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2015 Mizzou Football Recruiting: Examining the scholarship count

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Taking a closer look at how Missouri's commitments and available scholarships add up.

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I've seen several questions about Mizzou's 2015 recruiting class bumping up against the 25 per year and 85 total limits, so I sat down and did the math. The chart below is not guaranteed correct but rather my best estimates based on previous recruiting classes and information released by the university and reports from the media.

[Editor's note: we will continue to update this post through National Signing Day, numbers in the chart may fluctuate. Most recent update: 1/31/15]

Pos Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Total
QB Corbin Berkstresser (RS) 6'3 220 Maty Mauk (RS) 6'0 195 Eddie Printz (RS) 6'3 215 Drew Lock 6'3 205 5
RB Russell Hansbrough 5'9 190 Trevon Walters 5'10 200 8
Morgan Steward (RS) 6'0 210 Ish Witter 5'10 190 Chase Abbington% 6'2 209
Marquise Doherty 6'0 193

WR Wesley Leftwich (RS) 6'1 200 Levi Copelin DeSean Blair 6'3 190 Richaud Floyd 5'11 165 11
Brandon Hannah Keyon Dilosa 6'3 200 Emanuel Hall 6'3 196
Thomas Richard 6'1 190 Johnathan Johnson 5'8 174
Darnell Green
Lawrence Lee
TE Sean Culkin (RS) 6'6 245 Jason Reese (RS) 6'5 240 Kendall Blanton 6'6 250
3
OL Taylor Chappell (RS) 6'5 300 Evan Boehm 6'3 320 Alec Abeln (RS) 6'3 290 Paul Adams 6'6 290 18
Connor McGovern (RS) 6'4 300 Nate Crawford (RS) 6'5 290 Sam Bailey 6'5 265 Tyler Howell* 6'9 305
Brad McNulty (RS) 6'4 305 Clay Rhodes (RS) 6'5 280 Andy Bauer 6'3 310 Tanner Owen@ 6'6 265
Mitch L. Hall (RS) $ 6'5 310 Harneet Gill Michael Fairchild 6'5 295 Malik Cuellar@* 6'5 295
Kevin Pendleton 6'4 295
DL Gerrand Johnson Harold Brantley (RS) 6'3 280 Walter Brady 6'3 255 Marcell Frazier % 6'4 245 12
Shane Ray Rickey Hatley (RS) 6'4 285 A.J. Logan (RS) 6'2 300 Rocel McWilliams 6'2 240 Tyrell Jacobs 6'4 260
Evan Winston (RS) 6'3 300 Marcus Loud (RS) 6'3 260 Spencer Williams 6'3 245 Nate Howard 6'5 220
Markus Golden% Josh Augusta 6'4 335 Josh Moore^ 6'5 250
Terry Beckner Jr. 6'4 298
Antar Thompson Josh Moore 6'5 250
LB Kentrell Brothers (RS) 6'1 235 Michael Scherer (RS) 6'3 230 Eric Beisel (RS) 6'3 225 Grant Jones 6'3 225 Franklin Agbasimere 6'2 220 10
Clarence Green (RS) 6'0 220 Donavin Newsom (RS) 6'2 230 Joey Burkett (RS) 6'2 210 Terez Hall 6'3 215
Brandon Durant Roderick Winters 5'11 225
CB Aarion Penton 5'10 185 Kenya Dennis* 5'11 195 T.J. Warren 6'0 190 9
Earnest Payton Finis Stribling IV 5'11 175

Raymond Wingo 5'11 175
Logan Cheadle 5'10 180

S Ian Simon (RS) 6'0 195 Chaston Ward (RS) 6'1 205 Shaun Rupert (RS) 6'1 195 Thomas Wilson 5'10 190 Cam Hilton 6'0 172 9
Cortland Browning (RS) 6'1 205 Ka-Ra Stewart Anthony Sherrills (RS) 6'0 190 Tavon Ross 6'0 200 Ronnell Perkins 6'1 175
K/P Andrew Baggett (RS)$ 6'1 215 Corey Fatony 5'11 185 2
# 17 19 21 28 25
- 5 5 4 3 2
+ 2 2 1 0 0
=# 14 16 18 25 20 90
KEY
Current starter
graduated or declared
no longer with Mizzou
$ added to scholarship - Andrew Baggett, Tyler Hunt, Mitch L. Hall
* JUCO transfer w/three years to play two - Malik Cuellar, Tyler Howell
% JUCO transfer w/three years to play three - Chase Abbington, Marcell Frazier
^enrolled or will likely enroll in JUCO -  Greg Taylor, Natereace Strong,
@ already enrolled at MU - Malik Cuellar, Tanner Owen

The 2015 recruiting class so far

Joining Mizzou this year will be Chase Abbington (a 2012 commit). Natereace Strong is already enrolled in Hinds Community College (along with Greg Taylor from the 2014 class). Much like Abbington's recruiting ranking counted toward the year he committed, Strong's will serve to slightly inflate the 2015 class. As you can tell by the key and the chart, Abbington and Marcell Frazier will have three years to play three, while recent commits Malik Cuellar and Tyler Howell will have three years to play two. Finally, Malik Cuellar and Tanner Owens have already enrolled at Mizzou this semester which means that, while they were commits during this recruiting cycle, their numbers will be retroactively counted to 2014, helping Mizzou avoid hitting that 25 scholarship per year cap.

That number in the bottom right corner, 89, means with the 8 commits Mizzou has secured in the past few weeks, they are (4) over the 85 total scholarship limit.

It is also possible Mizzou doesn't keep the entire 2015 class together, as I mentioned before. Natereace Strong is already enrolled in community collegeBrandon Martin's high school is losing its charter, putting his academic eligibility at risk, and there has been some talk that Marquise Doherty could be drafted into the MLB system. These situations remain fluid.

So what does that mean for the immediate future?
Offers Position Measurables Official Visit Date
Nate Howard (committed to Mizzou) DE 6'5, 220 1/23/2015
Terez Hall LB 6'3, 208 1/23/2015
Terry Beckner Jr. DT 6'4, 298 1/30/2015
Josh Moore TE/DE 6'5, 250 1/30/2015
Daquan Hawkins DT 6'4, 301 1/30/2015

Nate Howard, the Wisconsin commit from St. Louis who just visited Mizzou this weekend He committed on Friday 1/30/15.

Terez Hall was also in town this past weekend and has yet to make up his mind. The potential gem of Mizzou's recruiting class, Terry Beckner Jr., is set to visit this coming weekend, along with DT Daquan Hawkins.

There are rumors of some late offers going out from the coaching staff, insurance offers in case some current commits don't pan out. I make no claims about being a recruiting guru, so some of this information may be dated.

We know there is a spot for Terry Beckner Jr. Mizzou reportedly really wants to add a linebacker to this class, so Terez Hall may have loose reservations, if they decide to commit.

No school can exceed the 25 per year scholarship limit (except by retroactively assigning counts to previous smaller classes) but they can exceed the 85 scholarship limit as long as they are under the cap before fall camp (I don't have an exact date). Due to the two early enrollees Cuellar and Owens, the 2015 class currently stands at 21, which means Mizzou has room for potentially 4 more commits in the 2015 class of 25, before National Signing Day on February 4.

All this means is, according to the chart above, Mizzou has to free up 4 scholarships if they want to sign the entire 2015 class as it stands now. These things have a way of sorting themselves out, as players transfer. I won't speculate about departures, but I'm sure some folks have their opinions.

RMN prides itself on its love for numbers and ultimately, 'crootin comes down to a numbers game. Please feel free to check my math. I hope this helped clarify where Mizzou stands heading into NSD.

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