Missouri football recruiting: Tigers land 5-star DL Williams Nwaneri, look primed for historic in-state haul

Missouri scored one of its most significant recruiting wins in program history Monday, reeling in in-state five-star Williams Nwaneri. Nwaneri, the No. 1 defensive lineman in the class of 2024, chose the Tigers over finalists Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon and Oklahoma. 

A product of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Nwaneri is the second-highest ranked recruit to ever commit to the Tigers. If he signs, Eli Drinkwitz will have landed two of the top three highest-ranked prospects in program history. 

“Just really comfortability, relationships, really somewhere I feel I can go and prosper and be successful,” Nwaneri told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong of his decision.   

Oklahoma seemed to lead for Nwaneri for a majority of his recruitment. Programs like Tennessee and Georgia made strong pushes over the summer, but Missouri was able to swing the momentum late and land the country’s No. 3 overall prospect, according to 247Sports. 

With Nwaneri in the fold, Missouri’s class moved from No. 60 to No. 55 in the 247Sports Team Composite recruiting rankings. 247Sports national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu could see the 6-foot-5 and 250-pound Nwaneri making an impact at multiple positions in his future. 

‘Quickness off the ball and foot speed in pursuit were improved and those qualities of his are at a high national level. Used his hands better and when combined with his physical gifts, makes him very tough to block. Does not let offensive linemen get clean punches off on him and is able to turn himself and get skinny to help with that. Can shade inside or play on the EDGE and is going to be able to project to any defensive scheme. Based on his size, strongside end or 3-4 defensive end are where we project him although he is rare enough athlete that he can…


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