After spending his first two years on campus repairing a roster heavy on upperclassmen and low on freshmen by luring a number of high-impact transfers, Missouri coach Frank Haith is expected to receive letters of intent Wednesday from three players listed among the top 150 players in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
In four-star forward Johnathan Williams III, four-star guard Wesley Clark and three-star forward Torren Jones, Haith has lined up a three-man recruiting class that should be ready to make an immediate impact.
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Williams, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Memphis who committed to MU in October, is the jewel of the bunch. Listed by Rivals as the No. 50 player in the Class of 2013, Williams averaged 15.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a junior at Southwind High School and is the highest-ranked high school senior to commit to the Tigers since Phil Pressey, who was ranked No. 61 in the Class of 2010.
Clark, a 6-foot point guard from Romulus, Mich., is listed by Rivals.com as the No. 71 senior in the country. He committed to Missouri in August, while Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward from La Porte, Ind., committed in October.
The Tigers did lose a longtime commitment shortly thereafter, as three-star point guard Travis Jorgenson — who played last season at Columbia Rock Bridge and gave an oral commitment to Missouri over a year ago — decided to reevaluate his options in late October. Rivals.com says he still has an offer from Missouri, but the Tigers are also believed to be pursuing a number of other options with their open final scholarship, including 6-foot-2 combo guard Brandon Randolph of Los Angeles, who Rivals.com says is visiting Columbia this weekend.