All-State linebacker Eric Beisel had his pick of Division-1 schools, but in the end Missouri was his choice.
He made the announcement Thursday night at a kick-off gathering for the season that included a cheerleading show and a varsity/alumni game that featured Beisel and current Missouri wide receiver Rolandis Woodland.
“I committed my entire life to the game,” Beisel said to the crowd, waiting for the decision.
“I have big plans for my college and NFL careers. I’m going to keep working until all my goal are complete and my dreams become realities,” he said.
Caps from Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Illinois lined the table in front of him.
“As the next chapter of my career begins, in the fall of 2013, you will see me wearing…(pause)…black and gold.” At which point he put on the Mizzou cap, as cheers erupted from the several hundred lining the field.
Beisel said he’s been told he’s more of a Big-10 linebacker because of his size. But “because of my speed I’m also a SEC linebacker. I’m kind of an all-around linebacker I guess,” he said. Missouri starts its SEC (Southeastern Conference) schedule this year.
He said he feels comfortable with the entire coaching staff, and that the transition will be easy.
Summit coach Mike Bellers said he's never had a player like Biesel before.
"He literally had 75 plus offers to Division 1," he said. "After his sophomore year he starting getting attention from colleges, which is unique. It grew to a point where this year it really blew up."
“I know I can make a difference anywhere,” Beisel said. “I know I can make that team a national contender, defensively. Why not do it in Missouri?”