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The 2016 Missouri football recruiting big board

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The recruiting dead period is over, and now Missouri's Barry Odom and his staff are pounding the recruiting trail and looking to bolster the 2016 class.

A few names didn't make my list below because I don't get the sense they are realistic targets or I don't believe they're liable to flip from their current commitment. That's obviously subject to change and the next few weeks will certainly be a roller coaster ride compared to the past 15 years under Gary Pinkel. I plan on updating this post as we gather more information so check back frequently!

2016 January Enrollees

Mizzou currently has 13 pledges to the 2016 recruiting class. We already know that offensive tackle Tyler Howell, kicker Tucker McCann, and linebacker Trey Baldwin are January enrollees. We're still not clear which recruiting class Tyler Howell fits into, he originally was part of the 2015 class but failed to qualify in the fall so I'm inclined to think he still counts as part of that class.

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Committed Visit Lead HUDL
Tyler Howell OL Bonner Springs, KS 6'8" 300 3 12/16/2015 12/13/2014 Henson/Ricker LINK
Trey Baldwin LB Houston, TX 6'3" 223 2 6/9/2015 12/11/2015 Barry Odom LINK
Tucker McCann K O'Fallon, IL 6'1" 185 3 6/8/2015 12/11/2015 Cornell Ford LINK

2016 Commits

2016 Scholarship Count

Natereace Strong and Greg Taylor, two ESL commits from a few years ago, are finally on their way to campus, providing much needed support in the offensive and defensive backfields.

For the purposes of this board we'll consider Tre'Vour Simms committed to Mizzou until we hear news to the contrary.

Mizzou has two highly rated commits at the defensive end positions in Tre Williams and Mavin Terry who was Barry Odom's first commit. Odom and staff will need to fend off any further defections from the recruits currently pledged this year which means holding on to the likes of Tre'Vour Simms, Royce Newman, and Trystan Castillo.

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Committed Visit Lead HUDL
Natereace Strong RB East St. Louis, IL 6'1" 211 4 4/23/2015 12/11/2015 Cornell Ford LINK
Tre Williams DE Columbia, MO 6'5" 220 4 6/5/2015 1/29/2016 Andy Hill LINK
Jerod Alton CB Kirkwood, MO 5'10" 178 3 8/4/2015 1/22/2016 Cornell Ford LINK
Trystan Castillo OL Webb City, MO 6'4" 280 3 4/19/2015 1/29/2016 Andy Hill LINK
Christian Holmes CB Atlanta, GA 6'1" 182 2 6/6/2015 1/22/2016 Ryan Walters LINK
DeMarkus Acy DB Dallas, TX 6'1" 172 3 10/5/2015 10/2/2015 Ryan Walters LINK
Micah Wilson QB Tulsa, OK 6'3" 205 3 1/21/16 1/22/16 Andy Hill LINK
Damarea Crockett RB Little Rock, AR 5'11" 212 4 1/23/16 1/22/16 Josh Heupel LINK
Markell Utsey DT Little Rock, AR 6'4" 290 3 1/23/16 1/22/16
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Albert Okwuegbunam TE Springfield, IL 6'5" 215 3 9/19/2015 1/29/2016 Cornell Ford LINK
Marvin Terry DE Dallas, TX 6'2" 230 3 12/12/2015 12/11/2015 Ryan Walters LINK
Greg Taylor DB East St. Louis, IL 5'10" 205 3 4/23/2015 12/11/2015 Cornell Ford LINK
Tre'Vour Simms^ OL East St. Louis, IL 6'5" 287 3 12/11/2015 12/11/2015 Cornell Ford LINK

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2016 Targets

Wide Receivers

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Chris Black WR Jacksonville, FL 6'0" 192 4 Grad Transfer 1/17/16 Josh Heupel LINK
Quartney Davis WR Houston, TX 6'1" 181 4 Texas A&M lean Josh Heupel LINK
Javon Wims WR Jacksonville, FL 6'4" 215 4 Georgia Josh Heupel LINK
Sergio Bailey II WR El Cajon, CA 6'1" 185 0 No Offer Barry Odom LINK
Tamrick Pace WR Brownsboro, TX 6'2" 190 0 No Offer Barry Odom LINK
Marquez Stevenson WR Shreveport, LA 6'0 175 3 Houston Josh Heupel LINK

Offensive Line

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Tyler Catalina OL Worchester, MA 6'6" 298 ? Grad Transfer: ISU Glen Elarbee LINK
Breontae Matthews OL Forestville, MD 6'6" 310 3 KANSAS STATE 1/22/16? Kendall Bradley LINK
Jay Jay McCargo OL Alington, VA 6'4" 270 3 N. Carolina commit 1/29/16 Glen Elarbee LINK
Lanard Bonner OL Birmingham, AL 6'5" 320 3 JUCO Joe Jon Finley LINK
Paul Ramirez OL San Bernardino, CA 6'6" 290 3 JUCO No Offer Glen Elarbee LINK
Aaron Dowdell OL Fairburn, GA 6'3" 305 3 New Offer
Glen Elarbee LINK

Quarterbacks

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Zack Weatherly QB Nashville, TN 6'2" 175 2 Tenn-Chattanooga Josh Heupel LINK
Tylin Oden QB Columbia, TN 6'5" 175 3 Louisville Andy Hill LINK
DeMarcus Williams QB Jackson, AL 6'0 179 2 No Offer Josh Heupel LINK
Nathan Rourke QB Elmore, AL 6'2" 192 0 No Offer Josh Heupel LINK

Defensive Line

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Kobe Jones DT Starkville, MS 6'3" 250 3 Miss St. lean 1/27/16 Chris Wilson LINK
Stephon Taylor DT New Orleans, LA 6'5" 300 3 uncommitted Chris Wilson LINK
JJ Holmes DT Chipley, FL 6'2" 310 3 JUCO 1/29/16 Chris Wilson LINK
Marcell Southall DT Duncanville, TX 6'3" 270 3 uncommitted Barry Odom LINK
Keyshon Camp DT Lakeland, FL 6'3" 274 3 Mizzou offer 1/27/16 Chris Wilson LINK
Ken McLaurin DT Denton, TX 6'2" 265 3 SMU LINK

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Thomas Schaffer DE Lake Forest, IL 6'7" 260 3 Stanford Cornell Ford LINK
Amir Watts DE Chicago, IL 6'3" 270 3 Pittsburgh
Cornell Ford LINK
Kelvin Lucky DE Elmore, AL 6'5" 230 3 uncommitted Joe Jon Finley LINK

Running Backs

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Rakeem Boyd RB Houston, TX 6'0" 195 4 Texas A&M commit Josh Heupel LINK
Justin Crawford RB Senatobia, MS 6'1" 200 3 JUCO 1/22/16 DeMontie Cross LINK
Joshua Jacobs RB Tulsa, OK 5'10" 210 3 No Offer Joe Jon Finley LINK
Da'Leon Ward RB Dallas, TD 5'10" 185 3 Texas Tech Ryan Walters LINK
Arkeem Byrd RB Savannah, GA 6'1" 190 3 uncommitted
Cornell Ford LINK
Jamauri Wakefield RB Jacksonville, FL 6'0" 209 2 Vanderbilt Cornell Ford LINK
Jeremy Lewis RB Lone Grove, OK 6'2" 192 2 No Offer Ryan Walters LINK
Marvin Kinsey Jr. RB Atlanta, GA 6'1" 184 2 Georgia Southern Kendall Bradley LINK
Trevor Speights RB McAllen, TX 5'9" 196 3 Stanford (enrolled)
Cornell Ford LINK
Hayden Johnson FB Columbia, MO 6'3" 252 3 Arkansas Andy Hill LINK

Tight Ends

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Chase Allen TE Nixa, MO 6'7" 225 3 Michigan lean Josh Heupel LINK
Brendan Scales TE Wildwood, MO 6'4" 220 3 Alabama commit
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Darel Middleton TE Oak Ridge, TN 6'6" 250 3 Mizzou Offer Joe Jon Finley LINK

Defensive Backs

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Marcus Meredith SS Mission Viejo, CA 6'0" 190 0 No Offer Greg Brown LINK
London Iakopo SS Long Beach, CA 6'0" 215 3 Arizona Greg Brown LINK
Isaiah Simmons SS Olathe, Kansas 6'3 212 3 Offer 1/16/15 Andy Hill LINK

Linebackers

Name Pos Location Ht Wt * Status Visit Lead HUDL
Clifton Lewis LB Fort Bend, TX 6'1" 210 3 uncommitted DeMontie Cross LINK

The theme of Mizzou's 2016 recruiting targets appears to be heavily focused on getting kids who can contribute right away. Wide receiver, offensive line and then best available athletes to fill select vacancies or positions the staff feel could need improvement like running back and defensive back. Odom is going to be under pressure to win early in 2016 and he can do that by flipping some high profile commits before National Signing day on February 3rd.

2015-2016 Recruiting calendar

Date and period Visit prospect's school Visit prospect outside of school Prospect can visit university & meet w/ coaches
8/1/15 - 11/28/15 Quiet
9/1/15 - 11/30/15 Evaluation (42 select days)
11/29/15 - 12/13/15 Contact
12/14/15 - 1/13/16 Dead
1/14/16 - 1/30/16 Contact
1/31/16 Quiet
2/1/16 - 2/4/16 Dead
2/5/16 - 4/14/16 Quiet
4/15/16-5/31/16 Evaluation
6/1/16 - 6/26/16 Quiet
6/27/16 - 7/10/16 Dead
7/11/16 - 7/31/16 Quiet
Note that between 12/13/15 and 1/13/16, admitted mid-year enrollees who have signed financial aid paperwork with the college are governed by contact period rules.