Ever since he committed to play football at the University of Missouri on April 14, Lebanon High School senior Tristan Wilson has thought about one thing over and over — putting pen to paper and making it official.
On Wednesday morning in Boswell Auditorium, Wilson’s dreams came to fruition as he officially signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at his home college.
“It means a ton, and I have been ready for a while,” the most highly sought-after recruit in Lebanon history said. “Ever since April, I knew Mizzou is where I wanted to be, and after taking some visits, it just kind of sealed the deal for me.”
Wilson finished his varsity high school football career with a 26-9 career record, helped lead Lebanon to two district championships and an Ozark Conference championship, and is the first player in program history to earn first-team All-State honors two years in a row.
Lebanon head coach Will Christian said he knew after Wilson received his first official offer from an SEC school last January that his recruitment was just getting started.
“We felt from his performance on the field from the beginning that he was a DI kid,” said Christian. “Unfortunately, you never know in southwest Missouri what that is going to mean. When he started to get some love from the SEC schools, and then one team offered him, I knew it was taking off from there.
“Whenever he got that offer from the University of Missouri, I think it was just a done deal. It is exciting for him to be staying home and be a part of a great recruiting class. I believe he is going to be playing on Sundays if he can stay humble and work hard; the sky is the limit for him.”
The three-star signee inked his name in one of the most historic recruiting classes in Mizzou football history as the Tigers landed a consensus top 20 class in the country (19 at Rivals, 12 at 247). They have the 5th best-recruiting class in the SEC according to 247sports and landed the consensus No. 1 receiver in the country in East St. Louis wideout Luther Burden, beating out Georgia, Oklahoma, and Alabama.
For the complete story, see the Weekend edition of the Laclede County Record.
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