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Tiger of a different stripe: ex-Mizzou DB lands at Memphis

Kendial Lawrence, Donovan Bonner, Will Ebner, Robert Steeples AP

After leaving Mizzou at the end of last month, Robert Steeples will reportedly have a new school before the current month comes to an end.

The defensive back confirmed to the Memphis Commercial Appeal Wednesday that he has decided to transfer to Memphis.  In late April, Steeples announced that he would be leaving Missouri and playing his senior season elsewhere.

As Steeples (pictured, kinda, bottom left) will graduate from Mizzou this month and will enter a grad program not offered at his former school, he will be eligible immediately to play for the Tigers in 2012.

One of the biggest reasons behind Steeples’ decision to transfer to Memphis appears to be the presence of Barry Odom on Justin Fuente‘s first coaching staff at the school.  Odom served as safeties coach at Mizzou before being hired as Fuente’s defensive coordinator late last year.

As noted by the Commercial Appeal, the loss of one of Memphis’ starting corners to a transfer this spring should give Steeples the opportunity to come in and compete for a starting job right away.

During his time at Mizzou, Steeples played in 39 games but started just one of those contests. He was a three-star member of the Tigers’ 2008 recruiting class.

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