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Where does Mizzou football stand with vaunted 2018 in-state recruiting class?

Missouri head coach Barry Odom.
Missouri head coach Barry Odom. The Associated Press

Missouri’s in-state crop of football talent for the 2018 recruiting cycle has been touted as the best in at least a generation.

So far, the Tigers haven’t landed a commitment from among the 10 elite players coach Barry Odom and his staff have offered.

That shouldn’t come as a tremendous surprise, considering the bounty of offers flooding in for Ritenour’s Ayodele Adeoye, Christian Brothers College’s Kamryn Babb, Lutheran North’s Ronnie Perkins, Parkway North’s Michael Thompson Jr. and Chaminade’s Trevor Trout, in particular.

Mizzou’s struggles the last two season, a 9-15 record overall with a 3-13 SEC mark and a couple high-profile off-field issues, make it a tough sell with Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Oklahoma among the suitors hoping to poach Show-Me State talent.

Three of the 10 top in-state targets appear to be off the board — including Lee’s Summit West athlete Mario Goodrich and Christian Brothers College wide receiver Cameron Brown, who both committed to Nebraska in May — but it’s going to be a long, tense battle for the Tigers until signing day in February as the others wait to make a decision.

Here’s where Mizzou stands:

MIZZOU REMAINS IN THE MIX

LB Ayodele Adeoye, Ritenour (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-1/225

Adeoye is considering: Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas

Other offers: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Southern California, Texas A&M among others

247 Sports ranking: Four stars (No. 4 Missouri, No. 4 Inside linebacker, No. 83 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 1 Missouri, No. 3 Inside linebacker, No. 43 overall)

Rivals ranking: Four stars (No. 5 Missouri, No. 8 Inside linebacker, No. 229 overall)

Scout ranking: Four stars (No. 9 Inside linebacker, No. 298 overall)

Analysis: Adeoye is a big, nimble athlete with a powerful base who leaves no doubt when he hits a ball-carrier. He sheds blocks, reads plays and pursues well with impressive instincts. Odom has to salivate a bit watching his film, but the competition for Adeoye’s services promises to be rugged.

WR Kamryn Babb, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-1/190

Babb is considering: Missouri, Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Southern California

Other offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, among others

247 Sports ranking: Four stars (No. 1 Missouri, No. 1 Wide receiver, No. 18 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 2 Missouri, No. 12 Wide receiver, No. 78 overall)

Rivals ranking: Four stars (No. 2 Missouri, No. 14 Wide receiver, No. 89 overall)

Scout ranking: Four stars (No. 14 Wide receiver, No. 84 overall)

Analysis: Ideal combination of speed and elusiveness, Babb is a game-changing talent on the outside. He has a good relationship with Mizzou quarterback commit James Foster II, which Odom and company hope will lure Babb to Columbia despite a boatload of blue-chip offers.

DB Dallas Craddieth, Hazelwood Central (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-1/185

Craddieth is considering: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin

Other offers: Duke, Kansas State, Northwestern and Syracuse among others

247 Sports ranking: Three stars (No. 8 Missouri, No. 71 Wide receiver, No. 440 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 8 Missouri, No. 23 Safety)

Rivals ranking: Three stars (No. 9 Missouri, No. 31 safety)

Scout ranking: Three stars (No. 43 Safety)

Analysis: Craddieth’s athleticism is on full display in the return game. He’s also fearless in traffic as a wide receiver with the ability to run away from defenders. Of course, Craddieth probably finds a home on defense at the next level, where that toughness and speed make him a top safety prospect. He shows good instincts, ball skills and is a sure-tackler — an ideal package for a safety, who appears comfortable playing deep or in the box.

DE Daniel Parker Jr., Blue Springs

Height/weight: 6-3/245

Parker is considering: Missouri, Arizona State, Central Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Minnesota and Nebraska

Other offers: Illinois, Kansas State and Purdue among others

247 Sports ranking: Three stars (No. 9 Missouri, No. 17 Strong-side defensive end, No. 509 overall)

ESPN ranking: Three stars (No. 11 Missouri, No. 50 Defensive tackle)

Rivals ranking: Three stars (No. 10 Missouri)

Scout ranking: Three stars (No. 29 Defensive tackle)

Analysis: Parker was like IHOP at right tackle last season, nothing but pancakes. He’s a high-motor player, who was impressed enough with Mizzou to commit last summer before reopening his commitment in early September. Offensive-line coach loves players who finish blocks, which is Parker’s M.O., but there’s a good chance he winds up on defense. That tenacity combined with his size would make him a handful off the edge, though he could slide inside when needed. Parker appears to be a worthy successor to the D-Line Zou legacy. There’s a chance Parker, Perkins, Thompson and Trout could represent the best defensive line haul in history, if everything comes together for Mizzou.

DE Ronnie Perkins, Lutheran North (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-4/260

Perkins is considering: Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Southern California, TCU and Texas

Other offers: Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin among others

247 Sports ranking: Four stars (No. 2 Missouri, No. 3 Weak-side defensive end, No. 31 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 4 Missouri, No. 14 Defensive end, No. 137 overall)

Rivals ranking: Four stars (No. 6 Missouri, No. 19 Strong-side defensive end, No. 239 overall)

Scout ranking: Four stars (No. 18 Defensive end, No. 175 overall)

Analysis: Perkins is relentless, explosive and vicious as a defensive player. He’s also the younger brother of current Mizzou safety Ronnell Perkins. The younger Perkins, who’s equally effective shedding blocks at the point of attack or in pursuit against the run, loves football and shows his athleticism in all its glory as a tight-end weapon on offense. He’s a beast and a major target for the Tigers. If Mizzou could land Perkins, Parker, Thompson and Trout it might be the best D-Line Zou haul in program history.

DT Michael Thompson Jr., Parkway North (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-4/285

Thompson has offers from: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse, TCU, Texas A&M and Southern California among others

247 Sports ranking: Four stars (No. 3 Missouri, No. 5 Defensive tackle, No. 55 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 3 Missouri, No. 12 Offensive tackle, No. 109 overall)

Rivals ranking: Four stars (No. 3 Missouri, No. 5 Defensive tackle, No. 37 overall)

Scout ranking: Four stars (No. 2 Defensive tackle, No. 34 overall)

Analysis: Thompson, who has yet to announce a trimmed list of schools he’s considering, is the human equivalent of a road grader at left tackle, but most analysts project him as a defensive tackle at the next level. His offensive-line training shows up on that side of the ball with his hand use and placement, which allows him to get off blocks and makes plays in either gap. Thompson plays with ferocity. He’ll keep Mizzou in the mix down to the wire, but isn’t expected to make a decision until late in the process. It’s important the Tigers have a good season to provide incentive for him to stay in-state. If he does, there’s a chance Thompson, Parker, Perkins and Trout could represent the best D-Line Zou haul in history.

DT Trevor Trout, Chaminade (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-3/295

Trout is considering: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Oklahoma, Penn State, Southern California, TCU, Texas A&M and UCLA

Other offers: Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Texas among others

247 Sports ranking: Three stars (No. 7 Missouri, No. 28 Defensive tackle, No. 357 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 7 Missouri, No. 21 Defensive tackle)

Rivals ranking: Four stars (No. 1 Missouri, No. 2 Defensive tackle, No. 39 overall)

Scout ranking: Four stars (No. 9 Defensive tackle, No. 112 overall)

Analysis: Trout will make the rounds this summer on unofficial visits and plans to make his officials next winter, so strap in for a long recruiting haul. Of course, that’s going to be the case for most of this list. Mizzou should remain in the mix throughout the process, especially if Odom’s second season produces a bowl game and seven or more wins. Just imagine Trout paired inside with Thompson, flanked by Parker and Perkins for the next few seasons. If you’re a Mizzou fan, that has to make you smile.

NOT INTERESTED IN MIZZOU

DE Daniel Carson, William Chrisman

Height/weight: 6-5/270

Carson is considering: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas

Other offers: Missouri, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Mississippi and Notre Dame among others

247 Sports ranking: Three stars (No. 10 Missouri, No. 20 Strong-side defensive end, No. 552 overall)

ESPN ranking: Three stars (No. 9 Missouri, No. 31 Defensive tackle)

Rivals ranking: Three stars (No. 7 Missouri, No. 20 Strong-side defensive end)

Scout ranking: Three stars (No. 35 Defensive end)

Analysis: In trimming his list, Carson said he’s still open to other schools, but not having Missouri in the initial top 11 seemingly signals no interest in signing with the Tigers.

COMMITTED ELSEWHERE

WR Cameron Brown, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis)

Height/weight: 6-1/175

Committed to: Nebraska (May 7)

Other offers: Missouri, Alabama, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin among others

247 Sports ranking: Three stars (No. 6 Missouri, No. 56 Wide receiver, No. 347 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 6 Missouri, No. 50 wide receiver)

Rivals ranking: Three stars (No. 14 Missouri)

Scout ranking: Four stars (No. 25 Athlete)

Analysis: Brown obviously had no interest in waiting for the recruiting process to shake out and it wasn’t like he didn’t have an elite list of offers. Score one for Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley.

DB Mario Goodrich, Lee’s Summit West

Height/weight: 6-2/180

Committed to: Nebraska (May 23)

Other offers: Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Purdue and Syracuse among others

247 Sports ranking: Four stars (No. 5 Missouri, No. 2 Athlete, No. 125 overall)

ESPN ranking: Four stars (No. 5 Missouri, No. 19 Cornerback, No. 146 overall)

Rivals ranking: Four stars (No. 4 Missouri, No. 16 Athlete, No. 204 overall)

Scout ranking: Three stars (No. 44 Cornerback)

Analysis: It was long suspected that Goodrich was Nebraska-bound and his budding relationship with Huskers cornerbacks coach Donte Williams cemented the decision.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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