The Missouri football program closed out the month of July with a string of seven commitments, including six in the Class of 2017 that more than doubled the number of pledges previously.
MISSOURI’S RECRUITING CLASS (TRENDING UP)
The Tigers went into last weekend with just five commitments for the Class of 2017 and then added six more pledges over the next few days.
Missouri coach Barry Odom went more than a month without a commitment, but the program’s ‘Night At The Zou’ event last Saturday gave prospects a chance to get a good look at what the Tigers had to offer.
The successful surge in commitments give the Tigers 11 for the Class of 2017 and will now allow them to pick a choose a little more in terms of filling out the class by Signing Day.
They won’t need many more offensive linemen, wide receivers or linebackers in this group, so they’ll be able to focus on strengthening the defensive line and secondary.
RE-STOCKING THE OFFENSIVE LINE (TRENDING UP)
Now they will work to secure a commitment from another St. Louis area offensive lineman, Larry Boyd of Trinity High School. Boyd was on campus on Saturday for the ‘Night At The Zou’ and was hosted by his friend, Brendan Scales, a freshman tight end.
MISSING OUT ON RUNNING BACKS (TRENDING DOWN)
The news from last weekend wasn’t all positive, however.
Hayden committed to Arkansas on Sunday night, just 24 hours after he was on the Missouri campus for the second time in a matter of weeks.
Hayden picked the Razorbacks over Missouri and Oklahoma State, but has said he will continue to go through the recruiting process. He became the fourth running back commitment for Arkansas, so we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.
Jackson, who is kind of underrated nationally but was well regarded by the Missouri coaching staff, committed to Duke on Friday over the Tigers and said he is 100 percent solid to the Blue Devils.
With Hayden and Jackson off the board — or at least publicly committed elsewhere — the Tigers could focus their attention on North Carolina running back Larry Rountree.
The Tigers offered Rountree in late June, which was his first and to this point his only Southeastern Conference offer. So far, his offers are from Boston College, Miami (Ohio) and Appalachian State.
WHO IS NEXT? (TRENDING UP)
It looks like Louisiana defensive end Chris Turner may have been close to committing, based on his comments after his visit and then his actions on Twitter.
Turner’s new Twitter profile photo is a shot of him in front of the columns. He’s been retweeting and liking a lot of things about the Tigers and the recent commitments.
It’s obvious he is extremely interested in Missouri at this point, but has yet to pull the trigger on a commitment. When I asked him on Friday morning if he had any plans for an announcement or commitment, Turner said he did not.
Another possibility could be Boyd, the offensive lineman from Trinity.
Boyd appears to have a top two of Missouri and Oklahoma State and has said in the past he wants to wait until Signing Day to decide. That doesn’t seem like it will happen and I’ve talked to people close to him who expect him to make a decision much earlier than that.
Could the fact that the Tigers now have four OL commitments help speed up Boyd’s timeline? We’ll see. His senior season starts next week and we will try to get out to a practice to talk with him. I can tell you he did make a trip to Illinois this weekend.
TONY ADAMS (TRENDING UP)
One local prospect who was expected to make the ‘Night At The Zou’ but couldn’t was St. Louis University High athlete Tony Adams, who had a family issue come up.
Adams, who projects as a cornerback, has a top two of Missouri and Illinois. He visited Illinois in June but has not been back to Mizzou since receiving an offer follow a camp on campus in early June.
Adams is now planning to visit Missouri on Monday, he said.
CLASS OF 2018 (TRENDING UP)
The commitment of Parker, the Blue Springs (Mo.) High School standout, was a good start to the next recruiting class.
Trout and Perkins are two members of a talented 2018 group in the state of Missouri that could be one of the best groups of prospects in years. Like Trout, Parkway North defensive lineman Michael Thompson and CBC wide receiver Kamryn Babb are four-star recruits. Hazelwood Central wide receiver Dallas Craddieth and CBC wide receiver Cameron Brown are right behind them.
The Tigers need to land as many of those talented guys as possible and Parker’s early pledge gives them a nice head start on in-state recruiting with a class that will be key for Odom at Missouri.
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