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Missouri signee Da’Ron Davis failed to qualify academically

Mizzou was without a few new players as fall camp began in Columbia.

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Though most of Missouri’s 2017 recruiting class reported to campus early in the summer (or before), three signees hadn’t yet joined the team: receiver Da’Ron Davis and JUCO defensive tackles Walter Palmore and Malik Young. None were present as fall camp began on Tuesday, and Mizzou officials addressed the status of each:

  • Davis failed to academically qualify and will not be with the team this year.
  • Palmore has been cleared and is on his way to town.
  • Young is still awaiting a qualifying test score.

One piece of bad news, one piece of good news, and one that could go either way. (Receiver O’Shea Clark was out because of a suspension, but I’m going to assume that clears up shortly until told otherwise.)

In each case, at least, quantity is Missouri’s friend.

Davis was the second-highest rated signee in the class according to the 247Sports Composite, but with Missouri returning so much of 2016’s production — senior J’Mon Moore, juniors Nate Brown, Emanuel Hall, and Ray Wingo, and sophomores Dimetrios Mason, Johnathon Johnson, and Richaud Floyd are all back — he likely wasn’t going to play a huge role in the 2017 offense.

Davis could have moved up the ladder in 2018, but it was feasible that 2019 would be his first opportunity to really break through if others’ development went according to plan. If he ends up going a sign-and-place JUCO route, he would be at Mizzou by 2019 anyway.

Young’s uncertain status is a bit of a worry, but I guess one good thing about signing three JUCO tackles is that if one doesn’t make it, you’ve still got two. Even if Young doesn’t make it to town, Missouri still has Terry Beckner Jr., A.J. Logan, Markell Utsey, and the two other JUCOs — Palmore and spring standout Rashad Brandon.


Hmm. He practiced in the spring, and then his eligibility came into question? That ... makes perfect sense? Odom doesn’t seem concerned, but stay tuned, I guess.