The Tiger head logo represents the athletic departments at the University of Missouri

Top recruit Nwaneri chooses Mizzou over Oklahoma, others

High School Football Local Sports Mizzou Mizzou Football

The highly anticipated recruitment of Williams Nwaneri has reached its conclusion, as the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2024 has committed to Missouri. On August 14th, Nwaneri announced his commitment to the Tigers, choosing them over other prominent schools such as Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Oregon.

During the Eliah Drinkwitz era, Nwaneri has garnered exceptional attention and excitement, paralleled only by Luther Burden III. Hailing from Lee’s Summit North, Nwaneri holds the distinction of being the second-highest rated recruit to commit to Missouri, according to the Composite ranking. He falls just behind Dorial Green-Beckham, who held the top rating in the 2012 class. Nwaneri’s arrival has long been anticipated as a game-changing prospect, making it crucial for Drinkwitz and his team to secure his commitment within the state.

Nwaneri’s commitment immediately elevates Missouri’s 2024 recruiting class from 60th to 55th in the nation. Furthermore, there are potential high-profile commitments on the horizon that could further enhance the class’s ranking. Nwaneri is expected to become a key figure in Missouri’s “D-Line Zou” tradition.

Details about Williams Nwaneri:

  • Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
  • High School: Lee’s Summit North
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 250 lbs.
  • Rivals Ranking: No. 3 Nationally, No. 1 DE
  • 247Composite Ranking: No. 3 Nationally, No. 1 DE
  • Total announced offers: 37
  • Notable offers from: Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M

Nwaneri’s standout attribute is his exceptional first step, which often gives him an advantage against opposing offensive linemen. His quick get-off allows him to engage with blockers before they can react. He employs a well-honed repertoire of swim moves and stunts to maneuver past blockers.

Nwaneri exhibits impressive burst for his size and demonstrates proficiency in both run defense and pass rushing. The question remains whether he will bulk up and shift to the interior or continue to excel on the edge, given his experience in both roles during his high school career.

In summary, Nwaneri’s film showcases why he is so highly regarded. His explosive first step and subsequent acceleration past or around offensive linemen are innate skills that cannot be taught. His aggressive play at the point of attack keeps blockers off balance. Additionally, his ability to fluidly change direction sets him apart, enabling him to effectively cover stretch and sweep plays from sideline to sideline, an exceptional quality for a defensive line prospect of his size.