Mizzou adds another commitment, hovers just outside national top 25


Mizzou already has the best player in Kansas aboard, and sometime between now and national signing day, the Tigers could very well end up with the No. 1 players from their home state of Missouri and neighboring Illinois.

It is that kind of class for the Tigers. Kansas’ No. 1 player A.J. Harris is already on board, and if five-star DE Terry Beckner (Illinois) and four-star WR Alex Ofodile (Missouri) were to also come aboard, which is possible but not definite, it would give the Tigers three states’ No. 1 player. Fans have to love that. It also would solidly put the Tigers inside the national top 25.

This week, the Tigers added underrated offensive tackle Tanner Owen to its commitment list, giving them eight for the 2015 class. That’s good enough for Mizzou to perch at No. 27 in the nation in the the recruiting rankings.

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.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Owen told Saturday Down South. “I’ve worked very hard for this and made it become real. It’s such a great accomplishment for me to make it this far. It will be great know that I will be going up against the best of the best every single play out there.”

Editor’s note: Any reference to recruiting ratings in this series–team or individual–are to 247Sports.com’s industry composite ranking.

164 Drew Lock Lees Summit, MO 4 QB 6’5” 195
248 Natereace Strong East Saint Louis, IL 4 RB 6’2” 185
11* Chase Abbington Hutchinson, KS 4 RB 6’2″ 210
320 AJ Harris Stilwell, KS 3 OL 6’4” 297
676 Ryan Williams Lees Summit, MO 3 RB 5’11” 185
776 Cameron Hilton St. Louis, MO 3 DB 6’1″ 175
n/a Daniel Imatorbhebhe Suwanee, GA 3 TE 6’4″ 220
n/a Tanner Owen Kearney, MO 2 OL 6’5″ 265

 * — This is his national junior college ranking

“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.


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  • 2 points on Owen:
    1) He’s a True Son. He’s wanted to be a Missouri Tigers most his life. It means a ton to a program when they get kids like this who will love where they’re headed.
    2) He ran a 4.85 at camp last week. That’s pretty darn quick for a young man who has yet to step foot on campus and work with a collegiate training staff. This kid will be fun to watch in a few years.

  • I don’t think we’ll be in danger of losing this kid to any other colleges.and it would be more than great to get Terry and Alex on board.