Thanks to its move to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri's coaching staff has worked diligently to build a recruiting pipeline into several new territories.
But on Tuesday, the Tigers lost a commitment from one of their first commitments from the South. Dutchtown assistant coachTerry Herrod confirmed reports that Donovahn Jones
, a three-star athlete from Hampton, Ga., had decided to decommit from Missouri in favor of Minnesota.
Herrod said Jones, a 6-foot-3, 190 pounder who committed to play wide receiver at Missouri in September, made the decision because the Gophers offered him a chance to play quarterback, the position he played this season at Dutchtown.
"This has more to do with him getting a chance to play quarterback than anything that has to do with Missouri," Herrod said. "The more they watched film of him, the more they realized he could play quarterback for them."
Herrod said Jones completed 93 of 138 passes for 1,609 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He also rushed 151 times for 634 yards and seven touchdowns in a run-heavy offense.
Missouri already has two quarterbacks committed in the Class of 2013 in Staley'sTrent Hosick and Eddie Printz, Jr
., from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. Both are listed as three-star prospects by Rivals.com, and both are already on campus.
Herrod praised safeties coachAlex Grinch
, who served as Jones' lead recruiter and is a main liaison for Missouri in the state of Georgia.
"Missouri did a great job recruiting him," Herrod said. "Coach Grinch is as fine a guy you're going to see in terms of integrity and ethics. It was a tough thing for the kid to do, but again, it really came down to him wanting to be a quarterback."
The Tigers now have 18 commitments for the Class of 2013 with National Signing Day set to begin Wednesday.