BRADENTON -- Running backs and offensive linemen are constantly working together on the football field.
Turns out they work together pretty well off of it, too.
Manatee running back Trevon Walters committed to Missouri on Monday. And he gave a big assist to Hurricanes offensive lineman Jake Stickler.
Stickler committed to Georgia Tech in late July, but was close to choosing the Tigers. So when it came time for Walters to make his decision, he quizzed Stickler on what Missouri had to offer.
"He was telling me it was a great college town, all the coaches were nice and the staff was wonderful," said Walters, who rushed for 1,119 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. "I told him I wanted to major in business, and he told me how great their business school was."
He is the fifth Hurricane to commit to a Division I school, joining Stickler, offensive lineman Michael Galati (South Florida), wide receiver Brodrick Yancy (Temple) and defensive lineman Demarcus Christmas (Flori
Walters didn't base his decision on secondhand knowledge alone, however, saying that he and Brian Jones, Missouri's running backs coach, have cultivated a good relationship.
"They were recruiting me hard," Walters said. "And I always wanted to play in the SEC."
Walters was also considering USF, but said his two top choices were Missouri and Minnesota. He said he plans on making a visit to Minnesota, and plans on scheduling one with Missouri, too.
Another factor in the decision: Walters said he wanted to pick a college program prior to the start of the regular season.
The Hurricanes play their opener at 7 p.m. Sunday against Gilman, Md., on the campus of the University of Maryland.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
"I wanted to focus on my senior season," Walters said. "Plus, my teammates chose me as a captain. I wanted to get the other stuff out of the way and focus on trying to lead them to state."
When Walters moved to the area from Alabama prior to his junior season, he wasn't aware on Manatee's rich history or that he'd be a Division I commit less than two years later.
Not surprisingly, he is happy with how things have gone.
"I'm pretty blessed," Walters said.