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Best Recruits in Mizzou History: Defensive Backs

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During our position previews, we’ll be taking a look back to see who were the best recruits in Mizzou history.

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Jalani Williams

Finally, the first current Tiger on the list.

Williams, a four-star out of Parkway North in St. Louis, was the prized jewel of Barry Odom’s 2019 recruiting class. He was the fifth ranked prospect in the state overall, and part of the ESPN 300. He was highly sought after with offers from Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.. Just to name a few.

He played in two games last season, and is a redshirt freshman this season. He’s currently competing for playing time in a stacked safety group. He figures to be in contention to take over a safety spot in 2021.

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Ennis Rakestraw, Jr.

Two for Two! Two current Tigers make the list!

I know that he hasn’t played a down yet. I know some may argue against his inclusion on this list, but that’s more of a symptom of low star ratings at this position. With a list of offers that included Alabama and Texas, most assumed he would spurn the Tigers for a blue blood, until he didn’t. His surprise commitment to Missouri was so important that this reaction from Coach Drinkwitz went viral.

A high three, low four star prospect depending on your recruiting service, Rakestraw was hailed as a late blooming prospect who is physical and has shutdown corner tendencies. We will certainly get a chance to see said skills this season as Rakestraw is competing for a considerable share of playing time with the 2020 Tigers.