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Name Alec Abeln
Position C
Height, Weight 6'3, 280
City (School) St. Louis (University High)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5), No. 15 C
Rating (ESPN) ** (Grade: 66), No. 18 C
Twitter Handle @AlecAbeln
2013 Depth Chart Two different Tigers -- Mitch Morse and Brad McNulty -- got starting experience in 2012, so the odds are long that he would find playing time this early.
2014 Depth Chart If Morse moves to tackle and McNulty struggles, Abeln could be ready to crack the two-deep by 2014.

"I had been thinking about it since they offered," Abeln said. "For me, the whole time, there is really not another place in the whole country I would want to play.

"As far as facilities, awesome. As far as the SEC, awesome. As for as the school, it's a great fit for what I want to do."

At the heart of the matter, however, were the people, Abeln said. He explained it was his comfort level with the coaching staff, and the fact that Columbia is "like a second home" that made him quickly pull the trigger. […]

Missouri is a family affair for Abeln. His mother, Julie, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1987. While she was a student, she had an uncommon job.

"She was actually the mascot, Truman the Tiger," Abeln said. "When we came to campus yesterday, the coaches knew me, but when they and the players found that out, they thought it was really cool."

Abeln flashes the playing strength and mobility to dominate his present level of competition. […] With added bulk and improved playing strength, this guy should have all the tools necessary to make the run blocks at the next level. His arm length and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection; can set quickly showing good bend and the ability to slide to the deep set point; has double read potential along with the athleticism needed to recover and get out of trouble; demonstrates good initial punch, location and extension. Flashes a nasty finishing effort however more consistency is needed. Abeln appears to be a developmental size prospect needing some time and a red shirt year to grow physically while polishing his skills.