Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz has been very busy with recruiting since the team’s regular season finale victory over Arkansas and while this recruiting class is not a top 20 class like it was in its two previous seasons, it is still a top 40 class. Mizzou currently has 18 players on his commitment list and could move up from his current ranking at number 38 after adding more talent through the transfer portal.
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Expected to sign
Brandon Solis committed to the program on Monday after an official visit to the school in November. Missouri offered him in March and the three-star candidate pledged to them over Cincinnati, Kansas State, Mississippi State, TCU, Vanderbilt and others.
The Pine Bluff (Ark.) athlete is listed as a tight end and was initially recruited by a tight ends coach Eric Link. However, defensive line coach Al Pogue has been more active in Jordon Harris’s recruiting lately, indicating that Harris could switch sides of the ball. Harris chose Mizzou over Air Force, Memphis, Vanderbilt and others.
Marvin Burks is one of five four-star commits in this class. The safety was the latest four-star to be captured earlier this month after the release of Ole Miss. He also had offers from Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, USC and others.
Triston Newson joins the JUCO ranks and was named defensive player of the year by the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference after making 107 tackles for Northeast Mississippi Community College. The sophomore linebacker had offers from the likes of Colorado, Indiana, Marshall, Memphis, Washington State and others, but chose the Tigers instead.
Destrehan (La.) three-star wide receiver Daniel Blood committed to the Tigers on Thanksgiving after initially receiving an offer in late September. Blood was previously committed to Louisiana and had other offers from Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tulane and others.
Serigne Tounkara was presented by Missouri on May 20 and committed to the Tigers over Houston, Ole Miss, Oregon State, TCU and others in late October.
Phillip Roche was first offered by Missouri at the end of April and appears to be able to play a number of positions in the secondary. The three-star defensive back chose Missouri over Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Nebraska and others.
Logan Reichert is one of five four-star commits in this class and sits one spot below Burks in the Rivals 250. Reichert chose Mizzou over Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Oregon and others.
Gaffney three-star linebacker Brayshawn Littlejohn just completed his official visit to Missouri last weekend after committing to the program in mid-August. Littlejohn chose the Tigers over Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Marshall, North Carolina A&T State and others.
Missouri State No. 10 Joshua Manning committed to the Tigers in July and will join his brother and fellow wide receiver, Micah Manning, on the team. Joshua chose them over Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska and others.
Jamal Roberts committed to Missouri in early July after the Tigers became the first Southeastern Conference team to offer him in June. Although he is listed as an athlete, the team has recruited him as a running back. The three-star prospect chose Missouri over Arkansas, Army, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and others.
Three-star wide receiver Nicholas Deloach committed to Missouri in late June after receiving an offer from the program earlier that month. Deloach, who is primarily a wide receiver, got the offer after showing what he could do in secondary. He chose Mizzou over Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa
Three-star Dickinson wide receiver Marquis Johnson decided to follow his father (Domonique Johnson) following footsteps and committing to the Tigers in June after receiving an offer from them in late April. Johnson had offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Utah, UTEP, Washington State and others.
Kicker Blake Craig made an official visit to Columbia this weekend, but has been committed to the program since June 5, a day after the program offered him.
One of three Rivals 250 commits on this list, four-star quarterback Gabarri Johnson committed to the Tigers in May after receiving an offer from them in April. Despite the departure of quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan, it still appears Johnson is on track to remain committed to Missouri. Johnson had offers from Arkansas, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Washington State and a few other programs.
Three-star defensive end Jahkai Lang was the Tigers’ second draft in December 2021. Lang was offered in April 2021, choosing Mizzou over Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Tennessee and others.
Four-star Brett Norfleet committed to Missouri after receiving an offer from the program in September 2019. Norfleet chose the Tigers over Alabama, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee and others.
Prospects to watch
Shamar McNeil had committed to the program over the summer, but recently received an offer from the state of North Carolina ahead of an official visit to the school. Notably, his American Heritage defender Daemon Fagan has already committed to the Wolfpack and McNeil said the idea of playing together intrigues him. Sources have told PowerMizzou.com the Tigers feel good about keeping McNeil on board.
Three-star Paetow (Tex.) safety CJ Johnson made an official visit to Missouri this weekend and has said the program is in its top three, along with Auburn and UTSA. Johnson said he will “most likely make a decision this week”.
Northwestern defensive lineman transfer Austin Firestone made unofficial trips to Auburn, Florida and Tennessee, but his only official visit was to Missouri. Wherever Firestone decides to sign, he will sign up for the spring semester, but he can wait until after the early signing period this week to sign.
What does this mean for the class of ’23?
If all 18 commits sign next to Oklahoma, transfer wide receiver Theo Weas, the class of 2023 will be a maximum of 84 scholarship players. Though some players are likely to hit the transfer portal after the team’s game against Wake Forest in the Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 23.
To complete this recruiting class, the team will likely add 5-7 players through the transfer portal in the offensive line, defensive line, punter, and perhaps running back and tight end.