Missouri adds pledge from in-state TE, first commitment for 2024 recruiting class
Missouri has picked up its first commitment for the 2024 recruiting class, landing a pledge from an in-state tight end Saturday afternoon.
The player is Whit Hafer, a 6-foot-7 prospect out of Joplin High School. Hafer held other offers from Kansas, Kansas State and UNLV at the time of his commitment to the Tigers.
“Thankful and blessed to announce my commitment to The University of Missouri,” wrote Hafer in his announcement.
Thankful and blessed to announce my commitment to The University of Missouri! #MIZ #Chase2Dre4ms pic.twitter.com/eFCKCZv7b4
— Whit Hafer (@whit_hafer) February 25, 2023
Listed at 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, Hafer has gone unrated by the composite rankings. 247 Sports lists Hafer as a 3-star prospect, the No. 32 TE nationally and the 15th player out of Missouri for the cycle.
Hafer becomes Missouri’s first commitment in the 2024 recruiting class as the Tigers look to build for the future. Eli Drinkwitz and his staff signed the 33rd recruiting class in the nation for 2023, and we’ll see if Mizzou can top that number for 2024.
Here’s a look at what Hafer brings to the table via his Hudl highlights:
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Blocks well. Makes hard catches look easy. Runs his play book well. Doesn’t get tackled easy. Puts effort into his game consistently
I’m assuming some relation to Jeff Hafer, former Basketball player who was also from the Joplin area.
His son. Rock M Nation has a much better write up.
Thanks XEN610, I was assuming either that or possibly a nephew.
I watched his tape and he certainly pancaked of number of players who were way smaller than he was. He does have good hands but lacks SEC speed.
He is tight end, not a receiver, his speed looked fine. We are sorely lacking at that position, so any help we can get is welcome.
I would have to see a 40 time, he’s got a lot of playbook potential. Often a challenge to opponents is “can they stop the high ball especially near the goal line, do they have to commit two defenders .
I think we’re lacking development at the position. We’ve landed some really good TE’s, both Nebraska and Alabama were after Wisner pretty hard. Gavin McKay was a good get out of TN 3 years ago. Now a JR and invisible. Where’s the development?
That’s a good point Booch and I think part of the answer is playbook (does the playbook give every player a manageable assignment. Another part of it is surprise, does the opponent know what your playbook is going to do therefore everyone’s assignment becomes difficult.
Maybe if we just think about the way Vanderbilt looks when they are succeeding, Timing, precision, surprise, etc.
Offense wasn’t as good as advertise. The quarterback situation wasn’t good then. Now with a new OC and some great quarterbacks on the roster it shall be a lot better, and the offense should be better too. The receiving corps should be a lot better too. That also includes TEs and running backs.
Because having an offense is 24/7/365. They have to study the video of all 12 opponents-2023. Start getting the playbook practiced. Then game week that can make new adjustments not complete reinvention.