Missouri Becomes The Latest To Offer Mineola’s Austin + Riley Anderson
Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson have been averaging a new college football scholarship opportunity nearly every other day and the streak shows no sign of stopping.
The junior Mineola tackles picked up their first offers from an SEC program Tuesday. Missouri became the sixth school in a 14-day span to offer both brothers and the seventh program in the chase for Austin Anderson.
The twins announced the news through their personal Twitter accounts.
Austin Anderson (6-4, 289) and Riley Anderson (6-5, 287) also share opportunities from Cincinnati, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech and Tulsa. Northwestern has a standalone offer out for Austin Anderson.
Missouri reached the SEC Championship Game and won the conference's East Division title for the second consecutive time last year after going 10-2 through the regular season. While it lost the league title to Alabama, 42-13, the Tigers finished the 2014 campaign on a high note with a 33-17 win against a good Minnesota team in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
The program is headed by Gary Pinkel. He's entering his 14th season in Columbia, Mo., with an all-time school record of 113-66.
Pinkel turned Missouri from a middle-of-the-road team into a serious contender back in the school's Big 12 days and enjoyed success recruiting the State of Texas.
However, the team's move to the SEC in 2012 has slowed the pace of Texans joining the program. It did not land a single Texas player in its 2015 signing class, but the university did pull in three out-of-state players apiece from Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee in addition to three other players from Southeastern states.
The last East Texan to sign with Missouri was former Atlanta defensive lineman Rickey Hatley as part of the Tigers' 2012 class. That signing came on the heels of the school's final season as a member of the Big 12.
Missouri tried to recruit two East Texas seniors in the last recruiting cycle in Gilmer athlete Kris Boyd and Nacogdoches defensive back Jaylon Lane. Boyd signed with Texas while Lane is uncommitted due to an off-the-field issue that arose after the conclusion of the Dragons' season.
The Andersons mark the Tigers' first attempts within the East Texas sphere among junior players.
Both players were instrumental in paving the way for a group of exclusively underclassmen runners. They helped a run-dependent Yellowjackets offense amass 4,465 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in a 16-game season culminating with a Class 3A Division I state championship game appearance.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – offers from Cincinnati, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (7)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – offers from Cincinnati, Missouri, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (6)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offer from Texas Tech (1)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, USC, Washington State (34)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Houston, Navy (3)
- Corey Lane, S, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 185 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-4, 185 — offer from North Texas, SMU (2)