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Early National Signing Day: Mizzou welcomes the #Chase2Dre4ms class

Mizzou is closing in on another Top 25 recruiting class. Watch them confirm their signatures here!

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The first ever fax machine, named the “printing telegraph”, was invented in 1843.

The samurai were officially abolished as a caste in Japanese society during the Meiji Restoration in 1867.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in 1865.

Which means there was a 22-year window in which a samurai could have sent a fax to Abraham Lincoln.

This week, a much more important use of the fax machine will be used as Missouri’s current verbal commits will be faxing in their National Letters of Intent in order to solidify their place among Missouri’s scholarship football players for the 2024 season.

(Did that intro sound familiar? That’s because it’s the same one we use every damn year!)

Eli Drinkwitz has been a busy bee on the recruiting trail this week, and not just in the portal. Caleb Pyfrom, Courtney Crutchfield and Jaren Sensabaugh have joined the class in the past few days, bringing Mizzou’s overall ranking up. As of this morning, here’s where Mizzou’s 2024 high school recruiting class stands with the major recruiting services.

247 Sports: 24th overall, 12th in the SEC

On3: 23rd overall, 12th in the SEC

Rivals: 25th overall, 10th in the SEC

That’s right in line with where we’ve come to expect Eli Drinkwitz’s classes to land — squarely within the Top 25. With quite a few high-end recruits in the fold, let’s see where the Tigers land by average player ranking:

247 Sports: 25th overall

On3: 22nd overall

Rivals: 24th overall

About the same! Obviously these numbers will fluctuate as commits across the country sign their NLIs and flip their commitments elsewhere. We will be updating this story as the 2024 recruiting class takes shape and the official NLIs come in.

Congratulations to all our new football Tigers! M-I-Z...

December 20

James Madison II #425 recruit in the nation, #65 wide receiver in the nation, #53 recruit from Florida

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Committed: July 4, 2023
Position: Wide receiver
Ht/Wt: 6’3”, 203 lbs.
Rivals Ranking: 5.8, 4-star
24/7 Composite Ranking: 0.8925, 4-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

Madison should get fans excited. He finally adds some size to Missouri’s wide receiver room. Did you ever find yourself watching Missouri games over the past couple seasons and thinking, ‘man, they seem to have four slot receivers on the field?’

You wouldn’t be alone.

Missouri’s coaching staff did what it could to make it work with (too many) yards after catch receivers. At some point — especially in the SEC — a team needs outside wide receivers who can beat press man coverage off the line of scrimmage. Missouri has been operating at a deficit in that regard. Madison could help to change that.

Nicholas Rodriguez #682 recruit in the nation,#62 linebacker in the nation, #95 recruit from Florida

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Committed: July 3, 2023
Position: Linebacker
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-1, 190 lbs.
Rivals Ranking: No. 16 LB
247Composite Ranking: No. 524 national, No. 51 LB

From the Recruiting Reset:

I don’t know if it’s the jersey number (24) or the playing style — likely a combination of both — but it’s impossible for me to ignore the comparisons between Rodriguez and former Mizzou linebacker Terez Hall.

Rodriguez, like Hall, is an agent of chaos. He diagnoses plays remarkably quickly, makes plays behind the line and he’s more than capable of playing against the pass both as a blitzer and in coverage.

Rodriguez isn’t as long or as big as some of Missouri’s previous linebacker commits, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for in instincts. He diagnoses plays the way Nick Bolton did in his time at Missouri. But he does so with a completely different level of athleticism. He’ll fit in nicely as the WIL linebacker in Missouri’s defense, playing a similar role to what Ty’Ron Hopper filled in 2022.

Justin Bodford #1,573 recruit in the nation, #164 defensive lineman in the nation, #201 recruit from Florida

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Committed: July 2, 2023
Position: DT
Ht/Wt: 6’1”, 290 lbs.
Rivals Ranking: 5.6, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: N/A

From the Recruiting Reset:

Bodford is a pretty easy player to project to the next level. He’s a big, space-eating defensive tackle that will line up as a shaded “nose tackle.” In other words, he’s your Realus George replacement. Much like George, Bodford is surprisingly athletic for his size, and his low center of gravity makes it difficult for opposing offensive linemen to get underneath his pad level.

Ryan Jostes, #992 recruit in the nation, #75 offensive tackle in the nation, #17 recruit from Missouri

Hometown: Washington, Mo.
High School: Washington
Committed: March 11, 2023
Position: TE / OL
Ht/Wt: 6’6”, 285 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.6, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8650, 3-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

I think Jostes has tackle written all over him. In fact, I think he could be a prototypical right tackle at the next level. Jostes’ HUDL page is incredibly helpful, because it lists his wingspan (79.5 inches). To put that in perspective, Larry Borom had an 80-inch wingspan when he was measured at the NFL Combine. That length is going to be incredibly helpful as Jostes tries to adjust to the college level.

Jude James, #1,283 recruit in the nation, #113 athlete in the nation, #20 recruit from Missouri

Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.
High School: Francis Howell High School
Committed: June 30, 2023
Position: Tight End/Safety
Ht/Wt: 6’2”. 200 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.6, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: No. 113 ATH, No. 20 player in Missouri

From the Recruiting Reset:

So, where is he most likely to end up? It’s hard to say. If there’s a concern for James, it’s his long speed. He’s more of a smooth athlete than he is a twitchy player. That’s not a shot at the kid, but different players win in different ways. It’s not everyday you see a 6-foot-4, 200 pound player with the ability to play safety and wide receiver.

Caleb Pyfrom, #733 recruit in the nation, #53 offensive lineman in the nation, #7 recruit from Nebraska

Hometown: Omaha, NE
High School: Central
Committed: December 18, 2023
Position: Offensive Tackle
Ht/Wt: 6’5” 300 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.7
247Composite Ranking: .8753

From the Recruiting Reset:

Pyfrom’s tape shows him mostly lining up on the outside right, where he regularly digs the graves of many high school defensive ends. I don’t know that I see the athleticism in his tape to move him inside (at least not yet), but he’s undoubtedly got the size and strength to move in or out if he applies himself in the weight room.

Courtney Crutchfield, #143 recruit in the nation, #24 wide receiver in the nation, #2 recruit from Arkansas

Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
High School: Pine Bluff
Committed: December 19, 2023
Position: WR
Ht/Wt: 6’2”, 175 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.8, 4-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.9374, 4-star

Austyn Dendy, #839 recruit in the nation, #70 athlete in the nation, #9 recruit from Arkansas

Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
High School: Pine Bluff
Committed: September 30, 2023
Position: ATH
Ht/Wt: 6’1”, 200 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.6, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8719, 3-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

One thing that pops off the screen is his fluid athleticism. You can see his basketball background. He looks like the best athlete on the field. It could take some time for that to translate to the college level, but taking a chance on a 6-foot-1 athlete with a self-reported 4.4 40 is probably a bet worth making.

Aidan Glover, #578 recruit in the nation, #37 quarterback in the nation, #14 recruit from Tennessee

Hometown: Collierville, TN
High School: Collierville
Committed: June 15, 2023
Position: QB
Ht/Wt: 6’3”, 193 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.7, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8589, 3-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

Glover is a true dual-threat quarterback. Please don’t immediately close out of this tab upon reading this, but... He reminds me a bit of Brady Cook... Much like Cook, Glover has a good but not great arm, and his value comes from his ability to buy time with his legs in order to either run or find the open man down the field.

Jackson Hancock, #964 recruit in the nation, #80 athlete in the nation, #112 recruit from Georgia

Hometown: Canton, GA
High School: Sequoyah
Committed: June 30, 2023
Position: Athlete
Ht/Wt: 6-foot, 175 lbs.
Rivals Ranking: 5.6, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8672, 3-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

One of Hancock’s best traits is his speed. He was a piece of the 4x200 relay team last spring that broke his school’s record for the fastest relay time. That speed shows itself when he’s back to return kicks, especially. He routinely outruns the opposition, even when they seem to have a better angle on him.

Jaren Sensabaugh, #894 recruit in the nation, #65 cornerback in the nation, #24 recruit from Tennessee

Hometown: Nashville, Tn.
High School: Ensworth
Committed: December 19, 2023
Position: CB
Ht/Wt: 6’, 170 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.7, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8722, 3-star

Brian Huff, #333 recruit in the nation, #26 linebacker in the nation, #5 recruit from Arkansas

Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas
High School: Valley View
Committed: July 12, 2023
Position: Linebacker
Ht/Wt: 6’3”, 224 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.8, 4-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8955, 4-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

He shows the ability on film to filter through would-be blockers to get to the ball-carrier, and he’s also a more than capable blitzer. It’s worth noting he was a core special teams player for his high school team, coming up big on both the return unit and blocking at least one field goal attempt.

Talan Chandler, #733 recruit in the nation, #53 interior offensive lineman in the nation, #11 recruit from Missouri

Hometown: Nevada, Mo.
High School: Nevada High School
Committed: November 19, 2023
Position: Interior Offensive Line
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-3
Rivals Ranking: 5.6 (3-stars), No. 14 player in Missouri
247Composite Ranking: No. 76 IOL, No. 17 player in Missouri

From the Recruiting Reset:

His high school team runs a ton of combo blocks, and they also love getting Chandler out in space as a pulling guard to utilize his ability as a lead blocker. He’s a dominant run blocker against the competition he’s currently going up against. Most of the defenders frankly don’t stand a chance against him.

Cameron Keys, #513 recruit in the nation, #40 cornerback in the nation, #65 recruit from Florida

Hometown: Lynn Haven, Fl.
High School: A. Crawford Mosley High School
Committed: July 4, 2023
Position: Cornerback
Ht/Wt: 6-foot, 160 lbs.
Rivals Ranking: 5.6 (3-star)
247Composite Ranking: No. 308 national, No. 26 cornerback (4-star)

From the Recruiting Reset:

At times, Keys looks like he is running the route for the wide receiver. He also does an excellent job of high-pointing the ball when the opposing wide receiver has a chance to ‘go up and get it,’ and he does an impressive job of not biting for double moves. Even when he does get a bit out of position, he has plus-plus closing speed to make it up.

Whit Hafer, #1066 recruit in the nation, #56 tight end in the nation, #18 recruit from Missouri

Hometown: Joplin, Mo.
High School: Joplin
Committed: February 25, 2023
Position: TE
Ht/Wt: 6’7”, 230 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.5, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8639, 3-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

He’s more of a blocker than a pass-catcher at this point in his career. Think about how Daniel Parker Jr. was utilized in Drinkwitz’s offense; Hafer projects to fill a similar role. That’s not to suggest Hafer adds nothing in the passing game. He’s a big target and he flashes soft hands on his HUDL film, but that’s definitely secondary in his game.

Jayven Richardson, #18 JUCO recruit in the nation, #2 JUCO offensive tackle in the nation, #4 JUCO recruit from Louisiana

Hometown: Gonzales, LA
High School: Hutchinson C.C.
Committed: November 23, 2023
Position: Offensive Tackle
Ht/Wt: 6-7, 305 lbs
Rivals Ranking: Three-star, 5.7
247Composite Ranking: Three-star, 0.8759

Jaylen Brown, #495 recruit in the nation, #55 defensive linemen in the nation, #28 recruit from Alabama

Hometown: Madison, Alabama
High School: James Clemens
Committed: August 14, 2023
Position: Strongside Defensive End
Ht/Wt: 6’6, 230 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.5, Three-Star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8876, 3-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

Jaylen Brown is your prototypical Blake Baker defensive end. He’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. That’s before he gets into a college weight program. This is a player who started playing football just two years ago, and has since seen his star rise at a rapid rate. His reported 82-inch wingspan would be roughly the equivalent of former Georgia star defensive tackle Jordan Davis. So, yeah, he’s got the measurables you’re looking for.

Elias Williams, #431 recruit in the nation, #50 defensive linemen in the nation, #54 recruit from Florida

Hometown: Hudson, FL
High School: Hudson
Committed: September 1, 2023
Position: EDGE
Ht/Wt: 6’4”, 240 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.6, 3-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.8924, 4-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

One thing that immediately pops off the screen when watching Williams is his explosion. He has some serious pop in his hands, and he knows how to use it. It’s worth noting he’s doing this at a lower level of competition in Florida, but the skills are there if he hones his skills at the next level.

Kewan Lacy, #239 recruit in the nation, #18 running back in the nation, #41 recruit from Texas

Hometown: Lancaster, Texas
High School: Lancaster
Committed: December 14, 2023
Position: RB
Ht/Wt: 6’, 205 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 5.8, 4-star
247Composite Ranking: 0.9128, 4-star

From the Recruiting Reset:

I don’t know how you qualify or differentiate between a running back and an all-purpose back at the high school level, but regardless of that arbitrary definition, Lacy is definitely an athlete who can play all over. When watching his Hudl film you’ll see him line up as a traditional running back, as an H-back, in the slot, and as an outside receiver. in addition to returning kicks... the main takeaway I have from watching this guy: he wants space to work in.

Williams Nwaneri, #2 recruit in the nation, #1 defensive lineman in the nation, #1 recruit from Missouri

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
High School: Lee’s Summit North
Committed: August 14th, 2023
Position: Defensive End
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-5, 250 lbs
Rivals Ranking: No. 3 National, No. 1 DE
247Composite Ranking: No. 3 National, No. 1 DE

From the Recruiting Reset:

He wins from the interior with quickness. He wins from the edge by converting speed to power. When he’s not batting balls down at the line of scrimmage, he’s getting in passing lines with his absurd arm length. A man that big should not be able to move that well. This is what a game-changing talent looks like along the defensive line. I’m not sure I can remember a skill-set like this for a Missouri defensive linemen in recent memory.

Missouri 2024 Commitment List

Mizzou 2024 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 Whit Hafer Joplin, MO 2/25/2023 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8639 6'7 230
TE-OL Ryan Jostes Washington, MO 3/11/2023 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8664 6'6 280
QB Aidan Glover Colliervillle, TN 6/15/2023 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8828 6'3 190
WR-S Jude James St. Charles, MO 6/30/2023 3-star 5.60 3-star 0.8567 6'4 200
ATH Jackson Hancock Canton, GA 6/30/2023 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8672 6'0 175
DT Justin Bodford Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7/2/2023 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8481 6'1 290
LB Nicholas Rodriguez Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7/3/2023 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.8775 6'1 190
WR James Madison II Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7/4/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.8925 6'3 190
CB Cameron Keys Lynn Haven, FL 7/4/2023 3-star 5.6 4-star 0.8864 6'0 160
LB Brian Huff Jonesboro, AR 7/12/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9021 6'3 224
DE Williams Nwaneri Lee's Summit, MO 8/14/2023 5-star 6.1 5-star 0.9992 6'5 250
DE Jaylen Brown Madison, AL 8/22/2023 3-star 5.5 3-star 0.8611 6'6 230
DE Elias Williams Hudson, FL 9/1/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.8924 6'4 270
ATH Austyn Dendy Pine Bluff, AR 9/30/2023 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8719 6'1 200
OL Talan Chandler Nevada, MO 11/19/2023 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8753 6'3 292
RB Kewan Lacy Lancaster, TX 12/14/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9153 6'0 205
OL Caleb Pyfrom Omaha, NE 12/18/2023 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8753 6'5 315
WR Courtney Crutchfield Pine Bluff, AR 12/19/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9380 6'2 175
CB Jaren Sensabaugh Nashville, TN 12/19/2023 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8722 6'0 160
S Trajen Greco Hoschton, GA 1/6/2024 3-star 5.6 4-star 0.9137 6'0 180
5.7 0.8879