Three-star safety Shaun Rupert (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) committed to Arkansas State in August but didn't completely shutdown the recruiting process. He took an official visit to Missouri this weekend and is now on board with the Tigers, according to multiple sources.
“Growing up in Montgomery, it’s everybody’s dream to play in the SEC,” Rupert told the Montgomery Advertiser. “I’m real excited. It’s a great family environment here and the staff is great, too.”
Alabama State, Harvard, Northern Illinois, Penn State, South Alabama, South Florida, UAB, Central Florida, Wake Forest and Wofford also extended scholarship offers, while Tennessee showed interest.
The 6-foot, 179-pound senior registered 51 tackles and 2 interceptions this fall.
ESPN felt Rupert was an under-the-radar prospect all along, stating in his evaluation, "shows flashes of BCS caliber defensive back play and has a lot of physical ability like size and range for a program to develop... Rupert's continued physical development and ability to add size and strength while becoming more flexible will be the key to this potential sleeper's success."
Additionally, Rupert displayed BCS-level athleticism at a Nike Combine this spring, posting an electronically-timed 4.71 40-yard dash, 4.28 20-yard shuttle, 37.7-inch vertical and impressive 110.13 SPARQ.
The Tigers have 19 verbals.