Tigers snag in-state OL

St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade offensive tackle Jack Meiners was looking for a place that he could call home for the next four years.
And after visiting Columbia, Mo., this weekend, Meiners found that home.
"I called Gary Pinkel a few minutes ago and thanked him for inviting me to the spring game," Meiners, who is 6-foot-6 and 314 pounds, said. "I told him I think I could be a good fit for the offense that they run and the type of program they have there. I told him I want to play for Missouri.
"He said congratulations. He said he was definitely looking forward to coaching me the next four years and he is glad that he's keeping all the top players at home. I could tell he was really excited."
Meiners, who also had an offer from Kansas and heavy interest from Kansas State, Notre Dame and Wake Forest, said he has had a feeling about Mizzou for a while now. But he said he wanted to visit Columbia one more time to make sure it was the place for him.
"I talked to my parents about the decision, and they liked it," he said. "I just feel comfortable there. I was thinking about committing for a while now, but I wanted to look things over this weekend and see the facilities again. I want to make sure I can play there and also live there.
"I know I can, and I'm comfortable and excited about the decision."
The Tigers are getting a good one, according to recruiting analyst Barry Every.
"Jack really does a good job at clearing a path," Every said. "He's very athletic for a big guy that's more than 300 pounds."