There are two and a half weeks until college football’s second signing period. Missouri could still sign up to probably four to eight more players, depending on attrition levels, but this isn’t necessarily a weekend heavy in official visits.
Of the publicly known visits pertaining to Mizzou, there are two particularly big ones — one is in Columbia, and one is not.
Lindsey Scott Jr. is visiting Mizzou
Scott is pretty much the only known QB left on Mizzou’s recruiting board. Obviously with Drew Lock returning for 2018, quarterback isn’t as much of a priority, but I believe Scott will have three years of eligibility remaining, so he could still, in theory, have two years to start after Lock departs.
The adage of “You want to sign a quarterback in every class” applies here, and Scott would certainly be an intriguing addition. A product of Zachary, La., he chose home-state LSU after also visiting Maryland, Rutgers, and Tulane. You can find his high school Hudl video here.
After a redshirt year, he transferred to East Mississippi CC, and in 2017 he completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,481 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 picks in 12 games. He got on a massive roll in October, going 92-for-136 (68 percent) for 12 TDs and three picks. He also rushed for 729 yards and six touchdowns in leading East Mississippi to the NCJAA title.
Listed at 5’11, 205 pounds, Scott isn’t necessarily a pro prototype by any means, but given a chance, he could obviously produce. If he’s looking for a place to play in 2018, however, that probably won’t be Mizzou. That could give a school like Tulane or recent offer Oregon State a chance. He told 247, “I’m struggling with fit right now,” and you could certainly interpret that as “fit into the starting lineup” if you so choose.
Michael Thompson is visiting Oklahoma
Easily the biggest name left on the board for Mizzou, the St. Louis blue-chipper by all means likes the Tigers quite a bit, but he’s still taking his visits. This weekend, he’s in Norman.
— Michael Thompson Jr (@mthompson201) January 19, 2018
Oklahoma, of course, signed fellow St. Louis native Ronnie Perkins in December after a late push from Mizzou. Perkins’ influence could make this a pretty dangerous situation for the Tigers.
If the Sooners can’t hook him this weekend, you have to feel pretty good about Missouri’s chances. But that’s a decent-sized if.
How many more?
Mizzou signed 19 players in December’s early signing period and currently has, by my count, 64 scholarship players scheduled to return from 2017’s squad. That gives the Tigers 83 players, two away from the 85-man limit.
Because of a handful of early enrollees, I believe Mizzou could sign up to 28 players in this class, meaning they could sign nine more in February. But for that to happen, seven players would have to leave. It’s conceivable, but I’m thinking four to six departures (and therefore six to eight more signees) seems more likely. We’ll see.