Sci Martin is a three-star defensive end from New Orleans who currently plays at McDonogh 35 High School, and the University of Missouri had the pleasure of being named to his Top 5 recently. That is, until racial tension swept over the campus so badly to the point that the Tigers’ African-American football players said they would not play until school president Tim Wolfe resigned, which he did.
As a result of everything happening on campus, Martin has opted to take the university out of contention for his services, per a report from Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country.
“They were pretty high,” Martin said, “but I’m not going back in time with this type of madness. Their campus is going out of control.”
As a result, the Class of 2016 recruit and pass-rusher extraordinaire will choose between the following for where he plays college football: LSU, TCU, Oklahoma and Utah. All four of those are programs at which Martin could excel.
But this experience should serve as a wakeup call to Missouri. Because of the school’s administration letting things get so out of control, with two people being arrested for threats they made against minority students on social media, it’s starting to cost the football program top recruits.
Yes, safety on campus is a greater priority, but Tigers athletics are a big part of Missouri and those programs won’t be able to bring in significant revenue if some recruits, be they black, white, Latino or even Native American, are worried about coming to campus.
Simply put, the administration’s lack of concern for what was going on has ended up costing the football program a player who would be a great fit in the system, so here’s hoping that coach Gary Pinkel and his staff can address that need elsewhere.
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