By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Well, National Signing Day is upon us, and Missouri currently has 18 commitments in hand, despite a handful of defections – Texas defensive end Dimarya Mixon (Nebraska) and Georgia receiver Donovahn Jones (Minnesota) – over the past few days.
The good news is that in the world of recruiting, you win some and you lose some - just like life. So here are four recruits who are still considering Missouri and will announce their college decisions today.
>(COMMITTED TO CINCINNATI) 6:30 a.m. – Travis Johnson, tight end, 6-3, 231, Tampa, FL (Jesuit)
The former Miami commitment picked Cincinnati over South Florida and Missouri this morning.
>(COMMITTED TO TEXAS TECH) 10 a.m.– Joshua Outlaw, offensive guard, 6-4, 290, Lithonia, Ga. (King)
This three-star guard from Georgia who would have been a terrific get for the Tigers, who already have three offensive line commitments but lost a four-star kid in West Des Moines’ Jake Campos two months ago. However, he picked Texas Tech this morning over several schools, including Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
>(COMMITTED TO MIZZOU) Noon – Duron Singleton, safety, 6-1, 210, Fresno, Calif. (Fresno City C.C.)
According to Rivals.com, Singleton – who has offers from Memphis and Wisconsin – will have two years of eligibility remaining. Mizzou confirmed that he sent his letter of intent this morning. He is the 19th commitment in the Tigers' class.
>4 p.m. – Ezekiel Elliott, running back, 6-0, 198, St. Louis (John Burroughs)
Ah, finally. The Prize. Elliott combines blazing speed and shiftiness, and has long been a commitment to Urban Meyer and Ohio State. However, both his parents went to Missouri – his father, Stacy, played football – and he was given the DGB treatment during an official visit a few weekends ago. Perhaps the addition of another running back to Ohio State’s class – four-star Texas speedster Dontre Wilson – will play a part in Elliott flipping to his home-state school.
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