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3-star LB becomes Tigers' latest commitment


The morning of Missouri's big recruiting camp, Night at the Zou, got off to a hot start when Del Valle (Tex.) inside linebacker Cameron Wilkins gave his verbal commitment to the coaching staff during his unofficial visit on Friday morning.

"This morning I verbally committed to Missouri," Wilkins revealed to "The biggest factor in my decision was the coaching staff. They made sure I was comfortable during my visit and I've seen how they work with their players and it's very fun and family oriented out here."

Cameron Wilkins
Cameron Wilkins

The 3-star rated prospect detailed his experience in Columbia on Thursday, where he was greeted with open arms by the coaching staff and players.

"I got lots of warm welcomes. I expected it, but not quite they did. I was gladly greeted as soon as I walked through the doors. Especially with the team and everything. They saw me and understood why I was here and they instantly came to say hi and introduce me to everybody."

"We got to walk around and check out the main parts of the school like the living area, the facilities, we went to the field for a little bit, went to the academic center, and met all the coaches and everything. Everything was very nice around here."

A key factor in Wilkins' recruiting process with Mizzou has been his relationship with defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross, whom he's grown close with throughout.

"I've kept in touch with Coach (DeMontie) Cross the most throughout my recruiting process. We've built a great relationship over these past couple of months. He was the first person I talked to and he was really eager to get me down here and made sure I would be comfortable when I got here."

The Texas product further detailed his relationship with Cross.

"What I like about Coach Cross is he doesn't really talk about my athletic ability too much. He sees what I can do on the field and he says that's already set. He said what he likes about me is my character and how I stand out as a person on and off the field. That's what I really like about him, he focuses on how to become more of a man and a better person because football is not going to last forever."

At 6-foot-2, 223-pounds, the Tigers are getting a very agile, instinctive player at the inside linebacker position.

"My strengths would be that I'm a very agile player, I can throw my weight around very well," Wilkins explained. "There are not really a lot of mistakes I make on the field. If there is a mistake that happens, I know how to correct it. I have good vision and can read the offense very well."

Night at the Zou is tonight and we will have full coverage.