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Mizzou Football Recruiting: Where does the 2020 recruiting class stand? [updated]

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Missouri’s class was shaping up to be a good one, but has taken some hits already.

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UPDATED 12/15/2019 8:00 pm: Jalen Logan-Redding, a defensive end from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, committed to Minnesota after a visit this weekend. Logan-Redding was previously committed to Missouri.

Meanwhile:

It looks like you can count Jay Maclin still in. Drake Heismeyer also tweeted he’s “All in” after the visit. Brady Cook looks to be as well. Harrison Mevis, the top kicking prospect, said he’s “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger” which would also appear to be a good sign. Ray Curry announced he’s signing early, the contenders appear to be sticking with his pledge to Mizzou or signing with Missouri.

While we still don’t completely know what to expect from Javian Hester, things did appear to go well on his visit.

UPDATED 12/11/2019 3:15 pm: Missouri lost their first commitment since hiring Coach Eli Drinkwitz, when Cooper Davis decommitted a few minutes ago.

Davis was a from Melbourne, Florida but was originally from the Kansas City, Missouri area.

You can read his original commitment post from back in June. The flip to Illinois hurts, mainly because Davis is now the second Defensive End to walk, and Defensive End is a position of need for the Tigers. Davis was rated as a 5.6 3-star on Rivals, and was rated 0.8567 on 247sports.

This weekend the coaching staff is working on getting the rest of the 2020 class on campus to hopefully get everyone to re-affirm their commitments. The list might include Jalen St. John who is weighing his options.

UPDATED 12/10/2019 9:45 am: Missouri has hired a coach! And they’ve already gotten an affirmation of commitment from their top Defensive Lineman, in Kevon Billingsley, out of East St. Louis.

Billingsley was is a highly rated line prospect out of East St. Louis and the first recruit since the announced news yesterday to say he’s sticking with the Tigers. This could also signal new coach Eli Drinkwitz may be keeping Defensive Line coach and interim Head Coach Brick Haley on staff.

Previous Updates:

Whenever there is a coaching change, you’re inevitably going to see a fair amount of the already assembled recruiting class start to dissipate. Mizzou Football recruiting can already be tenuous as it is, often ranking towards the back of the SEC, and while this class wasn’t shooting up the charts in the league, Barry Odom and staff were on track to assemble their best rated class since his hiring four years ago.

So just who was already committed and where do they all stand?

Missouri’s class of 17 commitments has only suffered a few official decommitments so far. There have been several who’ve asked for time, and others who remain committed but are delaying signing.

Decommitments

The biggest loss so far was Jalen St. John, a highly rated 3-star interior offensive lineman from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, and the second highest rated member of the class. The commitment from St. John was a big one for Odom and his staff, and the suitors should line back up with his recommitment. I would expect Missouri to still be a factor depending on the new coach, but Illinois should be a problem as well.

Missouri needs help at Defensive End, and Robert Wooten was a primary target for the staff. His decommitment will hurt, and what hurts more is he also announced he still plans on signing early. That most likely means Missouri isn’t going to land the 3-star lineman from Stafford, Texas. Wooten was the 4th highest rated player in the class prior to his decommitment.

UPDATE 12/5/2019

Elijah Young is one of the most exciting playmakers in Missouri’s class. He’s an electric all-purpose back from Knoxville, Tennessee who had been committed to the Tigers since June. It would appear with the right coaching hire Missouri could remain in the hunt for Young, but this is a loss if he goes elsewhere. There’s enough ambiguity in his statement to leave some hope Missouri could get the playmaker back in the fold.

UPDATE: Young could be back in the fold, Drinkwitz made the trip to Knoxville to talk to the playmaker and Young is planning on making a visit with the rest of the current 2020 class this weekend.

In a holding pattern

Javian Hester is another really important recruit, being the highest rated on the board. Missouri’s lack of playmakers on the outside at receiver has notable all season long, and Hester is a long, athletic 4-star receiver. Perfect fit, right? Hester is likely to stay interested in Missouri as long as Garrick McGee is on staff there. McGee is from the same High School as Hester, which played a key role in the recruitment. I’d imagine whoever the next coach is will try to make Hester a priority, but will likely have to fight off several other programs to do so.

UPDATED: Hester has visited UCLA this past weekend, and has had coaches in to recruit him, but he still plans on being in Columbia this weekend with the rest of the 2020 class, which has to be a good sign.

Other notes:

  • Ray Curry Jr has retweeted a few things disagreeing with the decision to move on from Odom, but hasn’t decommitted.
  • Jay Maclin, cousin of Jeremy Maclin, tweeted out that he wouldn’t be answering any questions but Maclin looks to be leaning towards sticking with his commitment. He’ll be on campus this weekend and has updated his twitter profile with a new pic in a Mizzou uniform.
  • Brady Cook publicly thanks Barry Odom via twitter, but is still committed to Mizzou.

Most of the other players have not made public statements. Sean Williams of PowerMizzou did some guesswork/research on most of the remaining recruits and where they stand. We will try to stay on top of the latest news and keep this updated.

Mizzou 2022 Commitment List

Pos Recruit Name Hometown Commitment Date Rivals Rate Rivals Rank 247 Rate 247 Rank Ht Wt
Pos Recruit Name Hometown Commitment Date Rivals Rate Rivals Rank 247 Rate 247 Rank Ht Wt
TE Max Whisner Lee's Summit, MO 9/21/2020 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8628 6'6 240
S Isaac Thompson St. Louis, MO 12/4/2020 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9371 6'2 190
ATH Ja’Marion Wayne Ballwin, MO 12/18/2020 3-star 5.7 4-star 0.8945 6'3 180
WR Mekhi Miller Overland Park, KS 1/20/2020 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8688 6'1 170
QB Sam Horn Suwanee, GA 2/28/2021 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.9639 6'3 180
OL Armand Membou Lee's Summit, MO 3/27/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8638 6'4 275
OL Tristan Wilson Lebanon, MO 4/14/2021 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8577 6'5 295
DT Marquis Gracial St. Charles, MO 5/14/2021 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9252 6'4 280
CB Marcus Scott III Conroe, TX 6/13/2021 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.8891 6'2 170
RB Tavorus Jones El Paso, TX 7/2/2021 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.9229 5'11 205
OL DeShawn Woods Omaha, NE 7/3/2021 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9414 6'5 295
DT Jalen Mashall Overland Park, KS 7/13/2021 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8627 6'6 275
LB Xavier Simmons Greensboro, NC 8/14/2021 3-star 5.6 4-star 0.8892 6'3 235
OL Valen Erickson Chicago, IL 9/6/2021 3-star 5.70 3-star 0.8588 6'6 315
5.73 0.8956