St. Louis (Mo.) University Rivlas100 athlete Ronnie Wingo Jr. made a call last week to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, and he told the Tigers head coach he was "90 percent sure" he was going to commit soon.
But a few things kept him from pulling the trigger officially. One of those things was a scheduled unofficial visit to Oklahoma.
Wingo just left campus in Norman moments ago and it looks like it's going to be a while before he makes a commitment now.
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"This really changed things for me," Wingo said. "It's a whole new ball game. Oklahoma has given me something really to think about. Even though they signed one of the nation's best running backs last year, if you're good you'll play. They had Adrian Peterson, Allen Patrick and all these other great backs and they all got plenty of playing time."
Wingo said he spent time on campus with OU recruiting coordinator and running back coach Cale Gundy. Wingo said Gundy's personal attention and honest approach made an impact.
"He wasn't cutting any corners and trying to tell me things that weren't true," Wingo said. "He was telling me how it really is. It made everything sound real good. They want me at running back. He actually didn't even mention promises about playing time or anything like that. He just told me it's all about what you do when you get on campus. If you work hard and do things the right way, then you'll play."
Wingo said up next is a visit to Arkansas on Thursday, a visit to Alabama next week and a trip later in the month to Minnesota.
"I'm excited to see what Arkansas has," he said. "I know it's a good school for running backs, but it's going to have to show me a lot to compare to what I saw today. I'm kind of high on Oklahoma now after today."
But he's also extremely high on the Tigers.
Wingo has always had serious interest in Missouri, but he had been kind of cool on talk about the Tigers. He was glowing about a recent visit to Kansas and most assumed Mizzou had slid down his list somewhat. But Wingo said the Tigers' success with St. Louis players has really caught his attention.
"At first they weren't at the top of my list," Wingo said. "Then it seemed like everybody from the St. Louis area was committing to them. Those guys started talking to me about coming with them over there to Columbia. Then I started to talk to coach Pinkel and coach Ford and they just moved up from there.
"I would definitely say Missouri is right up there near the top. But now I just need to see these other schools and weigh all of my options."