Mizzou quarterback recruiting notes

Even with the bumper crop of quarterbacks arriving at Missouri from the 2004 class, Gary Pinkel's staff are hard at work trying to bring in a quality signal caller for both the 2005 and the 2006 classes. Here are the top prospects at this point.

It is safe to say that Missouri has narrowed their options down to four prospects. They are not desperate to sign a quarterback in this class, since at least one of the 2004 QBs will likely redshirt this next fall.

In the 2006 class, look for Josh Freeman to be near the top of the Tigers wish list. To put an exclamation on that point, the Tigers will be extending a scholarship offer to Freeman this week. Freeman has already received one offer from Kansas.

However, in the meantime, Mizzou is willing to sign any of the following four prospects: Dominic Natale, Chase Daniel, Cody Brodus, and Houston Jones. All have been offered, except for Jones, but the Oklahoma City native may not have to wait much longer until his offer is received.

I've heard that is Missouri was extremely impressed with Jones release at the one-day camp held in Saint Louis, and is very intrigued with signing a quarterback with his raw athleticism and tools that can develop a few years under Chase Patton and Darrell Jackson.

Chase Daniel was in Columbia this week for a visit, and spent much time with quarterback coach David Yost. With the Longhorns not likely to offer, and Kansas State showing relunctancy in offering to this point, it appears Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Stanford could the favorites at this time. Daniel plans to make a summer decision, and Missouri certainly was given and succeeded in their chance to impress Daniel on his visit. Daniel is a run-pass threat quarterback who is also very intelligent and has excellent field sense.

Dominic Natale is scheduled to make a visit to Missouri in early July, and the Tigers are very high on the New Jersey quarterback. He has a lot of east coast options as well, but Missouri has remained as one of his favorites. Missouri will get a better read on his interest level after the mid-summer visit.

Brodus is a guy that Missouri would likely have to wait for an official visit this fall, and time may run out by then. I expect Missouri to either land a summer commitment or have a pretty good idea of whom they will land this fall at quarterback. If Daniel or Natale elects to go elsewhere, I would not be surprised to see Jones jump on the Tiger offer.


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