Gary Pinkel and his staff arrived in Columbia knowing they had two nearby cities in which they needed to lock down in order to make the program one of the best in the Big 12 Conference.
You certainly cannot argue with the success they've had in regards to in-state recruiting the past few years, and it appears when it comes to the Class of 2006, expectations are going to be met again.
Francis Howell Central tight end/defensive end Bart Coslet gave a verbal commitment to Coach Pinkel this morning after receiving an offer only yesterday.
"I went to Missouri's junior day yesterday afternoon," said Coslet. "During lunch, Coach Pinkel sat me down and offered me a scholarship. I told him I was pretty interested, but just needed to talk it over with my parents. I called him this morning, and he was pleasantly surprised I decided so early. He was excited to have me as a part of the team."
It was not only Coslet's talent, but his demeanor, that persuaded the Tigers to offer him this early.
"Coach Pinkel told me they had just watched my film that morning, and liked my intelligence out on the field," added Coslet, who measured at 6'6 225 on his trip. "They could tell I was a smart player."
Coslet was informed by the Missouri staff he could project as either a tight end or defensive end for them.
"I really liked the entire coaching staff as they were all great guys. I was there with a few of my buddies, Adrian Clayborn (Webster Groves) and Paddy Mullins (De Smet)."
"I grew up wanting to play for the Tigers to have the chance to represent this state, and now that is what I fully intend to do. I just want to play football, and I really could careless about any more attention that might come my way. I'm committed to the Missouri Tigers, and that is how I intend for it to play out," stated Coslet."
Coslet, who is already qualified with a 2.9 GPA and 19 on the ACT, recorded 15 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns this past season. On defense, he tallied 79 tackles (55 solo) and three sacks.
"I feel my attitude is what stands out the most about me on the field," commented Coslet, who has received letters from Arkansas, Wisconsin, and others. "I just want to play football, and put a lick on someone. I am a leader out on the field, and do what I have to in order to help my team."