Last Friday Missouri got a blast of good news, both on the recruiting front and the defensive secondary front, when Tulsa transfer cornerback Akayleb Evans officially committed to Mizzou. Evans - an All-American and NFL prospect - chose the Tigers over Texas and Georgia and was a much-needed influx of talent to a position group that was badly in need of experience and talent.
Well...it was so good the first time Drinkwitz apparently decided to do it again! Evans’ counterpart in the Tulsa cornerback rotation, Allie Green IV, is also a highly-sought-after NFL prospect in his own right, and also hit the transfer portal at the conclusion of Tulsa’s 2020 season. With his friend Akayleb on his way to CoMo, Allie G decided to make the permanent move as well, officially committing to Mizzou on Wednesday afternoon:
I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWED AND HELPED ME IN THIS PROCESS— Allie Green IV (@Cb1Allie) June 16, 2021
Every Jungle needs a Tiger @TheCoachFletch @CoachDrinkwitz @MizzouFootball @MizzouAthletics @AkaylebEvans #CB1 #S5 pic.twitter.com/uzJPpt38il
Get to know: Allie Green IV
Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: Lyndon B. Johnson
Rivals Ranking: 5.3 (2-star)
247Composite Ranking: 0.7817 (2-star)
Total announced offers: 5
Offers to note: Texas Tech, Arkansas, Hawai’i, Louisiana Tech
Green was a true senior last year so this year will be his fifth season. Technically he could redshirt but, again, if all goes well he will be starting, dominating, and getting ready to be picked in the NFL Draft next season.
Over 41 starts at Tulsa, Green compiled 91.5 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 11 passes broken up, one interception, and a forced fumble.
Given the gaping holes in Missouri’s cornerback playing experience depth, it is fully expected that Green comes in and starts opposite Evans, just like they did at Tulsa. And, just like at Tulsa, they’ll be coached by current Missouri/former Tulsa defensive backs coach Aaron Fletcher. The Tulsa defense was quite a bit better than the Tiger defense in 2020 but both Evans and Green are familiar with having to provide dynamite pass defense without an effective pass rush (Tulsa stunk at getting to the quarterback until last year). Regardless, both Evans and Green immediately legitimize the Tiger secondary and have turned a glaring weakness into a potential strength. With a tricky non-conference slate and the usual SEC slugfest of a schedule, both Evans and Green will get plenty of opportunities to showcase the talent that has made them the talk of the transfer town.
Welcome to Mizzou, Allie!