The Missouri football team picked up a verbal commitment Saturday night when Maplewood-Richmond Heights' Antar Thompson pledged to the Tigers.
“I wanted to stay close to my family,” Thompson said.
A 6-foot-5, 255-pound junior defensive lineman, Thompson said he also considered Kansas State, Kansas, Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Iowa. The standout lineman delivered the news of his commitment to Mizzou assistant coach Cornell Ford.
Thompson said he made three unofficial visits to Missouri and that Ford and assistant coach Craig Kuligowski visited Maplewood-RH on Tuesday to check in with him.
“It felt right,” Thompson said of his visits to Mizzou. “I see the team they are building. They have a lot of nice players on that team. There are a lot of players they have coming in that I know from St. Louis.”
Thompson was a Post-Dispatch first-team All-Metro selection as a junior. He anchored the Blue Devils’ offensive and defensive lines as they went 11-3 and advanced to the Missouri Class 2 semifinals.
He was credited with 74 tackles, including 11 for loss, a team-high seven sacks and two fumble recoveries. He had 71 tackles and seven sacks as a sophomore and 43 tackles and two sacks as a freshman.
Thompson said the Tigers recruited him as a defensive end, defensive tackle or possibly left tackle on the offensive line.
“I’m trying to go in at d-end,” he said.
Thompson is the ninth area junior football prospect to make an early college commitment and the fifth to pledge to the Tigers. He joins CBC athlete Aarion Penton, St. Louis University High lineman Alec Abeln, Francis Howell offensive lineman Harneet Gill and Fort Zumwalt South running back Chase Abbington.