So your school just hired Eli Drinkwitz. Now what?
Obviously there’s a lot to learn about the new head coach in his first week — and he hasn’t even been officially hired yet! — but Coach Drink will likely have no time to rest. With Early Signing Day just around the corner, he’ll need to do his best to keep the rest of Missouri’s recruits in the fold.
We’ve already got a post up tracking recommitments, decommitments and everything in between. Earlier today, Kevon Billingsley, a highly rated DE out of East St. Louis, reaffirmed his commitment to Missouri. And, in a turn of good news for the Tigers, most of Missouri’s current commits are trying to make their way to Columbia to meet Coach Drink.
#Mizzou wide receiver commit Jay Maclin tells me that as many football commits as possible are trying to come up to Columbia this weekend. Maclin, 4-star WR Javian Hester and Chaminade QB Brady Cook have all said they will be here.— Max Baker (@maxbaker_15) December 9, 2019
Several other Tiger recruits and commits have also taken to Twitter to react to the news of Drinkwitz’s hiring. Let’s see what they’re saying.
Mr. Football Tennessee opened up his recruitment a few days ago, but used some key language when reacting to the Drinkwitz news.
What’s up coach https://t.co/1YFeBx2kxB— Elijah Young ² (@elijahyoung52) December 9, 2019
Young seems to be on board!
The three-star receiver out of St. Louis has stayed true to Mizzou since Odom’s firing, and he liked several tweets about the new hire. Then on Monday morning, Maclin spoke.
Coach lit lit https://t.co/UUZoYW0kSB— Jay Maclin ² (@jaymaclin2x) December 9, 2019
For what it’s worth, freshman wide receiver CJ Boone responded, asking Maclin to keep the class together.
The Chaminade QB has stuck with Mizzou through thick and thin and the new hire doesn’t appear to change his mind after he liked this breaking news tweet.
Eli Drinkwitz has reached an agreement to be the next @MizzouFootball head coach, sources tell ESPN. Drinkwitz led Appalachian State to the Sun Belt Conference championship this year in his only season in Boone.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 8, 2019
UPDATE: Hester is planning a return trip to Columbia to meet the new coach.
Coming back to Columbia this weekend! #GoTigers— JJ⁸Hester ⏳ (@JJHester_8) December 9, 2019
ORIGINAL: This is a biggie — the 4-star receiver has not decommitted, but opened things up after Odom’s ouster, which OK, yeah, is basically decommitting. However, he still seems open to speaking with the new Missouri coach, liking this tweet below on Sunday night.
His first trip should be to Tulsa to meet with @JJHester_8 and get him to sign. #Mizzou https://t.co/Zr5cypAezU— Diane White (@DianeWhitePR) December 9, 2019