On Sunday, Adam Cribbs caught us up on who had attended Mizzou's Junior Day this past weekend and which recruits Mizzou had already offered for the 2016 class.
On most Fridays moving forward, we are going to endeavor to catch you up on any new offers the coaching staff has sent out, mining the Twitter depths for your enlightenment.
Junior Day Offers
First off, during the Junior Day, Mizzou offered 2016 kicker Tucker McCann from O'Fallon, Ill., the number one rated rated kicker/punter, according to Kohls Kicking. Here's what they have to say about him:
McCann has competed at multiple Kohl's events. During his High School season he hit a 60 yard FG in game. His FG range at camp was special compared to other top kickers. The ball jumps off his foot as fast as anyone in the 2016 class. He also showed great improvement in his punting by winning the a Dec Showcase camp in the punting competition. He needs to work on his consistency with his drop and also keeping his hips square through contact in punting. McCann is currently our #1 kicker based on the height and consistency of his FG ball strikes off the ground. He is an impressive young kicker.
Mizzou doesn't normally offer scholarships for kickers/punters, but I believe this is a change in philosophy first signaled when they signed Corey Fatony as a punter in the 2015 class. Fatony was the fifth-ranked punter in 2015 according to the same organization that ranked Tucker McCann.
Bill: If McCann ends up committing elsewhere, we'll find out if this is indeed a change in overall philosophy (if Mizzou offers another kicker), or if this offer is more of a "Holy crap, this guy's awesome, and he's from somewhat nearby ... we should try to land him."
Tucker McCann highlights:
On Sunday we also learned that Mizzou had offered Tre Bryant, a 2016 RB out of St. Louis' CBCHS. He was Mizzou's second in-state offer for 2016, after Rockhurst's A.J. Taylor.
Tre Bryant highlights:
A final note about Mizzou's Junior Day: the grandson of former Tiger head coach Larry Smith, Arizona QB/DB Preston Smith, was in attendance.
Mesquite, AZ QB/DB Preston Smith at #Mizzou junior day today. He is the grandson of former Tiger head coach Larry Smith.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) February 14, 2015
I couldn't find a Rivals page on Smith, and it doesn't appear he has an offer, but I did find some film on him:
Preston Smith's highlights:
Post-Junior Day offers
Austin and Riley Anderson
Austin Anderson (6-4, 289) and Riley Anderson (6-5, 287) also share opportunities from Cincinnati, North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech and Tulsa. Northwestern has a standalone offer out for Austin Anderson.
Austin Anderson highlights:
Riley Anderson highlights:
Jaylon Jones is a four-star safety from Allen, Tex.
Just received an offer from Missouri Tigers!— Jaylon Jones (@TheJaylonJones) February 12, 2015
Jaylon Jones highlights:
Frank Martin II
Frank Martin II is a four-star offensive tackle from California's famous Mater Dei football program
Bill: I bet this guy has quite the fiery temper.
Frank Martin II highlights:
Ross Blacklock is a three-star defensive tackle from Missouri City, Texas
Ross Blacklock's highlights:
Jordan Carmouche is a three-star outside linebacker from Manvel, Tex.
Thank God for this Mizzou offer!! #TrulyBlessed— JBC7‼️ (@itscarmouche) January 28, 2015
Jordan Carmouche's highlights:
That's six new offers this week, five of which are in to players in the state of Texas, and three of which are offensive lineman, a position that Bill C. noted earlier this week would be a position of emphasis by the Mizzou coaching staff. There are also three players on the defensive side of the ball.
Bill: Mizzou has indeed sent out a large batch of Texas offers of late. Obviously the reflexive hunch there is that, after failing to land a single player from the state last year, Mizzou is redoubling its efforts there. I'm not completely sure that's the case -- Mizzou sent out plenty of offers last year, too -- but we'll see. They certainly made the rounds there recently, though, and that's certainly not a bad thing. It's a road you want to keep open, even if you're pulling in pretty well-regarded recruiting classes while focusing in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, etc.