Eli Drinkwitz and his Missouri coaching staff continue to impress on the recruiting trail fairly early in the 2021 recruiting cycle and are now close to halfway to filling up the program’s recruiting class by the end of June.

The Tigers’ latest win on the recruiting trail comes as Shemar Pearl of Garden City Community College has announced his pledge to join the Mizzou program on his 19th birthday. Pearl’s commitment gives Missouri 12 total pledges for the 2021 recruiting cycle.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defender does not currently have a recruiting ranking listed by 247Sports Composite Rankings but he does hold scholarship offers from South Carolina, Baylor and Texas Tech.

“First off, I want to thank God for blessing me to see year 19 and with the ability to play the sport I love. I also want to thank my family for supporting me through this process,” Pearl posted on Thursday. “A huge thanks to Coach Jerry Dominguez and Coach Aaron Cheatwood for giving me a second chance to go to the next level. And lastly, I want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, and supporters for supporting me throughout my football journey. With that being said, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Missouri. Go Tigers.”

Based on his freshman season highlight reel at Garden City Community College, the Tigers just landed a lineman with an ideal blend of size and speed and a player that won’t have to be molded for years before seeing the field in Columbia.

Missouri’s 2021 Recruiting Class

Player
Rank/Position
Stars
State
Travion Ford
#12 weak side DE
4-star
Missouri
Connor Tollison
#29 offensive tackle
3-star
Missouri
Daylan Carnell
#33 cornerback
3-star
Indiana
Davion Sistrunk
#48 cornerback
3-star
Florida
Taj Butts
#41 running back
3-star
Missouri
Tyler Macon
#22 dual-threat QB
3-star
Illinois
Ryan Hoerstkamp
#47 tight end
3-star
Missouri
Gavin McKay
#48 tight end
3-star
Tennessee
Mekhi Wingo
#53 defensive tackle
3-star
Missouri
Darius Jackson
#86 cornerback
3-star
Texas
Zxaequan Reeves
#130 cornerback
3-star
Florida
Shemar Pearl
JUCO defensive end
Not ranked
Texas