Mizzou’s recruiting classes usually get overlooked–and that has proven to be, well … dumb.
Chase Daniel was a winner in high school but wasn’t anywhere close to a five-star recruit. Jeremy Maclin was a little more highly regarded but still wasn’t anywhere near a five-star prospect. Sheldon Richardson and Dorial Green-Beckham got their recruiting credit, and on the field they’ve delivered. There have been some impressive No. 1 Mizzou recruits in the past decade. Take a look.
Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.
Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.
|YEAR||NO. 1 H.S. RECRUIT||POS||NAT.RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|2013||Josh Augusta||DT||236||Played in 8 games as true Fr., decent early contributor||B|
|2012||Dorial Green-Beckham||WR||1||Outstanding receiver, some minor off-field problems prevent A+||A|
|2011||Shane Ray||DE||386||Really came alive in 2013; looks to be headed toward solid 4-yr career||B|
|2010||Nick Demien||OL||115||Fourth year on campus in ‘13, still not a starter; career backup||C|
|2009||Sheldon Richardson||DT||30||Went JUCO first, then returned and became 1st round NFL draft pick||A+|
|2008||Blaine Gabbert||QB||34||1st round NFL draft pick; threw for 6,822 yds, 40 TDs in 2 years||A+|
|2007||Michael Keck||DE||81||Played sparingly as Fr., transfer to Missouri St. then out of football||F|
|2006||Jeremy Maclin||WR||n/a||1st round NFL draft pick; caught a ton of passes; very productive||A+|
|2005||Chase Daniel||QB||n/a||Heisman contender junior year; award winning college career||A+|
|2004||Chase Patton||QB||94||Backed up Chase Daniel his final two seasons||D|
NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.