With the Missouri football team’s bye week we wanted to take a look at how the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class is shaping up so far and which prospects could join the crop over the next few months.
Nine of Missouri’s 13 verbal commitments at this point are offensive players.
Notes: For a while it didn’t look like Missouri would take a quarterback in this class because the Tigers currently have four underclassmen QBs — sophomores Drew Lock and Jack Lowary, redshirt sophomore Marvin Zanders and freshman Micah Wilson — but that changed when they offered Reyondous Estes. It looks like Lowary and Wilson will both redshirt this season, barring a need because of an injury to Lock or Zanders. It’s possible that Zanders and/or Lowary could transfer after this season if they want to try to find more playing time with Lock firmly entrenched as the starter. If that were to happen, the Tigers could look to add another QB in this group. … Estes was committed to Western Michigan when he received an offer from Missouri in late July and it was an offer he couldn’t turn down. Estes, who already has a few former high school teammates on Mizzou’s roster, committed to the Tigers a few weeks later. … Keytaon Thompson has said he may take an official visit to Missouri but is committed to Mississippi State and it sounds like that commitment, despite him potentially taking other visits, remains firm.
Notes: It looks like the Tigers will try to take two running backs in this class but they’ve yet to nab their first commitment at the position. … Chase Hayden (Arkansas) and Deon Jackson (Duke) both made verbal commitments elsewhere after visiting Missouri this summer — in Hayden’s case he pledged to Arkansas only a few hours after visiting Columbia — but there’s a chance one or both of those talented prospects could switch before signing day. … A.J. Davis took an official visit to Missouri for the Georgia game but will take a few more official visits before making a decision. … Larry Rountree hasn’t received a lot of recruiting attention but is a player the Tigers targeted months ago and the coaching staff seems to really like. He is expected to take an official visit to Missouri within the next two months.
Notes: The three committed players — Da'Ron Davis, Roderick Ford and Jafar Armstrong — give Missouri a good mix of talent. Davis is a four-star prospect rated as the 213th-best prospect in the Class of 2017, which makes him the Tigers’ highest-rated recruit at this point. Ford is a speedster who showed off his wheels at the Night at the Zou event even though he wasn't completely healthy. Armstrong earned an offer from the Tigers after an impressive performance at their camp in Kansas City. … It looks like Missouri will only take one more wide receiver in this class but it’s possible the Tigers could add two if they are the right two. … Jeff Thomas, another four-star talent, is rated as the 50th-best prospect in the senior class and many think he will pick Missouri over Alabama when he makes his decision. The speedster is close friends with Estes and could continue the recent pipeline of East St. Louis High School products heading west to Columbia, following defensive tackle Terry Beckner, running back Nate Strong, safety Greg Taylor and offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms. … Noah Igbinoghene named a top five of Duke, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Missouri in late July, with Duke and Notre Dame as his co-leaders. One thing that could help the Tigers in his recruitment is they are the only Southeastern Conference school in the top five for the Alabama native.
Notes: The Tigers missed out on a couple other tight end targets before getting the commitment from Logan Christopherson in early June. … Missouri signed two tight ends in February in Brendan Scales and Albert Okwuegbunam and both of those players are redshirting so far this season with four older tight ends contributing to the Tigers this season.
Notes: The Tigers made an obvious push for offensive linemen in this class because of the lack of numbers on the current roster and found some success with Hyrin White, Pompey Coleman, Larry Borom and Case Cook, who offer a mix of size and athleticism. The best of that bunch may be Cook, who is expected to play center when he arrives in Columbia. … It looks like Mizzou will try to add one more offensive lineman to this recruiting class. … Missouri missed out on two St. Louis area linemen in Marquis Hayes (Oklahoma) and Larry Boyd (Illinois) but it’s possible Boyd could end up flipping before signing day. … Connor Robbins has yet to visit the Missouri campus but is expected to take an official at some point. … Isaiah Hardy's first two Power 5 offers came from West Virginia and Missouri. The massive junior college lineman received the offer from the Tigers after offensive coordinator Josh Heupel saw him in person.
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