2017 Missouri Tigers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Missouri Tigers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
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Missouri Tigers Recruiting Class Overview
It’s been a few years since Mizzou was fighting the good fight in the recruiting world, and while Barry Odom isn’t getting the stars, he’s bringing in a decent class for the defensive side and a few JUCO transfers to help the cause right away. Yasir Durant is a 6-7, 320-pound ready-made blocker coming in from Arizona Western, but the new players for 2017 are on the defensive side – more on that in a moment.
There might not be any SEC superstar high school prospects coming in, but DaRon Davis is close – whether he plays in the secondary or at receiver – and Case Cook is a great-looking center for down the road. Overall, though, the focus is on the secondary – with S Jordan Ulmer leading a great group of defensive backs coming in – and for right now, the Tigers are loading up on …
The Missouri Tigers Class Is Heavy On …
JUCO transfer defensive linemen. There are a few freshmen coming in to get their chances at being the new great Tiger pass rusher, but this year’s class is cranking it up with ready-made types to help the rotation on the defensive front. Nathanial Anderson is a quick end who can camp out behind the line, while Rashad Brandon and Walter Palmore are a few 300-pound defensive tackles to help gum things up.
The Star of the Missouri Tigers Class Is …
WR/CB Daron Davis, 6-2, 190, Lee’s Summit, MO – While some are thinking about him as a possible big, tough defensive back, he’s a wide receiver with the upside to be exactly what the offense needs. It’s going to take a little polish, but he’s got the size, the speed, and the toughness to be a No. 1 target in a few years. He committed early on in the process and wasn’t courted by any big names, but Illinois and Kansas stayed interested.
The Missouri Tigers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Cornerbacks. The loss of top pass rusher Charles Harris is the defense’s biggest problem, and not having around Rickey Hatley and Josh Augusta for the defensive interior is also a concern, but it’s the corner situation that could be the concern right away. Aarion Penton and John Gibson combined to pick off eight of the team’s 15 passes, with both doing a decent job against the run when they have their chances, too.