Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Notes: Mizzou Loses Another Recruit at Wide Receiver

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Notes: Mizzou Loses Another Recruit at Wide Receiver

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COLUMBIA, MO. * With the hours ticking down to national signing day, Missouri lost two wide receiver commitments in two days. Less than 24 hours after Kansas City's Jafar Armstrong dumped his oral pledge to Missouri in favor of Notre Dame, the Tigers lost another Monday when Elijah Gardiner switched his commitment to Ohio State.

Gardiner, a 6-5 wideout from Kemp, Texas, announced his pledge to Ohio State on Twitter. Gardiner first committed to Mizzou in December but began to pick up more interest in recent weeks. Coaches from Texas and Ohio State visited him last week, along with a convoy of coaches from Missouri hoping to secure his commitment. Instead, Gardiner took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend and came home with a scholarship offer.

"Thanks to all the schools that have recruited me but my family and I have decided to further my career at The Ohio State University," Armstrong tweeted.

At the time when he first committed to Mizzou, Gardiner only held offers from Houston and Texas Southern. Houston coach Tom Herman left for the head-coaching job at Texas and resumed interest in the three-star receiver but ultimately couldn't hold off his former boss, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Gardiner had also been targeted by Indiana, and Ohio State's interest perked up when Meyer hired former Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator.

Gardiner's defection from Missouri's class leaves the Tigers with one committed receiver as national signing day looms Wednesday. Da'Ron Davis (Lee's Summit North) was the first player committed to Mizzou's 2017 class, first announcing his pledge in November 2015.

Meanwhile, MU continues to address the middle of its depleted defensive line. The Tigers collected oral commitments from two weekend visitors, defensive tackles Kobie Whiteside, a high school prospect from Houston, and Walter Palmore, a junior college transfer originally from Columbus, Ga. …

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