Mizzou football lands DB Akayleb Evans, OL Connor Wood from transfer portal

Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune
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Texas receiver Devin Duvernay (6) cannot catch a pass defended by Tulsa cornerback Akayleb Evans (26) during a game Sept. 8, 2018, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Over the course of 24 hours, Missouri football landed two commitments from the transfer portal who are both eligible to play starting this fall. 

First to commit was offensive lineman Connor Wood on Thursday, who played for two seasons at FCS-level Montana State, including as an All-American honorable mention in 2019.

Soon after Wood's commitment, Missouri head football coach Eli Drinkwitz posted two of his signature MU bat signal tweets, signaling another player was about to enter the Tigers' fold.

Around that time, former Tulsa defensive back Akayleb Evans posted on Instagram a 24-hour countdown clock to his commitment. 

Evans had listed his top-five destinations as Missouri, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech and Jackson State, taking visits with the Fighting Irish and MU since. 

Georgia had also offered Evans a scholarship after he took his visits to Columbia and South Bend.

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Any doubt surrounding the identity of the second player to commit to the Tigers ended when Evans committed to play for Missouri on Friday night. 

Evans started 23 games over four seasons for the Golden Hurricane. A 2019 shoulder injury earned him a medical redshirt year. That gives him two years of eligibility remaining.

Drinkwitz hired Aaron Fletcher, Tulsa's former defensive backs coach, this offseason to hold the same position at Missouri. Now, Evans reunites with his most recent in-season position coach at Tulsa.

Evans, a 6-foot-2, 188-pounder from McKinney, Texas, helps fill arguably Missouri's biggest need, with depth in the back end of Missouri's defense, after the Tigers have lost three cornerbacks to the transfer portal this offseason. 

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Wood entered the transfer portal earlier this month and was in Columbia this week. The 6-foot-5, 302-pound behemoth could slot in at Missouri's lone vacancy along the offensive line.

The Tigers return four starters on the offensive line, including team co-captain Case Cook and graduate transfer Mike Maietti. Only Larry Borom, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in May, doesn't return to Columbia.  

Wood is from Meridian, Idaho, and has two years of eligibility remaining. 

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