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Missouri Football recruiting: News and updates from early signing day 2021

Eli Drinkwitz has exceeded expectations so far on the recruiting trail, and his commits will make it official on early signing day.

mizzou football recruiting 2020

It’s here! It’s finally here! The most joyous event of the college football offseason has arrived... in the middle of the current football season. 2020, folks!

Last year’s recruiting haul was salvaged by a just-hired Eli Drinkwitz and it showed: with decommitments and a smaller class to start off with, the 2020 Missouri recruiting class ranked 54th in the country, 14th in the SEC — yes, even behind Vanderbilt.

This year is a bit different, you might have heard; even with Ole Miss’ late charge up the rankings, Missouri is still sitting at 20th in the country coming into National Signing Day. What a difference 12 months makes, huh?

Drinkwitz said in his press conference on Tuesday that he’s looking at a few more flips today, but there hasn’t been any indications of who those recruits might be. It’s at least something to keep an eye on as we move through the day.

Missouri currently has 21 commitments in its 2021 class and all are expected to sign this week. Follow along below for live updates and for a primer on what to expect for Missouri’s 2021 recruiting class

Missouri recruiting: Live updates, analysis from the early signing period

6:010 pm - We’re apparently still waiting on JUCO DE Shemar Pearl, and Tennessee Running Back B.J. Harris to submit their letter. Mizzou has not announced them and neither has said anything on social media. At this point there’s no reason to think they won’t sign, they just haven’t yet.

5:10 pm - And here is said blue-chip Indiana defensive back making it official

5:00 pm - Finally, blue-chip pass rusher Kyran Montgomery becomes officially official

The Tigers highest-rated player - 204th in the country - hails from burgeoning recruiting pipeline Indianapolis, IN, joining fellow blue-chip Hoosier Daylan Carnell.

3:00 pm — In-state TE Ryan Hoerstkamp signs with Missouri

Hoerstkamp’s name came up a lot early in the recruiting cycle after an (reportedly commitable) offer from Alabama came down the wire. Hoerstkamp seemed curious for a moment, but quickly re-affirmed his commitment to Mizzou, one that never wavered in the following months.

2:45 pm — Four-star defensive end Travion Ford officially signs with Missouri

Ford was the first four-star commitment of the 2021 class (at the time — Tyler Macon would later get a bump), and his announcement acted as a harbinger of good things to come. Ford is one of the Tigers three 4-star defensive commits, along with Daylan Carnell and Kyran Montgomery.

2:20 pm — Drinkwitz dips into his old stomping grounds, signs Dameon Wilson out of North Carolina

2:05 pm — Missouri bolsters its defensive line depth with addition of JUCO DE Daniel Robledo

1:35 pm — The in-state signees keep rolling in as Missouri announces LOI from Connor Tollison

Tollison was an early get in the 2021 class and Drinkwitz fended off reported interest from the likes of Alabama to keep the OL committed.

1:30 pm - Tyler Hibbler make it official, continuing the #LouToTheZou movement

1:15 pm — The one that started it all; Mekhi Wingo officially signs with Missouri after long-lasting commitment

The in-state defensive lineman was the first member of the 2021 class to commit to Eli Drinkwitz and played a key role in recruiting other St. Louis-area prospects.

1:10 pm — We like Taj Butts, and we cannot lie; In-state RB inks LOI with Missouri

1:00 pm — Darius Jackson becomes the latest secondary recruit to sign with Missouri

12:35 pm — Mizzou announced the signing of Defensive End Jon Jones, from McKinney, TX

11:30 am — Davion Sistrunk (man this class has a lot of great names), an ATH from Melbourne, FL is officially on board.

11:20 am — The second commitment in the class came from Memphis University School (TN) TE Gavin McKay, and McKay has now officially signed his Letter of Intent.

10:35 am — In the first surprise of the day, Cherry Creek (CO) DE Arden Walker chooses the Tigers over UCLA and Colorado

10:05 am — East St. Louis, come on down; Blue-chip QB-WR duo officially signs with Missouri

Tyler Macon was one of Mizzou’s earliest commits, and quickly became a central figure of the 2021 class. Macon’s performance at the Elite 11 quarterback camp, he was bumped to four-star status by the major recruiting services and hailed as one of the best pickups of the early cycle.

Macon also played a crucial role in the commitment of his high school teammate, Dominic Lovett. Lovett committed to Arizona State in early September and seemed to be off the board as recently as last week. But after some persuasion from Drinkwitz and Macon, Lovett flipped his commitment, becoming the latest ESL Flyer to don the black-and-gold.

9:53 am — Missouri officially adds Realus George Jr., former Miami FB-turned-DT

8:30 am — Fax it like it’s hot; DB Zxaequan “Snoop” Reeves signs with Missouri

8:00 am — Missouri receives LOI from Florida LB Zach Lovett

7:00 am — Oklahoma transfer EJ Ndoma-Ogar becomes Missouri’s first official signee

We’ll keep this section updated as the signings roll in. But here are the known expected signings and times:

  • Tyler Macon & Dominic Lovett - 10 am
  • Mekhi Wingo & Taj Butts - 1 pm
  • Tyler Hibbler - 1:30 pm
  • Darius Jackson - 1:30 pm
  • Travion Ford - 2:30 pm
  • Ryan Hoerstkamp - 3 pm
  • Zxaequan Reeves - Friday at 3 pm

Missouri recruiting: 2021 commitments, rankings

Mizzou 2023 Commitment List

Pos Recruit Name Hometown Commitment Date Rivals Rate Rivals Rank 247 Rate 247 Rank Ht Wt
Pos Recruit Name Hometown Commitment Date Rivals Rate Rivals Rank 247 Rate 247 Rank Ht Wt
TE Brett Norfleet St. Charles, MO 11/21/2021 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.9078 6'7 225
DE Jahkai Lang Troy, MO 12/17/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8778 6'4 240
QB Gabarri Johnson Tacoma, WA 5/8/2022 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.8956 6'0 200
K Blake Craig Liberty, MO 6/5/2022 2-star 5.3 NA NA 5'11 180
WR Marquis Johnson Dickinson, TX 6/13/2022 N/A N/A 3-star 0.8711 6'0 176
DB Nicholas DeLoach, Jr Cahokia, IL 6/25/2022 3-star 5.5 3-star 0.8467 6'1 170
ATH Jamal Roberts St. Louis, MO 7/3/2022 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8689 6'1 200
WR Joshua Manning Lee's Summit, MO 7/21/2022 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9111 6'3 190
CB Shamar McNeil Fort Lauderdale, FL 7/30/2022 3-star 5.5 3-star 0.8417 6'3 175
LB Brayshawn Littlejohn Gaffney, SC 8/14/2022 3-star 5.5 3-star 0.8558 6'2 220
OT Logan Reichert Raytown, MO 9/8/2022 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.8997 6'7 345
DB Phillip Roche Merrilville, IN 10/11/2022 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8400 6'1 190
WR Daniel Blood Destrehan, LA 11/24/2022 3-star 5.5 3-star 0.8511 6'0 175
LB Triston Newson Independence, MS 11/25/2022 NA NA NA NA 6'1 225
S Marvin Burks Jr. St. Louis, MO 12/4/2022 4-star 5.80 4-star 0.9018 6'2 195
5.64 0.8745

Missouri recruiting: Storylines for the early signing period

  • Does Drinkwitz fill in the gaps? It’s no secret that the Tigers need massive amounts of reinforcements at the defense line and receiver positions, as well as a talent infusion along both lines as well. Kyran Montgomery and Travion Ford provide both depth and talent at the end spot with Dominic Lovett answering the call for the receivers. Does Drinkwitz and his team of ace recruiters add more to those spots today? Or do they wait for the February signing period? OR do they hit the transfer market?
  • Where do the flips come from? The coaching staff pounced on a golden opportunity when Arizona State rebuffed Lovett’s early enrollment offer so they’ve shown a propensity to stay informed and be aggressive. Who are they talking to? Who are they monitoring? There are signing day surprises every year so it’ll be interested if Missouri gets involved... good or bad.
  • How high does this class get ranked? In the Rivals era the best recruiting class ever was 2010’s class cobbled together by the Pinkel staff, coming in at 21st-best in the nation. That class featured James Franklin, Kony Ealy, Jimmie Hunt, Marcus Lucas, E.J. Gaines, Henry Josey, and basically every contributor you can think of to the 2013-2014 SEC East championship teams. A few teams have surged from the 70s to the 10s (Ole Miss, in particular) to push the Tigers’ class down a few notches but there will be a lot of movement between the beginning and end of the day. This class will be an unprecedented success, regardless, but we all are super curious as to how it shakes out after the first round of signings are complete.
  • Which coaches do we say farewell to? It’s a nasty side-effect of the “business of college football” and it happens every year: a National Signing Day closes, the fax machines finally cease to whirr, the ink is dried and the commitments are solid... and an Athletic Director or Head Coach fires some assistant coaches, starting a domino-effect of job hunts, promotions, and hires where the coaches are able to move freely and without penalty while the kids who committed to play for a specific coach get to watch as that guy goes elsewhere. It’s a dirty trick but an effective, and legal, trick to pull, to solidify the class and then cut ties with the guy who helped you craft it. Drinkwitz told reporters that he told his staff to stick with the team through the Mississippi State game and then go wherever they want to go if they’re offered a job; that doesn’t mean it will happen, but it’s always a threat to happen, especially with the perceived quality of this particular staff.