Todd Bates is a dynamo since his arrival in Norman. He’s offering guys from the 2024 class, receiving calls from 2023 kids, and is now in pursuit of a very talented and productive freshmen defensive lineman from the SEC.
Missouri’s Mekhiwingo registered his name in the transfer portal this week. He connected with Oklahoma just days later and is now their new defensive tackles coach.
— mekhi wingo (@WingoMekhi) January 7, 2022
Wingo was a key player on Missouri’s interior defensive line during his first year in Eli Drinkwitz’s program. He is a Missouri native and was a three star recruit straight out of high school. Considering he was part of the 2021 freshman class, he’ll have three more years of eligibility.
His freshman year was as good as one can hope for for someone who is a defensive line player in a conference.
Wingo played in all 13 games for Missour in 2021 as a true freshman with four starts. He recorded 27 tackles and one sack and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Although the numbers aren’t very impressive, it is clear that he was disruptive enough to be awarded this honor.
While Todd Bates intends to pursue Wingo’s offer, some people more closely connected to the Missouri football programme believe that he may be moving further south to LSU. Robert Steeples, Wingo’s former high-school coach and former Missouri defensive back was just hired by LSU. LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma are in transition. They could benefit from the talent of Wingo.
Other groups that are interested in Mekhi Wingo are USC, Nebraska and UNC. First, Wingo will need to be invited for a visit. With Todd Bates’ recruiting skills and the need to recruit more bodies, Oklahoma has good chances.