But as the faxes started coming in early this morning until the final commitment came at 11:30 a.m., Pinkel and his staff actually had a class to be proud of and one of the best in Missouri history.
It was definitely the most successful year for Missouri as far as getting the recruits it wanted, and especially with kids in state. Missouri landed 14 of the 16 in-state recruits it offered scholarships to, which is very close to Pinkel's goal of 90 percent.
"That gives us a recruiting base in the state of Missouri, which has great high school football, to build a national program," Pinkel said.
The class, which didn't make theinsiders.com top 25 but did rank high in other polls, certainly has its headliners. Quarterback Chase Patton, who is from Columbia, is ranked 13th in the nation at his position by theinsiders.com. Patton played at Rock Bridge, which is just down Providence Road from Memorial Stadium. He had offers from UCLA, Tennessee and Iowa, but committed after his official visit in December.
"I certainly haven't ever recruited someone where their high school is a mile and a half away from my office," Pinkel said. "In some respects, it can be an advantage because they're close to home."
Patton's teammate, linebacker Van Alexander, is in the top 50 at his position, as are receiver Jerrill Humphrey, offensive lineman Kyle Riggs and running back Tony Temple. Missouri also signed another quarterback, Darrell Jackson, who led Webster Groves Hih School to two straight Class 5A championship appearances. Jackson wasn't bothered by the competition even after Patton committed.
"I'm excited," said Dave Yost, recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach. "(Patton and Jackson) are just dying to get done here. No matter where they go, they're going to have to compete with somebody. This is where they wanted to go."
Missouri also signed nine players from Texas, including John Dirk, an offensive lineman who the last recruit to commit.
"What that presents is for great athletes in the state of Texas to have another alternative," Pinkel said. "They can go to the University of Missouri, and it's a great football program and a great academic institution and it's a place to go because there's a lot of players in Texas that are there."
Missouri signing class did have one notable no-show. Lineman Arthur Miller, who ranks 40th among linebackers, has not signed yet.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (Last School)|
|Van Alexander||RB/LB||6-1||210||Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)|
|Brian Barmann||TE/DB||6-3||215||Weston, Mo. (West Platte R-II HS)|
|Mack Breed||QB/DB||6-2||195||San Antonio, Texas (John Jay HS)|
|Julius Denzmore||QB/DB||6-2||190||East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)|
|John Dirk||OL/DL||6-3||280||Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville HS)|
|William Franklin||WR/DB||6-2||185||St. Louis, Mo. (Vashon HS)|
|Earl Goldsmith||RB/DB||5-9||190||Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)|
|Jerrill Humphrey||WR/DB||6-4||210||LaGrange, Mo. (Highland HS)|
|Darrell Jackson||QB/DB||6-3||220||St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves HS)|
|Jimmy Jackson||RB/DB||5-9||190||Caruthersville, Mo. (Caruthersville HS)|
|Domonique Johnson||WR/DB||6-2||180||Texas City, Texas (LaMarque HS)|
|George Lane||DL||6-3||275||Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston HS/|
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|Ryan Madison||OL/DL||6-5||270||Bethany, Mo. (South Harrison HS)|
|William Moore||WR/DB||6-2||200||Hayti, Mo. (Hayti HS)|
|Alvin Newhouse||RB/LB||6-2||225||Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)|
|Aaron O'Neal||RB/LB||6-3||215||Creve Coeur, Mo. (Parkway North HS)|
|Chase Patton||QB/DB||6-4||210||Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)|
|Steve Redmond||WR/DB||6-1||210||Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS)|
|Kyle Riggs||OL/DL||6-6||305||Festus, Mo. (Festus HS)|
|Aaron Saunders||OL/DL||6-7||290||San Antonio, Texas (John Jay HS)|
|Stryker Sulak||TE/DL||6-5||220||Rockdale, Texas (Rockdale HS)|
|Tony Temple||RB/DB||5-10||190||Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS)|
|Chris Wade||TE/DL||6-5||230||Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)|
|Calcius Williams||TE/DL||6-4||210||Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)|