This time last year, we had no idea what Missouri’s 2024 class would look like. In fact, there was a lot of panic from the fanbase about what the recruiting class looked like early in the cycle. As we sit, though, Missouri has managed to sign a very good class with upper-echelon talent as well as guys who would fit under that “diamond in the rough” mold.
Still, recruiting never stops and this is as good of a time to look ahead to the 2025 class and see who a few of the priority prospects are in this cycle for Missouri.
Jack Lange, iOL, 4-Star, No. 187 Nationally (247Sports)
Lange is a four star tackle out of Eureka, Missouri and he’s got a bright future ahead of him as a tackle. Standing at 6’8, Lange is one of the tallest tackle prospects in the 2025 cycle. Lange is a fantastic puller at the high school level as he can move well laterally and navigate traffic to his assignment well. When he’s met at the point of attack with a defender, he rarely loses due to his high motor. Due to his ability to move well laterally, that makes me believe he’s a scheme fit in Missouri’s wide zone run game.
Lange, at 275 pounds, is pretty light and will need some time in the strength program. Due to his height, he will occasionally struggle with his pad level, but overall he’s an extremely promising prospect who Missouri should try and keep home.
Iose Epenesa, EDGE, 4-Star, No. 32 Nationally (247Sports)
Not technically an in-state prospect, but Epenesa is a can’t-miss kind of a player. He is the brother of current Buffalo Bills defensive end, AJ Epenesa and he seems to be on a similar trajectory as his brother.
From a physical perspective, Epenesa is a prototypical defensive end. He’s long, strong and athletic as hell. He isn’t producing by simply outmuscling his competition, though. From a technical standpoint, he is arguably one of the most polished and sound players in his class at the position. When you turn on the film, you see a large array of pass rush moves coupled with a scary first step and get off. He is absolutely a candidate to earn a fifth star later in the cycle after more evaluations take place.
Epenesa is the son of a former Iowa Hawkeye and his brother is a former Hawkeye himself, which needs to be acknowledged. That said, there’s a year until signing day and Epenesa took a visit to Missouri during the season and by all accounts, it went well. They will court him until he puts pen to paper.
Dierre Hill, Jr., ATH: 4-star, No. 79 Nationally (247Sports)
Hill has been a personal favorite of mine dating back to his freshman year when he was attending Vashon High School in St. Louis. Since then, he has transferred to Althoff Catholic on the Illinois side and has picked up where he left off at Vashon.
Hill really has earned that “ATH” tag that he’s gotten. He’s used all over the field and is a true weapon at every spot. There will be times where he’s lined up at reciever, but on offense you will see him line up mostly at running back. On defense, he’ll play safety but offense looks to be the side of the ball for him long term.
The first trait you think of when you see Hill is speed. He’s got track speed and even ran a 11.03 100 yard dash as a sophomore. He’s much more than straight line speed though. He has impressive vision, runs behind his pads and has a good sense of balance when running through would be tacklers.
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