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Mizzou adds to 2021 recruiting class with commitment from Texas defensive end

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This is Missouri’s 17th commitment of the 2021 class.

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Mizzou took a rare recruiting loss earlier this week when Keontez Lewis, a priority WR target out of East St. Louis, chose UCLA after weeks of speculation that he would head to Columbia.

But Eli Drinkwitz is never down for long in his early days as the Tiger head coach. On Saturday afternoon, Drinkwitz sounded the alarm that another young player was joining the 2021 class. Just minutes later, Jonathan Jones announced his commitment to the Tigers over the likes of Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska and his home state Texas Longhorns.

Jones joins what’s turning out to be a stacked defensive line class, including the jewel of the class so far, Travion Ford, local star Mekhi Wingo and JUCO standout Shemar Pearl.

Get to know: Jonathan Jones

Hometown: McKinney, TX

High School: McKinney

Position: Defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6’4”, 240 pounds

Rivals Ranking: 3-star, 5.5

247Composite Ranking: 3-star, 0.8573

Total announced offers: 27

Offers to note: Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas

Sometimes you have to know your strengths as a player, and it looks like Jones is well aware of his — the fact that he’s huge. Of course, 6’4” may not seem massive for a defensive end, but Jones plays even bigger than his measurables, bullying smaller defenders and throwing his weight around like a tank. He’s incredibly disruptive off the edge, using his long arms to wrap up backs before they can break through any holes in the line. There may be some question as to how he’ll fare against the hosses inhabiting most SEC offensive lines, but he’s likely to bulk up a bit in a college weight room and may even add some more height if he’s lucky. Having a boulder like Jones on the line is never a problem, and he looks to be another great candidate to restore the recent heritage of #DLineZou.

What they’re saying:

Welcome, Jonathan! M-I-Z!

Mizzou 2022 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 Max Whisner Lee's Summit, MO 9/21/2020 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8647 6'6 240
S Isaac Thompson St. Louis, MO 12/4/2020 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9227 6'2 190
ATH Ja’Marion Wayne Ballwin, MO 12/18/2020 3-star 5.7 4-star 0.9031 6'3 180
WR Mekhi Miller Overland Park, KS 1/20/2020 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8721 6'1 170
QB Sam Horn Suwanee, GA 2/28/2021 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.9446 6'3 180
OL Armand Membou Lee's Summit, MO 3/27/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8734 6'4 275
OL Tristan Wilson Lebanon, MO 4/14/2021 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8647 6'5 295
DT Marquis Gracial St. Charles, MO 5/14/2021 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9244 6'4 280
CB Marcus Scott III Conroe, TX 6/13/2021 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.8891 6'2 170
RB Tavorus Jones El Paso, TX 7/2/2021 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.9373 5'11 205
OL DeShawn Woods Omaha, NE 7/3/2021 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9460 6'5 295
DT Jalen Mashall Overland Park, KS 7/13/2021 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8693 6'6 275
LB Xavier Simmons Greensboro, NC 8/14/2021 3-star 5.6 4-star 0.8810 6'3 235
OL Valen Erickson Chicago, IL 9/6/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8579 6'6 315
WR Luther Burden East St. Louis, IL 10/19/2021 5-star 6.1 5-star 0.9966 6'0 200
DL Jae'vien Gill Philadelphia, MS 11/15/2021 3-star 5.4 3-star 0.8229 6'5 250
5.73 0.8981