Adam Sparks, a 6’0, 175-pound cornerback from Geismar, La., announced on Christmas evening that he was committing to Mizzou.
100% committed Let's Get Paid #TheZou #Tigers pic.twitter.com/o1VBXBb6Zt— 1️⃣3️⃣ ™ (@adamsparks18) December 25, 2016
Merry Xmas to Mizzou! This SPECIAL player & HIGH CHARACTER family is a MAJOR addition to the Mizzou Defense & Our LockerRoom! #ShowMe17 pic.twitter.com/o2fUwUBRzz— ShowMe17 (@MizzouShowMe17) December 25, 2016
Sparks is a three-star recruit per Rivals (5.5) and the 247Sports Composite (0.8482). Until recently, he was committed to Vanderbilt, but he took visits to Mizzou and Wake Forest, and it seemed for a while he was a Tiger lean.
Sparks’ highlight film shows a lanky, assertive athlete who is taller than most of the high school receivers he is covering and makes quick breaks on the ball. Obviously there might be an adjustment when he starts going up against bigger, FBS-level receivers, but it’s not hard to see what Tiger coaches saw here. They stuck with their recruitment of Sparks even after his Vandy commitment, and the persistence appears to have paid off.
Sparks’ commitment brings Missouri back to 20 overall in the 2017 signing class. They could aim to sign up to eight more.