Missouri picked up its second running back commitment in the 2016 recruiting class Tuesday when George Ranch senior Darius Anderson picked the Tigers.
PowerMizzou.com confirmed Anderson’s verbal commitment.
Anderson — a native of Richmond, Texas, near Houston — joins a class that already includes Hinds (Miss.) Community College running back Natereace Strong.
Strong is an East St. Louis (Ill.) graduate, who planned to sign with MU in February but wound up in Raymond, Miss., after not qualifying academically.
Anderson, who was listed at 5 feet 11 and 185 pounds, is rated as the No. 12 running back in the nation by Rivals and the No. 61 player overall in Texas. He is a three-star recruit according to Rivals, 247 Sports, ESPN and Scout.
Anderson rushed for 1,861 yards and 14 touchdowns on 238 carries last season. He added 22 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns receiving.
California, Houston, Texas and Utah were also finalists to land Anderson, who was chosen last week as an All-Greater Houston preseason selection.
Missouri didn’t sign any Texas players in its 2015 signing class, but Anderson gives the Tigers three Texas commitments for 2016 with Cypress Falls linebacker Trey Baldwin and Manvel offensive lineman Mackenzie Nworah.
All three players are from the Houston area, where offensive line coach A.J. Ricker is MU’s primary recruiter.
Hines officially joins fold
Also Tuesday, Missouri formally announced that sophomore cornerback Anthony Hines would join the team for the 2015 season.
Hines, a native of South San Francisco, Calif., recorded 22 1/2 tackles, including three for a loss, with three interceptions and two fumbles recoveries as a freshman at the College of San Mateo (Calif.) last season.
He returned one interception for a touchdown, broke up eight pass and also blocked two kicks.
Hines — a 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect who will wear No. 1 with the Tigers — has four years to complete his three years of remaining eligibility.
He is on campus at Missouri, but won’t practice for at least 2-3 weeks as he rehabs a left foot injury he sustained in May during training.