Gary Pinkel is reaping the early benefits on the recruiting trail of the Mizzou football team's breakthrough season last fall.
With the announcement that Lee's Summit quarterback Drew Lock verbally committed to the Tigers, Pinkel's program added its third four-star prospect in just eight days.
That's a significant development for Missouri, a program that has not had a recruiting class ranked among the top 20 by Rivals.com or Scout.com during the Pinkel era.
Lock, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder whose father and grandfather both played football at Mizzou, is rated by Rivals.com as the fifth-best pocket passer in the Class of 2015 and the 148th-best prospect overall.
"I have decided to play football in the SEC, two hours down the road," Lock said during his announcement on Wednesday night when he chose the Tigers over scholarship offers from Ohio State, Texas, Michigan State, Tennessee and others.
Lock joins a recruiting class that includes four-star offensive lineman A.J. Harris from Blue Va...