Missouri began the weekend with 15 commitments for the class of 2015, hosted just one visitor this weekend, and has now landed three commitments.
#MizzouMade: Memphis, TN! GP— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) January 19, 2015
The first one came out of the blue. Johnathon Johnson, a three-star receiver from Memphis (5'8, 174, 4.48 40 speed according to Rivals), visited Purdue this weekend and had a visit to Memphis scheduled for next weekend. But he returned from West Lafayette and called up Missouri, apparently. He is yet another receiver for the class of 2015; following the departure of all three starters for the second straight year, along with the earlier-than-expected dismissals of Levi Copelin and Lawrence Lee, Mizzou had a dearth of receivers and is very much making up for it in this class. Four of Mizzou's commits are listed as receivers, and a potential fifth receiver, Cam Hilton, is listed as an athlete.
Johnson's low-three-star Rivals rating is nothing amazing, but his commitment is noteworthy in that he is a Memphis kid who chose Mizzou over offers from both Tennessee and Ole Miss. That's pretty big. And there's certainly plenty to like about his highlight film*.
He's got a little bit of a showman side to him, but he also runs like his hair is on fire.
* Insert typical "yes, everybody has good highlight film" disclaimer here. We're looking at degrees of awesome here. And Johnson is much, much faster than everybody else here.
#MizzouMade: Montverde, FL! GP— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) January 19, 2015
Almost every January, Mizzou comes up with an out-of-nowhere find. Franklin Agbasimere is a linebacker from Montverde Academy in Florida; he is from Nigeria and has only been playing football for a couple of years. It probably goes without saying that he is raw, but as we have come to expect from these diamond-in-the-rough finds, he is absurdly explosive.
I mean, that first highlight. Goodness.
Agbasimere was far enough off the radar that he doesn't actually have a Rivals rating yet. But at 6'2, 220, with 4.5 speed and what appears to be the ability to reach full speed awfully quickly, he's an awfully exciting prospect.
Neither of these prospects actually visited this weekend; Justin Smith, a late-blooming, 6'7 wideout from Dublin, Ga., did, and he told PowerMizzou that he loved everything about his Mizzou visit. A few hours later, he evidently committed, too.
Smith is the exact opposite of Johnson in terms of stature, but his film shows plenty to like, too.
His West Laurens offensive coordinator evidently liked going both horizontally and vertically to the big man, and he proved adept at both. He's not incredibly shifty -- again, he's 6'7, 200, so that's not to be expected -- but he has good one-move-and-go abilities here, and he seems to have pretty good ball skills.
These three commitments put Mizzou at 18 heading into two big recruiting weekends. Mizzou is not expected to exceed about 22 commits or so, but there could be a few impending transfers that we haven't heard about yet. Regardless, all three of today's commits have athleticism to burn and could be fun to watch in coming years.