What's On: Barry Odom on #NSD16
Barry Odom joins SEC Now to talk about his first recruiting class as the Mizzou head coach.
Missouri's 2016 signing class checks quite a few boxes but leaves a couple unchecked
Mizzou wanted to land a couple more impact players at offensive line and safety, but Barry Odom's first class addresses skill position needs and further plumps up depth in the defensive front seven.
"The hard part is saying to the recruits, ‘This is gonna be fine,’" Hill said Wednesday as Odom announced his inaugural signing class, a mix of high school prospects and transfers. "But at the same time every other school is in there attacking us, going, ‘Missouri is not what it was. Missouri’s different.’ … Any crack in the armor during recruiting makes parents, makes players nervous. When you have a head-coaching change and a transition like we had, it makes guys wonder if they’re making the right decision."
"That was definitely one of the biggest signees we had. Local guy, defensive line, tradition. He has a chance to be the flagship guy once some of those veteran guys go out the door. If he has a chance to come in and play, that would be great. But if not, he has all the abilities to continue this rich tradition we have at D-Line Zou. We’re excited to have that young man." -- defensive coordinator Cross
ESL offensive lineman, Tre'Vour Simms (pronounced tray-VORE): "We can win the SEC East and beat Bama"
Almost lost in the chaos of National Signing Day was the news that Mizzou had hired Arizona State defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.
Missouri inked three guards during the early signing period: Kirkwood’s Jordan Roundtree; Jordan Chavis of New Hope Christian Academy in Thomasville, N.C.; and Amber Smith of Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, La. Missouri will lose four seniors: guards Maddie Stock, Morgan Stock and Juanita Robinson and forward Michelle Hudyn.