Mizzou Links, 2-4-11

Rutland made the Combine cut. (Photo via Bill Carter.)

Hey, look who actually has to go to work today!  Because I only shared MU-OSU links yesterday, I have quite a few leftover links from National Signing Day to share below.  And yes, there's a "So ... How'd Recruiting Go?" post in the works.

Mizzou Basketball Links

Big 12 Basketball Links

Mizzou Football Links

  • NFLcombine.net: NFL Combine Official Invite List (Mizzou players: Blaine Gabbert, Aldon Smith, Kevin Rutland)
  • Recruiting
    MUtigers.com: Football Announces 2011 Recruiting Class
    We Are Mizzou: Signing Day 2011
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel unveils 2011 recruiting class
    The Trib: Missouri recruiting class reflects limitations
    The Trib: Mizzou relies on trusty system to project recruits
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Signing Day notebook

    The Tigers scoured Texas for the positions on defense that demand speed, agility, quickness. As usual, MU didn’t get the biggest bodies or hottest prospects from the Lone Star State, but Pinkel’s Texas recruiters have established a track record for identifying the second-tier athletes there and developing them into contributors, most of them, immediate contributors. Of the linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks that MU signed out of Texas from 2006-09, all but one has become a starter or, at worse, a key backup: Sean Weatherspoon, Kevin Rutland, Will Ebner, Kip Edwards, Zaviar Gooden, Kenji Jackson, Tavon Bolden, Donovan Bonner, Matt White. The only one who hasn’t panned out was Gilbert Moye, who came to MU as a safety, moved to tailback and eventually transferred. Otherwise, MU knows what it’s looking for in Texas and almost always produces a return on its investment. Yesterday, MU signed another six Texas linebackers, safeties and corners.

    That's an absolutely staggering tidbit.

    The Missourian: Missouri football signs 17 players to 2011 recruiting class
    PowerMizzou: Tiger coaches on the Class of 2011
    PowerMizzou: A changing landscape
    PowerMizzou: PMTV: Pinkel on the class
    Post-Dispatch: Mizzou continues trend of recruiting heavily in Texas
    Examiner.com: Despite lack of national recognition, Missouri enjoys solid National Signing Day
    KC Star: MU's Pinkel anticipates Sheldon Richardson will arrive for summer
    KC Star (Campus Corner): When criticizing MU recruiting class, remember the Class of '06

    Rivals.com’s latest listing ranks MU’s recruiting class 44th nationally and seventh in the now 10-team Big 12 behind Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and even Kansas.

    Part of that is because the Rivals.com rankings are influenced greatly by sheer numbers of signees. Missouri didn’t lose much from last season and signed only 17.

    Part of it is because Pinkel picks players that fit his system, his program, without regard to ranking.

    The Class of 2006 is perhaps the prime example of how that can pay off.

    That class of 25 was ranked 47th by Rivals.com, having only one four-star player in two-time All-American Jeremy Maclin.

    Three-star recruits that year included Tim Barnes, Pig Brown, Jared Perry and Kevin Rutland and two over-achieving two star recruits, All-Americans Danario Alexander and Sean Weatherspoon.

  • KC Star: Steelers' Ziggy Hood hasn't forgotten his roots at Mizzou

Other Football Links

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Wrestling
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Prepare For Pair of Big 12 Duals
    Daily Oklahoman: Missouri wrestlers double dipping with OU, OSU on back-to-back nights
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Defeats Nebraska, 76-69
    The Missourian: Brown's clutch play leads MU women's basketball to a home win
    The Missourian: Small crowd sees Missouri's win over Nebraska
  • Mizzou Softball
    MUtigers.com: Taylor, Marsten Named to Top-50 Watch List

Other

  • Wired.com: No Easy Fixes as Internet Runs Out of Addresses (We're screwed.)
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