The University of Missouri football team will go into the 2016 season with three sophomores and one freshman on the quarterback depth chart. Some of their recent offers to prospects have offered a glimpse into their thinking for the future.
The Tigers’ current quarterbacks — rising sophomore Drew Lock, redshirt sophomore Marvin Zanders, JUCO transfer rising sophomore Jack Lowary and incoming freshman Micah Wilson — figure to be around for another few years.
So while Missouri has offered a few quarterbacks in the high school Class of 2017, the Tigers have recently began to focus on quarterbacks in the next class, the Class of 2018. Those players, theoretically, would arrive on campus as freshmen when Lock would be beginning his senior year in Columbia.
Here’s a quick look at some of the recent 2018 quarterbacks the Tigers are recruiting and have offered…
Missouri was the first Southeastern Conference offer for Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who plays at powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas and had a previous recruiting relationship with Mizzou offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.
Connor Noland, a pro-style quarteback from Greenwood (Ark.,) High School, has already emerged as an SEC recruiting target with offers from Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas A&M and Missouri as well as offers from Penn State, UCLA and North Carolina among others. He also might try to play baseball in college, as he’s a standout pitcher and third baseman for his high school.
Spencer Sanders, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder at Ryan High School in Denton, Tex., is a threat with his arm and his legs and added an offer from Missouri this week to an growing list that includes Texas A&M and Ole Miss among others.
Jaden Hill, from Ashdown, Ark., is a Division I prospect in both football and baseball like Noland. After recently receiving an offer from Arkansas to play baseball, Missouri jumped in with his first SEC offer for football.
Allan Walters, who plays at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School, already received offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi and others.
He told Yancy Porter of OMSpirit.com last month, after visiting Ole Miss, that he is a fan of the Southeastern Conference.
“I like the SEC personally,” Walters said. “I just like the schools down South, the weather. The schools are beautiful down here. Besides the football, I have to see where I want to go to as a student as well, not just as a football player. That’s something I’ll take really into consideration. Can I see myself going there as a student as well.”
Jack Tuttle, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder at Mission Hills High School in California, has recently added offers from Missouri, Wisconsin and Nebraska after previously being offered by LSU, Arizona State and others.
Eleby, from Pattonville High School, received an offer from Illinois this week and previously received one from Iowa State. Foote is a strong-armed quarterback who helped lead John Burroughs School to a state championship last season.