From the moment Shamar Nash committed to Missouri months ago, he made it pretty clear he was treating his commitment as a reservation and not an unbreakable bond. It’s common and understandable, though few were as open about it as Nash.
This weekend, Nash made a long-awaited official visit to Arkansas, and many could have predicted, he canceled his Mizzou reservation.
He obviously still has some official visits remaining, so his recruitment might not be completely finished, whether Mizzou remains involved or not. Regardless, he’s off of Missouri’s commitment list.
A couple of hours later on Saturday evening, however, Mizzou added a new receiver commit. Who could end up on campus very soon.
Change of plans , I will not be attending Tyler Junior College. I will be attending THE University of Missouri 〽️ pic.twitter.com/M1gFPRHabl— Tauskie (@Tauskie88) June 10, 2018
That’s Chritauskie Dove, a 2018 recruit from storied Denton (Tex.) Ryan High School announcing, “I will not be attending Tyler Junior College. I will be attending THE University of Missouri.” One of the four pictures included in the above tweet features a familiar face: former Mizzou receiver standout Bud Sasser, also a Ryan product.
Dove is listed at 6’2, 200 pounds and is a mid-three-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite. He boasted offers from programs like North Texas and Arkansas State but evidently didn’t get the right bounces in the recruiting game — he waited around for better offers, none came about, and then his fallback plans disappeared. So he was going to go the JUCO route to attract offers. Now he might not have to.
He can be seen making a lot of typical “bigger, stronger, and faster than your competition” catches you see from most recruits — deep balls, jump balls, etc. — but he also makes some nice snares on shorter and intermediate routes.
Assuming he indeed ends up a part of the 2018 class and heads to campus at some point this summer, he’ll join quite the crowded incoming field of receivers. Barry Odom brought in freshmen Kam Scott, Jalen Knox, Danny Gray, Khmari Thompson, and Dominic Gicinto, plus JUCO transfer Harry Ballard III and Oregon grad transfer Alex Ofodile.
Adding Dove could be a reaction to Nash’s decommitment, or it could be a sign that one of the incoming prospects is having trouble qualifying. Or, of course, it could be a simple unearthing of an available prospect. We’ll see. Regardless, WELCOME, TAUSKIE.