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Coach Drinkwitz is focusing on in-state recruiting, and it’s already paying off

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Wingo becomes first 2021 commitment

When Eli Drinkwitz was hired as the new head coach of Missouri football, he didn’t mince words about who he wanted to see suited up in black and gold: he said he’d focus on recruiting the Show-Me State, saying if you can play football, you’ll be playing for Missouri.

That may be somewhat of a fraught statement given the difficult history of in-state recruiting at Mizzou, but Drinkwitz seems intent on making it a reality. On Sunday, he delivered for the first of what is hopefully many times, landing his first commit of the 2021 class. Surprise, surprise — he hails from Missouri.

Wingo was part of a large group of recruits who made their way to the Zou over the weekend. Not all of them were Missourians (big-time 2020 cornerback target Ennis Rakestraw was part of the group), but a majority hail from the home state. Drinkwitz seems to be getting an early leg up in future classes as well, offering kids from 2021 and 2022.

  • Wingo was especially optimistic about Coach Drink when speaking to PowerMizzou’s Sean Williams: “Coach Drink is one of a kind and I want him leading me.”

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