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April 9, 2014

A Lock to Mizzou

The seeds of Drew Lock's commitment to Missouri on Wednesday began long ago. A father and grandfather who both played for the Tigers. A family with long, entrenched roots to the state's flagship university in Columbia.

But his decision to end his recruitment and become the latest legacy to start his own career for his family's team -- that may have begun to germinate during Missouri's junior day on Feb. 15.

"It had a different feel for me," Lock told PowerMizzou.com following his visit. "I was seeing who was there. They're probably going to be most of the guys I play with, if I end up going to Missouri. It's good to put a face to a name and discussing things with them."

On that day, his recruiting coach -- and future position coach -- Andy Hill took Lock and fellow in-state stars Hale Hentges and Alex Ofodile down Missouri's hall of past All-Americans, showing the trio how the majority of those performers began their careers as Show-Me State high-school stars.

Now, Lock follows in those footsteps, and the footsteps of his family, after his commitment to the Tigers on Wednesday inside his father's restaurant in Lee's Summit.

On that February day, Lock said, "There are some days when I'm like, 'Man (the decision) could come soon.' There are other days where I feel like I should take more time."

In the end, he needed two more months to make sure that Missouri was the place for him, over schools like Tennessee, Ohio State and -- most recently -- Texas.

Lock is a 5.8 four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He is the Tigers' fourth commitment for the 2015 class and becomes the third four-star recruit to pick the Tigers in the last week.

As a junior, Lock completed 60-percent of his passes for 3,062 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for two touchdowns. He is the nation's fifth-ranked pro-style passer, and the No. 2-recruit in the state of Missouri.

PowerMizzou.com will have more coverage from Lock's announcement as he does interviews following the ceremony.

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