Mizzou head coach Cuonzo Martin likes to work quietly in recruiting. His no-nonsense approach makes life harder on those trying to track the Tigers’ plans, but it’s his style.
Early Saturday evening, Martin struck again in near-stealth mode when post Jordan Wilmore uploaded an announcement into his Instagram story. The 7-foot-3, 245-pound prospect, who plays for The Skill Factory Prep, let the image — no caption, no hype — speak for itself: Committed.
I am truly blessed to say that I am committed to the University of Missouri ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/qKxNcT2gYy— Jordan Wilmore (@big_jordan20) September 29, 2019
With the decision, Wilmore becomes the first prospect to join a 2020 class that had started slowly. In early, August, Cam’Ron Fletcher, the Tigers’ top wing target, went off the board to Kentucky. Meanwhile, Caleb Love will announce Tuesday whether he’s headed to Columbia or to Chapel Hill to suit up for North Carolina.
Yet the more pressing need in the class was always along the front line.
The Tigers hosted Mehlville big man Davion Bradford for an official visit three weeks ago, but he’s still undecided between MU and Kansas State. Mizzou’s staff has also checked in on John Hugley, a post prospect out of the Cleveland area. However, Hugley has yet to lock in an official visit, while many recruiting analysts think Pitt is the leading contender. And finally, Trinity Catholic’s Ryan Kalkbrenner picked Creighton.
Wilmore’s recruitment, however, moved swiftly. Martin officially extended an offer on September 20th, worked to get him on campus, and secured a commitment on September 28th.
We’ll have more in the coming days on the roster math and what to expect from Wilmore. But for now, welcome, Jordan! And M-I-Z!