Once a Tiger, always a Tiger.
Blue Valley (Kan.) West linebacker Andrew Gachkar grew up with Missouri Tiger blood pumping through his veins and now the 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect will get a chance to carry on the family tradition.
"I've always been a lifelong Missouri fan," Gachkar, who is one of the top 10 players in Kansas, said.
"I knew I was going to commit really soon, so I went up there to Columbia today to visit with the coaches before I left town with my team for passing camp in Colorado. I wanted to go ahead and commit before I left town, so I told Andy Hill, Gary Pinkel and all the other coaches while I was up there.
"I told them I was ready to be a Tiger and I committed. They were really excited. They gave me hugs and said 'welcome to the family.' "
Gachkar blew up on the scene his spring after running one of the nation's fastest shuttle times at the NIKE Training Camp in State College, Pa., The 3.88-second time combined with his great frame and nose for the football prompted the Tigers to offer a scholarship early on.
Other teams like Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Purdue and Ball State called him or visited his school in May, but it didn't matter, he had his heart set on Missouri for quite some time.
"I've loved them my whole life," he said. "My dad is an alum. I love the team and the campus, along with the stadium. I've always been interested in engineering, and I know that Mizzou has a very good program."
Gachkar also was a big fan of one of Missouri's recent superstars.
"I have always been a huge Brad Smith fan," Gachkar said. "I think he's a great athlete, and his versatility on the field reminds me of myself."