The University of Missouri football coaching staff has been traveling the country visiting recruits the past week and a half and have another big recruiting weekend coming up in Columbia.
It’s been about two months since we took a position-by-position look at who has committed to the Tigers and who is still on their radar.
Missouri has 16 known verbal commitments and nine of them are offensive players at this point. It’s possible the Tigers have at least two more silent verbal commitments who are offensive players.
Here’s our offensive hot board from October: offensive hot board
Notes: The Tigers currently have four underclassmen QBs on their roster: sophomores Drew Lock and Jack Lowary, redshirt sophomore Marvin Zanders and freshman Micah Wilson. That could change if any of those four opts to transfer. Zanders played sparingly as the No. 2 quarterback behind Lock. Lowary and Wilson didn’t play at all as both redshirted. Lowary will be a redshirt sophomore next season, Wilson a redshirt freshman. Both will compete for the No. 2 spot if Zanders transfers. The case of Reyondous Estes is an interesting one. He flipped his commitment from Western Michigan to Missouri in August not long after the Tigers offered him. Now it’s possible he could flip his commitment to Illinois, though Illinois already has two quarterbacks committed in this recruiting class. (One is a junior college transfer.) The Tigers don’t necessarily need a quarterback in this class unless someone transfers out. Keytaon Thompson had talked about taking an official visit to Missouri at some point, despite his commitment to Mississippi State, but he doesn’t seem likely to decommit from the Bulldogs. There's also been some talk that LSU may get involved with the Louisiana high school senior.
Notes: The Tigers have focused on some different players in this class and missed out on some talented prospects, like Cordarrian Richardson (Clemson commit), Chase Hayden (Arkansas commit) and Deon Jackson (Duke commit), that they liked. They’ve already had four-star RBs A.J. Davis and Eno Benjamin on campus for official visits and hosted Larry Rountree, Isaiah Miller and Caleb Perry last weekend. It looked like they would take two running backs in this class but it’s possible they could take three. Miller, who is visiting Tennessee this weekend, is expected to be an early enrollee wherever he ends up, so that could help the Tigers take three if he chooses them. He’s currently committed to Oregon State. It’s possible the trio of Rountree, Miller and Perry all become Tigers, but if not we’ll see who they turn their attention to instead. Benjamin, who decommitted from Iowa, has been looking at several schools, including Arizona State and Utah. He could still be in play here for the Tigers, but it sounds like he’s more interested in playing in the Pac-12.
Notes: The Tigers already have a crowded wide receiver room but recently dismissed Keyon Dilosa after an off-the-field incident and could see other players transfer out. The trio of DaRon Davis, Roderick Ford and Jafar Armstrong are a strong group with a good mix of size, speed and playmaking ability. Missouri could add to that group with Jeff Thomas, a four-star speedster from nearby East St. Louis, Ill., and Elijah Gardiner, a bigger wide receiver who was flying under the radar until Mizzou and Houston offered. Gardiner is taking his official visit to Missouri this weekend and it’s possible he could commit if he likes what he sees. The Thomas situation is trickier. At one point this fall he told me he was down to Alabama and Missouri, but has since changed his mind and narrowed his decision to Alabama and Illinois, according to media reports. There’s still almost two months until Signing Day and this seems like it will be a story to watch until he officially signs on with a school.
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 redshirted this season. It sounds like the Tigers will only take one tight end in this class and Christopherson is the guy.
Notes: It looks like the Tigers will try to sign six offensive linemen in this class and have a good head start at hitting that number with commitments from Hyrin White, Case Cook, Larry Borom and Pompey Coleman. All four commitments have been on campus for either games or official visits already. Borom and Coleman had their official visits last weekend. The Tigers are getting an official visit from junior college freshman Yasir Durant, who has offers from Missouri and San Diego State, this weekend. If he were to commit it’s expected he would be a mid-year transfer, which would put him in the mix to compete for playing time this spring. George Moore is another JUCO lineman and is committed to Washington State. Another name to watch here is Jordan Rhodes from Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., who told 247 Sports he would take an official visit to Missouri in late January.
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