TU football recruiting update
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Sunday, January 13, 2013
News of the week
Undecided recruits: With 18 apparently solid commitments, TU's 2013 class appears to be mostly finalized. Among undecided prospects who command attention are Kolton Shindelar, a phenomenally athletic tight end from Liberty, Mo.; and Gary Moore, who played tight end for Clarksville (Texas) High School but may be a big wide receiver at the college level.
A veteran of only 11 games of varsity football, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Shindelar was a tight end and a defensive end in high school. He says he prefers to play the tight end position. Shindelar told Scout.com that he received a scholarship offer from Missouri on Friday.
Scout reported this about Shindelar's status: "Right now, (Missouri's) biggest obstacle to landing Kolton Shindelar looks to be Tulsa."
Shindelar is scheduled to visit the TU campus on Friday and follow with a trip to Missouri on Jan. 25.
"Tulsa has recruiting me the longest and (was) first to offer me," Shindelar told Scout. "I have a relationship with the coaches and I am looking forward to my visit there. I am still getting to develop that same relationship with the Missouri coaches."
At his size, Shindelar is a 200-meter sprinter and a hurdler for the Liberty track team. He has long-jumped nearly 23 feet.
At 6-5 and 215 pounds, Moore reportedly has received offers from Tulsa, TCU, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas, Arkansas State, Missouri and Texas Tech. He is expected to take three official visits - to Tulsa, TCU and Missouri.
Moore also is a prominent performer for the Clarksville basketball team that last season captured the Class A Division I title. Clarksville is located in northeast Texas. TU already has an accomplished wide receiver - Keyarris Garrett - who starred at a small school in that area. Garrett was a member of three state championship teams at Daingerfield High School.
Signing day countdown
The University of Tulsa commitment list currently includes 18 prospects. It is believed that TU could sign as many as 23 prospects. Verbal commitments are non-binding. High school recruits may sign national letters of intent on Feb. 6.
Rivals: 64th. Scout: 73rd.
Position watch: Safety
Dexter McCoil, an all-conference selection and the TU program's career leader in interceptions, concluded his career in the Liberty Bowl. Marco Nelson will be a senior in 2013. The Golden Hurricane needs depth at safety, and there is one safety - Joe Bean of Class A Hooker High School - on TU's commitment list.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bean has legitimate 4.4 speed and is a star for the Hooker track team. Last year, he ran one of the legs of Hooker's state championship 4-by-400 relay team.
After considering scholarship offers from San Diego State, Wyoming and Colorado State, Bean announced his commitment to TU after making an unofficial visit in September. He watched the Hurricane defeat Fresno State 27-26.
"The first time I did (an unofficial visit) to TU, I just wanted to get a feel for it," Bean told the Tulsa World in September. "It was unbelievable. It was like, 'OK, TU is doing it big.' In most of Oklahoma, TU doesn't get enough recognition.
"The TU campus is like its own little town in a huge city, and the football facilities to me are amazing. I want to surround myself with coaches who can drive me and make me a better player, and the TU coaches are unbelievable. I felt no negativity from any of the TU players. It just felt right. Everything felt right."
TU COMMITMENTS (18)
||Wylie, Texas (East)
||Fort Collins, Colo.
||St. Louis (Christian Brothers)
||Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest)
||Mountain Vista, Colo.
||St. Louis (De Smet Jesuit)