Compared to Mizzou's performance in 2008, defensive line was a position that looked vastly improved in the Tigers' spring practice.
A key component to a winning football team is achieving constant pressure on the opposing quarterback.
The Missouri coaching staff has recognized this fact and it is showing in their 2010 recruiting. One key defensive end prospect they have their eyes on is Kony Ealy of Central High School in New Madrid, Missouri.
Ealy just took a visit to Mizzou's campus in the past week and left Columbia very impressed with what he saw.
"They treated me just like royalty," Ealy told InsideMizzou.com. "I was very satisfied. It's just great."
During his junior season, Ealy played both tight end and defensive end, but he said he is planning on being a defensive end in college.
Ealy recorded 13 sacks to go with 13 receptions in 2008.
Something that should be intriguing to the Tigers' recruiters is Ealy's size. He measures 6 feet, 6 inches tall while weighing in at a lean 228 pounds. With this said, Ealy still believes that his best quality as a defensive end is quickness.
"Speed and quickness are my biggest strengths," Ealy said. "I just attack, I go hard."
Not only does Ealy expect to win the Missouri state championship this football season, he also plans to play basketball in the winter. In fact, he believes that he could be a 2-sport athlete in college (He is rated as a 2-star SF by Scout.com).
"I'm being recruited for both basketball and football, so I want to try and play both in college," Ealy said.
The defensive end prospect plans on majoring in business in when he gets to college, so a key component to his choice will be the quality of the business school.
Ealy told InsideMizzou.com that he will announce his college decision sometime after basketball season is over, so don't expect a decision from him too soon. However, it does look like Mizzou has a real chance at landing this intriguing defensive prospect.
"The facilities were some of the best in the nation," Ealy said. "I really liked it at Mizzou."