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Surprise! Mizzou gets Early Signing Day commitment from Colorado DE

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This is Missouri’s 22nd commitment of the 2021 class.

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Early Signing Day — or what is now unofficially National Signing Day — is always prone to give us a surprise or two. That’s just how recruiting is. Kids are making one of the biggest decisions of their life. Sometimes they get cold feet and want to give their decision some more thought. Sometimes they feel the pressure from their friends and opposing coaches and decide to change their minds at the last minute.

Some kids, though? They just have a flair for the dramatic. Such is the case with Arden Walker, the latest member of the 2021 signing class.

Mizzou had been talking to Walker for a long time, but it was unknown where the DE out of Colorado was leaning. Word was that UCLA and the home-state Buffalos were hot on his tail. But Drinkwitz did what he has done time and again this cycle by landing his guy.

Get to know: Arden Walker

Hometown: Englewood, CO

High School: Cherry Creek

Position: Defensive End

Ht/Wt: 6’4”, 240 lbs

Rivals Ranking: 5.7, 3-star

247Composite Ranking: 0.8667, 3-star

Total announced offers: 19

Offers to note: Colorado, Iowa, Iowa State, UCLA

The first thing that stands out to me on Walker’s tape is the way he finishes plays. He’s not the hyper-athletic rusher we’ve seen in Missouri’s past, but the young man is a juggernaut when he gets some momentum. He’s got good closing speed and just enough shiftiness to bounce outside and prevent QBs from getting edge on broken plays. His strength and physicality will be a big boost for a defensive line that has been pushed around a lot in 2020.

What they’re saying:

As noted above, this was the first real surprise of the day, and Eli Drinkwitz wasn’t shy about it.

It sounds like some late work paid off as well, as all the latest 247 Crystal Ball predictions had Walker headed to UCLA or Colorado.

Mizzou 2023 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 Brett Norfleet St. Charles, MO 11/21/2021 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.9234 6'7 225
DE Jahkai Lang Troy, MO 12/17/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8789 6'4 240
QB Gabarri Johnson Tacoma, WA 5/8/2022 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9045 6'0 200
K Blake Craig Liberty, MO 6/5/2022 2-star 5.30 NA NA 5'11 180
WR Marquis Johnson Dickinson, TX 6/13/2022 N/A N/A 3-star 0.8600 6'0 176
DB Nicholas DeLoach, Jr Cahokia, IL 6/25/2022 NA NA NA NA 6'1 170
ATH Jamal Roberts St. Louis, MO 7/3/2022 3-star 5.60 3-star 0.8600 6'1 200
5.64 0.8854