With the dawn of 2010's National Signing Day still hours from breaking, the Missouri Tigers have received good news regarding their recruiting efforts for 2011.
Per NCAA rules, a verbal pledge is considered a non-binding agreement. As such, a recruit is free to drop the pledge at any time prior to signing a letter of intent.
Leftwich, who attends Hickman High in Columbia, Mo., was being recruited by Arkansas, Duke, Notre Dame, Kansas, and UCLA, among others.
"Nothing really compared to MU," Leftwich told Power Mizzou. "I'm just so used to Columbia. I know my way around and it's the perfect atmosphere. Plus, all my best friends are going there."
Leftwich was among the 50 or so high school players who attended Missouri's Junior Day last weekend. He says he is now busy playing the role of unofficial recruiter, frantically trying to persuade other recruits from around the state to join him in Columbia.
"I already started to recruit," Leftwich revealed to the site. "Ten minutes after I committed, I texted Bernard (Thomas) and Darrian (Miller) to tell them it's their turn to commit."
Since his verbal pledge has been made so early in the recruiting process, which will come to an end in February of 2011, recruiting services such Rivals.com and Scout.com have not had sufficient time to rate his skills .
However, Leftwich made a name for himself on a national stage when, at last month's Army National Combine in San Antonio, he ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.3 seconds, breaking the previous record set by former Florida and current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Leftwich is now the third commitment of Missouri's 2011 class. He joins coveted quarterback prospect Corbin Berkstresser and defensive end/tackle Sheldon Richardson , who originally was signed to last year's class. Richardson was ruled academically ineligible soon after he signed his letter of intent in February of 2009 and is now enrolled in junior college in Visalia, California.
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