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Mizzou Links, 4-22-13

Last weekend stunk in almost every conceivable way. This weekend? Much better. Mizzou football scored a commitment, Mizzou Softball took down LSU in Baton Rouge, Mizzou Baseball stayed tight with Florida, Mizzou Golf overachieved its ranking in the SEC Championships, and now-former Mizzou wrestler Dom Bradley won the U.S. Open. More weekends like this (with a baseball series win, too), please.


Mizzou Football Links

So in all of the swirling storylines (and links) from over the weekend -- the Black and Gold Game, Shane Rector's commitment, and intriguing Mizzou Softball and Baseball series -- I missed something pretty big: Mizzou Football scored another commitment, this time from defensive end Rocel McWilliams of Pensacola, Florida. McWilliams is, like so many Mizzou players have been, an under-the-radar guy whose only other current offers are from Memphis and Old Dominion. But the scouting report is good (they always are, I guess), and Mizzou seems to be establishing a bit of a connection with the folks at West Florida Tech high school. Nate Crawford, a 2013 signee, also attends school there, as does a kicker who will be coming to Mizzou as a preferred walk-on. At some point, we'll need for Missouri to beat out other schools for more proven entities, but the five current Mizzou commits for 2014 certainly have a lot of pure athletic potential.

From PowerMizzou:

"Missouri has been recruiting me since last season," McWilliams explained. "Coach Henson has been down talking with me telling me I need stay in the weight room even though I had been hurt last season. Them sticking with me through my injury meant a lot. They didn't put me down. They encouraged me to stick with it and get healthy."

The fact that Crawford will be McWilliams teammate again in one short year was another factor that played a big role in his decision to commit.

"Nate was in my ear telling me that it was a good college and that they really liked me and that we could be the stars of the d-line," McWilliams said. "Then my parents were saying it's a good college too and how much I'd been talking with Coach Henson it just all came into place."

The final key for McWilliams in deciding to commit was the trend of Mizzou defensive lineman making the NFL.

From ESPN Insider:

"He’s a very good, very aggressive defensive end," Lees said of McWilliams, the Tigers’ first lineman commitment on both sides of the ball. "He plays down the line very well and plays sideline to sideline. He’s relentless. Takes good angles. He’s what you want up front, because he’s willing to battle.

"He runs real well and he can pass rush, but you can almost put weight on him and put him down in the interior. He’s kind of a tweener guy, but he’s strong enough to take on anyone in front of him."

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • More On Rector
    KC Star: Three-star point guard Shane Rector commits to MU
  • Next Year
    Fox Sports MW: Haith expects a grittier team moving forward
  • Haith
    Miami Herald: NCAA response to UM has omissions, fautly logic

Mizzou Softball Links

  • Mizzou 6, LSU 1 Thomas Wins No. 103, Pitches Tigers Past No. 11 LSU, 6-1
    The Trib: Tigers, Thomas back on track
    The Missourian: Chelsea Thomas breaks Missouri's wins record with victory over LSU
  • LSU 8, Mizzou 0 No. 12 Mizzou Undone by Errors at No. 11 LSU, 8-0
    The Missourian: Missouri's errors, lack of offense prove fatal in loss to LSU
  • Mizzou 3, LSU 2 Hudson Homers No. 12 Mizzou to Series Win at No. 11 LSU
    The Trib: Missouri takes series at LSU
    The Missourian: Nicole Hudson's two home runs propel Missouri softball past LSU

Mizzou Baseball Links

  • Florida 8, Mizzou 6 Tigers Drop Offensive Battle to No. 19 Florida, 8-6
    The Trib: Tigers fall as UF knocks out 18 hits, 10 with two outs
    The Missourian: Pitcher Zastryzny blames himself in loss to Florida
    PowerMizzou: Gator comeback sinks Tigers
  • Florida 4, Mizzou 3 (15) No. 19 Florida Takes Marathon Game, 4-3
    The Trib: Florida beats Missouri in 15 innings
    The Missourian: Missouri third baseman Shane Segovia continues to struggle in loss
  • Mizzou 8, Florida 2 Tigers Take Series Finale over No. 19 Florida, 8-2
    The Trib: MU baseball wins finale vs. Florida
    The Missourian: 'Iron Man' Jake Walsh propels Missouri to Sunday victory
    KBIA Sports: Tigers' offense explodes in 8-2 win over Florida
    Mizzou Network (YouTube): Mizzou Takes Finale from No. 19 Florida
  • WHATNOT HI NOTES: Recruit Ranked, Zagone Released, Gator Done

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Wrestling Bradley Tops Olympian, Wins U.S. Open Wrestling Championship
  • Mizzou Men's Golf Mizzou Improves to Seventh at SEC Championships
    The Missourian: Missouri men rally during the final round of the SEC Championships
  • Mizzou Women's Golf Tigers Finish Play at First-Ever SEC Championships
    The Missourian: Missouri women struggle on the final day of the SEC Championships
  • Mizzou Track & Field Quigley Continues Dropping 5k School Record
    The Missourian: Sophomore track and field athlete hoping to represent Norway in 2016 Olympics