Missouri assistant Andy Hill is the dean of Kansas City recruiters, so when he sees something he likes, he goes right after it. That's exactly the case with Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley West linebacker Andrew Gachkar.
Gachkar has blown up recently at combines and camps, including the NIKE Training Camp and the Greater Kansas City Football Combine. His 3.88 shuttle time at the NIKE Camp is the lowest of anybody in the nation and his junior tape shows he might be one of the fastest rising prospects in Kansas.
Missouri was the first to jump into the mix with a scholarship offer on Wednesday, and Gachkar is honest when he says it's going to be tough to beat the Tigers.
"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."
Gachkar admits a commitment might not be that far away to the Tigers.
"I'm pretty close to the commitment," he said. "They want me to in the next couple of weeks. I think Trey Hobson and I are going to set up our visits together and get down there soon. We've been friends for a long time and it would be great to play with him in college."
Mizzou is his lone early offer, but Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Purdue and Ball State have all been by his school this spring.