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5-Star Tackle Jackson Cantwell Talks Missouri Visit

One of the most coveted prospects of the 2026 class, Cantwell discussed his most recent visit in Columbia.

Missouri hosted a plethora of big-time recruits this past weekend, but none were bigger than 2026 offensive tackle Jackson Cantwell. The No. 2 composite player in the 2026 class is from Nixa, Mo and has nearly every offer you could imagine. 

The Tigers are one of Cantwell's top schools at the moment for a couple reasons and the proximity to home is a big one. Nixa is around two hours and 40 minutes away from Columbia, but it is one of the closest schools to him.

Staying home and playing for his hometown school would mean a lot to Cantwell. Seeing other top in-state prospects play in Columbia has something to do with that as well.

"You've seen what its like with other priority guys from other classes. You've seen Luther Burden, you've seen Cayden [Green] and Williams [Nwaneri] and how well respected they are. You see that and i feel like it means something more to stay in-state," Cantwell said.

He also noted that it hasn't just been the 5-star guys from the state of Missouri having success there. There are plenty of great players from the state that have made an impact with the Tigers.

"There's a lot of guys coming from in-state that have been successful there," Cantwell said.

Another important note is that Cantwell's father is a Missouri alumni, giving the Tigers another connection to the 5-star tackle. 

Cantwell has emerged as one of the nations premiere offensive line recruits, even being two classes out from touching a college football field. Now ranked as the second best player in the country, the high ranking does not change anything.

"I think its great that they think I'm a good player. At the end of the day, it's about how hard you work when you get to a specific program," Cantwell said.

Cantwell is not in a rush to make any sort of decision, as he has many schools knocking at his door. Among the ones that have stood out to him are Oklahoma, Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon, Penn State, Ohio State, USC and Michigan.