OL Mike Boddie 6'6" 280 5.1 Gilmer (TX) (***)
Boddie has already joined his former Gilmer teammates, Tristen Holt and Braylon Webb, on campus as an early enrollee for the spring semester. Boddie is rehabbing an ACL injury, and will likely be limited to non-contact activities during spring ball.
Boddie enjoyed a tremendous high school career, playing for Gilmer Head Coach, Jeff Traylor. Boddie was a three-plus-year starter, and a three-time all-district selection, on the offensive line for Gilmer, which captured the 3A state title during Boddie's junior year. Boddie was named All-State as a senior, despite having his season cut short by an injury. Gilmer also reached the state semifinals during Boddie's sophomore season.
Boddie is also an outstanding student, who was a four-time academic all district selection, and is planning to major in engineering at Missouri. He's listed hunting, fishing and roping as his hobbies, and was a member of his school's FCA and FFA organizations. He also earned all-district honors in the shot put and discus for his school's track team. Prior to his injury, he reported a 26" vertical jump, and a personal best of 305 lbs. in the bench, and "about 500" lbs. in the squat.
Following Boddie's official visit to Missouri the weekend of the Oklahoma game, it didn't take long for he and his parents, Mark and Kathryne Boddie, to choose the Tigers over Purdue, Rice, Kansas, Houston, and Tulsa, among others. A couple of days after returning home from his visit, the big lineman had reported to ShowMeMizzou.com that he had committed to Missouri, and that his family "was all for it" and that "they really liked it."
"I'm looking forward to it," Boddie said, of playing football at Missouri. "It's going to be fun for the next four or five years."
Barry Odom was the primary recruiter for Mike Boddie. He talked about the big lineman.
"Michael's here," began Coach Yost, talking about Boddie's early enrollment. "He's rehabbing. He had the knee (ACL)........................... His rehab has progressed quite well. I'm not quite sure what his role will be during the spring. I think he'll be predominately working on his own, off to the side. Not too much contact, at least until after spring break....................... I think, athletically, he's a tackle....................... He's a tall, lean, athletic guy."
"Boddie's really smart," said Coach Odom. "He scored about a 30 on his ACT.............................. He's from a very, very successful high school program. He's got a lot of wins under his belt. He was a team captain this past year. He brings a lot to the table."
JP's take- Mike Boddie has pretty good size and athleticism for an offensive lineman already. He will continue to get bigger, but keep the athleticism. He looks to have good,quick feet and can get down field and he runs well. He uses his hands well already and stays with his blocks and finishes. Nice aggression on plays. He does a nice job in both pass protection and run blocking. Boddie looks like he has a lot for the O-line coaches to work with. He will most likely red-shirt and then look to find his place on the depth chart the following year. A solid prospect to at least provide depth along the offensive line.
Greg's take - Boddie is considered to have the feet to play offensive tackle, possibly even on the left side, and also is powerful enough to move inside, if the need arises. He needs to get stronger, and will benefit from going up against other college level players on a daily basis. He's a great fit for the Missouri Tigers, and will be ready to compete for a spot on the two-deep in 2012.
Michael Boddie Senior Highlights