The Missouri Tiger recruiting class for 2011 appears to be close to wrapping up. It looks like one of the positions Tigers are looking to fill in rounding out this class is cornerback.
ShowMeMizzou.com has learned that the Tigers have extended an offer to Juco cornerback Kenneth Spigner, 5'11"190 4.33 forty, from College of Sequoias Community College in Visalia, California.
We spoke with Spigner about his recruitment and interest level in the Tigers.
" I will be visiting Missouri this weekend", said Spigner. "They (Missouri) started recruiting me heavily about 3 weeks ago, so not too long. I talk to coach Ford, who has been out to my school, and he has said how much they like me and that I am their top guy they want right now."
Spigner knows about Missouri and has talked about the Tigers with his Junior College teammate Sheldon Richardson.
"I am familiar with Mizzou. I know they are a good program and good school. Me and Sheldon talk about them and going there and continuing to play together. We have talked about rooming together if I go there with him. It would be great to go there with someone I know.I am really looking forward to my visit there this weekend and finding out what they are all about."
Spigner, who is originally from Miami,FL, played last season and made All-Conference, but injured his hand and sought a medical red-shirt this year, which will give him 3 years of eligibility left with whatever school he signs with.
While football is important, Spigner is looking for more then just a path to the NFL in a school.
"I am looking for a good education. I want to major in either business or mass communications, so I want a school that is good in those areas and one that has a good support system that helps with tutors and gives you the best chance to be successful in the classroom."
Spigner, who ran best of 10.4 in the 100 meters and 21.0 in the 200 meters back at Jackson high school in Miami,talked about his speed and what he brings on the football field for his future team.
" I am a physical corner and I am pretty fast. I ran a 4.33 this year. I play the run pretty well and I can cover well. I take pride in being physical and playing good run support. I feel like I have a nose for the ball and can make plays. I also can return the ball on special teams and I feel that playing defense really helps me know how to avoid tackles on kick returns."
The visit to Missouri will not be his first and likely not his last unless he changes his plans and commits during his visit.
"I visited UNLV last weekend. I really enjoyed that visit. I liked the coaches,my hosts and the team. Really everything they showed me while I was there. I could see myself going there and becoming a legend. I am also being recruited by Oregon State and Miami was recruiting me until their staff got fired. I don't know if they will continue to recruit me or not. We'll see, but my plan is to at least visit Oregon State and whoever else is recruiting me before I make my decision and sign."
In reviewing film on Kenneth Spigner, his speed really jumps out at you. He has great closing speed on defense and is explosive returning kicks showing an extra gear to run away from people. He also displays very good man coverage as well as physical play both jamming his man at the line of scrimmage and playing the run.
Spigner told me he is scheduled to graduate in May and will have 3 years left to play college football.