Posted by Bryan Fischer
With Missouri's move to the SEC, many thought the school's productive pipeline from the state of Texas will start to dry up. For 2012 at least, those fears have no founding as the Tigers added the commitment of Arlington (Texas) tailback Russell Hansbrough over the weekend.
"I just gained a lot of trust in the coaches," Hansbrough told PowerMizzou.com. "I built strong relationships, and I wanted to commit before it was too late."
The 5-foot-7, 175-pound all-purpose runner was previously committed to Arizona State but, with the coaching change and a favorable depth chart situation at Missouri, Hansbrough decided to make a change with Signing Day fast approaching.
"They told me if I came in and worked hard, I would see time next year," he said.
Hansbrough becomes the Tigers' 18th class of 2012 commitment. He was ranked as the 12th best tailback in the country by Maxpreps and had 1,238 yards and 19 total touchdowns last season as a senior.
"Russell shows good field vision and he can find the open holes using blazing speed and quickness," analyst Tom Lemming said of Hansbrough. "He plays bigger than his size, runs hard, and shows the ability to finish off his runs. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and once he gets half a step on the defender, it's all over. Speed is the name of his game and he uses it to his great advantage."