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National Signing Day: Simi Bakare signs with Missouri

The 6’0, 184-pounder hails from Austin, Tex.

Are you a fan of the late bloomers? Well you’re going to love Missouri’s latest signee.

Simi Bakare

  • Position: RB
  • Height, Weight: 6’0, 184
  • City (School): Austin, Tex. (Cedar Ridge)
  • 247Sports Rating: 0.7853 (2 stars)
  • Rivals Rating: 2 stars (5.4)
  • Other Offers of Note: Tulane

After rushing for only 335 combined yards in his sophomore and junior seasons, Bakare finally got a chance to be the feature back at Cedar Ridge High, and while most recruiters had long since moved on, Mizzou was paying attention. Bakare rushed for 1,759 yards and 29 touchdowns as CRHS went 13-2 and reached the doorstep of the state title game. In the process, the one-time Tulane commit scored an offer from the Tigers.

Bakare is a lanky back who doesn’t need much time to reach top speed. His highlight film shows a weaving shiftiness and good vision. He will likely have to put on some weight before threatening to crack a crowded Missouri RB two-deep, but this could be an instance of persistence paying off for Barry Odom and Mizzou.