National Signing Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 7. With that in mind, we take a look back at some of the players who were at one point members of the Missouri 2018 recruiting class before they opted to take their services elsewhere.
The Tigers have seen 5 players de-commit — none bigger than 4-star quarterback James Foster.
4-star quarterback James Foster (Montgomery, Ala.) — uncommitted
At the time, landing Foster was huge. He’d go on to become a 4-star quarterback and the No. 12-ranked dual-threat signal caller in the country, according to 247Sports. Foster backed off his pledge on Oct. 26 after committing to the Tigers on April 19.
He has since seen a major uptick in his recruitment and is deciding between powerhouse programs such as Florida State, Texas A&M, LSU and Alabama. Missouri did land a commitment from JUCO quarterback Lindsey Scott, who once played at LSU.
3-star defensive end Daniel Parker (Blue Springs, Mo.) — signed with Missouri
Daniel Parker wound up back at Missouri, even after de-committing in 2016. He recommitted to the Tigers on July 27, 2017, and ended up signing with the Tigers.
Parker is a 3-star defensive end and the No. 493-ranked player in the country. He is the No. 8-rated player in Missouri.
3-star cornerback Vincent Gray (Rochester, Mich.) — committed to Michigan
Vincent Gray first committed to Missouri on July 21. But an offer from Michigan, his home state team, on Dec. 18 changed everything for Gray. He de-committed from Missouri on Dec. 30 and then committed to Michigan on Jan. 21.
Gray is the No. 63-rated cornerback in the class, but he’s obviously better than that given that Michigan wants him.
3-star defensive end Josh Smith (New Orleans) — uncommitted
Josh Smith hasn’t been committed to the Tigers in awhile as he de-committed back on Jan. 21, 2017.
Smith is the No. 845-ranked player in the country. Smith has also committed and de-committed from Kansas as well.
3-star linebacker La’Dedric Jackson (Montgomery, Ala.) — uncommitted
Foster and La’Dedric Jackson are high school teammates and they were at one point planning on being college teammates. But Jackson actually backed off his commitment first as he de-committed on Sept. 29.
Jackson is the No. 873-ranked prospect in the country. He has received a lot of late interest from Ole Miss in the recruiting process.