COLUMBIA, Missouri (STLToday.com) – Hyrin White, an offensive lineman from DeSoto, Texas, gave Missouri a verbal commitment for the 2017 recruiting class after visiting campus this week, he announced on Twitter.
White is close to 6-7 and weighs between 305 and 315 pounds, DeSoto coach Todd Peterman said. And he’s probably not done growing. As he closes out his junior year in high school, White is only 16.
“Where he’s going to be even a year from now is going to be incredible,” Peterman said.
White is the second player to commit to MU’s 2017 class, following DaRon Davis, a running back from Hogan Prep in Kansas City who’s expected to play receiver at Mizzou.
DeSoto is the same high school that produced former Mizzou running back and All-American return specialist Marcus Murphy, who now plays for the New Orleans Saints. Peterman consulted with Murphy recently to get his thoughts on new Mizzou coach Barry Odom and came away impressed.
“He spoke incredibly high of Coach Odom,” Peterman said. “He said the coaches love him and the players love him. He said it’s a great environment to have a great opportunity to be successful. That’s what you look for as high school coaches: If your kids have been there before, have they been successful? Well, Missouri’s had Marcus. And he’s been successful, and his opinion is very important to us.”
Missouri safeties coach Ryan Walters has been the primary recruiter for the DeSoto players. Peterman said Walters has been recruiting the high school since he was on the staff at North Texas in 2013.
The Tigers have made Texas a recruiting priority under Odom after devoting more resources to other SEC traditional areas in recent years. Mizzou signed two Texas players in the 2016 class: linebacker Trey Baldwin (Houston) and safety DeMarkus Acy (Dallas).