Some discussion topics for you as we enter the afternoon hours of National Signing Day:
1. Read this (free) PowerMizzou article on surprise signee Charles Harris. His odds of success certainly aren't incredibly high, and he is as raw as raw can be, but ... man, do you want to root for him.
2. We rank classes based on cumulative point totals. Remember that. Small classes are punished for being small ... and almost nobody in the SEC signs small classes.
Right now, Mizzou ranks 48th in Rivals' team rankings but 28th in per-recruit average w/just 20 signees.— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) February 6, 2013
Now, that math is not quite right; I didn't realize when I posted that, but Mizzou's per-recruit average does not include two currently unrated signees: Duron Singleton (likely three stars) and Harris (likely two). So that bumps Mizzou's 3.06 average down to 3.00, which would rank around 31st-32nd. Not elite, but not attached with the same stigma as 48th, Mizzou's current overall Rivals ranking.
Working on the cliche over-signing story. Only two programs in the SEC have not signed over 25 in a class since 2009. Can you guess?— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) February 6, 2013
#Mizzou has not signed a full class (25) since 2009. Vanderbilt the only SEC school to have that same record, but Vandy has 24 in '13.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) February 6, 2013
Also, the top three schools in the SEC in APR (Vandy, Mizzou and Florida tied at 2) averaged the least signees per year since 2009.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) February 6, 2013
Missouri has averaged 20.6 signees a year since 2009. Vandy and Florida next at 22.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) February 6, 2013
Food for thought: What program does Mizzou want to be moving forward? Do you want to become one of the "tons of signees, kick a ton of kids off the team each year" kind of program, or do you want to continue to try to win with the family atmosphere Mizzou has sold for years? Not an easy question to answer.
(That said, that star average certainly needs to improve if you want Mizzou's ceiling to be higher than about 8-4. You won't find anybody arguing otherwise.)
3. Ezekiel Elliott announces his decision at 4pm. Sounds like he's about the only other iron in the fire at this point. MIZ-EZE.