University of Missouri

Missouri football recruiting outlook

Updated: 2014-02-04T17:35:41Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Top five recruits

Name Pos. Rank* Ht. Wt. School
Andy BauerOL86-6304DeSmet HS (St. Louis)

Bauer originally committed to Missouri as a sophomore then flipped to Mississippi in March before re-committing to the Tigers in November. He’s ranked as the 137th-best prospect overall and the second-best in Missouri by Rivals despite missing his entire senior season because of a torn labrum.

Nate BrownWR496-3215North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee, Ga.)

A late bloomer, Brown totaled 61 catches for 1,081 yards with 21 touchdowns as a senior and helped North Gwinnett reach the state championship game, which prompted attention from Georgia and South Carolina. He only had 41 catches for 491 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.

Raymond WingoCB306-0165St. Louis University HS

Wingo has speed to burn — Rivals.com lists him with a 4.31 40-yard dash — and that prompted offers Auburn, Michigan State and Oklahoma among others. But Wingo, whose brother Ronnie Jr. plays for the Bills, elected to stay home in the end.

Brandon LeeLB336-2203Lawrence Central HS (Indianapolis)

Ranked as one of the nation’s top outside linebackers, Lee is already on campus after enrolling at Missouri at semester. That should give him a chance to bulk up and perhaps make an impact (on special teams, if nothing else) next season. Lee wants to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Thomas WilsonS275-10176Buford (Ga.) HS

Officially, Wilson is listed as an athlete, but Missouri’s plan calls for him to play safety. Last season, Wilson, a two-way star, helped Buford claim its 10th state championship since 2000. He also played wide receiver. His twin brother, Terrance, has been offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Tigers.

*Rivals.com national position ranking

The one that got away

Jhonathon Williams, the 24th-best prospect in Michigan, initially committed to Missouri after a visit in late September. Two months later, he flipped that commitment to Notre Dame in order to stay closer to home. Williams is 6 feet, 6 inches and 230 pounds with potential to become a monster off the edge.

Still fishing for …

The Tigers remain in the hunt for two of the nation’s best defensive tackles — Poona Ford (6-1, 288) from Hilton Head, S.C., who is ranked No. 24 at his position by Rivals.com, and Daniel Cage (6-3, 275) from Cincinnati, who is ranked 27th. Ford, who squats 660 pounds, is also considering Texas — he originally committed to Charlie Strong’s Louisville squad — and Purdue. Cage is weighing offers from Michigan State and Notre Dame among other suitors.

Position answered for …

Missouri added quality and quantity in the secondary. In addition to Wingo and Wilson, the Tigers picked up the 96th-ranked junior college prospect, cornerback Kenya Dennis, and the nation’s 36th-best high school safety, Greg Taylor from East St. Louis (Ill.), along with Lee’s Summit West cornerback Logan Cheadle, who has already enrolled along with Dennis. Missouri’s running back haul, Florida natives Trevon Walters and Ish Witter, also looks strong.

Position unanswered for …

Missouri doesn’t have a defensive tackle in the fold and also is light on defensive ends, though the Tigers have 10 defensive linemen from the last two recruiting classes on the roster. Still, coach Gary Pinkel is trying to hang on to Rocel McWilliams, who received late interest from Florida, and aims to flip Cincinnati commit Spencer Williams (6-4, 230), a defensive end from Jacksonville, Fla.

Signed (5)

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Logan CheadleDB5-10165Lee’s Summit West HS
Kenya DennisDB6-0190Hinds (Miss.) CC
Mike FairchildOL6-6262Blue Valley West HS
Brandon LeeLB6-2203Lawrence Central HS (Indianapolis)
Marvin ZandersQB6-1175Raines HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Commitments (22)

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Paul AdamsOL6-6270Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Sam BaileyOL6-5245Lamar (Mo.) HS
Andy BauerOL6-6304DeSmet HS (St. Louis)
Kendall BlantonTE6-5225Blue Springs South HS
Walter BradyDE6-4225Florence (Ala.) HS
Nate BrownWR6-3215North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee, Ga.)
Keyon DilosaWR6-3194Round Rock (Texas) HS
Darnell Green-BeckhamWR6-5175Springfield Hillcrest HS
Stepfawn HughesATH5-10170Dunbar HS (Fort Worth, Texas)
Grant JonesATH6-3216Columbia Hickman HS
Lawrence LeeWR5-10167West Florida Tech (Pensacola, Fla.)
Rocel McWilliamsDE6-3240West Florida Tech (Pensacola, Fla.)
Kevin PendletonOL6-4329Lees Summit West HS
Thomas RichardWR6-1185Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Tavon RossATH6-1196Bleckley County HS (Cochran, Ga.)
Finis Stribling IVDB5-10170Independence HS (Thompsons Station, Tenn.)
Greg TaylorDB5-10181East St. Louis (Ill.) HS
Trevon WaltersRB5-10189Manatee HS (Bradenton, Fla.)
Thomas WilsonATH5-10176Buford (Ga.) HS
Raymond WingoDB6-0165St. Louis University HS
Roderick WintersLB5-11196Bowie HS (Arlington, Texas)
Ish WitterRB5-8190Alonso HS (Tampa, Fla.)

NOTE: Players who have made commitments have not signed a letter of intent; National Signing Day is Wednesday.

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