Gordon: Mizzou makes inroads down South

Gordon: Mizzou makes inroads down South Live

Mizzou won division titles in the Big 12 and SEC without landing heralded recruiting classes. Coach Gary Pinkel hopes to continue that trend with his latest haul.

The Tigers landed four-star recruits Andy Bauer, an offensive lineman from De Smet, and Nate Brown, a wide receiver from
North Gwinnett in Georgia. Bauer originally committed to Ole Miss and Brown rebuffed late overtures from South Carolina and Georgia.

Those were the only four-star recruits in the bunch, so this recruiting class will rank back in the pack on a national level. The latest Rivals.com ratings has Missouri ranked  35th overall and 12th in the SEC, ahead of only  Mississippi State and Vanderbilt..

The SEC dominated the national rankings again this year, with Alabama (No. 1), LSU (No. 2), Tennessee (No. 5), Texas A&M (No. 6), Florida (No. 7), Auburn (No. 8) and Georgia (No. 9) all in the Rivals top 10.

Mizzou expected this outcome. The Tigers landed lots of players in SEC country, but not the guys Alabama targeted. A good example is three-star running back Ish Witter of Tampa.

The Tigers developed many two- and three-star players from Texas into quality college football players. Now they are trying to do the same in Georgia and Florida.

But Pinkel is not just signing leftovers. He secured
three-star defensive back Tavon Ross after Ross considered late pitches from
Georgia, Alabama and Miami. Three-star defensive end Rocel McWilliams signed after rebuffing overtures from Florida.

The Tigers pried three-star defensive end
Spencer Williams away from his Cincinnati commitment and three-star wide receiver DeSean Blair from Louisville. Wide receiver Lawrence Lee signed after backing off his earlier commitment to Tennessee.

But Mizzou could not prevent four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford from signing with
Texas. Ford originally committed to Louisville, then followed coach Charlie Strong to the Longhorns.

Here is the entire list of Missouri recruits. 

Here is how the Twitterverse broke down the activity::

Tavon Ross
by SEC Recruiting via YouTube
Rocel McWilliams
by SEC Recruiting via YouTube
#6 Nate Brown / WR / North Gwinnett High (GA) Class of 2014
by gamechangerrs via YouTube
Desean Blair - Sandalwood HS (FL) - highlights
by Scout via YouTube
Ish Witter - 2014 RB - Alonso HS
by Alonso Football via YouTube


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