1. 4-star St. Louis (Mo.) receiver Marcus Washington pushes back his commitment date
And pushes it back indefinitely, at that.
Due to everything happening in college football right now my family & I have decided it’s best I delay my commitment date and reopen my recruitment fully....— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) August 2, 2018
A couple of possibilities to read into this. First — and this is the prevailing thought — is that Washington was going to pick Ohio State on Aug. 7 (his original commitment date) and with the uncertainty with Urban Meyer, he’s pumping the brakes.
The other possibility, however, is that he was a Missouri lean, but given the fact that a seemingly untouchable coach may suddenly get the boot, he’s re-evaluating his entire recruiting process to make sure he’s 100-percent ready to commit when he announces.
Whichever way you choose to view it — and Washington hasn’t gone on the record to explain the delay in more detail — this shouldn’t be doom and gloom for Missouri. Either he was going to commit to OSU and now he isn’t (good for Missouri!) or he was going to commit to Missouri but wants to be certain (and that means they’re still a leader).
Let’s let this one percolate for a bit.
2. Three-star Texas OT commits to Mizzou
The tweet, in case you missed it:
177% COMMITTED❗️#SHOWME pic.twitter.com/glzZwO4ugj— Thalen Robinson (@RobintheThalen) August 2, 2018
PowerMizzou.com caught up with Robinson to get the lowdown on his commitment (free):
This part jumped out to me, but probably just because of the recent news about Urban Meyer:
“it just felt like the atmosphere was different. The coaches seemed close,” Robinson said. “I feel like sometimes you go on a visit and it seems like the coaches hide stuff. The Missouri coaches definitely didn’t give off that type of vibe at all.”
3. The preseason Coaches Poll is out...
And, no surprise, Missouri isn’t on it. Not a huge surprise. But Missouri isn’t even receiving votes? And teams like Kentucky and Boston College are? Huh.
Also, it should be noted that 4-7 Florida is receiving the second-most votes for teams not in the top 25. That just seems lazy.
4. Good morning, #CampSZN is here
We’ll have our own coverage from camp on Rock M Nation, but Missouri’s first practice starts at 9:30 am Friday morning. Here are the final camp previews from across the Mizzouniverse:
Dave Matter takes a look at Albert Okwuegbunam’s possible encore performance.
And the Kansas City Star breaks down Missouri’s season by game.
5. Chase Daniel gets the start in the Chicago Bears’ first preseason game
And doesn’t do great. Daniel completed 8-of-16 attempts for 53 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also sacked twice.
Here’s his touchdown, the classic fullback check-down Madden route:
Chicago #Bears Backup QB Chase Daniel finds FB Michael Burton to open up the scoring in the #NFL HoF Game versus the Baltimore #Ravens. pic.twitter.com/VlOkOmF9Mx— Francø Football. (@FrvncoFootball) August 3, 2018
Another former Missouri quarterback fared a bit better in his game on Thursday:
Former #Mizzou QB James Franklin scored 2 rushing TD's tonight in Toronto's win over Ottawa in the CFL.— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) August 3, 2018
Yesterday at Rock M
- David Morrison takes a look at how Missouri’s experience and recruiting averages could effect the 2018 season.
- Poll time! Who will lead the Mizzou defense in TFLs this year?
- Sam Snelling looks at how NCAA recruiting changes could affect Missouri.
- Help Gary Pinkel raise money for a good cause as he prepares to rappel off the side of the Tiger Hotel in September.
- Markus Golden may not be ready for the start of the season, says Cards Wire.