This weekend won’t quite be the big recruiting weekend that the Missouri Tigers had hoped for, after two targets elected not to visit officially, but it will still be a significant weekend for other reasons.
Barry Odom and Co. are expected to have at least seven high school seniors on campus for their official visits and six of them have already made verbal commitments to the Tigers.
As for that one uncommitted prospect, Florida athlete Tyree Gillespie, he’ll probably get quite the recruiting pitch from guys like Jamal Brooks, Case Cook and DaRon Davis who have been committed for several months.
Some of the visitors, like Brooks, Cook, Davis and offensive lineman Hyrin White, made it to campus at least once unofficially this season to check out the Tigers in person.
But linebacker Aubrey Miller, from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, hasn’t been back to campus since making his pledge last summer.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Miller told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I’m excited.”
Here’s a quick look at who is expected to be in Columbia this weekend:
Brooks, a tackling machine from Alabama rated as the 43rd-best inside linebacker in the Class of 2017, committed to the Tigers in July after attending the Night at the Zou event.
He’s become a leader among the Tigers’ commitments in terms of recruiting other players to join him. He took an unofficial visit to Missouri during the season and watched the Tigers beat Vanderbilt.
Cook, the No. 13 center prospect in the senior class, committed to the Tigers in late July following an unofficial visit to campus. Like Brooks, the Georgia native also visited Mizzou unofficially for the Vanderbilt game.
Cook picked the Tigers over an impressive offer list that included Penn State, Miami, Louisville and North Carolina State, where his brother plays tight end.
Davis, a four-star wide receiver from the Kansas City area, was the first commitment in Missouri’s 2017 class, pledging to the Tigers back in November of 2015. He has been on campus multiple times since then, including for the Georgia game back in September.
Like Brooks, Miller committed to the Tigers not long after attending the Night at the Zou festivities in late July. He’s led Whitehaven High School to a state championship as a senior and has impressive senior season film.
Miller had said he was planning to take official visits to a couple other schools but he said this week that didn’t happen and he was all in with the Tigers.
Joshuah Bledsoe, a two-star safety from Houston, also pledged to the Tigers in late July after the Night at the Zou camp/recruiting event on campus.
White is a three-star prospect from Texas rated as the 54th-best offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2017. He was one of the first commitments in the class, pledging to Mizzou in mid March after an unofficial visit to campus. He’s also been back on campus since.
Gillespie is a two-star athlete who could end up playing safety, linebacker or running back with the Tigers if he choses to continue his career at Mizzou. The Tigers currently have 20 commitments in this recruiting class and Gillespie is the most likely candidate to be No. 21.
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