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Quarterback Micah Wilson changes commitment from Boise State to Missouri

Quarterback Micah Wilson calls Missouri his dream school.

When new Tigers offensive coordinator Josh Heupel extended a scholarship Thursday during an in-home visit, it took Wilson a matter of seconds to make a decision.

Wilson — a 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect from Lincoln Christian in Tulsa, Okla. — committed to Boise State in April and had remained steadfast with that choice, but he couldn’t resist the chance to play at Missouri.

“It’s probably the only place that was able to pull me away from Boise State,” Wilson said Friday by phone as he made his way to Columbia for an official visit. “ … Both my parents (Curtis and Shelly) went there, and also I just grew up a Mizzou fan. I grew up watching Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin and those guys. I always wished I could end up playing there someday.”

Wilson said he declined contact with other schools’ coaches after committing to Boise State in April, but he made an exception for Missouri.

“My parents were stoked,” Wilson said. “They were really happy. They would have been happy with wherever I chose, but Missouri is a special place for them. I really look forward to playing there.”

Wilson is the 15th known commitment — and the first quarterback — in the 2016 class, which is set to sign Feb. 3.

He completed 198 of 279 passes — a cool 71 percent — for 3,730 yards with 56 touchdowns and only two interceptions in leading Lincoln Christian to the Oklahoma Class 3A state title game and a 14-1 season.

He also averaged 8.1 yards rushing, gaining 596 yards in 74 carries with 11 touchdowns.

Wilson’s father, Curtis, played offensive line for Missouri in 1987-88 and was a ninth-round pick by the New England Patriots in 1989. His time with the Tigers overlapped with Drew Lock’s father, Andy. As a freshman last fall, Drew Lock started eight games at quarterback for Missouri.

Wilson said he’s met Andy but doesn’t know Drew.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Wilson said. “It’s cool, though. We both have that family connection to Mizzou, so that’s kind of neat.”

Obviously, Wilson faces a significant jump in the level of play from Oklahoma Class 3A to the SEC, but Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton is confident Wilson has the skills to make the transition.

“The speed of the game is going to be much different obviously,” Melton said. “He’s going to have to get in there and learn on the run and under fire. … He’ll have to get in there and grow. I mean mentally, physically, emotionally — all those things. He’s an 18-year-old, so he has to learn what Missouri football and SEC football is all about.”

Melton touted Wilson’s strong, accurate arm and quick release. He said he’s a “football junkie and weight-room rat,” more likely to be spotted watching film than playing video games.

Wilson, who was recruited by Heupel at Utah State, is a consensus three-star recruit. He is ranked as the No. 10 player in Oklahoma by Rivals. ESPN ranked Wilson 21st in the state and No. 46 among dual-threat quarterbacks nationally.

Scout pegs Wilson, who doesn’t have any other Power Five offers, as the No. 1 quarterback in Oklahoma and No. 33 quarterback in the nation.

He graded out as the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback and No. 5 prospect in Oklahoma, according to 247 Sports.

Wilson’s other offers included Colorado State, Harvard, UNLV, Nevada and Yale.

In addition to Lock, Missouri’s roster includes quarterbacks Maty Mauk — who is 17-5 as a starter in parts of three seasons but was suspended the final eight games in 2015 — along with Eddie Printz and Marvin Zanders.

“I’m a competitive person and I don’t choose a school based on who’s there,” Wilson said. “I chose based on the right fit and a place I could see myself going to school.”

Wilson’s brother, Cody, was a fullback at Tulsa during 2009-13. Another brother, Roman, was a wide receiver at Princeton during 2010-13.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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