April is a wonderful time, especially in the northern reaches of SEC territory. Those areas are just beginning to thaw out from winter. For Mizzou football fans, they can point to this awesome month as one of the most productive their football program has ever seen.
One month ago, the Tigers had two players on board and were dwarfed by what other SEC powers were doing, recruiting wise. But from April 1 on, it has been a flurry of activity that has seen the Tigers do everything from nail down their future superstar quarterback (Drew Lock) to attracting a bruising (and highly coveted, nationally) running back (Nate Strong) to snagging a huge tight end out of Georgia’s backyard (Daniel Imatorbhebhe). And to cap it all off, five-star defensive end prospect Terry Beckner named Mizzou his leader after a recent visit to campus.
In all the program has added six commitments in 20 days and is now rated the No. 22 class in the nation. And if somehow Beckner came along soon, expect a huge bump in those rankings.
This weekend, Mizzou added its eighth commitment in the class of 2015 when talented in-state defensive back Cameron Hilton entered the fray. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect is from St. Louis, and he’d been courted heavily by Vanderbilt and other schools, but in the end he wanted to stay home and play for the rising SEC East program.
“Yeah it really has been a good month,” Hilton told Saturday Down South this weekend. “I think all of the commits really do believe that we have a great chance to do great things at Mizzou … I don’t think the excitement is just coming from the success of Mizzou last year. It’s definitely something bigger.”
And playing in the SEC?
“It’s just the idea of that I’ll be playing against the other best players in the nation. You’ll have to put it all out there every game. And from what I’ve heard it’s a great way for pro scouts to evaluate you because you’re playing the best football.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.