Just two years removed from a recruiting class that included roughly 80% of the in-state recruits that Missouri coveted, and another very good class in 2005, the Tigers struggled to land any of the top in-state players this year.
According the rankings provided by the STC Grid Report, of the top 15 in the St. Louis area, Kirkwood's Jeremy Maclin will be the only player to sign with the Tigers this year. You would have to go back to Larry Smith's last recruiting class from the 1999-2000 year to find a similar struggle in St. Louis.
While the Tigers lost in St. Louis this year, they did pick up some other highly regarded in-state players from other parts of the state.
Tim Barnes, a 6-3, 310 lbs. offensive lineman from Northwest Pettis County is considered to be one of the two top offensive linemen in the state. Barnes is ranked #8 on the STC Grid Reports statewide list.
Aaron Cawlfield, the 6-1, 210 lbs. outside linebacker from Columbia Hickman is considered to be perhaps the most disruptive player on a football field in the state. Cawlfield combines exceptional speed with timing and instincts to literally make plays sidelines to sidelines. Cawlfield is a force on punt blocking teams, where he blocked over 20 punts during his high school career. Cawlfield is ranked #10 on the STC Grid Reports statewide list.
The final player to make the statewide rankings who is expected to sign with Missouri today is Columbia Rock Bridge's John Stull, a 6-4, 255 lbs. defensive lineman, who combines excellent size, strength and tenacity. Stull missed most of his junior season due to numerous injuries, but rebounded for an excellent senior season. Stull is clearly a player on the rise and is ranked #15 on the statewide list.
Missouri is also expected to sign several players from junior colleges and the state of Texas later today as well.
Insidemizzou.com will have a recap and analysis of this class, along with any break development throughout the day.