When the 2018 recruiting cycle began in earnest last February, the primary story line for Mizzou was the wooing of the so-called Tiger 10 — how many of them the Tigers could land would define how successful the class was overall.
That’s still the case to some degree, though optimistic guesses have shifted from “They could get six of 10, I think, maybe even seven,” to “They still have a pretty good shot at three or four.” But a subplot has developed as well, and it could create a pretty interesting class in its own right: #BAMAtotheZOU.
MY DECISION IS MADE! #SHOWME18 #BAMAtotheZOU pic.twitter.com/OUuW7D5W4P— Cam Taylor™ (@_TheCamJuice4) July 23, 2017
That’s three-star Montgomery, Ala., athlete Cam Taylor becoming Missouri’s third commitment of the weekend. Taylor is the No. 614 prospect in the class according to the 247Sports Composite, and he claimed offers from Louisville, Michigan, and Mississippi State among others.
Taylor became Missouri’s eighth 2018 commit, but he could be part of a trend to watch; quarterback commit James Foster II is from Montgomery, and Mizzou appears to be fighting hard for other prospects from the city — Tank Jenkins (four-star offensive lineman), Alfred Thomas (four-star defensive tackle), and La’Dedric Jackson (three-star linebacker), and others. If they can further break into that area, it could offset some of the in-state losses they have suffered to date.
Taylor’s Nike verified scores, per HUDL:
- Height & Weight: 5'11" 201lbs
- Nike Football Rating: 94.62
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.72
- Shuttle: 4.45
- Vertical: 31.6
- Powerball: 39.5
Here’s his highlight film:
As is frequently the case at the high school level — put your best athlete behind center — Taylor has played quarterback for Park Crossing High School, though he could pretty easily project as either a receiver or, most likely, safety. But he’s a powerful athlete who was pretty well in demand, and Mizzou now has more commits from Alabama than from Missouri.