Boonville (Mo.) High Top247 2022 edge rusher DJ Wesolak announced his commitment to Missouri during the first day of the Early Signing Period on Wednesday during a live broadcast on CBS Sports HQ.

Wesolak chose to stay home over LSU and several others. Wesolak was actually in Baton Rouge this past weekend but his heart is in Columbia.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Wesolak is commit No. 16 for head coach Eliah Drinkwitz and the Tigers in this 2022 recruiting cycle, a class that rises three spots to No. 11 in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings.

“It’s home for me,” Wesolak said. “I’ve been recruited by Drinkwitz the whole time, Luther (Burden) and them reached out the whole time, make sure to stay home.

“I want to be known as a hometown hero. I want to be somewhere that can get the job done. I’m sick of them coming up short on defense every year and we want to go for a championship every year like every SEC school.”

The 247Sports Composite ranks Wesolak as the nation’s No. 14 edge and No. 193 prospect overall. Besides Burden, Drinkwitz and his staff have also landed highly-recruited prospects in quarterback Sam Horn, running back Tavorus Jones, offensive lineman Deshawn Woods, defensive lineman Marquis Gracial, safety Isaac Thompson and receiver Ja’Marion Wayne. Half the class ranks four-stars or better.

“I’m going to be a big-time player here,” Wesolak said. “Thats where the decision came from. When I come here Coach (Steve) Wilks and Coach (DJ) Smith bring out my skillset and be a hybrid player and play everywhere on the field defensively and making plays.”

Wesolak will play in the All-American Bowl and 247Sports National Analyst Allen Trieu wrote this about the future Tiger.

“Athletic defender who has played standing up and from a three-point in high school and could project to either in college. Has the frame and length to bulk up into a down defensive end, but could fit with 3-4 teams as an outside backer. Very quick off the ball and has good play speed. Shows motor and does not give up on plays. Athletic enough to where if he gets cut, can regain his feet and get home. Aggressive and plays fast, but the times where he needs to stay home and be disciplined, he does it. Pursues hard and has the foot speed to track down plays to the flanks. Violent when taking on blocks. Still needs to develop more pass-rush arsenal as far as technique and moves. Has not been challenged in that regard at the high school level as he has not seen a lot of offensive linemen who can match him talent wise. Clear high-major prospect who has developed through high school including with his approach to the game and should be an impact player in college and potential draft choice.”

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