The NCAA’s introduction of two signing periods took away some of National Signing Day’s normal drama, but Missouri still entered the day with one big question: What school would land defensive tackle Michael Thompson?
The answer arrived around noon Wednesday at Parkway North High School, when the four-star defensive tackle announced that he will not play for Mizzou. He decided to sign with the Oklahoma Sooners instead.
The 6-foot-4, 273-pound Thompson is the No. 96 player in the country and the No. 2 player in Missouri, according to Rivals. He recorded 77 tackles and seven sacks during his senior season.
Thompson was once part of the “Tiger 10,” a group of elite, in-state class of 2018 prospects Missouri brought on campus together for unofficial recruiting visits. But only Blue Springs’ Daniel Parker ended committing to Missouri.
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Mizzou has 25 players in the 2018 class, almost all of which signed with MU during December’s early signing period.
2018 Mizzou football recruiting class
Briarcrest Christian HS (Memphis, Tenn.)
Ridge Point HS (Missouri City, Texas)
Cedar Ridge HS (Round Rock, Texas)
Harry Ballard III
Jones County CC (Ellisville, Miss.)
Lone Star HS (Frisco, Texas)
Braden River HS (Bradenton, Fla.)
Deer Valley HS (Glendale, Ariz.)
West Bloomfield (Mich.) HS
Madison HS (Dallas)
Mary Persons HS (Forsyth, Ga.)
Irmo HS (Columbia, S.C.)
Timberview HS (Mansfield, Texas)
St. Joseph Central HS
Judson HS (Converse, Texas)
Gerald Nathan Jr.
Vance HS (Charlotte, N.C.)
Daniel Parker Jr.
Blue Springs HS
Coppell HS (Coppell, Texas)
Manvel (Texas) HS
Lindsey Scott Jr.
East Mississippi CC
Lutheran HS (Glen Head, N.Y.)
Highland (Kan.) CC
Central Gwinnett HS (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Wekiva HS (Apopka, Fla.)
Del Valle (Texas) HS