Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.
Eddie Printz led Lassiter High School to its first-ever appearance in the state semifinals last year as a junior. On Friday, Printz completed 22 of 34 passes for 425 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 47-30 win over Milton. Last weekend, Printz verbally committed to Missouri while on his official visit. Printz initially committed to SMU more than a year ago, then later switched to UCLA last January. Last month, Printz said he was told by UCLA that his scholarship offer would no longer be honored. After being on the open market for around a month, Printz was picked up by Missouri.
Now that the recruiting journey is over, I almost understand the process. SMH. There is nothing like it to prepare you for the journey except the experience itself. I hope this diary helps some of the younger prospects in Georgia get a better understanding of what lies ahead. Mike Gilliam from Opportunities Through Athletics always says, to know the road ahead ask those who are coming back. That’s great advice and I do ask a lot of questions to friends who are at the next level. The hardest thing about recruiting is having to make a very personal decision in the public eye. A lot happens from the time you enter high school up to your senior season.
I committed to the University of Missouri. I want to thank Coach Pinkel, Coach Yost and Coach Grinch along with the rest of the Tiger staff for believing in me. They have the Tigers going in the right direction to win a National Championship. First of all, they now play in the SEC, which is the most successful conference in the country. To be the best you have to play the best. They believe I can help The University of Missouri win. I will prove them right.
My family and I got on the road Thursday night for my Official Visit to The University of Missouri. It was a good time to talk to my family about Mizzou and why it would be a great place for me to play my college football career there. My Mom researched everything there is to know about the school and she was convinced it was the perfect program for me. We talked about the offense Mizzou runs and how it fits my strengths as a QB. She even researched the last three QBs, Blaine Gabbert, Chase Daniel and Brad Smith, who played for Mizzou, are now in the NFL. I told my Dad that OC/QB Coach Yost and I connected like we knew each other all my life. He explains things very clearly and I know I will learn a lot from him. I have a lot of respect for Coach Yost. We also talked about Coach Grinch who recruits Georgia and he has been my contact through the recruiting process. He keeps things real.
My family also talked about how well Coach Herring and Coach Irwin have prepared me to excel in the Tiger’s spread offense. Coach Irwin told my dad that Mizzou was the best fit for me and he thinks very highly of their Coaching Staff. My family also told me they supported my decision to become a Tiger. I believe that’s why they all wanted to make this trip. We arrived on Campus at 11:30 AM on Friday. We were greeted by all the coaches upon arrival and were treated like VIPs for the next 48 hours.
On a side note we noticed RVs from Mizzou fans and University of Alabama fans in a parking lot near the stadium. During the entire weekend my little brother told my Dad we have to buy an RV. It was hilarious.
After being greeted by the Coaches we started off with a tour of The Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business where I will pursue a business degree. The business school at Mizzou is one of the top in the country. After the tour we ate lunch at Shiloh’s, a great restaurant right next to campus. The food was awesome. We then checked into our hotel. Once we were settled into our rooms, my family and I went back to campus and met with Coach Pinkel so he could personally welcome us and to discuss my future at The University of Missouri.
Coach Pinkel is so great to know. He makes you feel like family and his coaches love being part of the Tiger family. He laid out his vision of my future and told my family that Columbia is a special place to go to school. He then looked me in the eyes and said he would like me to be part of The University of Missouri Football program and asked me what I thought. I replied with no hesitation that I want to be part of the Missouri Tiger Family. I commit to Mizzou. He gave me a hug and said welcome to the family. My Mom was crying, my Dad was holding back the tears and my little brother thought it was cool. Coach Pinkel then called the staff into his office to celebrate my commitment.
That night we went to dinner at one of the nicest restaurants I have ever been to, called CC’s City Broiler. The food was amazing. After dinner we went and watched Mizzou Basketball kick off their Midnight Madness event. They have so much talent on the floor and then Keion Bell jumped over 6 people and dunked. The house erupted! Nate Crawford, a DE from Florida, and I were both on our official visits and loved the excitement that night. BTW, Nate committed on Saturday night. He is good.
Saturday morning was all business. The players were intense with their game day preparation. Mizzou was playing Alabama, the number one team in the country, and they wanted me there on this day for my Official Visit. I was proud to be there with my family and my future family. It was pouring rain during the game but the Tigers played hard. I was so impressed. They left it all on the field that day. After the game we changed out of the wet clothes and met Coach Pinkel and the coaching staff out for pizza. It was a chill night. The coaches were so cool and my family and the coaches talked for hours. We met the coaches’ families and you could see how real they were. My parents were so impressed with how genuine they were. My Dad let me know how much he approved of my decision and how proud he was of me.
It’s been a long process, but it went by so fast. I believe I got it right. I have to thank a lot of people for being such positive influences in my life and for that I am grateful.
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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