Back when Montgomery (Ala.) quarterback James Foster II committed to Missouri in mid-April, he said something that might end up as one of the primary drivers of the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class:
Foster also grew up a Crimson Tide fan and received an Alabama offer recently, but according to an interview earlier this year, he said, “I’m not huge on staying in-state. I can go anywhere. I know a lot of kids in this state dream about offers from Auburn or Alabama, but I’m not huge on that.”
In the months that have followed, he’s attempted to help Mizzou find other prospects who feel the same way. Those efforts are paying off.
In the last week, Missouri has scored commitments from two other Montgomery prospects — Cameron Taylor and La’Dedric Jackson — and the efforts are not yet done. Mizzou and Foster are putting the full-court press on four-star offensive lineman Tank Jenkins, and four-star defensive tackle Alfred Thomas and three-star cornerback JaKorey Hawkins appear to remain options as well.
The folks in Montgomery have begun to notice. First, you’ve got a piece about it in the Montgomery Advertiser.
Taylor said Foster has a big impact on his commitment.
“Missouri’s a special place,” said Taylor, a Prattville transfer. “I knew that as soon as I got there. James was just like one of the coaches. He recruited me just as hard. We're just trying to get everybody on board.” [...]
“We want to go to somewhere and be different from the rest,” Foster said. “It was the same way when me and La’Dedric came to Lanier. We want to work our way up. I know that if we work for it, everything will pay off.”
Then you’ve got a piece on the local news:
Missouri is getting top @MPSAthletics talent. Here's their latest commitment by Sidney Lanier's La'Dedric Jackson! @LTJ_Big9 @MizzouFootball pic.twitter.com/DegmYBlCUm— Alabama News Network (@ALNewsNetwork) July 27, 2017
The trio of #Missouri commits wants a few more to join them....@_MJ70_ @YungSimba4 pic.twitter.com/4JH2gsFJFI— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) July 28, 2017
Recruiting’s funny. Whatever the ceiling is for this Missouri recruiting class is dictated by getting Alabama prospects to believe they don’t need to stay in-state and that they would blossom further from home ... and getting Missouri prospects to believe the exact opposite.
- Preview season continues: Dave Matter takes a look at the Mizzou offensive line.
- Mizzou football players Paul Adams and Finis Stribling IV did a good thing.
"You the real MVP" - Kevin Durant @fls4swagg @Paul_Adams77— --》Rob Shafer《-- (@Shafenasty) July 27, 2017
Coach Shafe posted this today for her first round of chemo#RallyForCoachShafe pic.twitter.com/ujKIvMIMKd
- Former Mizzou hoops great Phil Pressey has a new teammate: Leo Messi. Sort of.
- Mizzou midfielder Zoe Cross made the England U19 team for the UEFA U19 championships. Group play begins against Italy on August 8. Call me crazy, but I’m thinking that might conflict a bit with the Mizzou Soccer season that begins against Oklahoma State on August 12.
- FINALLY some Carroll-Bowers highlights.
#Mizzou Arena was roaring this weekend... for a good cause! Highlights from The Carroll & Bowers Alumni Game ⤵️ #MIZ pic.twitter.com/icKbrSZ8qV— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) July 27, 2017