Missouri Tigers National Signing Day Recap

Photo courtesy of Finis Stribling

Missouri Tigers

      • SEC TEAM RANK: No. 13
      • NATIONAL TEAM RANK: No. 39
      • LAST YEAR’S FINISH: No. 14 in SEC; No. 43 in nation.
      • NO. 1 CURRENT RECRUIT: OL Andy Bauer (No. 155)
      • SDS 3-STAR ‘SLEEPER’ STAR: Finis Stribling is a DB out of Tennessee, and has been an unofficial spokesman for the program. He’s very enthusiastic about heading to Mizzou.
      • SUM THE DAY UP: It was a relatively quiet day for the Tigers, who were pretty well set coming in anyway. They did manage to hold on to DB Tavon Ross, who Georgia was trying to steal. And 6-foot-4 WR Desean Blair (3-star prospect) was a nice last-second pickup on signing day. Overall though, it was pretty quiet.
      • OVERALL: This is a rock solid group. Will it finish in the national top five? Nope. But then again, neither did the past classes that produced the SEC East’s best team in December. It doesn’t seem to matter what the Tigers are ranked. Overall, Missouri was impressive in how it recruited the deep south and Florida, showing it can go toe-to-toe with other SEC schools in relatively new recruiting regions.

Editor’s note: All team and individual ratings referenced by Saturday Down South are according to 247Sports.com’s composite ranking, which averages all services. Team rankings are as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Here’s a look at the current commitments, with ranking and early enrollment details:

Paul Adams OL Nashville, TN 6’6″ 270 3
Sam Bailey OL Lamar, MO 6’5″ 245 3
Andy Bauer OL St. Louis, MO 6’6″ 304 4
Desean Blair WR Jacksonville, FL 6’4” 185 3
Kendall Blanton TE Blue Springs, MO 6’5″ 225 3
Walter Brady DE Florence, AL 6’4″ 245 2
Nate Brown WR Suwanee, GA 6’3″ 215 4
Logan Cheadle DB Lee’s Summit, MO 5’10″ 165 3 YES
Kenya Dennis DB Raymond, MS 6’0″ 190 3 YES
Keyon Dilosa WR Round Rock, TX 6’3″ 195 3
Michael Fairchild OL Overland Park, KS 6’6″ 262 3 YES
Darnell Green-Beckham WR Springfield, MO 6’5″ 175 3
Stepfawn Hughes ATH Fort Worth, TX 5’9″ 165 3
Grant Jones ATH Columbia, MO 6’3″ 216 3
Brandon Lee LB Indianapolis, IN 6’3″ 215 4 YES
Lawrence Lee WR Pensacola, FL 5’10″ 167 3
Rocel McWilliams DE Pensacola, FL 6’3″ 240 3
Kevin Pendleton OL Lee’s Summit, MO 6’4″ 329 3
Thomas Richard WR Nashville, TN 6’1″ 185 3
Tavon Ross DB Cochran, GA 6’1″ 200 3
Finis Stribling IV DB Thompson’s Station, TN 5’10″ 170 3
Greg Taylor DB East St. Louis, IL 5’10″ 181 3
Trevon Walters RB Bradenton, FL 5’10″ 190 3
Thomas Wilson ATH Buford, GA 5’10″ 175 3
Raymond Wingo DB St. Louis, MO 5’10″ 175 3
Ish Witter RB Tampa, FL 5’8″ 190 3
Roderick Winters LB Arlington, TX 5’11″ 196 3
Marvin Zanders QB Jacksonville, FL 6’1″ 175 3


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  • Brian, great job of summing Missouri up. Here are some interesting dynamics: Several young men from the deep south were interviewed at the reception today reportedly having a great time wearing showshoes with big shoe sponsor logos on them. This part is not a joke, Marvin Zanders, Florida said, Chase Daniel had been one of his first big football hero(s). The young man from Blue Valley West (that’s the Kansas side of the state line) looking like such a mature and smart addition, Michael Fairchild, son of long time NFL pro lineman. As a Missourian, I try to never miss a chance to say how much I respect Bill Snyder at Kansas State, today I heard the same from a young Kansas man talking about Missouri’s campus, coaches, and new team-mates. National recruiting day is the first time Kansas owned radio stations in KC were forced to talk about Missouri since the Cotton bowl, oh my, what a difference between today and a year ago, when Missouri got was getting so much negative radio even though they took on the Big 12, who had wanted every program to settle for 9 million, while Texas got 70 per year. Danell Green Beckham’s battle with Cancer was discussed today, what a story that is. Walter Brady’s commitment from Alabama two days ago, in the face of signing day, was symbolic of the whole class. These young men are saying why they signed with Missouri, for example, one said he was going to go pro in Missouri’s Orthopedic Sur. Med. program. When you add this class to the unveiled smaller but equal quality individuals of 2013, It’s a force. And I know that classes all over the SEC can be proud of their classes for their own reasons. Wow. What is SEC football going to look like in 2017?