Missouri Football is sitting at 14 pledges for the 2018 recruiting cycle, picking up nine in the week that followed their Night at the Zou recruiting event. That meant a jump for the Tigers’ recruiting ranking.
By my math and with some recent roster attrition, that means the Tigers have committed to 80 scholarships after this year, meaning they would technically have room for five more commitments. It seems increasingly likely they will look to sign a full 25 man (or more) class.
If you read my post earlier last week you’re probably already familiar with many of the names so I updated this list with new commits and new names.
Quarterback: 1 commit/1 likely need
Running back: 1/2
Missouri’s a bit thin recruiting running backs, particularly if you think Jalen Knox is more of a receiver than a feature back. The top prospect, Devin Brumfield, just committed to Texas Tech, so the Tigers may need to look elsewhere for a traditional down-hill runner.
Wide receiver: 3/5
- Primary targets: Kamryn Babb (6’1, 175, 4-star), Cameron Brown (6’1, 175, 4-star)
Not a whole lot of news on this front but if James Foster is as good at recruiting St. Louis receivers as he is at Alabama defenders, the Tigers might have a cadre of Kams.
Earlier today we learned that incoming freshman WR O’shae Clark, who had been suspended at the start of camp -- will transfer from Missouri.
Odom says freshman WR O'shae Clark will transfer without playing a down for Missouri. No clarification on why— Colin (@cpatobrien) August 3, 2017
We also found out on August 1st that 2017 signee Da’Ron Davis did not qualify, but according to his tweet, he will be back “next season”:
I Will Bounce BACK See y'all next season— Da'Ron Davis1️⃣ (@DaRon_Davis1) August 2, 2017
It should be noted that former East St. Louis running back Nate Strong was able to become academically eligible after just one year at JUCO.
Tight End: 0/0
- Committed: none
- Primary Targets: Messiah Swinson (6’7, 235, 3-star)
Just a few days ago I said that Missouri could pass on taking a tight end in this class, but it appears the coaching staff found someone they they really thought they needed.
After a run of commits at other positions, Missouri offered Messiah Swinson, a New York prospect who holds offers Arizona State, Boston College, Rutgers and West Virginia.
Previously, the top names appeared to be local prospects like Lee’s Summit North’s Elijah Farr, Illinois’ Luke Ford, or Blue Springs South’s Brody Parker (who attended Missouri’s Junior Day).
Offensive Line: 1/4
- Primary Targets: Jerome Carvin (6’5, 310, 3-star), Marcus ‘Tank’ Jenkins (6’4, 325, 4-star), Nick Lewis (6’8, 340, 3-star)
Much had been made about Mizzou’s need to start bringing in Texas recruits and as Josh Matejka noted last February, Barry Odom seems to have made a concerted effort to get back into the Lone Star state.
Missouri landed a mammoth commitment from massive mauler Mike Ruth out of Coppell, Texas but I wouldn’t expect them to slow their roll. If there’s one thing this class lacks so far it’s beef in the trenches. You know what does well rolling over trenches? A Tank.
Missouri recently was listed in the top 10 for 3-star offensive lineman Nick Lewis out of Jacksonville, Florida.
I am very blessed to be in the position I am in! This list may change as I receive more offers but I want to announce my current top 10! pic.twitter.com/clU5H5EUVp— Nick Lewis (@_nicklewis_) July 31, 2017
Defensive Line: 1/5
- Primary Targets: Trevor Trout (6’3, 295, 4-star), Michael Thompson (6’4, 291, 4-star), Alfred Thomas (6’1, 268, 4-star), Ronnie Perkins (6’4, 260, 4-star), Madison Norris (6’5, 200, 3-star)
For the purposes of this post we’re going to put 4-star defensive end Daniel Parker Jr. as a defensive end because that’s his preferred position even though there’s been talk about him playing on the offensive line. Regardless, this Kansas City athlete could be the next Charles Harris.
A name to watch is recent offer Madison Norris, a hybrid DE/OLB from Indiana who visited Columbia for the Night at the Zou camp and released a top six that included Missouri along with Purdue, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Tennessee.
At this point we’re pretty sure the coaching staff is holding a spot for Michael Thompson and Ronnie Perkins. The consensus on Missouri’s other high-profile blue chip recruits is murky as there’s been rumor that the staff has cooled on Trevor Trout, but I think it’s safe to say they won’t be taking only two defensive lineman in 2018.
- Primary Targets: Cam Jones (6’3, 205, 3-star), Jonathan Hess (6’5, 220, 3-star)
The Tigers taking advantage of the chaos in Oxford, Mississippi is no surprise as Missouri just offered Ole Miss commit Jonathan Hess who is listed as a high school safety/wide receiver but at 6’5, 220 pounds looks like he could play linebacker.
Could DeMontie Cross and Co. be looking to swipe another talented defender from the state of Alabama? Before last week, linebacker was a position of concern in the next few years and with the philosophical changes Odom has brought to the defensive side of the ball a hybrid athlete like Hess could be just what he’s looking for.
Defensive back: 4/5
- Primary Targets: JaKorey Hawkins (5’11, 188 3-star), Shocky Jacques-Louis (6’0, 170, 3-star)
Perhaps the biggest news in at this position is that Tiger 10 recruit Dallas Craddieth tweeted out he’s “still waiting on an official offer from Mizzou” on August 1st when schools were allowed to send those out.
Waiting on that official from the Zou— Dallas Craddieth™ (@D_Cradd5) August 1, 2017
The addition of Vincent Gray, Cam Taylor and Tyrus Wheat to Missouri’s secondary eased the burden in case the Tigers’ other targets end up going elsewhere.
It’s clear that the Tigers will be looking to apply pressure with a base nickel defensive package so having a number of similar athletes rushing the edge or playing in coverage gives the coaching staff schematic flexibility.
A reminder that this list is largely based on guesstimation and recruiting trends. How the Tigers fare on the recruiting trail and who remains or joins this list when the first signing window opens in December hinges on a number of things, not the least of which is how Missouri fares on the football field.