When Barry Odom was introduced as Missouri football's newest head coach he said that, in addition to wanting to establish pipelines into Texas and the SEC footprint, that Missouri has "tremendous high school football" and that recruiting is about relationships.
Odom made good on that by hiring AJ Ofodile, his former assistant who took over head coaching duties at Rock Bridge HS when Odom took a coordinator job with Missouri in 2003. Ofodile played tight end at Missouri and in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and now is the Director of Recruiting Operations for Mizzou.
Ofodile is incredibly familiar with the state of recruiting in Missouri and intimately familiar with the players he coached at Rock Bridge. It only makes sense that the Tigers were first in the door on Nathaniel Peat, a sophomore running back for the Bruins.
All thanks to God and family. Blessed to receive my first offer from my hometown, The University of Missouri!! pic.twitter.com/Y5yBW2Di9R— Clean15 (@PeatNathaniel) July 6, 2016
A source close to Peat had this to say about him,
He's very fast, converts speed into power at the end of his runs, and is naturally fluid in space. Can't wait to see him play against varsity talent, if they didn't have Nick [Collins] last year he probably would've seen the field some to get some explosiveness in the backfield.
They also said reports that Peat is 5'8", 170 pounds and runs a 4.56 forty yard time are consistent with what he saw. We can probably expect him to grow a few more inches and put on some more good weight before he's a senior which means Odom should be in great position with a potentially national recruit in his own backyard.
Check out the video where Peat spoke to ABC sports director Austin Kim about receiving the offer, he's clearly speechless in a good way.
Mizzou's first in-state offer was to 2019 Vianney HS receiver Cam Coleman, who many believe could be come a national recruit. The first offer of the 2019 class was to Georgia LB Owen Pappoe who are own Ethan Triebsch was able to observe at The Opening Atlanta earlier this year. Missouri has also offered 2019 QB/athlete Isaiah Williams out of Trinity Catholic HS in St. Louis.