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Jalen St. John’s commitment gives Tigers shot at memorable in-state 2020 class

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Missouri’s in-state commitment list now stands at seven

That’s after the commitment of St. Louis OL Jalen St. John on Thursday. Missouri now has commitments of three of the top ten players in the state for the second consecutive year, but with a real shot to expand on that number.

Three of the in-state top ten remain uncommitted: DL Joe Moore, CB Dontae Manning and DE Noah Arinze. Of that group, Missouri seems to have the best shot with Moore.

Signing four of the in-state top ten would provide the backbone for what’s shaping up to be a memorable class for the Tigers. Now, Missouri’s 2020 class ranks 31st nationally per Rivals, and it has an average star ranking of 3.08 — higher than five teams above it and a shade lower than Ole Miss (3.09) which ranks 12th nationally.

In the last ten years, Missouri’s had three signing classes with a higher average star ranking than it does now, led by 2010 (3.3), 2012 (3.11) and 2015 (3.2).

So who’s left on the board for the Tigers? In addition to Moore, Manning and Arinze, wrote a nice breakdown of the top realistic prospects remaining at this point, a list that includes two four-star recruits.

In not-so-great-news...

Freshman safety Ishmael Burdine had shoulder surgery and will likely miss the 2019 season, Bennett Durando and others reported on Thursday.

And by others I mean Burdine himself:

Burdine was a 5.7 three-star recruit out of Louisiana, the state’s 21st-ranked player. Now, two of Missouri’s safeties in the 2019 class have suffered injuries — four-star Jalani Williams had a foot injury that kept him out of spring practice.

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