One of the most critical components for any football program is having a reliable quarterback behind center.
The Missouri Tigers now have that in Drew Lock, a 6'5", 195-pound signal-caller from Lee's Summit, Mo., after he committed to the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. Kipp Adams of 247Sports reported the news following the announcement.
Lock discussed his reasoning behind committing to the Tigers, per Adams:
I think home is a good word to use for Missouri. It is two hours and 15 minutes away, and my dad and my granddad played there. One of the things that really hit me was thinking about possibly committing to a school other than Missouri.
My parents and grandparents would obviously cheer for me, but I do not think they would cheer for the school as well. Going to Missouri, they would be cheering for me, but at the same time they would already want Missouri to win so bad.
That parent that Lock spoke of is Andy Lock, who played right tackle at Missouri from 1986-89. The elder Lock was in attendance and clearly happy about his son's decision, as David C. Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune points out:
The Missouri fight song comes on. Andy Lock- Drew's father, former MU lineman- starts clapping in time. Very loudly. A loud clapper.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
Derek Young of Scout.com also shared his reaction to the commitment for Mizzou:
#Mizzou fans have reason to be excited. They're getting one of the top QB's in country in Drew Lock.— Derek Young (@DYoungScout) April 10, 2014
Mizzou made it all the way to the SEC Championship Game last season before falling to eventual national championship runner-up Auburn. Following that historic run for the Tigers, head coach Gary Pinkel received a contract extension.
While it may have seemed like a small move in the college football world at the time, it was a game-changer for Lock. The class of 2015 recruit touched on how that solidified the decision for him, per Adams:
I was sitting in class one day, my phone vibrated and it came up that Gary Pinkel had signed a contract extension. That was a real big deal to me and what I wanted to see. I feel like I really relate to Missouri’s offense since we both operate out of the shotgun, and the relationship with the coaches has been great. The family atmosphere is there as well.
As for his final thoughts, Lock made sure he let fans know one more time where his heart lies, per Morrison:
Lock signs off: "I think that wraps it up. Go Tigers."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
Considered the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in 247Sports' composite rankings, Lock gives the Tigers a quarterback of the future and one who can continue the tremendous resurgence the program experienced after some mediocre seasons.
His cool demeanor in the pocket and outstanding arm would make a great fit with any program, but Pinkel's system is custom built for Lock to thrive under center.