In committing to the Tiger 10 dream for the 2018 recruiting cycle, Barry Odom and Missouri have basically committed to waiting. Somewhere between about 40 and 50 percent of his scholarships are more or less reserved for a group of in-state studs. And most of them have committed to waiting a while before they commit.
So we wait, and we devour whatever bread crumbs we can find. Of late, those bread crumbs have been pretty tasty, I guess. Some updates:
Parkway North DT Michael Thompson
The four-star defensive tackle told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt this week, “Mizzou, that is the only school I know for sure that is going to be on there because they are the home-state team and I get along with the coaches well.” He also told Scout.com that he probably won’t be making his decision before National Signing Day.
Chaminade DT Trevor Trout
Trout also spoke with Helmholdt and said this: “The other schools I’m not sure of yet, but (Missouri) is making a push. This is the first time ever they have actually emphasized the need to keep players in-state. And, all 10 of us (with Missouri offers) are pretty cool amongst each other.”
(Missouri has emphasized in-state recruiting plenty through the years, but we’ll still say that’s an encouraging quote.)
Trout also told Scout.com that Nebraska is probably his current No. 2 and that he’d love to visit USC. Who wouldn’t, right?
Ritenour LB Ayodele Adeoye
Adeoye’s stock continues to explode; his name didn’t really begin rising until after his junior year, but it has definitely risen. He told Scout.com that while he is no hurry to cut down his list, he will be a mid-year enrollee next winter. So we don’t have to wait till February to hear about him! And he verified to SB Nation that while the offers have come in from coast to coast, he’s still very much considering the local schools, Illinois and Mizzou.
CBC WR Cameron Brown
Brown is closing in on 20 offers and told Rivals that he wants to hone his list down to five or 10 by the end of the summer. Mizzou and Illinois will almost certainly be on that honed-down list.
All you can hope for at this stage is to keep making the honed lists. Missouri is doing that.
By the way, here are the most recent 247Sports Composite rankings for each of the Tiger 10.
40. Kamryn Babb (CBC WR)
48. Michael Thompson
131. Ayodele Adeoye
138. Ronnie Perkins (Lutheran North DE)
158. Trevor Trout
234. Mario Goodrich (Lee’s Summit West ATH)
496. Dallas Craddieth (Hazelwood Central WR)
510. Daniel Carson (William Chrisman DE)
567. Daniel Parker (Blue Springs DE)
756. Cameron Brown
For comparison, Chester Graves was the top prospect in the state for 2017; he would have ranked seventh this year. That’s absurd.
More football links:
- The NFL draft begins tonight! It appears increasingly likely that Charles Harris will his name called in the first round, Aarion Penton has been packing on muscle.
- The Maneater notes that Missouri is the best at taking low-star recruits and turning them into draft prospects.
- Missouri’s final (probably) 2017 recruiting push begins with graduate transfer Kassius Robertson’s visit, which begins today. Robertson just finished up his Georgia Tech visit. Meanwhile, during Mizzou’s basketball coaching search, Jim Sterk heard from a pretty reliable inside source that the Porters might be interested in returning from Columbia.
- Quin Snyder and the Utah Jazz are one win away from the second round of the NBA playoffs. Snyder’s circuitous path to success has been ridiculously impressive.
- It’s Mizzou Softball’s last SEC road trip of the year: three games against No. 17 LSU starting on Friday evening.
- It’s Drake Relays time for Mizzou Track & Field, which just signed a bunch of new prospects. All-American Jamie Kempfer has been a standout despite the fact that her hips hurt when she runs; and she’s a long-distance runner. Guh.
- NEW PODCAST AIN’T PLAYED NOBODY! Godfrey’s out, so Richard Johnson filled in. And I started talking about Frank Haith for some reason.