NCF On The Trail: Missouri Tigers

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SEC 2015 recruiting in review 

February, 13, 2015
Feb 13
It was another incredible year of recruiting in the SEC. More than one-third (117 prospects) of the ESPN 300 signed with SEC schools. The conference also signed 12 of the 20 five-star prospects, and 218 four-star prospects. All but two of the 14 SEC schools finished in the top 40 of the final ESPN class rankings. Here is a closer look at the 2015 recruiting cycle in review.

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Completed class: Missouri Tigers

February, 4, 2015
Feb 4
Missouri has announced its 2015 class:

Terry Beckner Jr. DT -- East St. Louis High School, Illinois

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Drew Lock QB-PP -- Lee's Summit High School, Missouri
A.J. Harris OG -- Blue Valley High School, Kansas

Marcell Frazier DE -- College of the Siskiyous, Oregon
Tyler Howell OT -- Butler Community College, Kansas
Chase Abbington RB -- Hutchinson Community College, Missouri

Richaud Floyd WR -- Gulfport High School, Mississippi
Ronnell Perkins ATH -- University City High School, Missouri
T.J. Warren ATH -- Rockdale County High School, Georgia

Marquise Doherty RB -- Winnetonka High School, Missouri
Josh Moore TE-Y -- Olathe North High School, Kansas
Johnathon Johnson ATH -- Melrose High School, Tennessee
Tyrell Jacobs DT -- Archbishop Rummel School For Boys, Louisiana
Franklin Agbasimere OLB -- Montverde Academy, Florida
Cameron Hilton ATH -- Webster Groves High School, Missouri
Justin Smith WR -- West Laurens High School, Georgia
Emanuel Hall WR -- Centennial High School, Tennessee
Malik Cuellar OT -- City College of San Francisco, California
Nate Howard DE -- Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Missouri
Ryan Williams RB -- Lee's Summit West High School, Missouri
Corey Fatony K -- Franklin High School, Tennessee
Tanner Owen OT -- Kearney High School, Missouri

Terez Hall OLB -- Martin Luther King High School, Georgia
videoThe national signing day ceremonies have concluded, the ink has dried and the fax machines have been turned off. The Class of 2015 is mostly in the books. As is the case annually, there were a number of winners -- and a couple of losers -- on national signing day. Here is a look at the schools that excelled and the schools that had a rough day.


UCLA: The Bruins began the day at No. 17 in the ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings, but they quickly moved up to No. 11 with a run of ESPN 300 commitments. No. 111 prospect Chris Clark, a tight end, got the day started and was followed by RB Soso Jamabo (No. 28), OG Joshua Wariboko (No. 105) and OLB Roquan Smith (No. 29). The day got even better in the early afternoon when No. 130 recruit Cordell Broadus, a wide receiver, picked the Bruins over Arizona State. All five of the recruits who committed to UCLA on Wednesday are from different states.

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Brandon Martin broke out the cruelest hashtag of all on national signing day: #decommit.

Martin, a four-star wide receiver, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that he would flip from Missouri and sign with home-state LSU.

“I’m sorry Mizzou. #Decommit” Martin tweeted, posting a picture of himself wearing an LSU jersey and indicating that he was going with his heart and signing with the Tigers.

Martin was the highest-rated prospect on Missouri’s commitment list entering national signing day, with ESPN ranking him as the nation’s No. 101 overall prospect and No. 12 receiver.

Now LSU’s goal will be getting him qualified. Martin was a student at Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep Academy charter school, which the Texas Education Agency shut down last week due to financial mismanagement. Junior college might be an option for the Under Armour All-American if he fails to qualify academically.

Martin’s last official visit was to LSU on Jan. 30, and he joins a Tigers signing class that should add a handful of newcomers Wednesday. The Tigers have already picked up a signature from onetime Texas commit Toby Weathersby, an ESPN 300 guard, and held onto commitments from guard Maea Teuhema, and Baton Rouge running backs Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette after late pushes from other programs.
After winning several high profile recruiting battles under Gary Pinkel, Missouri fans have learned some of the tricks to help an elite prospect like Terry Beckner Jr. feel at home on an official visit.

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Best of the visits: SEC

February, 1, 2015
Feb 1
It is down to the final weekend before national signing day, and there were some very important visitors over the weekend. Some were official visits, some were unofficial, and some were from top juniors around the country. Recruits from all over the SEC shared there thoughts on social media through tweets or Instagram photos. Here’s a look at the best social media posts from the weekend.

Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson posted an Instagram video of Mike the Tiger while on his official visit to LSU this weekend. Jefferson is set to make his decision on Wednesday and it's down to LSU, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and FSU.


Arizona State athlete commit Jaason Lewis posed for a photo while on his official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.


Four-star offensive guard Quarvez Boulware posted three photos while on his Florida visit this weekend. One of the photos included all of the official visitors Florida brought in over the weekend.


Mississippi State safety commit Jamal Peters posed for a photo with one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC this past season, Dak Prescott. There were rumors Peters might visit LSU this weekend, which had Mississippi State fans worried. But the No 2-ranked safety visited the team he has been committed to for a while, and it appears he will stick with his pledge on signing day.


ESPN 300 offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond posted this photo when he arrived for his scheduled official visit to Tennessee this weekend. The Rebels are obviously hoping to hold on to the four-star prospect commitment, while the Vols are doing everything they can to flip the talented lineman.


Two ESPN Junior 300 prospects Derrick Brown and Kaden Smith posed for a photo during Alabama’s big junior day on Saturday.


Florida had commitment visits on Saturday from three-star offensive linemen Richerd Desir-Jones and Fredrick Johnson.


Recent Iowa State defensive tackle commit Josh Coleman took an official visit to Missouri this weekend.


ESPN Junior 300 running back C.J. Freeman and 2016 wide receiver Tyrek Tisdale pose for a photo while on an unofficial visit to South Carolina for the Gamecocks junior day.

Brandon Martin surprised observers by coming out of nowhere to become one of the nation’s most highly-coveted prospects. He also surprised many when he made a commitment to Missouri last weekend. However, Martin showed us with his latest move, the surprises aren’t over yet.

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Kyler Murray isn't the only high-profile Texan who will shape the future of Lone Star State recruiting, as ESPN 300 defensive backs Kris Boyd and Holton Hill will announce their decisions together Friday.

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Under Armour All-American wide receiver Brandon Martin, arguably 2015's biggest sleeper, has committed to Missouri. Here's a look at what type of ability is headed to Columbia:

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Best of the visits: SEC

January, 25, 2015
Jan 25
This is the second to last weekend before signing day and there was a ton of big visitors around the Southeastern Conference. Here is a closer look at some of the top social media posts by prospects who visited SEC schools over the weekend.

Three-star defensive tackle Tyrell Jacobs gave his verbal commitment to Missouri over the weekend. He tweeted out a few photos of himself posing in a Missouri game jersey.

Georgia safety Rashad Roundtree posted a photo of himself and Georgia head coach Mark Richt during his visit to Athens over the weekend.

Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson and ESPN 300 outside linebacker Jeffery Holland took a visit to Ole Miss over the weekend and tweeted out a photo.

ESPN 300 wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge tweeted out a photo of one of the most impressive cakes you will ever see. Lodge took a visit to Ole Miss and had this impressive culinary masterpiece waiting for him upon his arrival.

Auburn linebacker commit Richard McBryde posted a photo of himself with head coach Gus Malzhan and another two photos of himself with new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Georgia athlete commit Terry Godwin posed a for a picture with his family during his Alabama visit.

Miami running back commit Jordan Scarlett and uncommitted running back Jordan Cronkite both visited Florida this weekend and posed together for a photo in Florida's locker room.

Five-star defensive back Iman Marshall tweeted a photo of himself and LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron during his visit to LSU over the weekend.

South Carolina commit Jalen Christian tweeted a photo of himself and head coach Steve Spurrier during his visit to Columbia.

ESPN 300 wide receiver Brandon Martin confused some people on Saturday when he tweeted that he was not committed to Missouri despite several reports. He quickly corrected the tweet and meant to say "I am now committed to Missouri." The error gave Missouri fans a scare for a few minutes.

Miami running back commit Mark Walton had maybe the most interesting wardrobe on his weekend visit to Georgia.

One of the biggest success stories in the 2015 recruiting class has been Arkansas with its in-state recruits. The Razorbacks were 10-for-10 on players they had offered in Arkansas, but that changed Sunday when ESPN 300 receiver K.J. Hill backed off his pledge.

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SEC's top recruiting visits 

January, 16, 2015
Jan 16
With national signing day less than three weeks away, it is officially crunch time. There are only three recruiting weekends left for visits, and most schools plan to take full advantage of those available weekends. Here are a closer look at some of the top visits around the SEC this weekend.


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OU coach Bob Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell on Tuesday, and the moves might help the Sooners get new life on the recruiting trial.

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There's both good and bad news about Missouri recruiting for the 2015 class. The good news is the Tigers’ class ranks as the 30th-best in the country with only 15 commitments. That means the Tigers have plenty of room to climb up the charts as more players commit. Plus, the Tigers are in the thick of things with the nation's No. 1 prospect. However, the bad news is Mizzou’s class is 12th in the SEC. That just shows how tough recruiting is in the SEC, but local observers agree this is another class Gary Pinkel should be proud of.

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