By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Top five recruits
|Andy Bauer||OL||8||6-6||304||DeSmet 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. Hes 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 Brown||WR||49||6-3||215||North 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 Wingo||CB||30||6-0||165||St. 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 Lee||LB||33||6-2||203||Lawrence Central HS (Indianapolis)|
Ranked as one of the nations 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 Wilson||S||27||5-10||176||Buford (Ga.) HS|
Officially, Wilson is listed as an athlete, but Missouris 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 nations 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 Strongs 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 nations 36th-best high school safety, Greg Taylor from East St. Louis (Ill.), along with Lees Summit West cornerback Logan Cheadle, who has already enrolled along with Dennis. Missouris running back haul, Florida natives Trevon Walters and Ish Witter, also looks strong.
Position unanswered for
Missouri doesnt 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.
|Logan Cheadle||DB||5-10||165||Lees Summit West HS|
|Kenya Dennis||DB||6-0||190||Hinds (Miss.) CC|
|Mike Fairchild||OL||6-6||262||Blue Valley West HS|
|Brandon Lee||LB||6-2||203||Lawrence Central HS (Indianapolis)|
|Marvin Zanders||QB||6-1||175||Raines HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)|
|Paul Adams||OL||6-6||270||Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)|
|Sam Bailey||OL||6-5||245||Lamar (Mo.) HS|
|Andy Bauer||OL||6-6||304||DeSmet HS (St. Louis)|
|Kendall Blanton||TE||6-5||225||Blue Springs South HS|
|Walter Brady||DE||6-4||225||Florence (Ala.) HS|
|Nate Brown||WR||6-3||215||North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee, Ga.)|
|Keyon Dilosa||WR||6-3||194||Round Rock (Texas) HS|
|Darnell Green-Beckham||WR||6-5||175||Springfield Hillcrest HS|
|Stepfawn Hughes||ATH||5-10||170||Dunbar HS (Fort Worth, Texas)|
|Grant Jones||ATH||6-3||216||Columbia Hickman HS|
|Lawrence Lee||WR||5-10||167||West Florida Tech (Pensacola, Fla.)|
|Rocel McWilliams||DE||6-3||240||West Florida Tech (Pensacola, Fla.)|
|Kevin Pendleton||OL||6-4||329||Lees Summit West HS|
|Thomas Richard||WR||6-1||185||Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)|
|Tavon Ross||ATH||6-1||196||Bleckley County HS (Cochran, Ga.)|
|Finis Stribling IV||DB||5-10||170||Independence HS (Thompsons Station, Tenn.)|
|Greg Taylor||DB||5-10||181||East St. Louis (Ill.) HS|
|Trevon Walters||RB||5-10||189||Manatee HS (Bradenton, Fla.)|
|Thomas Wilson||ATH||5-10||176||Buford (Ga.) HS|
|Raymond Wingo||DB||6-0||165||St. Louis University HS|
|Roderick Winters||LB||5-11||196||Bowie HS (Arlington, Texas)|
|Ish Witter||RB||5-8||190||Alonso HS (Tampa, Fla.)|
NOTE: Players who have made commitments have not signed a letter of intent; National Signing Day is Wednesday.