Missouri fans are probably already aware of the many high-profile local athletes Barry Odom’s Tigers are focusing on for the 2018 recruiting cycle. It was a month ago that they hosted a “Junior Day” just for these specific “Top Ten”, you may have seen some of the tweets and images that came out of that event.
Let’s run through who was there, who they are, and what’s new with them. After each commit we’ll offer which school their currently leaning towards. Don’t hold us to that, you know how high school kids are.
Kamryn Babb: 0.9705
The top player in the state of Missouri is hauling in big-time offers left and right. The 6’1, 189-pound wide receiver out of St. Louis holds offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, and recently received an offer from Alabama. Following a recent visit to South Bend, Babb will return for another visit to Notre Dame and also plans on visiting Michigan State.
Lean: Ohio State
Michael Thompson: 0.9618
The four-star defensive tackle and St. Louis native is rated as the second-best player in the state of Missouri behind Babb. Thompson currently holds offers from 22 schools, including Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Thompson has visited Ohio State and Notre Dame, more recently attending Alabama and Iowa’s Junior Day.
Lean: Ohio State
Trevor Trout: 0.9398
The third-ranked player in the state is also a four-star defensive tackle from St. Louis. Trout currently holds 24 offers and has recently picked up offers from Miami, South Carolina, and Arkansas. The Chaminade product also holds offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Iowa, and Penn State, among others. Trout is also reportedly planning a visit to Michigan soon.
Ronnie Perkins: 0.9069
Perkins is a four-star defensive end from St. Louis and is rated as the fourth-best player in the state. He holds offers from 26 schools, including offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M. Perkins has recently visited Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Iowa.
Missouri may be in good standing with the Lutheran North defensive end, as he recently told PowerMizzou that his visit to Missouri was his “favorite so far.” His is the younger brother of Missouri safety Ronnell Perkins and was able to watch him practice yesterday.
The O Line and D Line at Mizzou spring practice is getting after it. I want to head butt somebody— Carl Reed (@CoachReed314) March 9, 2017
Ayodele Adeoye: 0.9016
A four-star inside linebacker from St. Louis, Adeoye has been one of the fastest rising recruits in the country as of late. He hauled in 10 offers in February and currently holds 17, including offers from Iowa, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Ole Miss. Adeoye has recently visited two Big Ten teams in Illinois and Iowa. It is significant to note, however, that Missouri was the first to offer the linebacker.
Mario Goodrich: 0.9016
Goodrich is a four-star wide receiver/cornerback and is ranked as the sixth-best player in the state. While he ‘only’ holds 10 offers, all are of the Power Five variety, most notably from Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, and Ole Miss. According to PowerMizzou, Goodrich had a good visit to Columbia, as the athlete stated that Missouri “felt like home.”
Daniel Parker: 0.8739
A one-time Mizzou commit, Parker is a three-star defensive end from Blue Springs. Currently holding offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, and Kentucky, among others, Parker recently visited Kansas and Iowa. A multi-sport athlete, Parker plays both basketball and football at Blue Springs High School.
Dallas Craddieth: 0.8650
Craddieth is a three-star wide receiver from Florissant. The receiver currently holds 12 offers from schools including Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Northwestern, and Ole Miss. Aside from his visit to Missouri in early February and Wisconsin in January, Craddieth has not visited many schools.
Daniel Carson: 0.8556
Carson is a three-star defensive end from Independence. He recently hauled in a couple of SEC offers from Arkansas and Kentucky and currently holds 15 offers from Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Iowa, among others. He recently paid visits to Kansas and Iowa State.
Cameron Brown: 0.8496
Brown is a three-star wide receiver from St. Louis. Currently at 15 offers, the receiver holds offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, and Duke, among others. Aside from a recent visit to Notre Dame, Brown has been relatively quiet as well.
If Missouri could land half of these 10 (potentially depending on which half), they could probably feel pretty good about themselves for the 2018 recruiting cycle. It’s unrealistic to think Missouri could “lock down the borders” on such a high-profile group of athletes when the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma and Georgia are interested. The competition is going to be tough as national blue-blood programs key in on probably the best Show Me high school class ever.
Missouri will be hosting its top quarterback target, three star James Foster II from Montgomery, Alabama. Missouri is Foster’s top school, and all indications point to him being a possible spring commit. It’s typically a good thing in recruiting to get your class’s QB committed early due to the high-profile nature of the position giving them a chance to “take leadership” in recruiting other guys to the school.
Jairus Maclin Jr., the cousin of Jeremy Maclin, has been tweeting about wanting a Mizzou offer for a while now. Sure, he has three more years before he’s out of high school, but Missouri should just offer this kid already. What more does he have to do?
Everyone : so if you get a better offer than Mizzou you'll still choose Mizzou ?— Jairus Maclin Jr. (@jaymaclin2x) March 8, 2017
Me: duh #MIZZOU
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