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 and just three are defensive players — the other commitment is Adam Bay, a long snapper. So there are plenty of spots left to fill and the Tigers will try to add several more defensive players to the mix.
Notes: Missouri has some depth at defensive end currently but dismissed Walter Brady before the start of fall camp and could lose Charles Harris early to the NFL this offseason. There are some younger players in the mix — Tre Williams was the only DE signed in the 2016 class but has impressed early — but this is an obvious area of need. They could take one or two defensive ends in this class. … Chester Graves is ranked 157th overall in the Class of 2017 and the top prospect in Missouri but he hasn’t talked about recruiting for a while and, as far as we can tell, hasn’t visited Mizzou for a while either. He did attend the Tigers’ camp in Kansas City, which is a good sign, but other than that he’s mostly a mystery in terms of recruiting. … Chris Turner is a player the Tigers identified and offered early and he seemed to love his visit to campus this summer. It could be the distance from Turner’s home state to Columbia has kept him from making a commitment to the Tigers, but there’s certainly mutual interest there and he’ll take an official visit at some point this fall. … Kelle Sanders committed to Washington State two months ago but could still take an official visit to Missouri at some point. He’s originally from Southeastern Conference territory and is intrigued by the idea of playing in the SEC, but he pledged to WSU on his first trip to campus. … Mizzou offered Michael Clemons, a JUCO prospect, in late August. … There are some other potential names in the mix at this position, but these appear to be the most likely possibilities at this point.
Notes: The Tigers only signed one defensive tackle in their last recruiting class in Markell Utsey, who has already earned some playing time as a freshman. Missouri has two seniors at DT currently and could add a player or two at this spot. … Ben Hutch likes the Tigers and has visited campus but has expressed interest in several programs, including Texas A&M, Penn State, Nebraska, Louisville and Georgia Tech. He figures to be a difficult prospect to land. … Walter Palmore is a JUCO prospect who was offered months ago and would have two years of eligibility left. … We’ll likely see some new names emerge here in the next few months.
Notes: The Tigers will have to replace two senior starters in Michael Scherer and Donavin Newsom before next season and signed two promising players in Cale Garrett and Trey Baldwin in the 2016 class. Both freshmen have already played in games this season and Garrett won the job as the No. 2 middle linebacker. … Jamal Brooks and Aubrey Miller look like two players in the mold of Scherer and Newsom or Garrett and Baldwin. Brooks is a middle linebacker who makes a lot of tackles and Miller is a playmaking outside linebacker who can fly around the field. … Dimitri Moore is an outside linebacker from Texas who visited campus this summer and could take an official visit this fall. It looks like Missouri will only take two linebackers but Moore could remain in the mix.
Notes: The Tigers have two senior starters at cornerback in Aarion Penton and John Gibson and signed two cornerbacks in 2016 in Christian Holmes and DeMarkus Acy, both of whom have already played this fall. Acy was recruited as a safety but moved to cornerback. Missouri could add a few players at this spot in the 2017 class. … Tony Adams committed to Illinois over Missouri right before the start of his high school season but appeared to be torn between the two schools. It’s possible he could change his mind before signing day. … Donovan Johnson is a speedster from Detroit who is highly sought after by several schools. He recently took an official visit to Virginia Tech and said afterward he could take an official to Missouri. … Keisean Nixon is a JUCO cornerback who is expected to visit Missouri at some point this fall. He looks like the kind of player who could step in and contribute right away for the Tigers, but he’s attracted a lot of attention from other schools as well which could make it tough to land him. … Terry Petry committed to Houston almost a year ago but is interested in Missouri enough to take an official visit for the Georgia game a few weeks ago. He’ll be a player to keep an eye on.
Notes: The Tigers are pretty deep at safety and will likely only take one in this recruiting class. That would be Joshuah Bledsoe, who committed this summer. … The exception would probably be Jaylen Kelly-Powell, a four-star prospect from Detroit who visited campus this summer but looks like he’ll end up at either Michigan or Ohio State.
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