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JUCO defensive tackle Antar Thompson (re-)commits to Missouri

The 2013 signee re-emerged on the recruiting scene in 2016, and following a commitment to Louisville, he has flipped back to Mizzou.

It’s been the longest, most circuitous Mizzou football recruitment since maybe Sheldon Richardson’s, but it might have finally come to a close: Antar Thompson has committed to Missouri. Again.

A product of Maplewood, Mo., Thompson originally committed to Mizzou as a high school senior-to-be and signed in February 2013, in the same class as current Mizzou fifth-year seniors J’Mon Moore, Eric Beisel, Anthony Sherrils, Jason Reese, Joe Burkett, A.J. Logan, and Alec Abeln.

As this lovely PowerMizzou piece from May explains, the road took some twists and turns from there. He became a father in June 2013 and left the junior college to which he was signed and placed by Mizzou. His first attempt to return to school was a false start, but he finally landed at Highland Community College, where he recorded 11 solo tackles, 21 assists, and three sacks as a freshman in 2016 and earned a mid-three-star rating from the 247Sports Composite heading into 2017.

Thompson stands 6’3 and weighs in somewhere between about 290 and 305 pounds, evidently.

It appears he’s redshirting this fall, which means he should have three years to play three in FBS. And after ending his Louisville commitment earlier on Tuesday, he is now back where he started: on Mizzou’s board.

Thompson becomes the 13th commit for Mizzou’s 2018 class, the second listed as a defensive lineman, joining Blue Springs product Daniel Parker. He’s got a hell of a story, and it appears he’ll continue it in Columbia.