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Best Recruits in Mizzou History: Defensive Line

During our position previews, we’ll also be taking a look back to see what were the best recruits in Mizzou history.

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Terry Beckner Jr.

Terry Beckner Jr was the rare (unanimous) five star recruit that stayed near home to play for the Tigers. Coming out of East St. Louis, he was the number two overall recruit in the country, the number one player in the state of Illinois, and had every All-American honor.

He joined what was a pretty stacked group in 2015 along a line that included Charles Harris, Marcell Frazier and Josh Augusta, and started five games in an exciting season that showed flashes of what would become. Unfortunately, his first two seasons on campus would end early in the year due to ACL tears.

After two separate rehab processes, he’d go on to breakout in his junior season with 11 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. He was tied for the team lead in sacks, and was a dominant run stuffer as well. His senior season was just as dominant, though the stats may not fully show it. Terry had a really nice career, and overcame two brutal knee injuries at the peak of his development at Mizzou. Even despite this, he was still a 7th round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Sheldon Richardson

Sheldon Richardson is the only person, of all of the recruits on these lists, who is a two-time signee at Missouri. Originally signed in 2009, Richardson was a unanimous five star out of Gateway Tech in St. Louis, and the number one player in Missouri. He took a quick, two-year detour at the College of the Sequoias before resigning again with Missouri.

While his career was shorter than most on this list, he made the most of the time in Columbia. His first season, he was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and in his second season, he was First Team All- SEC. He kind of caught some flack for this comment, but I gotta say that during that first season in the SEC, he seemed to always back up this sort of tough talk. Two years and 18.5 tackles for loss later, he was drafted in the first round, 13th overall by the New York Jets.

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