Grading Missouri’s 2018 offensive signing class
Missouri’s 2018 class is mostly unremarkable, but there is some diamond-in-the-rough potential with the Tigers’ class.
It starts at quarterback, where Mizzou is bringing in JUCO transfer Lindsey Scott from East Mississippi Community College. Scott just missed out on a Last Chance U appearance on Netflix, but he’ll at least get his shot on a big stage with the Tigers. He was the No. 1 overall JUCO quarterback in this class and should improve significantly by just sitting behind Drew Lock for one season.
At receiver, Missouri is hoping quantity will help mask an overall lack of high-end quality. The Tigers signed five 3-star receivers in this class and another 3-star tight end. Only one — Kam Scott — ranks in the top 75 receivers in this class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
As for the rest of the offense, there’s not much there. The Tigers are signing two running backs — 3-stars Simi Bakare and Tyler Badie — and just two offensive linemen.
Grading Missouri’s 2018 defensive signing class
Defensively, Missouri’s class leaves a lot to be desired. Without 4-star defensive lineman Michael Thompson, the Tigers lack any pieces that could immediately help its woeful defense in 2018.
The state produced two 4-star defensive lineman this season, and both ended up in Oklahoma playing for a team that runs a similar model as Mizzou, having an elite offense and a hope-it-doesn’t-break defense. That’s backbreaking for the Tigers, who have made a living producing NFL defensive linemen in recent years.
The top-rated defender in the class is 3-star middle linebacker Chad Bailey, who checks in as a top-400 player, according to 247Sports. The only other player who could expect to see significant minutes next season is defensive tackle JUCO transfer Antar Thompson.
The biggest bright spot for Missouri? Three defenders — including Thompson — are already on campus as early enrollees.
Grading Missouri’s 2018 overall signing class
Missouri is going to struggle to pull off a top-40 class, which isn’t ideal considering Barry Odom and the Tigers finished the season with so much momentum. There’s potential for growth, but this isn’t a class that inspires a lot of confidence for the future at Mizzou.