The race for the starting wide receiver positions at Missouri is heating up now that National Signing Day has passed.
One of the contenders for a starting job figures to be Washington High School's star receiver Kerwin Stricker. Stricker was one of 5 high school wideouts who signed with Mizzou on Wednesday.
Stricker said the main reason he signed with Missouri was because of the "amazing" atmosphere at games and on campus during his visit. He is also excited about the opportunity to compete for a starting position.
"The coaches told us there are a lot of new guys so I'm just going to have to work hard. " Stricker said. "There are a lot of open spots and we are all just going to be competing."
Over the past few years, it has been hard to argue the fact that Missouri is a pass first team. The situation this season will be different now that star receivers Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman have entered the NFL Draft. Stricker was asked if he feels any pressure replacing those potential first round picks.
"Somewhat I do," Stricker said. "But I'm just going to be somebody that works hard. [Having to replace them] means that I have to work hard to prove myself."
What should Mizzou fans expect from Stricker in his first season on the team?
"I'm just trying to be a hard worker and compete," Stricker said.
If he doesn't get redshirted, expect Stricker to perform well in spring camp and be right in the mix for playing time when the season kicks off against Illinios next season.
Stricker plans to arrive on the campus of Mizzou in June at the latest.