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2015 Missouri football recruiting: Front seven the focus of last two visit weekends

Two weekends remain before National Signing Day. Let's take a look at who Gary Pinkel and his staff have coming to town.


According to the Rivals database, Mizzou is hosting 10 prospects for official visits this weekend. Some of them have long been committed to the Tigers (Drew Lock, Cam Hilton, Emanuel Hall) and some are more recent commits (Marcell Frazier, Franklin Agbasimere), but five others are either uncommitted or committed elsewhere.

DT T.D. Moton (6'2, 303, Shreveport, La.)

Rivals: *** | 247: *** | ESPN: ****

Moton committed to Alabama over the summer but recently decommitted. He apparently visited Mississippi State last weekend and caught the recruiting services off-guard by announcing a Mizzou visit earlier today.

DT Tyrell Jacobs (6'4, 260, Metairie, La.)

Rivals: *** | 247: *** | ESPN: ***

Jacobs is a one-time Oklahoma commit who visited Kansas State last weekend and is scheduled to head up to Illinois next weekend.

DE Nate Howard (6'5, 220, St. Louis, Mo.)

Rivals: *** | 247: *** | ESPN: ***

Via Bucky's 5th Quarter:

[T]he St. Louis (Ladue Horton Watkins) prospect is finalizing his visit plans for the end of the recruiting schedule. On January 16, he will join Badger commit Jake Pickard in Syracuse. But January 23 is the day where the recruitment rubber meets the road. The in-state Howard will visit Missouri.

Howard pledged to Wisconsin long ago, then opened up his recruitment a bit when Badger head coach Gary Andersen left for Oregon State. He appears to like new UW head coach Paul Chryst well enough, but it appears he is indeed making an official to Columbia.

WR Brandon Martin (6'3, 185, Dallas, Texas)

Rivals: *** | 247: *** | ESPN: ****

Martin was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game. He is a receiver, and while Mizzou appears mostly set at this position -- to the point where other prospects recently canceled visits because of lack of availability -- Mizzou likes him enough to keep an offer on the table. (It's not hard to see why. He's only listed at 6'3, 185, but he carries himself like he's 6'5, 220 on film.) ESPN likes him quite a bit (which is the case for quite a few Mizzou prospects, actually), and Rivals lists him as the No. 100 senior in the state of Texas.

LB Terez Hall (6'3, 208, Lithonia, Ga.)

Rivals: *** | 247: ***

Terez Hall is a high-three-star prospect via Rivals, and he has set up an incredibly busy slate of visits: Indiana and Iowa last week, Missouri this weekend, Nebraska next week.

This dude hits. His highlight film is almost as fun as Franklin Agbasimere's.


Mizzou currently boasts 19 commitments for the class of 2015 (including running back Nate Strong, who is a sign-and-place) and should have between five and 10 more visitors next weekend. We know that E. St. Louis blue-chipper Terry Beckner Jr. will have a scholarship waiting if he chooses Mizzou -- and signs point in that direction. And we know that Helias tight end Hale Hentges, tentatively scheduled to visit next weekend after a trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend, probably does, too.

It will be interesting to see how many more players Mizzou will take in this class, but it appears certain that most of the remaining slots will go to defenders. More specifically, the front seven should occupy most of those spots. There are some exciting names on the list this week; we'll see who, if anybody, ends up pulling the trigger and committing.