LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — One of the highest-rated football prospects in Kansas City-area history picked his college on Monday, and is staying close to home.

Lee’s Summit North senior Williams Nwaneri is the number one defensive lineman in the country, the top player in the state of Missouri, and the third-best player in the country, according to recruiting rankings. He committed to the University of Missouri

Nwaneri’s top five schools coming into Monday were Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia and Tennessee.

Last season, Nwaneri garnered 10 tackles for loss and 12 sacks on a defense where he mostly played at defensive tackle. He projects to be an EDGE at the next level but could be a versatile piece for his future defensive coordinator.

The Broncos lost in the Missouri Class 6 state championship game to Christian Brothers College in overtime last season and hope to change that fate this year.

FOX4 will have more reaction from Nwaneri’s decision during Monday newscasts and on this page.