2013 Missouri Football recruiting: Mizzou signs 20

The Tigers have 19 known commitments heading into National Signing Day on February 6.

Chase Abbington (6'4, 210, RB, ****; St. Louis, MO)
Alec Abeln (6'4, 275, OL, ***; St. Louis, MO)
Josh Augusta (6'5, 275, OL, ***; Peoria, IL)
Eric Beisel (6'4, 235, LB; ***, Fenton, MO)
Joe Burkett (6'3, 200, LB, ***; Jefferson City, MO)
Nate Crawford (6'4, 260, DL, ***; Pensacola, FL)
Harneet Gill (6'7, 260, OL, ***; St. Charles, MO)
Trent Hosick (6'2, 215, QB, ***; Kansas City, MO)
A.J. Logan (6'2, 310, DT, NR; Columbia, MO)
Marcus Loud (6'4, 235, DE, ***; Houston, TX)
J'Mon Moore (6'3, 178, WR, ***; Missouri City, TX)
Aarion Penton (5'9, 165, DB, ***; St. Louis, MO)
Eddie Printz (6'4, 212, QB, ***; Marietta, GA)
Jason Reese (6'4, 220, TE, ***; Euless, TX)
Clay Rhodes (6'6, 265, OL, ***; Stilwell, KS)
Shaun Rupert (6'2, 180, DB, ***; Montgomery, AL)
Anthony Sherrils (6'1, 175, ATH, ***; Kansas City, MO)
Duron Singleton (6'1, 210, DB, ***; New Orleans, LA; Fresno City C.C.)
Antar Thompson (6'3, 295, DT; ***; Maplewood, MO)


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The 2013 freshmen apparently pass the eyeball test.

"We're really really pleased with the freshman class overall. You like getting them in here and seeing them. As you well know, we always believe in our evaluation system, but I'm really, really, really pleased with this class."

Gary Pinkel in the 8/3 PowerMizzou practice report. Here's to hoping, right?
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Mizzou Links, 6-3-13

Mizzou adds a late qualifier to the 2013 recruiting class, DeMarre Carroll is a happy guy, and the baseball upgrades begin.

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Recruiting, 2014 and doing what we do

Diving into bios, doing what we do, looking to 2014, and acknowledging that it's okay to be both excited and concerned.

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Someone named Charles Harris signs with Mizzou

Name Charles Harris
Position DE
Height, Weight 6'4, 220
City (School) Kansas City, MO (Lincoln Prep)
Rating (Rivals) NR
Rating (ESPN) NR
Other Offers of Note None, I guess?
2013 Depth Chart There isn't a lot of playing time available at DE this year, so if that's his position of choice, he's a likely redshirt.
2014 Depth Chart With the departure of Michael Sam and Brayden Burnett in 2013, there could be a spot on the two-deep available if he is worth his salt.

From MUtigers.com:

A multisport in-state athlete who excelled on the basketball court for Lincoln Prep High School in Kansas City brings his talents to the gridiron for Mizzou … recorded 60 tackles, 12.0 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior in 2012 … also snagged 15 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns … recognized to the Missouri Football Coaches Association's All-Kansas City Metro third team at defensive end … named league defensive MVP for Lincoln Prep head coach Allen Lee … notched 40 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a junior in 2011 … on the hardwood, earned first team All-Interscholastic League and Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2011-12 … father – William Harris … mother – Deborah Clark … plans to major in biology at Missouri … chose Mizzou for its outstanding academic reputation.

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Duron Singleton signs with Missouri

Name Duron Singleton
Position S
Height, Weight 6'1, 210
City (School) New Orleans, LA (Helen Cox)
Fresno City C.C.
Rating (Rivals) NR
Rating (ESPN) NR
Twitter Handle @dahitman21
Other Offers of Note Wisconsin
2013 Depth Chart Singleton could very quickly provide a big, physical presence next to smaller safeties like Ian Simon and Matt White. One never knows about general competence, but if Singleton is ready, the two-deep is his for the taking.
2014 Depth Chart White is only senior safety, so Singleton's battle for playing time will take place with mostly the same cast of characters in 2014.

Rivals.com:

"I want to be a football player, I'm excited to have the opportunities that are coming," he said. "I grew up liking LSU, but I liked Auburn, Alabama, I'm a college football fan."

Singleton recorded 62 tackles and three interceptions this fall. He projects at free or strong safety in college.

NOLA.com:

A two-time All-District selection at Cox, Singleton has played the past two seasons at Fresno City College where his play earned All-Conference and All-Region honors as a sophomore while attracting official scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Auburn, Utah State, Nevada and other schools.

Singleton visited only Missouri and Syracuse and turned down trips to Auburn and Wisconsin.

“I liked that they’re in the SEC and that my family will be able to come see me play,’’ Singleton said of Missouri on Tuesday via telephone from Fresno. “I like that I’ll be playing against the best competition, the best in the world basically.

“The coaching staff was great. I like how the team is like a family-based program and the type of atmosphere that they have with each other.’’

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J'Mon Moore signs with Missouri

Name J'Mon Moore
Position WR
Height, Weight 6'3, 178
City (School) Missouri City, TX (Elkins)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.7), No. 73 WR
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 74), No. 155 WR
Twitter Handle @jmon_moore
Other Offers of Note Arizona, Iowa, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, West Virginia
2013 Depth Chart Mizzou is stacked with long receivers in 2013, but Moore might find a place if he shows decent polish and top-end speed.
2014 Depth Chart The departures of Marcus Lucas and L'Damian Washington will open up the depth chart a bit for youngsters who don't see many targets in 2013.

Rivals.com:

"I feel it's the best fit for me," Moore said. "I feel good about it. I feel like I can do big things there and help contribute in their quest for a national title."

Moore said he called his recruiting coach, Craig Kuligowski, to deliver the news.

"Coach Kul" didn't hide his excitement.

"He was happy, real happy," Moore said. "He kept telling me he was jumping around, and how excited he was."

ESPN.com:

Moore is a tough receiver to get a feel for. He has very good size, height, long arms and is very smooth for a bigger target. At this level he has been used as a short and deep target with very little route variety to intermediate levels outside of the 18 yard comeback route to the sideline. Drives off the ball with a long, smooth stride. […] However, Moore can be perplexing because he does not come off the ball with much surge or sense of urgency, yet after the catch he gives you just that. His wiggle and elusiveness is very surprising and while he is not a burner, he is quick and shifty with the ball in his hands and can make the first defender miss.

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Nate Crawford signs with Missouri

Name Nate Crawford
Position DT
Height, Weight 6'4, 285
City (School) Pensacola, FL (W. Florida Tech)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 74), No. 75 DT
Other Offers of Note Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Florida
2013 Depth Chart I thought Crawford would have to put on some weight to get ready to play tackle, but MUtigers.com has him listed at 285 this morning. So ... yeah. If he brings it in August, the opportunity is available.
2014 Depth Chart By 2014, Crawford should be carrying 300 good pounds. It'll come down to talent because he'll be pretty physically impressive.

Rivals.com:

A majority of schools are recruiting the 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect as a defensive end, but if he continues to grow some may look to move him inside. He is fine with wherever he lines up at when he reaches the next level.

"If they move me, I will make the shift," Crawford said. "I am going to work my butt off wherever they put me at."

ESPN.com:

Crawford is a defensive line prospect who could land at defensive end in the right scheme, but we feel he will more ideally fit as a defensive tackle at the college level. He has good height and looks to have a fairly thick build at this stage, but will need to continue to add more good mass to his frame to play inside. He displays a good initial burst off the ball. He needs to be more consistent with his pad level, but demonstrates the ability to be able to take on a blocker and hold his ground. He is active with his hands when taking on blocks.

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Marcus Loud signs with Missouri

Name Marcus Loud
Position DE
Height, Weight 6'4, 245
City (School) Houston, TX (Wheatley)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.7), No. 27 DE
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 75), No. 79 DE
Other Offers of Note Colorado, Iowa State, Michigan State, TCU, Texas Tech, Wake Forest
2013 Depth Chart Missouri is reasonably well-stocked with experience at defensive end, but Mizzou's pass rush was far from elite in 2012. Loud does not come in with the reputation as a speed rusher, but there is at least a little bit of opportunity here.
2014 Depth Chart Michael Sam is the only defensive end departing after 2013, but Loud could be a feature on the two-deep if he lives up to a decent rating.

Rivals.com:

"I really like their academic standards," Loud said. "They want you to fit their ideal of a student, and I liked that."

Education is important to Loud. He sets lofty goals on the field, and off the field they're even loftier. He said he plans to major in early education and kinesiology at Mizzou.

On the field, Loud said it's more than his size and speed that helps him succeed.

"My heart and dedication," Loud said. "I have a good motor and a will to survive, to outlast the opponent."

ESPN.com:

He demonstrates the ability to be stout when taking on blockers as he can bend and play in a solid 'football position' and flashes the ability to bring his hands and use his reach to create some separation. He can be tough at the point of attack, but at times can seem and almost catch blockers and when he does he can give ground. Looks to need to build speed some but has solid range. Has some pass rushing upside, but needs to keep developing.

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Antar Thompson signs with Missouri

Name Antar Thompson
Position DT
Height, Weight 6'3, 300
City (School) Maplewood, MO (Richmond Heights)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.7), No. 35 DT
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 79), No. 37 DT
Other Offers of Note Kansas State
2013 Depth Chart Rumor has it Thompson is unlikely to qualify and will get placed at a junior college before coming to Columbia in 2015.
2014 Depth Chart Ditto.

Rivals.com:

"I put pressure on the quarterback," Thompson said.

His coach, Brandon Gregory, is more effusive in his praise.

"SEC caliber," Gregory said. "I've played football at the highest level, so I've seen a lot of guys. To sum it up, he's big and aggressive, but athletic. I've seen big guys who can't move. He can do both. He moves really well and demands double and triple teams. He frees up space for the linebackers to make plays, and they love him.

"He's a stud."

ESPN.com:

He is a big kid who can overpower his current level of competition, but he does need to keep improving and being more consistent with his technique. He will run to the ball and flashes the ability to move well for his size, but needs to be sure to use good angles and not hesitate in his pursuit. As a pass rusher has bull rush ability. Will flash the ability to attack half-a-man, but you see little in the way of hand usage and he needs to learn to better use his weapons and develop some moves that play to his strengths like the power rip to help him clear from blockers.

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Jason Reese signs with Missouri

Name Jason Reese
Position TE
Height, Weight 6'4, 220
City (School) Euless, TX (Trinity)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 73), No. 23 TE
Twitter Handle @TheJasonReese
Other Offers of Note Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, TCU
2013 Depth Chart In an offense that might be focusing on the tight end more, he becomes just the third scholarship tight end on the roster. To say the least, he could be in line for early playing time if he's ready.
2014 Depth Chart One of the two other tight ends, Eric Waters, is a senior, so he and Sean Culkin represent the de facto two-deep at this position.

Rivals.com:

Being a major asset for a team considered one of the top programs in the state of Texas, Trinity (12-1), Reese spent most of his time either in the backfield or outside as a possession wide receiver.

"I did a lot of Z-back and H-back stuff," Reese said. "This year will be my first year at tight end and I just started doing it during this spring. I felt like I did really good not only going out there and catching the ball but blocking too. I can be a real disadvantage for linebackers that I go up against."

ESPN.com:

Reese is a big high school wide receiver who will likely transition into more of a tight end / H-Back role at the next level. He has good height with adequate bulk and will need to work to continue to fill out his long lean frame. He flashes a solid pair of hands with the ability to be able to extend for the ball. Flashes the ability to be able to adjust to balls thrown outside his frame. […] He will need development working from an in-line position in particular and will need to watch pad level and continue to develop overall technique. If allowed to block on the move and get a running start and utilize angles he demonstrates the ability to develop into an effective blocker.

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Eric Beisel signs with Missouri

Name Eric Beisel
Position LB
Height, Weight 6'4, 235
City (School) Fenton, MO (Rockwood Summit)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.6), No. 45 ILB
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 82), No. 15 ILB
Twitter Handle @ericzeusbeisel
Other Offers of Note Arizona State, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska
2013 Depth Chart Mizzou has a lot of candidates for action at linebacker in 2013 but few guarantees. Beisel could pretty quickly carve out a spot on the second team with a good August. At his size, however, one has no choice but to watch and see if the staff decides to put more size on him and move him to DE.
2014 Depth Chart If he stays at linebacker, then time will open up in 2014, after both Andrew Wilson and Donovan Bonner graduate.

Rivals.com:

"They call him a throwback," Cathy Beisel said. "He's been compared to some of the older, bigger, physical linebackers. I think that's why Illinois was so interested. They kept talking about Butkus U."

His nickname is a throwback to an even older time, and might come off as a loaded moniker. How do you live up to the greatest Greek god of them all?

There's no going back on "Zeus" for Beisel, however. Too many people have claimed they started the nickname.

"I think it might have started in JV baseball," Eric Beisel said. "I hit with a lot of power and my head coach claims that he started calling me "Zeus" my freshman year. It kind of carried over, and when I started to shine on the football field, whenever I made a big hit, I could hear the echo of "Zeus" in the stands."

The stands will certainly get larger for Beisel, and he's been aware of that since offers started rolling in last fall. As a freshman, he weighed 175 pounds. According to his father, Eric realized at that time he would have to gain weight and put in work in the weight room to get college attention. Now, he weighs nearly 240 pounds, and looks like a defensive end playing middle linebacker. […]

Missouri is the next step, but it isn't the last one for Beisel. Cathy Beisel's "goal-oriented" youngest son is planning a long football career.

"When he says he's going to be in the NFL, he's serious," Cathy Beisel said.

ESPN.com:

Beisel is a tough, knock 'em back linebacker with the range and underneath coverage skills needed to make big plays. He has the size and athleticism for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition and his frame should be able to support additional bulk over time, provided his flexibility and athleticism are not compromised. He is a tough wrap tackler and a punishing finisher who doesn't allow leaky yardage after contact. He puts ball carriers on the ground with impact. He should be able to handle a variety of assignments as a special teams player. Although we see some hip tightness when playing in space, his instincts and nose for the football get him in position to make plays.

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Shaun Rupert signs with Missouri

Name Shaun Rupert
Position S
Height, Weight 6'2, 180
City (School) Montgomery, AL (Carver)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 73), No. 69 S
Twitter Handle @ShaunR_3
Other Offers of Note Arkansas State, Harvard, Kentucky, Minnesota, Penn State, UCF, USF, Wake Forest
2013 Depth Chart Missouri has a lot of decent options at safety but no true standouts. If Rupert shines in August, he could certainly crack into the rotation.
2014 Depth Chart There are no seniors in the safety rotation right now, so if he doesn't make it into the two-deep in 2013, the battle will continue with the same players next fall.

Rivals.com:

Rupert began to hear from Missouri in early January, when Pat Washington joined Gary Pinkel's staff as the new wide receiver coach. Washington recruited Rupert while he coached at Kentucky. After joining Missouri's staff, Washington passed along Rupert's name.

"Before that, I don't think they recruited my area at all," Rupert said. "He told them about me, and he said it came down to around five safeties they were looking at, but they decided to offer me."

ESPN.com:

Falling under the radar some, Rubert shows flashes of BCS caliber defensive back play and has a lot of physical ability like size and range for a program to develop. Has a good frame, stride and length with the room to continue filling out and adding the bulk needed to improve as a run support. Best asset is his ability to cover ground and make plays in all three levels of the defense from different alignments. This young man can run and recover quickly but his speed is more straight-line. Gets downhill quickly for alley run support when starting from a high-point position. Shows good long speed and range and also the ability to transition quickly and drive on the ball in front of him with solid burst. When timed right he jumps routes with the explosion and closing speed possessed by upper-tier safety prospects. […] Our main concern as a projected safety is his marginal tackling skills. Tends to lunge without breaking down or wrapping up in space. Lets up leaky yardage.

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A.J. Logan signs with Missouri

Name A.J. Logan
Position DT
Height, Weight 6'0, 315
City (School) Columbia, MO (Rock Bridge)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 72), No. 91 DT
2013 Depth Chart The late bloomer certainly has the requisite size to make a quick impact, but one must wait and see if he is polished and/or talented enough to warrant early playing time.
2014 Depth Chart After a year in the weight room, taking off some pounds and replacing them with good weight, Logan could be a physical force. Again, though, it will come to pure talent. Opportunity exists if he's ready.

Rivals.com:

"I've gotten a lot stronger and I might have gotten a little bit faster but it's just my overall maturity level," Logan said. "The game has slowed way down and it just seems to come naturally now."

His coach agrees.

"He's obviously got great size but his intelligence and overall understanding of the game has come along," Ofodile said. He understands schemes, he understands the technique. Obviously, there needs to be another step in that at the college level but he's right there."

"Right there," is also a good way to describe how far Logan will be from home when he enrolls at Mizzou. The hometown talent grew up rooting for the Tigers and committed on the spot upon receiving a Tiger offer.

"To me, there are a couple kinds of recruits," Ofodile said. "You get the flavor of the month type where they like the school on a hot streak. Or you have the type of kid that says 'this is my dream school, this is home for me, this is where I always want to be.' Those kids revel in the wins and hurt on the losses. It's not they lost, it's we lost. And A.J. falls into that category."

ESPN.com:

Like many big men he needs to watch his pad level as he can play tall at times, but does demonstrate the ability to fire out low and keep solid pad level when taking on blocks. While he does not display great initial quicks, he does display some solid flexibility for his size and above average playing strength. He can be active and at times violent with his hands flashing the ability to shoot them and separate and shed. He can finish plays when action is at him, but displays marginal range and short-area change-of-direction. As a pass rusher can come up-field hard and flashes ability to create some push back into the pocket and at times be violent with his weapons and knock blockers aside, but looks best suited as more of a run defender and space eater inside. It is possible that this prospect lands on offense as a guard.

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Josh Augusta signs with Missouri

Name Josh Augusta
Position DT
Height, Weight 6'4, 300
City (School) Peoria, IL (Peoria)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.7), No. 29 DT
Rating (ESPN) **** (Grade: 83), No. 16 DT
Twitter Handle @jaugusta97
Other Offers of Note California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas A&M
2013 Depth Chart Augusta could immediately find playing time if he has a good August.
2014 Depth Chart If he lives up to his hype, he could be a starter by 2014.

Rivals.com:

"It was just a good atmosphere," Augusta said. "There were a lot of players I connected with. They were real cool, and I like how when you first come in they set you up with a 'big brother' who guides you through your freshman year."

Assistant coach Cornell Ford was Augusta's primary recruiter from Missouri. Head coach Gary Pinkel made his in-home visit last weekend and impressed the Augusta family.

"My mom loves him a lot," Augusta said.

ESPN.com:

He displays a good initial burst off the ball. He displays good flexibility and can fire off the ball low and play with good pad level. He is able to gain leverage, hold his ground and, at times, knock blockers back, get up-field and be disruptive. He displays good raw strength to be able to shed, but must do a better job of shooting his hands and creating separation when he engages blockers. He moves well, has nice range and the ability to redirect. […] Augusta is an athletic big man with potential as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He needs to keep developing as a player, but he has raw tools and his best days on the football field are ahead of him.

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Alec Abeln signs with Mizzou

Name Alec Abeln
Position C
Height, Weight 6'3, 280
City (School) St. Louis (University High)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5), No. 15 C
Rating (ESPN) ** (Grade: 66), No. 18 C
Twitter Handle @AlecAbeln
2013 Depth Chart Two different Tigers -- Mitch Morse and Brad McNulty -- got starting experience in 2012, so the odds are long that he would find playing time this early.
2014 Depth Chart If Morse moves to tackle and McNulty struggles, Abeln could be ready to crack the two-deep by 2014.

Rivals.com:

"I had been thinking about it since they offered," Abeln said. "For me, the whole time, there is really not another place in the whole country I would want to play.

"As far as facilities, awesome. As far as the SEC, awesome. As for as the school, it's a great fit for what I want to do."

At the heart of the matter, however, were the people, Abeln said. He explained it was his comfort level with the coaching staff, and the fact that Columbia is "like a second home" that made him quickly pull the trigger. […]

Missouri is a family affair for Abeln. His mother, Julie, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1987. While she was a student, she had an uncommon job.

"She was actually the mascot, Truman the Tiger," Abeln said. "When we came to campus yesterday, the coaches knew me, but when they and the players found that out, they thought it was really cool."

ESPN.com:

Abeln flashes the playing strength and mobility to dominate his present level of competition. […] With added bulk and improved playing strength, this guy should have all the tools necessary to make the run blocks at the next level. His arm length and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection; can set quickly showing good bend and the ability to slide to the deep set point; has double read potential along with the athleticism needed to recover and get out of trouble; demonstrates good initial punch, location and extension. Flashes a nasty finishing effort however more consistency is needed. Abeln appears to be a developmental size prospect needing some time and a red shirt year to grow physically while polishing his skills.

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Aarion Penton signs with Missouri

Name Aarion Penton
Position ATH (probably CB)
Height, Weight 5'10, 180
City (School) St. Louis, MO (CBC)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.5)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 76), No. 111 ATH
Twitter Handle @Miz_Amp_11
2013 Depth Chart If Penton practices well in August, he could technically find himself on the CB two-deep despite decent competition. If he chooses to play WR, a redshirt is all but guaranteed.
2014 Depth Chart E.J. Gaines and Randy Ponder are gone after 2013. The competition for 2014's starting corners is wide open, assuming that's the position he ends up occupying. As a slot WR, he could begin carving out a nice, too; for all of Missouri's potential strength at WR, the Tigers don't have a super-quick slot receiver.

Rivals.com:

Penton committed before even receiving an offer. Immediately, however, Pinkel did offer, and Penton's recruitment began and ended in one conversation. [...]

With his decision made, there's only one choice left for Penton. He needs to decide on a position. Missouri is recruiting him as a cornerback or a slot receiver, but is leaving the choice in his hands.

"I can't decide right now if I want to play offense or defense," Penton said. "I told them I'll play whatever position helps the team."

While Penton's speed and agility make him an electric athlete, he said his best quality on the football field is his desire.

ESPN.com:

Does return both punts and kicks with positive production; will take the ball up the middle while showing steady speed. We see a tough competitor with good RAC production due to his vision and foot quickness. He is not going to be much a threat in the red area, nor is he very physical. Penton does have some size limitations, but demonstrates the skill level necessary for success at the BCS level of play especially if utilized properly.

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Clay Rhodes signs with Missouri

Name Clay Rhodes
Position OT
Height, Weight 6'5, 285
City (School) Stilwell, KS (Blue Valley)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.6)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 76), No. 74 OT
Twitter Handle @clay_rhodes72
Other Offers of Note Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Purdue
2013 Depth Chart See Pete Scantlebury's tweet below. Rhodes might be the most advanced lineman Missouri signs this year and could pretty quickly crack the two-deep.
2014 Depth Chart With Justin Britt departing after the 2013 season, Rhodes will have all the opportunity in the world even if he redshirts in 2013.

Rivals.com:

On Tuesday, Rhodes said he thought and prayed on his decision. He also picked up the phone to call his friend -- and now future teammate -- Trent Hosick.

"He gave me some advice and help with the way I should go about committing," Rhodes said. "He knew for a while I was stuck between Mizzou and Oklahoma State, and his advice was that I needed to be 100 percent sure. I needed to be comfortable where ever I go. […]

Wearing a black Mizzou shirt under a white Blue Valley shirt, Rhodes said he didn't want to get a stain on his shirt. He took off his high school shirt to reveal his undershirt.

"Then I said the eight magic words," Rhodes said. "Coach Hill, I want to be a Tiger."

ESPN.com:

Rhodes combines his athleticism and long frame to gain an advantage when run blocking. Has the size for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition however we see the need to add solid bulk to his frame while improve his overall playing strength and explosion. Displays good flexibility, balance and agility playing out of a three point stance; is aggressive coming off the ball with the initial quickness, agility and balance needed to gain and sustain and immediate advantage. Flashes pop and surge when drive blocking however he doesn't consistently knock defenders off the ball. This is a tough guy who works to finish blocks.

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Chase Abbington signs with Mizzou

The four-star product from Ft. Zumwalt South was one of the first members of the 2013 recruiting class and never wavered through a difficult fall.

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Anthony Sherrils signs with Missouri

Name Anthony Sherrils
Position ATH (could end up anywhere)
Height, Weight 5'11, 180
City (School) Kansas City, MO (Hogan Prep)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.6)
Rating (ESPN) **** (Grade: 80), No. 36 RB
Twitter Handle @YOUNG_ANTLOCC
Other Offers of Note West Virginia
2013 Depth Chart This depends on his position, huh? At RB or WR, Sherrils could find the going rough, though prowess in the return game could come in handy. If he ends up as a DB, his athleticism could earn him a second-string role.
2014 Depth Chart If he ends up an RB, it might not be until 2015 when opportunity presents itself. Still, his athleticism is exciting, and there may be a role for him at WR or, of course, DB.

Rivals.com:

Sherrils described himself as versatile. Last year, Sherrils spent time on both sides of the ball and also time on special teams. He played running back, receiver, safety and cornerback as the Rams went 7-4 in 2011. On offense, Sherrils had 768 total yards and ten touchdowns. On defense, Sherrils finished with 16 tackles and an interception. […]

However, Sherrils already has a strong connection to Missouri. His cousin is Marcus Denmon, the leading scorer for Missouri's fourth-ranked basketball team. Denmon also attended Hogan Prep while he was in high school.

ESPN.com:

Sherrils is an explosive and exciting all-purpose offensive weapon who is an ideal fit as a slot/scatback in the spread offense. He is a tailback/wing in this scheme with experience and production as a receiver and return man. He does not look quite as a tall as his listed height on tape, but he is a sleek athlete with fluid movements and nimble feet. He is fluid picking and sliding through the hole. He knows when to plant and go and pick up the necessary yards. [...] As a receiver, he gets by on pure athleticism. He is not polished yet, but is so smooth in and out of his breaks. He rolls through speed cuts without gearing down and is always moving fast. He flashes the ability to pluck and tuck on the move and his balls skills can appear effortless. There is serious upside for him in the passing game.

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Joe Burkett signs with Missouri

Name Joe Burkett
Position LB
Height, Weight 6'1, 200
City (School) Jefferson City, MO
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.6)
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 78), No. 58 OLB
Twitter Handle @_joeburkett5_
2013 Depth Chart Burkett is certainly a bit on the light side, so one would assume he's a prime candidate for a redshirt and some weight gain. One could also see someone with his speed pretty quickly becoming a special teams weapon.
2014 Depth Chart With Andrew Wilson and Donovan Bonner graduating after 2013, there might be some playing time available at OLB.

Rivals.com:

"Joe is one of those guys that just has unbelievable closing speed," LePage said. "I'd think something was open, and he would shut down that avenue quickly. He's a dynamic player, and his athletcism really stands out when you see him play."

Burkett's athleticism stands out in multiple sports. Burkett is one of the state's best pole vaulters, but it's another sport that set the stage for Burkett to become an FBS defender.

"I would attribute a lot of his prowess to his gymnastics background," LePage said. "His father owns a gymnasium, and for as long as I've known Joey, he could do back handsprings, back tucks, push-ups just on his hands. Anything you can think of. That's where he got a lot of the athletcism, and I think that's done more to help him in football than anything else.

ESPN.com:

Burkett is very effective playing both the run and pass, displaying the range needed to make plays all over the field. Has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. His frame appears capable of handling added bulk over time. This guy is a tough, aggressive tackler who allows very little yardage after contact; should be a very effective special team's coverage defender; also demonstrates the quickness and timing needed to come off the edge and block FG/PAT attempts. We see good movement in space; his hips appear flexible, allowing him to turn and change direction. […] This prospect plays with the motor and intensity needed to be very disruptive against both the run and pass. Burkett does not appear to be an immediate starter at the BCS level of play. However with added bulk prior to entering the collegiate ranks, early playing time is not out of the question.

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Harneet Gill signs with Missouri

Name Harneet Gill
Position OT
Height, Weight 6'6, 270
City (School) St. Charles, MO (Francis Howell)
Rating (Rivals) *** (5.6), No. 70 OT
Rating (ESPN) *** (Grade: 75), No. 96 OT
Twitter Handle @Harneet_gill
2013 Depth Chart I don't know ... do you think there's opportunity at OT? It'll depend on how far he's come from a 2012 injury, though.
2014 Depth Chart With a year to put on weight, Gill could be a quick contributor at tackle if he is ready for it.

Rivals.com:

"I was planning on committing," Gill said. "But I needed someone's words of advice. What am I waiting for? Am I waiting for USC to come offer? Would I pick them? I thought to myself, 'No, I would pick Mizzou over them.'"

For Gill, the decision to stay in-state was the sum of a handful of advantages.

"It's too good," Gill said. "I'll be playing for my home state. I'll be playing in the SEC. We have a class coming in that can help us win a national championship."

ESPN.com:

This guy has the balance and agility to play on his feet in space and adjust to quick change of direction moves. Shows the ability to gain leverage on shaded down linemen; displays the athleticism necessary to consistently get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders. With added bulk and improved playing strength we feel this lineman should be able to make all the run blocks at the next level. His long arms and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection; demonstrates the ability set with good bend and slide. However all areas of hand use will need to improve; lacks great punch and location and doesn't put his outstanding reach to good use.

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Mizzou Links, 2-6-13

National Signing Day is here. Buckle up.

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The class that saved the Pinkel era

Gary Pinkel has signed classes that ranked higher and lower than his 2005 haul, but none were more important to the Pinkel era.

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Has Mizzou addressed its needs?

Missouri's 2013 recruiting class will not rank near the top, or even the middle, of the SEC hierarchy. But if it addresses Mizzou's key needs, it could still play a positive role in Mizzou's future.

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Elite RB Visiting Mizzou as we speak

The elite RB out of John Burroughs in STL is taking an official visit to the University of Missouri this weekend.

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OL Jake Campos now headed to Iowa State.

As I mentioned before, it's part of the Bad Season Checklist that a few committed recruits will end up looking elsewhere. It's just going to happen, and your hope has to be minimizing the damage. I'm still (perhaps irrationally) confident that Lee's Summit linebacker Nick Ramirez (who decommitted to take visits recently) will end up a Tiger, but we can cross another name off the board.

Word began to leak yesterday morning that Campos had flipped. Unfortunately, it appears that Mizzou isn't going to get a chance to woo him back. Campos is a four-star lineman according to Rivals.com, and the W. Des Moines product has evidently decided to stay closer to home. Two thoughts:

1. Physically, Campos is still a work in progress (he's still listed at 6'7, 250) and may not have been a serious threat to play as a true freshman until he got some more good weight on him. But this still stinks for a couple of obvious reasons. First, he's apparently got four-star potential. Mizzou needs as many of those guys as possible. But further, he's an offensive lineman. That makes three high-ceiling linemen Mizzou has lost in about the last 12 months or so. Last year, Mizzou had scored commitments from two such linemen: Simon Goines and Germain Ifedi. Goines decided to go to UCLA and has started all 13 games this season. Ifedi, meanwhile, already cracked the second string at A&M. Every team suffers decommits over time, but it is very, very unfortunate that these three have all come on the offensive line, the same unit that a) suffered some graduation-related attrition after 2011 and b) got absolutely, positively waylaid by injuries in 2012. Spread these injuries and defections out, and you can survive. Instead, Mizzou's depth in an incredibly important unit has been decimated.

2. When Campos committed, being that he was a four-star out-of-stater I figured there was a chance he might end up choosing to stay close to home if Mizzou struggled in 2012. Highly-touted out-of-staters are the first ones you worry about in the decommitment portion of the Bad Season Checklist. But to the extent that I was worried about this, it was instinctively a fear of him going to Iowa. It hit me yesterday just how much ISU could benefit from the fact that Iowa is a bit of a dumpster fire at the moment. Good for Paul Rhoads, I guess.

There should be quite a bit of other recruiting news in the next week or so, as Mizzou's major official visitors are coming up fast. Here's to hoping the news we'll be passing along is of the good variety.

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Florida DE Nate Crawford commits to Mizzou

The 260-pounder is Mizzou's 16th known commitment in the class of 2013.

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Eddie Printz, Jr., commits to Mizzou.

Eddie Printz, Jr., commits to Mizzou. The Georgia quarterback was previously committed to SMU and UCLA.

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Florida LB/DE Darren Hambrick commits

The SEC legacy becomes the 16th known commitment in Missouri's 2013 recruiting class.

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