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Mizzou Football kicks off 2024 recruiting class with commit from in-state tight end

This is Missouri’s first commitment of the 2024 class.

mizzou football recruiting graphic 2022

#Chase2Dre4ms? That’s... something!

But no matter what we think of the 2024 recruiting hashtag, it does indicate some good news for Eli Drinkwitz and his staff — the class itself is underway.

In the middle of Mizzou’s domination of Georgia on the hardwood, Drinkwitz decided to break some news, sending out his first bat signal of ‘24.

It didn’t take long to learn that, for the second straight year, an in-state tight end is the first to join up with the program. Seventeen minutes after Drink’s tease, Joplin tight end Whit Hafer announced he’d be the Tigers’ first commit of the class.

Whit (I learned thanks to Gabe DeArmond) is a True Son by birth, son of former Mizzou Basketball alumnus Jeff Hafer. Now, he’ll get a chance to forge his own path in CoMo.

Get to know: Whit Hafer

Hometown: Joplin, Mo.

High School: Joplin

Position: TE

Ht/Wt: 6’7”, 230 lbs

Rivals Ranking: 5.5, 3-star

247Composite Ranking: N/A

Total announced offers: Four

Offers to note: Kansas, Kansas State, UNLV

A high school tight end posting blocking highlights? I’m for it.

Hafer’s biggest attribute at this point has to be his physicality. At 6’7” and 230 pounds, the rising senior is effectively an extra lineman for Joplin High School at this point... albeit one that also has some nice hops and steady hands. He’s a willing blocker, which will be necessary in Drinkwitz’s offense, but to really excel as a pass-catcher he’ll probably need to gain a little speed. But considering Mizzou’s troubles on the line, you never say no to a willing blocker with a few extra tools in his bag.

Welcome, Whit! Here’s to many more prospects joining you! M-I-Z!

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 5.5 N/A 0.8614 6'7 230
TE-OL Ryan Jostes Washington, MO 3/11/2023 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8619 6'6 280
QB Aidan Glover Colliervillle, TN 6/15/2023 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8753 6'3 190
WR-S Jude James St. Charles, MO 6/30/2023 3-star N/A 3-star 0.8500 6'4 200
ATH Jackson Hancock Canton, GA 6/30/2023 N/A N/A N/A N/A 6'0 175
ATH Cam Dooley Valley, AL 7/1/2023 3-star 5.5 N/A 0.8567 6'4 195
DT Justin Bodford Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7/2/2023 3-star 5.6 N/A 0.8385 6'1 290
LB Nicholas Rodriguez Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7/3/2023 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.8850 6'1 190
WR James Madison II Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7/4/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.8971 6'3 190
CB Cameron Keys Lynn Haven, FL 7/4/2023 3-star 5.6 4-star 0.9034 6'0 160
LB Brian Huff Jonesboro, AR 7/12/2023 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.8955 6'3 224
DE Williams Nwaneri Lee's Summit, MO 8/14/2023 5-star 6.1 5-star 0.9987 6'5 250
DE Jaylen Brown Madison, AL 8/22/2023 3-star 5.5 3-star 0.8600 6'6 230
ATH Austyn Dendy Pine Bluff, AR 9/30/2023 3-star 5.6 N/A N/A 6'1 200
5.7 0.8820