Welcome back for another week of my thoughts on high school kids you may never end up fully caring about.
And yet here we both are.
Rather than think more on that, let's get to the goods.
What Art Thou Doing Romeo?
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Romeo Weems, the top-ranked basketball player in Michigan for the 2019 class, surprised many this week by committing to DePaul over his home-state schools.
Weems is a major get for DePaul coach Dave Leitao, a former Mizzou assistant, who is quietly stockpiling talent up in Lincoln Park and could turn some heads pretty soon.
So what does this have to do with Missouri, you might ask?
For starters, Weems had an offer from the Tigers. I would classify him as a guy Missouri offered but never really recruited for one reason or another.
But, there is another reason why I’m bringing up Weems. A source close to his recruitment told me that the situation at Michigan State was a turnoff to picking the nearby school.
And I have to wonder, will he be the only recruit to feel that way?
Last year Michigan State signed four local top-100 prospects for a top-15 class according to ESPN. But that was before serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, a former MSU doctor, was convicted and before allegations that Tom Izzo may have covered up sexual assault accusations against his own players.
I was originally going to end my thoughts on this here but then news came out that…
Rocket Watts to cut list to seven
Watts, a high Missouri priority for 2019 from Detroit, tweeted out that he plans to announce his top seven schools on June 1. The news came as a surprise to me, because Watts told me in Dallas that he planned to cut his list of schools at the end of the summer before taking visits.
For the record, I fully expect Missouri to make the cut for him. I’d be stunned if the Tigers don’t. I also expect both Michigan and Michigan State to make the list.
Right now I think Watts is a recruit who will more than likely take an official visit to Missouri. After that I’m not sure. But they certainly have a shot. We'll take a closer look at this once he cuts his list.
Speaking of Missouri pipelines to Michigan…
Missouri made the top seven for 6-foot-2 West Bloomfield, Mich., wideout Tre Mosley. Mosley is from the same high school as incoming signee Javon Foster.
Barry Odom said recruiting with his program would start with regional coaches and then transition to position coaches. This is a case where it’s the same guy all the way. His name is AJ Ofodile, Missouri's wide receivers coach.
Ofodile has a good track record in Michigan and landing Foster helps him out with Mosley. This could be a situation where Missouri beats out a Michigan or Michigan State for the three-star recruit’s talents. He also has Oregon, Purdue and Cincinnati to worry about but this is a prospect I can see Missouri landing given his connections and track record with Foster.
While we’re cutting lists…
Missouri also made the cut for a pair of Louisiana defensive backs in Tyrone Lewis Jr. and Ishmael Burdine.
Lewis has the likes of Kansas, Texas A&M, Tulane and Louisiana Tech among others on his list, making Missouri one of his more impressive offers.
Burdine has quite the company on his list, with Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Arkansas all on his.
I don’t take a list of 10 or more schools to seriously because there is so much more left of the recruiting process at that point. But for now, we’ll call it a good start.
Silence on the late offers
Last week there was some talk about Ed Chang, a wing from Nebraska who picked up a offer from Missouri. Keyshawn Bryant, a Florida prospect, also had Missouri on his radar.
And since? Crickets.
I have to think that this is tied to the possibility of Jontay Porter coming back. Missouri’s coaches wouldn’t be tongue-tied this late in the signing period for no good reason.
I have no clue whether Porter comes back but I’ve been hearing the same thing everyone else has: that a return is picking up steam. Sometimes no news could be good news. Porter has to make a decision next week. We'll have plenty on that and what it means when it comes.