A versatile, play-making running back, Abbington’s speed and quickness along with his large, athletic frame, should be huge assets at Mizzou and stood out to the Mizzou coaching staff … A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com and rated as the No. 30 running back in the class of 2013 … Ranked 20th on Rivals’ Top 100 Junior College prospects list this season … Spent the last two seasons at Hutchinson Community College after committing to Mizzou following his senior season at Fort Zumwalt … Followed the same career arch as former Tiger All-SEC performer and fellow St. Louis native Markus Golden, committing to Mizzou before spending time at Hutchinson … Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and ran for 832 yards in 11 games as a freshman at Hutchinson before redshirting as a sophomore … Coming out of high school, Abbington was one of the nation’s premier athletes, ranked inside Rivals.com’s “Rivals250” … considered the No. 2 recruit in Missouri’s class of 2013 by ESPN.com and Rivals.com … selected to ESPN.com’s “ESPN300” list of top recruits in the nation … rated by Rivals.com 12th-best athlete in the nation … totaled 939 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2012 for Fort Zumwalt South High School and head coach Scott Fulton.
Mother – Amy Benlien … Chose Mizzou over offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA, Illinois, Arkansas and Michigan among others. … Has indicated an interest in studying sports medicine while at Mizzou … Will have three years to play three seasons as a Tiger.