2014 Missouri football recruiting links: Mizzou fends off late advances, plants flags in South

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Missouri coaches fended off late charges from local schools and landed some intriguing prospects from the South.

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MUtigers.com: Mizzou Announces 2014 Football Signing Class
The Trib: Missouri hangs on to recruits
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): RECRUITING RECAP: A look back at Missouri's productive signing day morn
The Missourian: Missouri football excited about 2014 recruits despite class rankings
The Missourian: Missouri football's low recruiting rankings similar to past classes
The Missourian: The ones that got away: Best recruits Missouri football missed out on
KC Star: Missouri coach Gary Pinkel believes in his recruiting system, not rankings
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's haul stands at 28 signees
PowerMizzou: Commentary: No star-gazing allowed
PowerMizzou: Coaches on the Class
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Signing Day 2014
PowerMizzou: 2014 Signing Day photos
Fox Sports MW: Pinkel pleased with Mizzou's 28-man recruiting class
Mizzou Network: Signing Day 2014: Gary Pinkel on Mizzou's Class of '14

Location, Location, Location

The Missourian: INTERACTIVE MAP: Tigers' recruiting class hails from Midwest, Southeast
Post-Dispatch: Southern flavor marks Mizzou recruiting class

Several of Mizzou’s recruits made oral commitments back in the summer and fall, a few of which led to head-to-head SEC recruiting battles in the final days leading up to national signing day. Missouri’s coaches won the two most high-profile campaigns at the 11th hour: Tavon Ross, a safety from Cochran, Ga., stuck with his commitment to Mizzou over late offers from Alabama and Georgia. Rocel McWilliams, a defensive end from Pensacola, Fla., didn’t waver from his early pledge, signing with MU after Florida entered the picture in recent weeks.

"It got hectic," Missouri safeties coach Alex Grinch said.

That’s coach code for terrifying.

"It’s part of the reason you’re paid to stress," Grinch said. "And we do a lot of that." [...]

"In the Big 12 that happened to us all the time, especially after we had success," Pinkel said. "You look at our roster and say, ‘Well, gosh, they’re winning.’ … I think (other teams) respect our program. They go back and evaluate. And a bunch of people tried to get in on several other players. You know, we were fortunate to hang on to them."

PowerMizzou: Planting a flag

Quarterback

Running Back

Trevon Walters
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: RB Trevon Walters

Ish Witter
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: RB Ish Witter

Wide Receiver

KC Star: Missouri hauls in big crop of wide receivers as football signings come in

Nate Brown
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: WR Nate Brown

Lawrence Lee
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: WR Lawrence Lee

DeSean Blair
PowerMizzou: FREE: Blair talks decision
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: WR DeSean Blair

Thomas Richard
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: WR Thomas Richard

Keyon Dilosa
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: WR Keyon Dilosa

Darnell Green(-Beckham)
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: WR Darnell Green-Beckham

Tight End

Kendall Blanton
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: TE Kendall Blanton

Offensive Line

Andy Bauer
The Missourian: De Smet offensive lineman Andy Bauer picks Missouri
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: OL Andy Bauer

Paul Adams
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: OL Paul Adams

Kevin Pendleton
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: OL Kevin Pendleton

Sam Bailey
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: OL Sam Bailey

Defensive End

Rocel McWilliams
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: DE Rocel McWilliams

Spencer Williams
PowerMizzou: Mizzou flips Williams
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: DE Spencer Williams

Walter Brady
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: DE Walter Brady

Linebacker

Grant Jones
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: ATH Grant Jones

Roderick Winters
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: LB Roderick Winters

Defensive Back

Raymond Wingo
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: CB Raymond Wingo

Greg Taylor
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: S Greg Taylor

Tavon Ross
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: S Tavon Ross

Thomas Wilson
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: ATH Thomas Wilson

Finis Stribling
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI SIGNEE: CB Finis Stribling IV

Early Signees

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): SIGNING DAY: Missouri fills out its Class of 2014

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