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Missouri recruiting: News, updates from the early signing period

It should be a busy, if relatively drama-free day for Missouri’s 2019 recruiting class.

The early signing period for Missouri’s 2019 recruiting class begins on Wednesday, as recruits can sign their letters of intent with their future colleges from today until Friday.

Missouri currently has 17 commitments in its 2018 class, and the majority of those are expected to sign over the next three days. Follow along below for live updates and for a primer on what to expect for Missouri’s 2019 recruiting class

Missouri recruiting: Live updates, analysis from the early signing period

3:04 pm: Wide Receiver Jonathan Nance, a transfer from Arkansas submitted his official paperwork after committing a few weeks ago.

2:00 pm: An afternoon commitment signing! Three-star Canton (Mich.) DE Darius Robinson has picked Missouri.

Robinson was the top-ranked uncommitted player from Michigan. This is a really, really nice get for Missouri.

10:13 am: JUCO Defensive Tackle Chris Daniels has signed after committing this morning

10:08 am: 3-star DB from Duncanville, TX Stacy Brown has signed

9:30 am: Four-star Ohio Quarterback Connor Bazelak has signed

9:03 am: Three-star IMG Academy Chris Shearin has signed


8:57 am: Three-star OL Jack Buford is staying in-state.

No surprise here.

8:53 am: Three-star ATH Anthony Watkins is on board.

He’s my pick for sleeper of the class.

8:50 am: Three star DE Isaiah McGuire is signed.

The most recent commitment in the 2019 class has signed.

8:40 AM: Three-star LB Devin Nicholson is official.

8:28 am: Three-star WR Maurice Massey is staying home.

The St. Louis, Mo., star will play ball just down I-70.

8:12 am: Three-star DB Ishmael Burdine has signed.

A big get out of Louisiana.

8:09 am: Four-star DB Jalani Williams has signed.

Missouri’s highest-rated commitment.

8:05 am: Three-star OL Thalen Robinson has signed.

The big Texan is official.

8:03 am: Three-star DB Martez Manuel is announced.


7:22 am: Three-star TE Niko Hea has signed.

Hea yeah!

6:30 am: Three star LB/DB Aidan Harrison is announced.

6:00 am: Three-star OL Luke Griffin gets the day started off with his signing.

Griffin, a former Georgia commitment, is the first player to sign on Wednesday.

Missouri recruiting: 2019 commitments, rankings

Missouri’s 2019 Recruiting Class

Outlet National ranking Conference ranking
Outlet National ranking Conference ranking 38 13 44 13
247Sports Composite 41 13 36 13
Missouri’s 2019 Team Rankings

Missouri’s 2019 Commitments, Rankings

Name Position Ht/Wt Rivals 247 Composite ESPN
Name Position Ht/Wt Rivals 247 Composite ESPN
Jalani Williams DB 6-2/170 4* 4* 4*
Jack Buford OL 6-4/307 3* 3* 4*
Connor Bazelak QB 6-4/205 3* 3* 4*
Maurice Massey WR 6-3/180 3* 3* 3*
CJ Boone WR 6-3/170 3* 3* 4*
Ishmael Burdine DB 6-1/181 3* 3* 4*
Luke Griffin OL 6-5/310 3* 3* 3*
Martez Manuel DB 6-1/185 3* 3* 3*
Thalen Robinson OL 6-7/315 3* 3* 3*
Shemar Pearl DE 6-4/220 3* 3* 3*
Stacy Brown DB 6-2/187 3* 3* 3*
Aidan Harrison DB 6-3/180 3* 3* 3*
Anthony Watkins ATH 6-0/180 3* 3* 4*
Chris Shearin DB 5-11/174 3* 3* 3*
Arvell Ferguson DE 6-5/210 3* 3* 3*
Niko Hea TE 6-5/220 3* 3* NR
Isaiah McGuire DE 6-5/260 3* 3* NR
Missouri’s 2019 Commitments

Missouri recruiting: Storylines for the early signing period

  • Will the Kelly Bryant/Shawn Robinson transfers have any impact on quarterback recruiting?

While the early signing period doesn’t start until today, Missouri quarterback commitment Connor Bazelak had a photo op for his signing ceremony on Tuesday, per this tweet:

That happened before Robinson’s announcement, however. There’s been no word whether Robinson would impact Bazelak — it made sense that Bryant’s addition wouldn’t impact him, but Robinson’s addition means the path to become Missouri’s starting QB is slightly more complicated for the next three years instead of the next one year.

Whether Bazelak signs or doesn’t sign should at least be on Missouri fan’s collective radar on Wednesday.

  • In addition, which recruits don’t sign on Wednesday?

Bazelak would be a different situation — and, to be clear, this is just conjecture at this point — but other recruits who don’t sign on Wednesday usually imply that there is academic work left to be done. If a commitment is a qualification risk, teams don’t want them to sign early because it could potentially scare aware other targets if there needs to be a late addition. It could also imply that a recruit is looking around — which doesn’t really make them a commitment, anyway.

  • Who are the top targets for the stretch run?

Some of this will come into focus after the dust settles from early signing period, but if Missouri gets the majority of its class finalized on Wednesday, it will be able to focus on the biggest targets left. Mainly, that’s the nation’s No. 1-ranked JUCO player, DE Chester Graves.