Mizzou currently has 24 commits in this 2014 class. That is a huge number for Gary Pinkel, who has never been one to over-recruit or grey-shirt guys as some big-name (and SEC) schools have been known to do. So how many of those guys are from the SEC footprint, and how are we getting them?
Fully half of this class, 12 kids, are from SEC states. This includes six from Florida, three from Tennessee, two from Georgia and one from a Mississippi community college. If you combine Mizzou's previous six recruiting classes, they only had 11 total commits from SEC states. GP appears to be attacking the SEC states with the same recruiting ferocity that they went into Tejas with, and it seems to be paying off.
Missouri's commits according to PowerMizzou:
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We also will have a few people from this class report in December, so they wil count against last year's class
Since you cannot have more than 25 in a class that all start at the same time. I believe 3 people from this current group will attempt to report in December, so they will go towards the previous class, lowering our number to 21. There is also some talk that Darnell Green-Beckham may reclassify to 2015 due to his health (which is evidently good, but he will need a lot of time to recover from his treatment). That would knock us down to 20. Of those 20, I have to wager at least one does not end up here (either by academics or a change in heart), so that would move us back further. In the end, I believe we probably have a half dozen spots left. - The Beef
I'd think you'd have to point to Mizzou's caravans as a huge boon for this early success in recruiting. They are doing well in Georgia (the dozen or so Tigers on the Falcons' roster doesn't hurt), and the coaches must have weekend homes down there as well. Since August 26, five recruits have committed to Mizzou from Florida and Georgia alone. The PowerMizzou folks and others say that Mizzou is still in the mix on a few more guys, and a couple of them could be big gets. Here's to hoping that this season keepings going the way it has gone so far and gives coaches every opportunity to show how good Mizzou can be both on and off the field.
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One more thing: As Bill has said in the past, a down season (like last year) can hurt a current season's recruiting faster than a good season can help it. Mizzou keeping up this winning and looking good against SEC teams will certainly help recruiting, but it will most likely help with this year's juniors and the 2015 class.