Printz committed Friday to play at Missouri, and — with any luck — it brought the 6-foot-4, 215-pound pocket passer’s recruitment to an end.
“When we got here, Eddie met with (Missouri) coach (Gary) Pinkel for an hour,” Printz’s father, Ed, said Saturday from Columbia, Mo., where father and son were watching Missouri face No. 1 Alabama. “After the meeting, he told coach he wanted to commit.”
Eddie Printz could not be reached for comment, but father said the decision to commit to Missouri was made even easier because it is one of four universities in the country that offer the major that his son, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, wants to study — sports venue management.
This is the third program that Eddie Printz — who has completed 64 percent of his passed for 1,442 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions this season — has committed to in the last 13 months.
In September 2011, early in his junior season, he announced he would be going to Southern Methodist to play for former Atlanta Falcons coach June Jones. That changed three months later, however, when Jones nearly left SMU to take the same job at Arizona State.
In January — after a season in which he threw for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns, while leading the Trojans to the Class AAAAA state semifinals — Printz committed to another former Falcons coach — this time, UCLA’s Jim Mora Jr. But those plans came apart last month, when UCLA withdrew its scholarship offer, and it forced Printz, a three-star recruit according to Rivals and ESPN, back into the recruiting process yet again.
Ironically, each time Printz has made a change, he has landed in a higher-profile conference — from Conference USA, to the Pac-12, to the Southeastern Conference.
Through Printz’s original commitments to SMU and UCLA, Missouri never stopped recruiting him, and it was the first school to call Printz when UCLA pulled its scholarship offer.
“When his recruitment opened up again, the clock said 10:18 p.m.,” Ed Printz said. “Missouri called at 10:25 p.m. and told him they still wanted him.”
Eddie Printz also had offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and Virginia, among others.
In another bit of irony, two weeks after rescinding its offer, a UCLA coach sent Printz an email saying the Bruins still wanted to bring him to the West Coast. The elder Printz said UCLA wanted to bring in two quarterbacks, and the reason the original offer was taken off the table was for the Bruins to offer a player local to the Los Angeles area.
“They wanted to bring in two quarterbacks — they just did it the wrong way,” Ed Printz said.
Friday marked the second time Eddie Printz had visited Missouri’s campus. The first time was to attend the Tigers’ spring game in April, but this week was considered Printz’s official recruiting visit. Ed Printz said his son met with the Missouri coaches, and he was with the team during pregame meetings before watching the Tigers play Alabama.
Possibly the best part of Printz playing at Missouri is the fact that his family and friends will have a better opportunity to come see him play. As a member of the SEC Eastern Division, the Tigers should come to Georgia twice during Printz’s collegiate career, and the majority of the conference is within a comfortable drive of the family’s east Cobb home.
“(Nearly) all the away games are within four hours,” Ed Printz said, “and Missouri is only a nine-hour drive. It should make for some fun road trips.”