University of Missouri

February 4, 2014

Missouri football recruiting outlook

Among the top recruits to commit to MU coach Gary Pinkel’s football program is Andy Bauer of DeSmet High in St. Louis, the No. 8 offensive lineman in the country. Here’s a look at the rest of MU’s expected football class heading into National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Top five recruits
Name Pos. Rank* Ht. Wt. School
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. 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 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 — 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 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 Wilson S 27 5-10 176 Buford (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.

* 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, 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 Cheadle DB 5-10 165 Lee’s 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.)
Commitments (22)
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
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.

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