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Missouri flips Arkansas quarterback Taylor Powell

Barry Odom gets his quarterback for the 2017 class.

Taylor Powell - Hudl

After receiving an offer from Missouri on January 22, Taylor Powell, the Gatorade Player of the Year for Arkansas, flipped his commitment from Wake Forest to Missouri the next day.

Taylor Powell is a three-star pro-style quarterback from Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 6’2”, 202 pound quarterback committed to Wake Forest on June 11 and did not receive another offer until Western Michigan and Missouri offered on January 22. In his commitment tweet, Powell stated that part of his decision came from wanting to remain close to his family and friends. Powell, one of the top quarterbacks in the state of Arkansas, received many awards such as the Gatorade Player of Year for Arkansas, the Hooten's Football Offensive Player of Year in Arkansas, and the Landers Award as Player of Year in Arkansas.

Powell is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. The quarterback chose Missouri over offers from Vanderbilt, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Maryland, among others. He is rated as the top pro-style quarterback in Arkansas, 33rd best nationally and 6th best player in his state.

Oscar Gamble: Watching Powell’s highlights, he appears to be a downfield passing threat with some touch. He’s athletic and can move the ball with his legs which should fit into Josh Heupel’s offensive scheme. Powell does appear to float some passes, particularly toward the sidelines and he has a windup that can be a tell for passes into tighter windows so his arm talent could use some development.

Taylor Powell is the second quarterback Mizzou Barry Odom’s staff have flipped just before signing day, with Micah Wilson out of Oklahoma being a Boise State commit until flipping with Damarea Crockett while on a secret visit.

It’s clear that Powell, who was committed to Wake Forest, felt the desire to play closer to home and took a secret visit of his own to Columbia this weekend (one that already saw the commitment of Florida athlete Tyree Gillespie). It has long been our assertion that Missouri needs to land a QB every recruiting cycle and with Rey Estes’ flip to Minnesota, the Tigers now have their 2017 QB.

Welcome to Mizzou Taylor!