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Memphis running back Tyler Badie signs with Missouri

The longtime Memphis commit flipped when it was fax machine time.

Tyler Badie, a three-star running back from Memphis’ Briarcrest Christian High School, was committed to his hometown Tigers since July. But recruiting always has some late plot twists. In the market for another running back, Mizzou brought him to Columbia on an official visit in January, and after keeping his plans close to the vest in recent weeks, Badie officially flipped his commitment to a new set of Tigers on National Signing Day.

Memphis had fended off interest from the ACC’s Pitt, but Mizzou was eventually able to sway the speedy all-purpose back.

Honestly, his film pretty quickly reminds you of another recent Memphis product to wear black and gold: Johnathon Johnson. Johnson, of course, plays slot receiver, but Badie’s size and burst — seriously, he seems to pick up speed as he leans one way or the other — appear every bit as dangerous as that of the junior-to-be.

Assuming he stays at running back, Badie joins fellow AAC flip Simi Bakare (originally committed to Tulane) in the backfield for the 2018 class. That makes nine skill position signees in all, including six receivers and a tight end.