Missouri lost two receiver commitments late in the 2017 recruiting cycle and will have to account for J’Mon Moore’s graduation in 2018. It was pretty evident, then, that Barry Odom and company would attempt to land quite a few receivers in the 2018 class.
The Tigers already had potentially five receiver commits heading into this weekend — JUCO transfer (and 2016 signee) Harry Ballard III, plus Kam Scott, Jalen Knox, Danny Gray, and Khmari Thompson (and 2017 signee Da’Ron Davis, who didn’t qualify in time to make the fall roster but will be available in 2018). But the staff was still looking for more and offered Raytown’s Dominic Gicinto on his official visit this weekend.
He committed almost immediately:
Thank you for having me down this weekend I was blessed to receive an offer from the university of Missouri and i will be furthering my academic and football career at the university of Missouri #showme18 ✅ pic.twitter.com/boxnRDIAZ7— Dominic gicinto (@dominic_gicinto) December 3, 2017
Gicinto is a 5’10, 175-pound receiver; his size means he will be projected as a slot receiver, but he was a high-volume guy at Raytown. Acccording to MaxPreps, he caught 31 balls for 554 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016, then exploded for 85 catches, 1,341 yards, and 10 scores this fall.
This is the time of year when talent evaluation skills really pay off. Missouri locked in on a late-bloomer type (he’s enough of a late-bloomer that he doesn’t have a 247Composite rating yet) just in time to sign him in the December signing period. He is the 15th known Missouri commitment, 16th if you choose to include Davis.
Say hi to the #TrueSon, everybody — welcome, Dominic!