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.