It took about five months longer than expected, but Butler (Kan.) Community College offensive tackle Tyler Howell is expected on Missouri’s campus for the spring semester.
Howell, a 6-foot-8 and 300-pound Bonner Springs graduate, originally signed with the Tigers last February, but he wasn’t cleared academically to enroll.
Instead, Howell finished some coursework at Butler and will be available when spring practice begins in March after he signed again Wednesday with Missouri.
Howell’s is first official signing of the Barry Odom era.
Missouri has picked up verbal commitments South Oak Cliff defensive end Marvin Terry from Dallas and East St. Louis (Ill.) guard Tre’vour Simms, a flip from Illinois, in the last week.
Howell, who lists his hometown as Olathe, did not play for the Grizzlies last season and hasn’t played since the 2014 season when he was a first-team junior-college All-American.
He was expected to add depth and perhaps compete for a starting spot with the Tigers last fall before he came up short in one class.
Howell — a three-star Rivals prospect, who was ranked No. 43 in the nation in last year’s junior-college class — will be immediately eligible at Missouri.
He picked the Tigers over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky and Penn State.
Howell also had offers from Ohio State and Oklahoma State among others, according to ESPN, which ranked as the No. 5 junior-college tackle and No. 37 overall junior-college prospect when he signed in February.
Howell was a four-star recruit, according to Scout.com, and a three-star prospect, according to 247 Sports with a national composite ranking of No. 27.
Missouri also lost two commitments in its 2016 recruiting class Wednesday. John Ehret athlete Ca’Ron Baham from Marrero, La., reopened his recruitment, as did Manvel (Texas) offensive lineman Mackenzie Nworah.
Baham, who played quarterback in high school and missed most of last season after suffering a torn ACL on Sept. 4, committed to the Tigers in late May and was expected to transition to wide receiver.
He is ranked by Rivals as the No. 36 player in Louisiana and No. 55 athlete in the 2016 recruiting class.
Baham also has offers from Arizona, Arkansas and Colorado among others.
Nworah, who committed to the Tigers in June, is a three-star Rivals recruit.
Nworah, a 6-foot-3 and 305-pound guard prospect, also has offers from Arizona State, Indiana and Oklahoma State, according to Rivals.
He’s also listed a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, Scout.com and ESPN, which also lists offers from Boston College, Illinois and Texas Tech among others.
With the attrition, Missouri is left with 16 recruits in its current class, including Howell.