Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Missouri Tigers recruiting class.
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Talk about your miserable time to get hit with NCAA sanctions. Mizzou will fight the accusations, charges and penalties – including missing out on a bowl bid this season – but it didn’t matter all that much to this class. It was an okay recruiting season before, and that’s where it finished.
It might not be a special class, but former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant signed on and stayed on, and former TCU QB Shawn Robinson is staying. The present and future of the position is set, and now it’s time to build around them.
Last year’s class loaded up with a whole lot of receivers. This year, there weren’t many signed on, but Maurice Massey and CJ Boone are every bit as good as last year’s haul.
The defensive backs should be the stars. Ishmail Burdine out of Louisiana appears to be the best of the bunch, but it’s a deep enough class to throw a bunch of bodies at the positions and hope a few rise up.
There aren’t any running backs in this group – three were signed on last year – and even with the transfers, Missouri still landed QB Connor Bazelak, a 6-4 passer out of Ohio.
For good or for bad – depending on your view – Missouri doesn’t really get Missouri talents. Last year there were just three signed on, compared to ten from Texas. This year? Odom and company hit St. Louis hard and ended up with six Missouri players. There were four signings from Texas.
St. Louis native Jalani Williams is the best get of the bunch. The 6-2, 175-pounder could’ve gone to Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and just about anywhere else. Instead, he decided to stay close to home.
Considering the team needs defensive tackles after losing the main men from last year, there wasn’t much from this group to address the position. 6-3, 300-pound Chris Daniels was the only signing, but he’s a JUCO transfer and expected to be an instant factor.
It’s a better class than Missouri was able to get in the last few seasons under Gary Pinkel, but next year might be the big key. It would be nice to to get a few more of the four-star types. but for now, all things considered thanks to the NCAA, survive and advance.