Tuesday could be a huge day for Mizzou, recruiting wise


Today, the coveted duo of high school teammates Natereace Strong and Terry Beckner Jr. are expected to be on Mizzou’s campus for an unofficial visit with several other prep teammates. Both play at East St. Louis H.S. in Illinois, and are arguably the entire state’s top two prospects.

Strong is expected to formally commit–in person–to the Tigers’ coaching staff today. This comes as no surprise as he and his prep coaches have indicated this has been his direction for some time. Strong is a four-star running back and is rated the No. 209 overall prospect in America. Beckner is more of a wildcard and the staff hopes to make a strong impression. He’s a five-star defensive end, the clear-cut No. 1 prospect in Illinois, and he’s seriously considering Southern Cal and LSU, also. But Mizzou is firmly in his top three.

Beckner and Strong have indicated they wouldn’t mind playing at the same college, so today’s unofficial visit certainly could help Mizzou. Also, prime in-state QB target Drew Lock has a college announcement coming late Wednesday. This could be even more good news.

Stay tuned folks … when it comes to Beckner, this could get interesting. If Mizzou keeps landing players like these, the Tigers are not going to be able to sneak up on people, recruiting wise.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.


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  • I hope they are good campus citizens. In order for the program to keep momentum both the football and non-football personalities have to be positive. I have confidence in the coaching staff to teach lesser stars up. I’m more concerned about them being smart enough to execute the tactical requirements AND sometimes I want the Missouri coaching staff itself to be smarter and express this through smarter players. I also know that in a City the size of metro Chicago, compared to the very small city of East St. Louis, Illinois, it tough to imagine that there are not player with at least equally as high potential, so if Missouri takes these players, I want them to be trainable and coachable.