Torrential rains Thursday during Missouri’s loss against Mississippi State didn’t dampen Hogan Prep junior DaRon Davis’ enthusiasm to join the program.
Davis committed to the Tigers after the game, Hogan Prep coach Phil Lascuola told The Star on Friday morning.
That makes Davis the first known commitment in Missouri’s 2017 recruiting class.
“I think that was his first love, if you will,” Lascuola said of Davis’ feelings toward the Tigers. “We kind of told him to keep his options open for a while, but when he knows where he wants to go that he should commit.”
Davis won’t sign for more than 15 months, but he was ready to give his verbal pledge to MU coach Gary Pinkel and associate head coach/quarterbacks Andy Hill, who was his primary recruiter.
“He enjoyed the whole process of being courted a little bit and getting some attention,” Lascuola said. “Now, he’s ready to commit and put it behind him. … He’s a pretty good kid, good character and very athletic. I think MU got a good kid, and I think he’s at a good place.”
Missouri’s roster already includes one Hogan Prep graduate, sophomore safety Anthony Sherrils.
Davis plays running back and dabbles at wide receiver for the Rams, but Lascuola believes he’ll split out wide at Missouri.
“He went down to their camp and tore up some stuff at receiver, so that would be my guess,” Lascuola said. “At the same time, I could see them putting them wherever they needed him. He could go either way.”
Davis’ build — 6-feet-2 and 185 pounds — suggest more of a wide receiver based historically on the Tigers’ recruiting profile. He boasts a 42-inch vertical and also had a scholarship offer from Kansas.
Davis is listed as a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, checking in as the No. 34 wide receiver in the nation and No. 2 player in Missouri for the 2017 class. Scout also tabs him as a four-star recruit.
Rivals lists Davis as a three-star recruit and the No. 3 player in his class in Missouri. He’s also a three-star prospect according to ESPN.