Big day yesterday, huh? And a pretty important week for Mizzou Football.
I’ll let smarter football minds break down the importance of this commitment in the coming days, but I think saying it was important to fortify the depth chart at defensive back is at least understood. As BK teased it:
I’ll be writing about this for a column next week, but it’s tough to overstate how huge this is for #Mizzou. CB was the thinnest position on the roster and MU just landed a legit NFL prospect & a plug-and-play starter.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) June 12, 2021
In the words of a former MU coach, mammoth pickup. https://t.co/OuNM2rHyQk
On top of Evans, Mizzou made a move on another former Tulsa DB. Allie Green IV started for the Golden Hurricanes with Evans, and it’s believed both have NFL potential. So adding NFL potential and depth to the Mizzou backfield?
Football recruiting is messy and hectic and hard to keep track of because of the sheer amount of offers and commitments, but at least things seem like they’re going pretty well.
Moving onto Hoops
It’s an important weekend for Mizzou Basketball as Cuonzo Martin and team are playing host to 5-star wing/combo-forward and Kansas City area native Mark Mitchell:
Columbia Mizzou what’s good?— Mark Mitchell (@Mark_mitchell25) June 12, 2021
Mitchell is one of the more premiere prospects to make it to campus in a few years (ok, maybe COVID had a little impact on that — but the point stands). Common belief in and around the recruitment of Mitchell has him as a bit of a heavy UCLA lean, with Duke flying second. So while Missouri might have a long road up if they’re going to land Mitchell, it starts with an official visit.
If there’s a recruiting board, Mitchell is undoubtedly at the top of it. Close behind, if not equal on the board, is Aidan Shaw, who shows up next weekend. Next weekend Shaw won't be the only prospect hanging around, former St. Louisan and current Link Year Prep hooper Jalen Hampton will also be playing Mizzou a visit.
Jalen Hampton (@JalenHampton8) will take the following visits.— Michael Porter Jr. Elite (@MPJelite) June 12, 2021
SIU - June 16th
Mizzou - June 17th
Tulsa - June 20th
Hampton is an intriguing prospect on the wing/combo-forward front. He’s a lot like Jonathan Dunn, the Rogersville prospect who picked up a Mizzou offer a few weeks back in that he’s not quite a finished product but it’s easy to see why Missouri likes him. He’s 6’7, has solid range shooting the ball, and is a flexible athlete who can defend multiple positions.
My gut instinct tells me Hampton is likely a plan B or C to Mitchell and Shaw. But he’s worth keeping an eye on as he hits town to see if he picks up an offer.
If you’re looking for shooting, Nick Kramer might be the guy, Kramer doesn’t have an offer but he’s also planning a visit to Missouri at some point in June.
2022 prospect from St Louis Nick Kramer (@Nick_kramer03) tells me that he will be taking unofficial visits to Mizzou and Ole Miss later this month.— jake lieberman (@jakelieberman2) June 9, 2021
SEMO offered on their visit today.
Kramer is a SLUH product, and plays for the Brad Beal Elite, he has good size at 6’6 or 6’7, and shoot the ball really well. He’s been vital as a floor spacer for BBE.
And then there’s this:
2022 5-star center Adem Bona tells KSR that Kentucky, Creighton, USC, Missouri and Kansas are among the top schools making a push right now.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 9, 2021
"It has been so many top schools, a lot are prioritizing me," he said.
Source tells KSR that he's hoping for a UK offer, planning visit.
Missouri was mentioned as being in hot pursuit of a 5-star... follow along with me... Nigerian born Turkish center who is currently playing his prep ball in California. Just like you expected, right?
The Tigers have offers out to other post prospects but seem to be taking a back seat to Big 10 programs for Chaminade forward Tarris Reed, at least outwardly. So if they were hoping to land some size in their class, maybe a move towards a somewhat overlooked high-rated prospect makes sense. Bona is interesting in that most have felt he’s likely to land in the pros earlier than most, so recruiting him may be a waste of time. But more recently he’s shown more willingness to play in college.
It is, like so much more with recruiting, worth keeping an eye on at least.