four or five years there. I don't care if it's a rivalry, I'm going to go where is best for me."
Scott Frantz didn't know what to expect from his first visit to Missouri. The Free State offensive tackle grew up a Kansas fan, but that didn't matter on Thursday. Frantz left Columbia with an offer from the Tigers, and a new appreciation for the Black and Gold. Go Inside as Frantz recaps his visit…
Scott Frantz talks about his visit to Missouri and leaving with an offer from the Tigers