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Mizzou 2024 Recruiting Superlatives: The Diamond In The Rough

I truthfully don’t even know what position he’ll play as a Tiger. All I know is that he’ll make an impact somewhere.

@jacksonhancock_, twitter

Amidst all of the chaos of the transfer portal, the high school recruiting calendar also takes center stage in December. With the Early National Signing Day happening on Dec. 21, many classes from programs across the nation are already beginning to take shape.

Attempting to discern what positions to pursue from the high school ranks has become even more challenging given the ebbs and flows of the portal, but high school recruiting will always remain the backbone of any strong program and will continue to be a major industry in the sport.

For instance, Mizzou saw freshmen such as Brett Norfleet, Marvin Burks Jr., Marquis Johnson and Daniel Blood all play significant snaps on an experienced Tigers roster in 2023. This has become a program that puts the most talented and reliable players on the field regardless of experience, meaning that there is always potential for youngsters to see significant playing time.

This ‘24 class may not quite resemble the highly-touted ones from ‘21 and ‘22, but there are still plenty of noteworthy prospects that have the potential to be major contributors. In this series, I’ll be dealing out a handful of superlatives so Tiger fans can better get to know who they’ll be cheering for for:

The Diamond In The Rough: Jackson Hancock

6-foot | 170 lbs.| Athlete

Hometown: Canton, Ga. (Sequoyah High School)

247 Sports Rating: 3-star (No. 84 ATH in the country, No. 950 overall)

Former Tiger Comparison: Martez Manuel (2019-2022)

Athlete is an appropriate description for Hancock.

As a junior, he recorded 49 tackles, caught 18 passes for 315 yards and carried the ball 114 times for 591 yards. He also returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns, had four tackles for loss and three pass breakups from his safety spot. Hancock’s name was featured prominently in every opponent’s scouting report.

Simply put, he just made PLAYS in high school. The members of this staff saw that and more, and as a result they ventured into Georgia to pursue his commitment. Hancock was largely under recruited, with App State and Coastal Carolina being his other two main suitors.

Despite that, Hancock was recently admitted to the All-American Bowl:

It remains to be seen what position he’ll push for once on campus. Safety may be the most likely choice given the presumed losses at that spot following the 2024 season and the fact that Blake Baker was his primary recruiter, but Hancock may truly love playing wide receiver more. Or, maybe he becomes a top-tier special teams player given his knowledge from playing on both sides of the ball.

Martez Manuel also played on both sides of the ball at local Rock Bridge High School and was similarly an under-valued prospect, partially due to a lack of size. And, much like Manuel, Hancock has the ability to find his niche on this roster and become a pivotal piece in the future.