Much has been written about Missouri's ability to recruit players from the Southeast since the Tigers' entry into the SEC, but on Sunday the Tigers discovered the recruiting trail can be a two-way street.

Alabama landed a commitment from tight end Hale Hentges, the No. 56 player in the ESPN 300 and the No. 2 player in Missouri.

Hentges selected the Crimson Tide after landing scholarship offers from more than 30 other schools, but in the end he picked Alabama over the in-state Tigers. For Alabama, it's another addition to what already ranks as the best 2015 recruiting class, and for Missouri it was a significant recruiting defeat.

The Tigers do have a tight end commitment in next year's class in Daniel Imatorbhebhe, but Hentges is the second best tight end in the country and lives only 30 minutes from Missouri's campus.

Hentges, who is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, caught 61 passes for 940 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He said he was recruited to play H-back at Alabama by tight ends coach Bobby Williams.