COLUMBIA, Mo. • Logan Cheadle, a cornerback at Lee’s Summit West High School, gave Missouri an oral commitment today for the 2014 recruiting class, he announced on Twitter. Lee’s Summit West coach Royce Boehm later confirmed Cheadle’s decision.
"Logan is a shutdown corner for us," Boehm said. "Sophomore year when he started for us people tried picking on him because he was a young sophomore. But they learned very fast that they better go to the other side. And that’s what they do. They stay away from him."
Cheadle is listed at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. Not big but close in stature to another former Kansas City recruit.
"He’s coming from the same mold as E.J. Gaines," Boehm said, referring to MU's senior cornerback, a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2011. "They’re the same height and weight coming out of high school. E.J.’s got four years on him and another 20 pounds, but Missouri's getting another one of those players."
Cheadle, who attended MU’s camp in Columbia on Sunday, had narrowed his decision to Mizzou and Iowa State.
Cheadle is a cousin of actor Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle), who has often tweeted about Logan, including this tweet from March: "Did somebody's cousin get recruited D1 today? Oh yeah, MINE! Do your thing, boy! Logan Cheadle @Dr_Cheadle. Here we go..." Don Cheadle, an Academy Award nominee for "Hotel Rwanda" and star of the "Iron Man" sequels, the "Oceans Eleven" series and the Showtime series "House of Lies," was born in Kansas City and later moved to Denver.
Cheadle is the fourth recruit from the Kansas City area to commit to Mizzou, joining high school teammate Kevin Pendelton, an offensive lineman; Blue Springs South tight end Kendall Blanton; and Blue Valley, Kan., West offensive lineman Michael Fairchild.
• Backup offensive lineman Chris Freeman has left the Missouri football team for undisclosed personal reasons, team spokesman Chad Mollersaid.
Freeman, who would have been a redshirt junior this fall, has struggled to crack the rotation at offensive tackle and worked mostly with the third unit this spring. The massive 6-foot-8, 355-pound native of Trotwood, Ohio, joined the program in 2010 after initially signing in 2009 but could not enroll because of academic reasons.
Freeman quit the team last summer during preseason camp only to return a few days later and rejoined the team. He appeared in just five games during the last two seasons.
Freeman was unavailable for comment.
The Tigers have no shortage of offensive tackles ready for preseason camp. Justin Britt, slated to start on the left side, made a quick recovery from season-ending ACL surgery. On the right side, projected starter Mitch Morse shifted to tackle after starting the 2012 season at center. MU also returns backups Anthony Gatti, a junior, and Taylor Chappell, a sophomore. Incoming freshman Clay Rhodes could get a look at tackle this fall, too.
• Freshman football players Eric Beisel and Anthony Sherrils were treated and released from University Hospital Tuesday after being involved in a two-car accident in Columbia, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.
Both were passengers in a car driven by Danielle Williams, a Mizzou track athlete who was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic. Williams was also treated and released from the hospital. The lone occupant of the other car was listed in fair condition Wednesday.
Beisel is a linebacker from Rockwood Summit. Sherrils is a cornerback from Hogan Prep in Kansas City.