CB Wingo of St. Louis picks Mizzou over Auburn, others

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Raymond Wingo wants to be a Tiger.
 
The

standout cornerback prospect from St. Louis University High School in

St. Louis made a verbal commitment to Missouri on Tuesday morning. Well,

more accurately, he was trying to.
 
Wingo, who picked the Tigers

over Michigan State, Auburn and Arkansas, was attempting to call Mizzou

assistant coach Cornell Ford to make a verbal commitment, but the

coaches were at practice.
 
“When I went on the visit, I just fell

in love with it,” said Wingo, who is a 3-star recruit by Scout.com and

Rivals.com and is rated the 30th-best cornerback prospect in the senior

class by Rivals. “I loved the coaches and the atmosphere.”
 
Wingo,

a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder, took his official visit to Columbia over the

weekend. After thinking about it a little longer, he made his decision

Tuesday morning.
 
He cited the opportunity to come in and

possibly play early as a factor. The Tigers start two seniors, E.J.

Gaines and Randy Ponder, at cornerback, so those spots will be open. In

addition, a true freshman, Aarion Penton from CBC High School, was one

of their second-team cornerbacks this season — a good sign for young

players.
 
“That’s a key,” Wingo said. “I don’t know anybody that

wants to come and redshirt. Having a chance to come up and have a chance

to play, that’s a plus for me.”
 
Wingo, whose older brother

Ronnie played running back at Arkansas, has established himself as a

versatile playmaker at the high school level and is one of the fastest

prospects in the state.
 
He was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch

All-Metro first-team selection as a junior, when he racked up 1,733

total yards (1,379 rushing, 202 passing, 152 receiving) as a quarterback

and wide receiver and was credited with 23 tackles and a team-high five

interceptions. He accounted for a total of 27 touchdowns (20 rushing,

five on returns, two passing).

His numbers were down this fall

because he missed time with a hamstring injury, but Wingo still racked

up 723 total yards (482 rushing, 241 receiving) and scored nine

touchdowns on offense and recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions from

his cornerback spot.
 
Wingo was happy to have his decision over with.
 
After

seeing the recruiting process unfold for his brother, who picked

Arkansas over Mizzou, Wingo had a difficult decision to make after being

offered scholarships by several Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and

Big 12 schools.
 
“It’s a relief,” he said. “I feel different. There was so much stress put on me all this time.”
 
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