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Missouri’s Junior Day hints at two new helmet designs

Missouri’s second junior day brought in some key targets — and showcased some new designs.

H/T @Ken_Wiliams21 (Kenyetta Williams)

Missouri hosted a junior day on Saturday around the basketball team’s regular season finale against Ole Miss. This was the Tigers’ second junior day this winter, and it showcased a handful of top targets with offers, as well as other recruits that Missouri continues to evaluate and recruit.

Before we get into some of the updates via Twitter on those top targets, let’s analyze a few of the pictures sent out — because it looks like Missouri’s fantastic design department has some new helmets prepared.

Specifically, let’s take a look at this tweet from Joliet (Ill.) running back Kenyetta Williams (whose father played for Missouri in the mid-90s).

Here’s the picture:

The gold helmet on the left is easily identifiable as a new one — I don’t believe we’ve seen that color scheme with the oval tiger before.

Now, the one on the left is more interesting.

Computer, enhance:

This looks like the Sailor Tiger that Missouri used in the Liberty Bowl — to rave reviews, mind you — but the color scheme for the helmet is a new addition.

Now that the important stuff is out of the way, here is what some of the top targets had to say (via Twitter) during and after the junior day:

East St. Louis (Ill.) 4-star safety Antonio Johnson

The biggest (known) recruit in town on Saturday, Johnson is the nation’s 101st-ranked player, the eighth-ranked safety and the top player in the state of Illinois (per Rivals). He’s a big safety, too — 6-foot-3, 180-pounds — and has offers from all over the dang place. Those offers include Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, etc.

Johnsoon visited with teammate and 2021 safety recruit Jaylen Reed, who has six offers (including Penn State) but is unranked at this point.

Knoxville (Tenn.) 3-star defensive end Tyrece Edwards

Edwards has offers from Missouri, Arkansas and Tulane, and at 6-2, 240-pounds, seems like he could project at a few different spots (linebacker, defensive end, maybe even grow into a defensive tackle).

Raytown (Mo.) 3-star CB Dontae Manning

Manning didn’t tweet on Saturday (as of 10 p.m.) but he did confirm his visit on Friday. Manning is a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back and also a track star for Raytown. He has 18 offers — including from Missouri — and is the seventh-ranked player in the state, per Rivals.

Springfiled (Mo.) kicker Logan Brock

He doesn’t have a recruiting profile yet, but Brock tweeted that Missouri became his third offer — joining Auburn and Memphis, per his recent tweets.

We’ll update this with any more news that should arise out of Missouri’s Junior Day.