5 Reasons 5-Star DE Terry Beckner Jr. Will Sign with Missouri
Terry Beckner Jr. is a 5-star defensive end from East St. Louis who is a monster in the trenches. The 6'4", 293-pounder has heavy hands at the point of attack, and he sheds with power.
Beckner is also a solid athlete who can shoot upfield with quickness at the snap. His size and strength will allow him to rush over guards as a defensive tackle on passing downs in college.
Beckner has a lot of schools after him, but 247Sports has Missouri as his leader. There are several reasons why the Tigers will indeed sign Beckner.
Talented 4-star running back Natereace Strong, Beckner's teammate at East St. Louis High School, committed to Missouri earlier this spring.
It wouldn't surprise anyone if Strong was in Beckner's ear about joining him in Columbia.
With a familiar face already on board, Beckner must surely be comfortable with the idea of signing with the Tigers.
Solid Coaching Staff
Missouri is led by head coach Gary Pinkel, who has won 102 games with the Tigers, according to Sports Reference.
Pinkel did an outstanding job last year, taking Missouri into the SEC title game after a 5-7 season in 2012.
The team's defensive line is coached by Craig Kuligowski, who developed current NFL defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy, Ziggy Hood, Michael Sam and Aldon Smith at Missouri.
Missouri has better facilities than given credit for. The Tigers play at Faurot Field, and the university's campus is not shabby at all. The atmosphere during home games is spirited and passionate, as the fans always come out to support the team.
Beckner told Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com (subscription required) on April 8, "I loved the campus, [especially] the indoor facility, the field and the weight room is real nice."
Chance to Play Early
As a 5-star recruit, Beckner is among the top players in the country. That also means he's less likely to redshirt, especially because he already has great size.
Missouri hasn't exactly signed a ton of elite defensive line recruits in recent years. Beckner will likely have superior talent compared to several incumbents in Columbia. Playing as a true freshman at Mizzou is a great possibility for Beckner.
Close to Home
Beckner can also rest assured that he will be close to home at Missouri. The East St. Louis native is less than two hours away from Missouri's campus in Columbia.
Beckner would be able to have enough freedom to be on his own, while also being close enough to home to see his friends and family fairly frequently. He also wouldn't be in a foreign environment, nor would he experience a big culture shock.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.