The 2018 Missouri Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Missouri Recruiting Class Overview
There we go, Missouri.
With the coaching situation a bit more settled now, and with the offensive firepower displayed over the second half of last year, Barry Odom and his staff came up with a good class loaded with a whole lot of great offensive talent.
Getting Lindsey Scott Jr. as a transfer over from LSU and the JUCO ranks helps the quarterback depth. There’s not a lot for the line or the running game, but the haul for the receiving corps is impressive.
But for a team that needs help on defense in a big, big way, it cranked up the effort to improve in a hurry with two fantastic defensive end prospects in Daniel Parker Jr. and Trajan Jeffcoat, and with several nice-looking linebackers on the way starting with Chad Bailey out of Texas.
The Missouri Class Is Heavy On …
Throw in 6-7, 260-pound tight end Messiah Swinson in the mix for now, but he might get bigger and be an athletic offensive tackle.
Who doesn’t want to be a part of the Tiger system that puts up a bazillion passing yards?
The receiving corps, though, is loaded up with four fantastic prospects who all fit the Mizzou type – they’re all tall, and they can all run.
Kam Scott out of Houston blew off Tennessee and South Carolina to come to Columbia, and Danny Gray out of Dallas is a nice deep threat who could be used as a returner.
The Star of the Missouri Class Is …
LB Chad Bailey, 6-0, 235
Welcome to the 2021 leading tackler.
The Texas native is able to get all over the field and be used in pass coverage, but he’s built for the interior to stop the run. He’s compact, can cut on a dime, and has a nose for the football. Colorado, Texas Tech, Purdue and Minnesota were all in the hunt for his services, but he’ll be Mizzou’s main man.
The Missouri Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Tigers have decent options waiting in the wings for a line that didn’t do enough last season, but they still have to replace top pass rusher Marcell Frazier on one side and Jordan Harold on the other, along with 330-pound monster A.J. Logan on the nose.
Parker and Jeffcoat might not be ready to roll right away, but they will be, soon. 6-5, 325-pound Antar Thompson will is built to eventually be the main man in the interior.