Posted: 11:12 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

North Gwinnett TE commits to Missouri over Florida and Vandy 

By Michael Carvell

Missouri has enjoyed success with recruiting the state of Georgia over the last year.

The SEC school signed three Georgia players last February, and added recruit for next year’s class on Wednesday night.

Daniel Imatorbhebhe, a 3-star tight end from North Gwinnett High School, committed to Missouri over Florida and Vanderbilt, among 10 early scholarship offers.

“I picked Missouri because of the people and the family atmosphere,” Imatorbhebhe told the AJC. “They value not just the player, but the person. They are a first-class program.

“It just felt like home, and I knew it would be hard to find better people than at Missouri. There was really no use in waiting. I wanted to be all-in for them because they were all-in for me. So that made me do it.”

3-star TE  Daniel Imatorbhebhe of North Gwinnett (JDM Photos)

3-star TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe of North Gwinnett (JDM Photos)

Missouri has won rave reviews for its scouting and players evaluations in Georgia. Last year, they were one of the first big schools on the bandwagon of Imatorbhebhe’s teammate at North Gwinnett, Nate Brown, who committed early to the Tigers. Brown went on to turn in one of the best senior seasons for a wide receiver in state history. Brown declined late offers from UGA and South Carolina.

Missouri also was the only FBS program to make an early offer to Bleckley County High School safety Tavon Ross, who committed last summer and turned down last-minute offers from UGA, Alabama and Miami.

What about UGA and Georgia Tech with Imatorbhebhe? He didn’t have an offer yet from either in-state school.

“The Georgia part is just motivating because growing up in Georgia, I thought it would be cool to go to a school that’s in your state,” he said. “It’s just motivation (that they didn’t offer me). I will use it as motivation.

“It’s like Georgia really doesn’t like kids from the state of Georgia that aren’t 5-stars. Or they will come in and offer at the last second. I’ve been to Georgia like five times, so I wanted to go to a place that valued me, and place where’s there real people, not people that just play with your feelings and play games with you.”

And Georgia Tech? “I went there twice but they really don’t have a tight end in their offense to catch the football.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is commit No. 6 for Missouri’s 2015 recruiting class.

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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