Football recruiting update

It’s still early, but here’s a look at how the 2010 recruiting class is shaping up.

UPDATED 6 PM With New ESPN Rankings

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For those who follow recruiting but don’t shell out the big bucks for sites like rivals, this is for you.  Our boy Tom Weyerich, whose prior claim to fame included having a locker next to Jeremy Maclin, compiled a list of all of Missouri football’s current verbal commits along with their rankings on rivals, scout and ESPN.  An early look tells me that Tiger fans may get used to hearing “Franklin to Hunt,” in the future.  However, considering these kids are yet to start their senior year of high school, I’ll hold off on reaching any conclusions.

One other highlight you’ll notice is that this class includes some big boys along the offensive and defensive lines.  In no other area was Mizzou dominated more by OU in recent years than along the lines.  Looks like Gary Pinkel and co. are out to change that.

1. QB James Franklin

6’3 218 Lake Dallas Texas

Rivals Ranking:  5.8 Rivals Rank  ****  Position Rank: 7th

Scout: *** Position Rank: 33rd

ESPN: Grade: 76 *** Position Rank 61st

Is this the future face of Missouri football?

QB James Franklin: Is this the future face of Missouri football?

2. WR Jimmie Hunt

6’1 190 Cahokia Illinois

Rivals: 5.8 RR **** Position Rank 41st

Scout: *** Position Rank: 52nd

ESPN: 40 Not Yet Evaluated

3. OL Anthony Gatti

6’6 280 St Louis Missouri

Rivals: 5.7 RR *** Position Rank: 43rd

Scout: *** Position Rank 74th

ESPN: 74 ** Position Rank 100th

4. DE/DT Lucas Vincent

6’3 265 Olathe Kansas

Rivals 5.7 RR *** Position Rank 26th (DE)

Scout: *** Position Rank 30 (DT)

ESPN: 78 *** Position Rank 40th (DT)

5. LB Jared Parham

6’2 220 Coppel Texas

Rivals 5.6 RR *** Position Rank 62nd

Scout: ** Position Rank NR

ESPN: 77 *** Position Rank 21st (ILB)

6. ATH/RB Greg White

6’2 215 De Queen Arkansas

Rivals 5.5 RR *** Position Rank NR

Scout: * Not Yet Evaluated

ESPN: 77 *** Position Rank 35th (RB)

7. OL Mitch Morse

6’6 285 Austin Texas

Rivals: Not Yet Ranked

Scout: *** Position Rank 77

ESPN: 80 **** Position Rank 20th (OT)

8. CB Xavier Smith

5’11 185 Edmond Oklahoma

Rivals: 5.5 RR *** Position Rank NR

Scout: * Not Evaluated

ESPN: 40 Not Yet Rated

9. CB E.J. Gaines

5’11 170 Independence Missouri

Rivals: 5.5 RR ***

Scout: * Not Evaluated

ESPN: 40 Not Yet Rated

10. CB Tristian Holt

6’0 183 Gilmer Texas

Rivals: Not Yet Ranked

Scout: *** Position Rank 69

ESPN: 40 Not Yet Rated

11. Safety Braylon Webb

6’2 180 Gilmer Texas

Rivals: Not Yet Ranked

Scout: * Not Evaluated

ESPN: 40 Not Yet Rated

12. Guard Jacob Jenkins

6’3 260 Gilmer Texas

Rivals: Not Yet Ranked

Scout: * Not Evaluated

ESPN: 40 Not Yet Rated

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7 responses to “Football recruiting update

  1. Nice work!

  2. Also, from looking at the list I’d say the MIZZOU coaches could care less about the “stars” & rankings.

  3. Or you could say that they can’t get the guys with “high stars and rankings”…either way

  4. To expand on your general premise, only including Missouri’s most sought-after prospects:

    WR Marcus Lucas
    6’4 190 Liberty, MO
    Rivals: **** Position Rank 19
    Scout: **** Position Rank 13
    ESPN: **** ESPN150 Watch List

    Nick Demien
    6’6 290 Wentzville, MO
    Rivals: **** Position Rank 7
    Scout: **** Position Rank 12
    ESPN: **** Grade 80

    Justin McCay:
    6’3 197 Shawnee Mission, KS
    Rivals: **** Position Rank #6 Athlete
    Scout: **** Position Rank #1 OLB
    ESPN: Grade 80- ESPNU150

    Kony Ealy:
    6’5 228 New Madrid, MO
    Rivals: **** Position Rank #11 WDE
    Scout: */Not Yet Rated
    ESPN: 40/Not Yet Rated

    Delans Griffin:
    6’0 180 4.49 Clinton, OK
    Rivals: **** Position Rank: #24 RB
    Scout: *** Position Rank: #58
    ESPN: ***/Grade 78

    Joseph Randle
    6-0/180/4.4 Wichita, KS
    Rivals: **** Position Rank 19
    Scout: **** Position Rank 16
    ESPN: *** Grade 78

    That’s only a handful of them, but some of the more intensely-recruited prospects on Missouri’s radar

  5. we need to get all the sought after guys. but i dont pay any attention to espn rankings. every year its bologna. sheldon richardson was rivals top rated DT, but a scrub on the 15o list according to espn. yeah their bright ones

  6. mikepaulmizzou

    Quantrill, thanks for the help with the targets. We’ll update this list as the recruits keep coming.
    -MG

  7. Jeremy,

    The also had Jerrel Jackson as one of our Top Rated recruits when Scout and Rivals had NOTHING on him. I’ll check when I have more time to see what else they had right or wrong. Every site has their hits and misses. and to be fair to ESPN what exactly has Sheldon accomplished on the Division 1 NCAA football field?

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