Nebraska target Messiah Swinson committed to Missouri during a live newscast with a Long Island, New York, television station late Saturday afternoon.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound tight end and three-star prospect did not officially join a school during the three-day early signing period that ended Friday, instead choosing to announce his decision Saturday. The Tigers offered him a scholarship in July, and he visited the campus in early November.
Swinson received a Nebraska offer Dec. 4, barely two days after Scott Frost and his staff took over. He tripped to Lincoln last weekend and narrowed his choice to NU and Mizzou from there. Arizona State and Boston College were also contenders, and Texas A&M issued a Hail-Mary offer Thursday as well.
The son of the late and former NFL player Corey Swinson attended the funeral of his paternal grandmother Wednesday.
Nebraska still hasn't signed a scholarship player from the state of New York since 1979. It was able to open a late dialogue with Swinson in part because NU's new chief of football staff, Gerrod Lambrecht, attended Concordia University in Seward with Swinson's high school coach at Lutheran, Chris Reno.
According to the 247Sports composite, Swinson is the No. 9 overall prospect in the state.
The Huskers signed 12 players during the early period. They have two other known commits with safety C.J. Smith (four-star from Florida) and defensive tackle Masry Mapieu (York). Smith has said he will sign in February as part of a larger ceremony at his school while Mapieu is using the extra time to try to meet academic standards. NU has the No. 41 class according to 247Sports and No. 52 from Rivals.
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