As you all probably know, National Signing Day was today, giving college recruits all across the country the opportunity to sign with their future teams for the first time.
The University of Missouri completed its 2013 class today, signing 20 new Tiger football players. While it wasn’t the excitement of DGB’s commitment last year, the Tigers still gained some quality recruits. Rivals ranked Mizzou 47th overall with this year’s class (although last in the SEC). ESPN ranked Missouri 37th with four four-star recruits 13 three-stars, and three two-stars.
Still, Mizzou fans shouldn’t be worried. Rankings don’t mean too much; you can find great players in low ranked recruits like former Tigers Andrew Gachkar, Danario Alexander, and Sean Weatherspoon. They were all 2-star recruits who now play in the NFL.
Let’s take a look at our potential future Mizzou football stars.
Chase Abbington ATH- Abbington will join the Tigers from St. Louis, and he is the top recruit in this year’s class. He was the lone four-star on Rivals and one of the four-stars on ESPN. Abbington will likely play running back at Mizzou. Look for Abbington to follow in Russell Hansborough’s footsteps.
Alec Abeln OL- Abeln is another recruit from St. Louis. An offensive lineman, Abeln got a three-star rating from Rivals. On ESPN, Abeln was a two-star prospect. Abeln will probably redshirt his first year but could eventually become part of the two-deep rotation on the offensive line. Hopefully he fits into the Elvis Fisher role at Missouri, minus the injury issues.
Josh Augusta DL- A late addition to this year’s class, Augusta can make an impact very quickly at Mizzou. The defensive tackle from Illinois scored a four-star rating on ESPN. With the departure of Sheldon Richardson, there is a void in the defensive line rotation. Augusta could be the solution.
Eric Beisel LB- Beisel is a home state recruit for the Tigers who was one of the four-stars on ESPN. While he was only a three-star on Rivals, he was rated as one of the top ten prospects in the state. Beisel will join the linebacker group at Mizzou but he may redshirt next season.
Joe Burkett LB- Last February, Joe Burkett became the first recruit to give a verbal commitment to the Tigers. Burkett is from Jefferson City, Missouri and was rated three-stars by both Rivals and ESPN. The linebacker dealt with an ankle injury last year but he is healthy now and will most likely be a redshirt next season.
Nate Crawford DL- Nate Crawford is a three-star defensive end from Florida. Signing Crawford was huge for the program, becaue it proved Mizzou could from SEC country. Crawford will most likely redshirt next season, but he has upside and could eventually become a starter on the defensive line.
Harneet Gill OL- Gill is another home state offensive lineman getting ready to join the Missouri football team. GIll missed all of his senior year due to an ankle injury, but he is now healthy and looking to make an impact for the Tigers. The three-star prospect could eventually make an impact on the offensive line, but will probably red shirt his first year on campus.
Charles Harris DE- Charles Harris was the last and most interesting of the Tiger commits. Harris was a basketball player who didn’t play football until his junior year of high school, but he had 12 sacks during his senior-year season. He didn’t have a Rivals page or ESPN page until Missouri signed him and he was only getting inquiries from D2 schools and junior colleges. Harris is a project and will redshirt this season, but he has the potential to be the next diamond in the rough for Mizzou.
Trent Hosick QB- Three star quarterback Trent Hosick might be the most promising of all the Missouri recruits. Hosick has been long committed to Missouri; he’s already enrolled since he graduated early from high school. He is in the running for the quarterback job, although he’ll probably redshirt next season.
AJ Logan DL- Logan is from Columbia and has been impressive on tape. Coaches have said they think Logan can play right away, so look for him to get some action in the defensive line rotation this fall.
Marcus Loud DL- Marcus Loud is a defensive end from Texas who just missed a four-star rating. Loud’s signing was important for the Tigers because it maintained their pipeline in Texas even after leaving the Big 12. Loud is probably going to redshirt next season but could eventually join the rotation on the defensive line.
JMon Moore WR- Moore, a wide receiver from Texas, was the Tigers’ biggest snatch. It was a battle until the very end for Moore and, despite his commitment back in April, experts weren’t sure he would stay true to his word. Moore joins a deep Tiger receiving core.
Aarion Penton ATH- Aarion Penton is a three star athlete from St. Louis. Penton played both defensive back and wide receiver in high school and we still aren’t sure what position he will play for Mizzou.
Eddie Printz QB- Three star quarterback Eddie Printz is another example of the Tigers being able to recruit in SEC country. Printz is from Georgia and has already enrolled at Missouri for the semester. Just like Trent Hosick, Printz is competing in the open quarterback competition.
Jason Reese TE- The tight end position was one of the Tigers’ biggest concerns last season. Now they’ve found Jason Reese, a three star recruit from Texas. Missouri didn’t have a true tight end position last year on offense, but with Josh Henson taking over as offensive coordinator, the position becomes more important.
Clay Rhodes OL- Clay Rhodes, a three-star recruit from Kansas City, has a good situation at Missouri. Rhodes is an offensive lineman and could join the two-deep rotation as a true freshman.
Shaun Rupert S- Missouri stole Shaun Rupert, a three-star safety from Alabama, from Arkansas State this past weekend after inviting him to visit. Now Rupert will join the secondary.
Anthony Sherrils ATH- Anthony Sherrils from Kansas City is a three-star athlete on Rivals and a four-star running back on ESPN. It looks like Sherrils will play defensive back at Missouri but he could end up in the backfield.
Duron Singleton S- Duron Singleton represents the lone junior college commit for this year’s class. Because he is from junior college, Singleton doesn’t get a star rating. Originally from New Orleans, Singleton spent last season in California. The Tigers picked up his commitment over the weekend. Singleton will probably play for Missouri right away and could challenge for a starting safety spot.
Antar Thompson DL- Don’t expect to see Antar Thompson in a Missouri uniform anytime soon. The three-star defensive lineman is the fifth best prospect in the state, but it doesn’t look like he will have the grades to get to Columbia. Thompson will most likely attend junior college for two years before hopefully suiting up for Mizzou.