TAMPA – Even though Alonso RB Ish Witter had been committed to Missouri for months, the emotions still hit him when he made his oral pledge official on Wednesday morning.
“I feel like crying, but I don’t want to look like a punk,” Witter said.
The three-star senior held back the tears, and the Tigers held off a late charge from USF. The Bulls made an 11th-hour offer to try sway Witter, and he considered hopping on Willie Taggart’s bus.
“I thought about them because they’re my hometown team,” Witter said.
But that wasn’t enough to get him to sway from Mizzou. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound back said he stuck with the Tigers because he built a strong relationship with the coaching staff and because he’ll be able to play in the SEC. He plans to study criminal justice at Mizzou.
His Alonso teammate, TE Marcus Mosely, also wanted to leave Florida.
“I’ve never really been been out of here,” Mosely said after he signed with Utah State. “I want to get out of here and see the world.”
The three-star talent had never been out West before taking his only official visit to the Aggies. He had never seen snow or mountains before he saw them from the plane.
“It’s just a whole new experience,” said Mosely, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect whom 247Sports ranks as Utah State’s No. 3 incoming recruit.
Two other Ravens signed Wednesday: Three-star OL Gary Brown is headed to Georgia Tech, and Jaylene Pryor will play softball at Tallahassee Community College.