It would be difficult to imagine a heavily recruited and talented young football player from the state of Missouri with a dog named "Truman" and a cat named "Tiger" playing for the Tennessee Volunteers or the Ohio State Buckeyes. Not to mention having his father, Andy Lock, who was once a starting offensive lineman at Mizzou, raise him to love the Tigers.
So, it just made sense for Lee's Summit (MO) QB Drew Lock and Missouri Tiger legacy to make his announcement on Wednesday night that he will be attending the University of Missouri to play football.
"It feels awesome!," said Lock when I spoke to him following him making his verbal commitment known. "I made my decision about ten days ago. I was in the kitchen talking with my mom and dad about it, and I just knew that I was a Tiger and wanted to make it known."
Following knowing that he would be heading to Mizzou, he had to decide when and how he would share the news.
"I texted Coach Hill the news and then I spoke to Coach Pinkel the next day. They were both ecstatic when I told them. Then I had to decide when I would make the announcement. I was going to wait and commit at the Black & Gold game, but I wanted to do it before hand and get the buzz out there, and get some other top players to come up to the spring game and start recruiting for them to join me at Mizzou"
Lock told me that he plans on actively recruiting as many other top players as possible, and that the early class is"sick" with talent so far.
On the subject of basketball, Drew said that he felt that playing hoops at Missouri would be something he would talk with Coach Pinkel and Coach Haith about it at some point.
"I love basketball, and it's something that we have all talked about me doing at Mizzou if I came there. So, I think that it will come up at some point, but my focus will be on football from the start," he said.
Basketball will also keep him from leaving high school early and enrolling at Missouri for spring ball in 2015.
"I won't graduate early. I feel as though I owe it to my school to play basketball my senior year. I will also be playing for Run GMC again with Jimmie (Whitt), Kevin Puryear and everyone. I am looking forward to it," said Lock.
Drew said that coaches hadn't yet talked to him about what they saw ahead for him when he arrived, but he spoke about what he was prepared for.
"I can see myself red-shirting as a freshman and learning the offense and doing everything Coach Pinkel wants me to do to help the team. I am fine getting to know everything and if it takes a year or two for my time to come."
Up next for Drew Lock is the Chicago Elite 11 competition this weekend. After that will be AAU ball this spring and summer.
Mizzou Commit Player Analysis:
Drew Lock is a tall, athletic signal-caller, with a strong, accurate arm who sees the field well and does a good job letting plays unfold for him and then using his quick release to hit his receivers.
Lock put up video game type numbers as a junior, throwing for 3,062 yards and 35 TDs against only 7 picks in 331 attempts for a 61% completion rate. This including a game where he threw for 562 yards and 7 TDs. Drew actually threw for 7 TDs in two games in 2013.
His time spent on the basketball court has helped him with reading defenses and using his feet to make plays using his mobility and athleticism. He can scramble and pick up good yards, as well as run some option football from the spread, which his high school team runs with high efficiency. He currently weight 202lb but sees himself playing at 210 to 215lb range in college.
Drew Lock's junior highlight video