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Mizzou Football’s latest recruit opens up about his decision

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Deshawn Woods: Converted Husker

In case you hadn’t heard, it was a big weekend for recruiting at Mizzou. To recap:

  • Eli Drinkwitz reeled in the top running back in Texas on Friday, securing the commitment of 4-star Tavorus Jones.
  • That same evening, Cuonzo Martin locked down up-and-coming 2022 prospect Christian Jones out of East St. Louis. Jones, much like 2021 signee Trevon Brazile, is starting to get attention from much of the Power 5, but the point guard will be staying local.
  • Drink continued his heater on Saturday, getting a commitment from the No. 1 player out of Nebraska, offensive lineman Deshawn Woods. It was, quite literally, unprecedented in the recent history of Mizzou Football recruiting.

Speaking to Starcade Media after his announcement, Woods spoke on his commitment in a little more detail. Mizzou fans will be particularly happy with a few of his answers.

Starcade: You’re an Omaha guy, many saw you as a Husker or even a Sun Devil, was playing in the SEC important to you?

Woods: I actually wanted to go to Nebraska my whole life because of my head coach for years. But not playing at a D1 College is important to me but the SEC does bring more opportunities to the table.

Talk about a dagger for Husker fans. Woods also spoke about recruiting others to Mizzou (he’s planning on it), building a brand with the new NIL rules (he’s excited about the potential) and his unique relationship with Drinkwitz.

Woods: Our relationship is like those two best friends who have nothing in common but it works for them and only them. Those real moments, yeah OUR RELATIONSHIP IS GREAT.

All Caps, so you know it’s real.

The positive momentum off the field seems to be carrying over to the active roster as well. Realus George, one of the new guys on campus, is already inviting everyone with a Mizzou offer to hit him up and see what the experience is about.

We’re only a few weeks away from preseason camp, so soak up all this positivity now. When the lumps of football season inevitably come, it’ll be great to remember that the program feels like it’s on a trajectory unseen since the heights of Gary Pinkel’s tenure.

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