The University of Missouri has been able to fortify its needs in the trenches on both sides of the ball with its 2017 recruiting class.
The Tigers added two verbal commitments from defensive tackles on Sunday when Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas) High School senior Kobie Whiteside and Eastern Arizona College freshman Walter Palmore both pledged to the Tigers following official visits.
Whiteside and Palmore became the 22nd and 23rd commitments for Barry Odom’s squad in the Class of 2017 — then the 21st and 22nd following Elijah Gardiner's decommitment — and the second and third defensive tackle commitments following JUCO prospect Rashad Brandon.
Palmore, who visited Missouri with Eastern Arizona teammate Malik Young, is a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder from Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga.
Whiteside checked in at 6-1 and 304 pounds for a Nike Opening camp last spring in Texas.
“He’s the hardest-working kid I’ve coached and I’ve been in the game for a long time now,” Alief Taylor coach Brian Randle told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “That kid’s a gym rat. He’s 635 (pounds) on the squat, 405 on the bench. We have to run him out of the weight room. All that kid wants to do is lift weights and play football. Great kid. You’re not gonna have any off-the-field trouble, any off-the-field problems with him because he’s just focused on his goals.”
Missouri could still add a few more defensive line commitments this week. Young, who is Palmore's teammate and also a defensive tackle, is expected to announce his decision on Signing Day. So too is Louisiana high school defensive tackle Caleb Sampson, who has officially visited Missouri and Kansas State. On Friday, North Carolina defensive end Zion DeBose is expected to choose from a final group that includes Missouri, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
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