*Editor’s note: Links were written prior to end of Missouri’s basketball game against Tennessee. Make sure you check the front page for the recap.
1. National Signing Day ain’t the same and should be pretty quiet for Missouri.
With 20 recruits signed already, Missouri only has room for one or two more additions to its 2019 class on National Signing Day.
Obviously, the luster of what was once the premier recruiting day of the year is gone, but that doesn’t mean there’s no intrigue.
To fill those few spots remaining, Missouri seems to be focused on two or three recruits. Here are the targets:
- 3-star Scooba (Miss.) OLB/DE Sci Martin (JUCO)
- 3-star Dubin (Ga.) DE Steven Linton
- 2-star Dallas (Texas) DE Z’Core Brooks
It seems unlikely that Missouri will sign Linton — if you check his Rivals FutureCast, all the predictions went toward Syracuse in the last 24 hours. Brooks, who visited Missouri officially last weekend, seems to be the back-up plan.
It’s unclear if Missouri has offered Brooks yet, but that’s probably likely with Linton trending to Syracuse.
There doesn’t seem to be any clear indication about Martin, the former LSU edge rusher. However, the top two teams are Arkansas and Missouri, and the Tigers should feel pretty good about landing his services.
Best bet for Wednesday: Missouri signs Martin and Brooks and calls it a day.
2. Other teams are t-h-i-r-s-t-y for Missouri’s seniors.
As Barry Odom laid out in his press conference last Friday, after the bowl ban came down from the NCAA, teams wasted no time in reaching out to Missouri’s senior to try to poach them.
According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Tennessee have contacted Missouri about the seniors — who, again, are eligible to transfer and play immediately.
Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com added a few more schools to the list:
Confirmed as @Dave_Matter reported that Auburn, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State have requested permission to speak to #Mizzou football seniors. In addition, Texas Tech, Louisville and Louisiana Tech have too. No indication anyone intends to transfer at this time.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) February 5, 2019
Again, like both Matter and DeArmond have said, the good news is that there’s no indication that anyone intends to transfer. The bad news, of course, is that there’s a long time before the 2019 season begins.
3. Cunningham makes another cut for the Wooden Award
Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham has made the late-season cut for the Wooden Award, essentially making her one of 20 finalists for the award.
Last season, Cunningham was named to the Wooden Award preseason top 30, midseason top 25, late season top 20 and the national ballot.
The watch list will be narrowed to 15 finalists and will be revealed before the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the Wooden Award will be announced April 12 at the College Basketball Awards.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Two more mock drafts: Rotoworld has Drew Lock going No. 10 to the Broncos (REAL ORIGINAL GUYS) and The Athletic has Lock going No. 15 to Washington (first time I’ve seen this coupling).
- Our old pal Ross Dellenger has a great look at the biggest con in recruiting (besides the National Letter of Intent): The Uncommittable Scholarship Offer.