Missouri's Football Recruiting Class of 2002
Pinkel leads the Tigers out

Posted Feb 7, 2003


Missouri continues to accomplish its goals in recruiting. Head coach Gary Pinkel looks for high quality players with character, speed and potential. He also wants to continue to seal the Missouri state borders from outside recruiters. In almost every measurable sense, Pinkel and Missouri are headed in the right direction.

2003 MIZZOU FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)
Josh Barbo TE/DE 6-5 250 Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs HS)
Greg Bracey WR/DB 6-3 190 Milwaukee, Wisc. (Vincent HS)
Gartrell Cooper TE/DL 6-4 240 Arlington, Texas (Lamar HS)
Brad Ekwerekwu WR/DB 6-3 190 Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
Xzavie Jackson TE/DE 6-4 235 Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Heights HS)
Tyler Luellen OL/DL 6-7 280 Bethany, Mo. (South Harrison HS)
Damien Nash TB 5-11 205 St. Louis, Mo. (Coffeyville [KS] CC)
M.J. Norman OL/DL 6-5 280 Chesterfield, Mo. (Eureka HS)
Marty Raab OL/DL 6-6 300 Ellisville, Mo. (Eureka HS)
Jason Ray WR 6-2 200 Porter, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)
Martin Rucker TE/DE 6-5 220 St. Joseph, Mo. (Benton HS)
Victor Sesay TE 6-6 255 Silver Spring, Md. (Ventura [CA] College)
Lareno Seymour DB 6-0 180 St. Louis, Mo. (Hazelwood East HS)
Adam Spieker OL/DL 6-3 290 Webb City, Mo. (Webb City HS)
Darnell Terrell TB/DB 6-3 205 St. Louis, Mo. (Eureka HS)
Zane Tomlin DL 6-3 280 San Antonio, Texas (Clark HS)
Phinney Troy TE/DL 6-4 240 St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis University HS)
Lorenzo Williams LB 6-2 235 Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City HS)
Nino Williams DB 6-1 190 Oklahoma City, Okla. (Tyler [TX] JC)
Alex Woodley TB/DB 5-11 185 Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite HS)
Marcus Woods TB/DB 5-8 185 Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison HS)
Monte Wyrick OL 6-4 315 Texarkana, Ark. (Arkansas HS)

JOSH BARBO
Fr., TE/DE, 6-5, 250, Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs HS) An exciting tight end prospect who was a mismatch for opposing defensive backs and linebackers due to his tremendous size and strength ... An all-state performer at tight end who helped lead his team to consecutive Kansas state championships ... Named an All-American in 2002 by The Sporting News, by Prep Star Magazine, by Student Sports Magazine, and was also named the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year ... Was also a Gatorade National Player of the Year Finalist ... Ranked as the No. 41 overall prospect (all positions) in the Midland region by SuperPrep Magazine ... Also excelled at defensive end throughout his prep career ... Moved to tight end for senior season, after spending the majority of his time prior to that as a blocking back in Conway Springs' single wing offensive set ... For his career, caught 39 passes for 419 yards and 9 TDs, while carrying the ball 4 times for 107 yards and 2 TDs ... As a defensive end and linebacker, amassed 125 tackles in his career, and added 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions (including one returned for a TD) ... His teams compiled an impressive four-year record of 42-3, including back-to-back 13-0 and 14-0 seasons in 2001 and 2002, respectively ... Was also an all-league performer in basketball, and a state qualifier in track ... High school coach - Mark Bliss ... Son of Mike & Sherri Barbo ... Full name - Joshua Mical Barbo ... Birthdate - Nov. 4, 1984 ... Member of the National Honor Society and his school's student council ... Is interested in studying hotel and restaurant management at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Kansas State, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Michigan State and Kansas, among others.

GREG BRACEY
Fr., WR/DB, 6-3, 190, Milwaukee, Wisc. (Vincent HS)
Two-sport standout in football and track who hopes to star in both sports at Mizzou ... Ranks among the nation's top 50 receivers thanks in large part to his blazing 4.4 speed in the 40 and a knack for making athletic catches ... Ranked as the No. 47 prospect in the Midwest (all positions) by SuperPrep ... Earned honorable mention all-state and second-team all-area honors after senior season when he helped lead his Vikings to playoffs ... Stood out in Vincent's ground-oriented attack by catching 25 passes for 615 yards and 12 TDs in 2002 ... Also an electrifying kick returner who scored 4 TDs on kickoff returns and 2 TDs on punt returns as a senior ... Named conference player of the year, and conference return specialist of the year for his efforts ... Had 13 catches as a junior for 355 yards and 11 TDs ... Sophomore season saw him make 10 catches for 243 yards and 8 TDs ... Caught 49 passes for 1,222 yards in his career, averaging 24.9 yards per catch ... Amazingly, 31 of his 49 career catches went for TDs (a TD rate of 63.2%) ... Named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel area track athlete of the year as a junior after winning state 400-meter title (48.20), placing second in the 200-meters and running anchor on back-to-back 400-meter relay championship teams ... Won a national title at 200 meters by running a 21.59 time at the Junior Olympics in the summer of 2001 ... Best 100-meter time is 10.59 ... High school coach - Adam Walker ... Son of Isaac & Delphine Bracey ... Full name - Gregory Justin Bracey ... Birthdate - July 10, 1985 ... Intends to major in journalism at Mizzou, and was attracted to MU's top-rated J-School ... An honor roll student who is a member of the National Honor Society ... Serves as the public address announcer for his high school's basketball games ... Chose Mizzou over Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, among others.

GARTRELL COOPER
Fr., TE/DL, 6-4, 240, Arlington, Texas (Lamar HS)
Athletic talent at defensive end position who is rated among the country's top-60 at the spot... A standout player for Arlington Lamar High School, where he helped lead his squad into the playoffs in 2002 ... Earned all-district mention as a senior and was selected to play in the East vs. West All-Star game after recording 48 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 interception ... Also turned in 14 QB hurries, 6 forced fumbles, 3 recovered fumbles and 3 deflected passes ... All-district selection as a junior after racking up 52 tackles and 6 sacks ... Also lettered two years on the varsity basketball team ... High school coach - Eddy Peach ... Son of Aaron Green and Shelia Cooper ... Full name - Gartrell Marquice Cooper ... Birthdate - June 23, 1984 ... Plans to pursue degree in education at Mizzou ... Chose MU over Michigan State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Utah and Texas A&M, among others.

BRAD EKWEREKWU
Fr., WR/DB, 6-3, 190, Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
Top-40 national defensive back, according to TheInsider.com rankings ... Runs a 4.4 40-yard dash ... Starred on both sides of the ball at Arlington High, where he was a 1st-team all-district wide receiver in 2002 ... Caught 31 passes as a senior for 574 yards and 5 TDs ... Also was a standout safety, where he had 4 interceptions as a senior ... Junior season numbers included 94 tackles and 5 interceptions while he caught 2 passes on offense for 37 yards ... Earned honorable mention all-district honors as a junior ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... High school coach - Mickey Finley ... Son of Ejoor Ekwerekwu & Robin Lake ... Full name - Bradley Ejoor Ekwerekwu ... Birthdate - Oct. 3, 1985 ... Plans to pursue business management degree at Mizzou ... Member of National Honor Society ... Chose MU over Kansas State, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia Tech and Northwestern, among others.

XZAVIE JACKSON
Fr., TE/DE, 6-4, 235, Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Heights HS)
A versatile talent who can line up at tight end or receiver on offense, and defensive end on defense ...  Was a standout on both sides of the ball for Wichita Heights as a senior, and caught 19 passes for 280 yards and 3 TDs as a tight end ... Also recorded 39 tackles as a defensive end, including 6 sacks ... Earned 2nd-team all-state honors as a defender and was a 2nd-team all-city pick on both sides of the ball as a senior ... Had a breakout year as a sophomore, with a league-best 25 catches for a league-best 686 yards and 7 TDs while averaging 26.3 yards per catch ... Was a marked man as a junior, but still managed 31 catches for 328 yards and 3 TDs ... Has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash ... A standout basketball player who averaged 18.8 rebounds per game as a junior, and helped lead his team to a city league championship as a sophomore ... High school coach - Rick Wheeler ... Son of Harvey Jackson and Princess D. Mills ... Moved from California to Wichita, Kan. in the summer of 2002 with his sister, Zareth Gray, who is a coach for the Wichita State women's basketball squad ... Full name - Xzavie Lee HeBron Jackson ... Academic interest lies in computer technology ... Chose Mizzou over Oklahoma State, Kansas, Michigan State and Wyoming, among others.

TYLER LUELLEN
Fr., OL/DL, 6-7, 280, Bethany, Mo. (South Harrison HS)
A physical specimen regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country ... Named to the PrepStar Magazine High School Football All-American Team in 2002 ... SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Midland region and as the No. 27 offensive lineman in the nation ...A 1st-team all-state offensive lineman who also earned all-conference and all-district recognition on the defensive line ... Played on the offensive and defensive lines and helped lead South Harrison to an 8-2 record in 2002 ... Registered 69 tackles as a senior, including 25 for losses ... A three-sport standout who is the three-time defending Missouri Class 2A discus champ, with a career-best mark of 167-9 ... Was an all-conference performer as a freshman and sophomore in basketball as well, before being injured early in his junior season ... Is not playing basketball as a senior ... High school coach - Wes Croy ... Son of Dan & Lori Luellen ... Full name - Tyler Reed Luellen ... Birthdate - July 25, 1984 ... Member of National Honor Society as well as the South Harrison High School Student Council ... Chose Mizzou over Oklahoma State, Purdue, Colorado State, Illinois & Kansas, among others.

DAMIEN NASH
So., TB, 5-11, 205, St. Louis, Mo. (Coffeyville CC/East St. Louis HS)
One of the most highly sought after prep running backs who took a brief detour through Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College ... Spent the last two seasons at Coffeyville after originally signing in 2001 with MU out of East St. Louis High School ... Ranked as the No. 3 JUCO tailback prospect in the country and No. 23 of all JUCO prospects (all positions) ... Rated as the No. 45 overall JUCO prospect (any position) and as the No. 5 running back in the JUCO ranks by SuperPrep Magazine ... Redshirted as a freshman at Coffeyville, and was limited to just one game in 2002 after injuring a knee in the season opener ... Underwent surgery last fall to repair his knee and is on course toward a full recovery ... Has enrolled at MU and will be on hand for spring ball ... Will be a sophomore in eligibility for the 2003 season ... Had a stellar prep career where he became one of the top running backs in the country ... Followed his coach to East St. Louis High School for his senior season, and racked up 1,444 yards and 28 TDs ... Spent his first three years at St. Louis Riverview Gardens, where he helped lead his team to the 1998 Missouri Class 5A state title ... Totaled a massive 5,395 yards rushing and an eye-popping 95 total TDs in his prep days ... Also threw for 1,160 yards and 10 TDs, as well ... A track star who was timed at 10.3 seconds in the 100 meters ... Junior college coach - Jeff Leiker ... High school coach - Darren Sunkett ... Son of Darnell Parsons & Kimberly Nash ... Full name - Damien Darnell Nash ... Birthdate - April 14, 1982 ... Academic interest lies in journalism ... Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Nebraska and Illinois, among others.

M.J. NORMAN
Fr., OL/DL, 6-5, 280, Chesterfield, Mo. (Eureka HS)
Another top offensive line prospect who is one of three Eureka High School standouts to sign with Mizzou in 2003, joining teammates Darnell Terrell and Marty Raab ... Regarded as a very athletic big man.  Rated as the No. 44 overall prospect in the Midland region by SuperPrep Magazine ... Earned 1st-team all-state honors as a senior on the offensive line, as well as gaining all-metro and all-conference recognition ... Focused on offense as a senior, but made a name for himself as well on the defensive line, where he had 26 tackles in 2002 ... High school coach - Farrell Shelton ... Son of Mark & Lee Ann Norman ... Full name - Mark Steven Norman ... Birthdate - May 17, 1985 ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, Illinois and Kansas, among others.

MARTY RAAB
Fr., OL/DL, 6-6, 300, Ellisville, Mo. (Eureka HS)
One of the top offensive line prospects in the region who joins Eureka High School teammates and fellow standouts M.J. Norman and Darnell Terrell as part of MU's 2003 class ... Has good footwork and is fluid in his movements, especially given his outstanding size ... SuperPrep Magazine had him as the No. 40 overall prospect in the Midland region ... Averaged more than 8 pancake blocks per game as a three-year starter on Eureka teams which went 25-3 from 2000-2002 ... Never allowed a quarterback sack ... Team won district titles in 2000 and 2002, conference championships in 2001 and 2002, and went 12-2 and was a Show-Me Bowl runner-up in 2002 ... A solid all-around athlete who lettered two years in basketball and one year in track ... High school coach - Farrell Shelton ... Son of Larry & Bonnie Raab ... Full name - Martin William Raab ... Birthdate - Aug. 4, 1984 ... Academic interest lies in MU's College of Education ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, among others.

JASON RAY
Fr., WR, 6-2, 200, Porter, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)
Sure-handed wideout who possesses solid speed, concentration and route-running abilities ... Ranked as the No. 28 overall prospect in the Midland region and the nation's No. 33 receiver by SuperPrep Magazine ... Has 4.55 40 speed ... Named all-state by coaches and media after helping lead team to the Oklahoma Class 6A title game as he racked up 64 catches in 2002 season for 864 yards and 11 TDs ... Caught 60 balls for 819 yards and 14 TDs as a junior ... Had 23 catches for 420 yards and 7 TDs as a sophomore ... Finished his career with 147 receptions for 2,103 yards and 32 TDs ... Also a standout as a multi-year letterwinner in both basketball and track ... High school coach - Rick Jones ... Son of Gary & Gayla Ray ... Full name - Jason Thomas Ray ... Birthdate - Feb. 26, 1985 ... Plans to pursue a degree in marketing at MU ... An outstanding student who attracted attention from Ivy League schools for his academics ... Is a member of National Honor Society and his school's student council ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Minnesota, West Virginia, SMU and Kansas, among others.

MARTIN RUCKER
Fr., TE/DE, 6-5, 220, St. Joseph, Mo. (Benton HS)
A prep standout at both tight end and defensive end who projects as a potential impact player at either position on the collegiate level ... Is known as a very athletic player who has soft hands and an ability to make catches in a crowd ... Was a 1st-team all-state tight end who earned 1st-team all-district and all-conference honors at both tight end and defensive end ... Ranked as the No. 28 tight end prospect in the country. Ranked as the No. 51 overall prospect in the Midland region by SuperPrep Magazine ... Had 23 catches for 207 yards receiving with 2 TDs as a senior and turned in 64 tackles and 7 quarterback sacks on the defensive side of the ball ... As a junior, caught 25 passes for 340 yards and 3 TDs and added 54 tackles on the defensive side of the ball ... Had 8 catches for 99 yards as a sophomore in 2000 ... Younger brother of former Nebraska All-American Mike Rucker who is now with the NFL's Carolina Panthers ... Despite the bloodlines, chose Mizzou over Nebraska ... An excellent all-around athlete who was an all-district and all-conference performer in basketball, and who placed 12th in the state in the triple jump ... Also won conference and district titles in the triple jump, as well as a conference championship in the long jump ... High school coach - Pat Byrne ... Son of Martin & LaVell Rucker ... Full name - Martin Thomas Rucker ... Birthdate - May 4, 1985 ... Interested in studying marine biology at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Colorado State and Kansas, among others.

VICTOR SESAY
Jr., TE, 6-6, 255, Silver Spring, Md. (Ventura [CA] College/Albert Einstein HS)
A 2nd-team junior college All-American who is an extremely athletic pass catcher with a tremendous upside to his game ... Ranked as the No. 92 overall JUCO prospect (any position) by SuperPrep Magazine ... Was a 1st-team All-Western Conference performer at tight end each of his two years while playing at Ventura College ... Caught 20 passes for 285 yards and 3 TDs as a sophomore last season, after grabbing 38 passes for 685 yards and 8 TDs as a freshman ... Attended Albert Einstein High School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Parade Magazine 2nd-team All-American and metro conference player of the year ... Had 43 receptions for 835 yards and 12 TDs as a senior at Einstein HS ... Had 8 catches for 165 yards and 4 TDs in a dominant performance that year against Walter Johnson High School ... Was also a standout in the sport of basketball ... Junior college coach - Terry Morris ... High school coach - Ed Ashwell ... Son of Kandeh & Esther Sesay ... Full name - Victor Olukandeh Sesay ... Birthdate - Nov. 19, 1980 ... Is interested in studying journalism at MU's renowned J-School ... Chose Mizzou over Southern Cal, Tennessee, Nebraska, Alabama and Auburn, among others.

LARENO SEYMOUR
Fr., DB, 6-0, 180, St. Louis, Mo. (Hazelwood East HS)
Stepped into starring role as a senior for tradition-rich Hazelwood East program ... Was his team's defensive MVP as a senior as he recorded 80 tackles, 3 quarterback sacks and forced 2 fumbles on a conference co-championship outfit ... Named 1st-team all-state by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and made PrepStar Magazine's all-region team ... Has 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash ... Played in a back-up role as a junior, and managed 20 tackles, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery for a team that finished as conference and district champs and was the eventual Missouri Class 5A runners-up ... Ran track as a sophomore and turned in a best time of 22.9 seconds in the 200-meters ... High school coach - Corey Johnson ... Son of Anthony Seymour and Stephanie Pattenson ... Full name - LaReno Romaro Seymour ... Birthdate - Sept. 6, 1985 ... Plans to study journalism at MU's highly-regarded J-School ... Chose Mizzou over Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas, among others.

ADAM SPIEKER
Fr., OL/DL, 6-3, 290, Webb City, Mo. (Webb City HS)
Two-way star who can make a name for himself eventually on either side of the line of scrimmage ... Has outstanding upper body strength and moves well along the line, in addition to displaying tremendous instincts as an offensive lineman... Rated as the No. 53 overall prospect in the Midland region by SuperPrep Magazine ... Earned all-state mention as a defensive lineman each of his last two seasons at Webb City, where he was an all-area performer for two years on the offensive line ... Three-sport standout (football, basketball and track) who took 5th place in the state championships in the shot put in 2002 ... High school coach - John Roderigue ... Son of Curt & Holly Spieker ... Full name - Adam Kristofer Spieker ... Birthdate - Dec. 25, 1984 ... National Honor Society Member ... Academic interest lies in business at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Illinois, among others.

DARNELL TERRELL
Fr., TB/DB, 6-3, 205, St. Louis, Mo. (Eureka HS)
Regarded by many recruiting analysts as the top prospect in the state of Missouri in 2003 ... Ranked as the No. 1 defensive back prospect in the Midlands by SuperPrep Magazine ... Same outlet has him as the No. 6 overall prospect (any position) in the region, and as the nation's No. 12 defensive back ...Has 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash ... Hard-hitting defensive back who is big and strong enough to play safety, but is quick and athletic enough to excel at cornerback ... Was also one of the state's top kick returners ... First-team all-state defensive back who also throughout his career earned all-conference and all-metro mention at wide receiver, running back and all-purpose back ... Had 1,153 yards rushing and more than 400 yards receiving as a senior ... Limited to 24 tackles due to the fact that opposing offenses rarely threw his way ... Showed his explosiveness in the 4A championship game when he scored on a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage to put Eureka up 7-0 over Kearney, before Kearney rallied for a 36-22 win ... Junior season saw him rush for 960 yards and get over 200 yards receiving ... Joins Eureka High School teammates Marty Raab and M.J. Norman as part of stellar 2003 class for Mizzou ... Eureka went 25-3 from 2000-2002 ... Team won district titles in 2000 and 2002, conference championships in 2001 and 2002, and went 12-2 and was a Show-Me Bowl runner-up in 2002 ... Four-year letterman in track who placed 5th at the state championships in 2002 at 200 meters (21.8) and ran on a 400-meter relay team which broke a school record (42.19) ... High school coach - Farrell Shelton ... Son of Cletus Terrell ... Full name - Darnell Antwone Terrell ... Birthdate - May 30, 1984 ... Chose Mizzou over Kansas State, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois, among others.

ZANE TOMLIN
Fr., DL, 6-3, 280, San Antonio, Texas (Clark HS)
Strong, athletic prep defensive end who hopes to challenge for playing time in 2003 on a Mizzou line that lost two starters ... Named to 2002 Texas Super 22 Team and was a 1st-team all-state pick as a senior ... named Player of the Year in San Antonio. Had 126 tackles as a senior, and added 13 sacks, caused 3 fumbles and blocked 2 punts ... Recorded 85 tackles as a junior, including 36 for losses and 12 sacks, and helped lead team to a 10-2 record ... Is a standout in the weight room, where he can bench 420 pounds ... High school coach - Lloyd Alexander ... Son of Jim & Christa Tomlin ... Father played professional football for eight years in the Canadian Football League with Toronto and ended his career with the Denver Broncos of the NFL ... Full name - Zane Wade Tomlin ... Birthdate - June 14, 1985 ... Academic interest lies in business ... Chose Mizzou over Colorado, Kansas State, Penn State, Illinois, Arizona and Oklahoma State, among others.

PHINNEY TROY
Fr., TE/DL, 6-4, 240, St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis University HS)
An athletic talent who has the ability to excel on either side of the ball ... A 1st-team all-state pick as a defensive lineman (writers) and tight end (coaches) ... Was also a 2nd-team all-metro defensive lineman as a senior ... Recorded 75 tackles and 3 sacks on defense, and caught 34 passes for 418 yards and 1 TD from the tight end position ... Also added 3 fumble recoveries and one interception on defense ... Had 60 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior in 2001 ... Is also a standout in basketball, as he is one of the state's top rebounders ... High school coach - Gary Kornfeld ... Son of John Troy & Sally Miller ... Full name - Phineas William Troy ... Birthdate - March 31, 1985 ... A member of National Honor Society who also serves on his school's student council ... A two-time all-conference academic honoree who is interested in studying business at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Illinois, Vanderbilt, Akron and Rice, among others.

LORENZO WILLIAMS
Fr., LB, 6-2, 235, Midwest City, Okla., (Midwest City HS)
Hard-hitting defender with terrific instincts who excels against both the run and pass ... An outstanding multi-sport athlete who lettered in football, track, basketball, wrestling and baseball ... Has 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash ... Ranked as the No. 25 overall prospect in the Midland region by SuperPrep Magazine, and rated as the nation's No. 27 linebacker by the same publication ...Had 127 tackles, including 42 for loss and recorded 6 sacks as a senior in 2002, and added 12 forced fumbles, 8 passes broken up, 6 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions ... Named to the Oklahoma Blue Chip team and all-state team as a senior for his efforts ... Was an honorable mention all-state pick as a junior, after amassing 137 tackles, including a whopping 51 for loss ... As a sophomore in 2000, registered 101 tackles, including 32 for loss ... A standout discus thrower who has placed 3rd in the Junior Olympics and 2nd at the USATF Nationals ... High school coach - Ricky Oliver ... Son of Lorenzo Williams and LaRhonda & Steve Alexander ... Full name - Oliver Lorenzo Williams III ... Birthdate - Oct. 23, 1984 ... A member of National Honor Society who was pursued by several Ivy League schools for his academic abilities ... Is interested in studying medicine while at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Oklahoma State and Kansas, among others.

NINO WILLIAMS
Jr., DB, 6-1, 190, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Tyler [TX] JC/John Marshal HS)
First-team junior college All-American cornerback who looks to make an immediate impact on a Tiger secondary that lost three part-time or full-time starters from the 2002 season ... Earned NJCAA honors in 2002 after recording 73 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries as a sophomore ... Returned one of his picks 30 yards for a TD ... Registered 52 tackles and grabbed 3 interceptions at Tyler as a freshman ... Had a stellar prep career at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he was an all-district selection and a Jim Thorpe All-Star ... Junior college coach - Dale Carr ... High school coach - Dan Cocanour ... Son of Nino & Tracye Williams ... Full name - Nino M. Williams II ... Birthdate - July 16, 1982 ... Academic interests lie in psychology ... Chose MU over LSU, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Arizona and Kentucky, among others.

ALEX WOODLEY
Fr., TB/DB, 5-11, 185, Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite HS)
An all-district performer at both tailback and defensive back who helped lead Mesquite into the 2002 playoffs ... Had 405 yards rushing and 6 TDs as a senior, and added 5 catches for 147 yards and 3 TDs in Mesquite's wishbone attack ... A dangerous kick returner who ran back a 94-yard kickoff return against South Garland that proved to be the game-winner ... Ran for 720 yards as a junior in 2001, and was a key member of Mesquite's team which won the Texas Class 5A state championship ... Has 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash ... A track standout who has been clocked at 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters, and 21.8 in the 200 meters ... High school coach - Steve Halpin ... Son of Alexander & Linda Woodley ... Full name - Alexander Jimenez Woodley ... Birthdate - June 29, 1985 ... Student council member who is interested in pursuing a communications degree at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Indiana, among others.

MARCUS WOODS
Fr., TB/DB, 5-8, 185, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison HS)
One of the top prospects in the state of Michigan who has excellent speed and good power ... Ranked the No. 8 all-purpose back in the nation, and as the No. 10 prospect in the state of Michigan (all positions) ... Rated as the Midland region's No. 50 overall prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... Named to virtually every all-state, all-metro and all-county team ... Ran for 1,550 yards as a senior, with 23 TDs and averaged over 7 yards per carry ... Also caught 18 passes out of the backfield for 276 yards and 2 TDs ... Had 1,676 yards rushing and 33 TDs as a junior, and added 1,537 yards and 28 TDs as a sophomore ... Is Harrison High School's alltime career leader in rushing (4,803 yards) and scoring (90 TDs for 540 points) ... Also had impressive career receiving totals of 44 catches for 727 yards and 5 TDs ... Has 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash ... High school coach - John Herrington ... Son of Kevin & Anita Woods ... Older brother Kevin is a junior wide receiver on the Northern Illinois football team ... Full name - Marcus Elvin Woods ... Birthdate - Feb. 19, 1985 ... Has an interest in studying computer science or computer engineering at MU ... Chose Mizzou over Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Toledo and Bowling Green, among others.

MONTE WYRICK
Fr., OL, 6-5, 315, Texarkana, Ark. (Arkansas HS)
A strong line talent who has good feet and an aggressive nature on the field ... First-team all-state pick who was voted as the state's best class 5A lineman ... Rated by SuperPrep Magazine as the top offensive line prospect in Arkansas, and the No. 4 overall prospect out of the state (any position) ... High school coach - Denny Burdine ... Son of Lenzy Wyrick & Myrdis Woodberry ... Full name - Monte Gerrad Wyrick ... Birthdate - Oct. 2, 1984 ... Has an interest in physical therapy ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Arkansas, Baylor, Arkansas State and New Mexico State, among others.



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