This will be the second full recruiting cycle for Missouri coach Barry Odom, and it looks like it could be slightly better than in recent years.
The Tigers currently have a class ranked inside the top-40, but how firm that ranking is depends on who you ask. They also have the potential to close very strong with 4-star defensive line prospect Michael Thompson (St. Louis) still out there. Missouri is riding high after a huge win streak to end the regular season en route to its first bowl game since 2014.
However, there’s still work to be done for Odom and his staff. Without Thompson, the Tigers do not have a consensus 4-star prospect in the 2018 class.
Here’s where Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class stands on National Signing Day:
Where Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class ranks nationally
- 247Sports rank: 39
- Rivals rank: 32
Where Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class ranks in the SEC
- 247Sports rank: 13
- Rivals rank: 10
Where Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class ranks historically*
These rankings are pulled from 247Sports’ Composite team rankings and date back to 2012 — the first season Missouri joined the SEC. The 2018 class is in line to be about on average with the list as a whole, and slightly better than any of Odom’s previous classes at Missouri.
- 2017: 43
- 2016: 43
- 2015: 25
- 2014: 37
- 2013: 43
- 2012: 33
The average of Missouri’s previous six SEC classes is roughly 37, but that number goes up to 40 when discarding the outlier 2015 class. That 2015 cycle included 4-star Drew Lock and 5-star Terry Beckner Jr., as well as some other key players for the Tigers.
One thing Missouri could do to improve its standing is to secure its borders. Of the top 10 in-state prospects according to 247Sports, the Tigers will go into Signing Day with a commitment from just two of them — 3-star defensive lineman Daniel Parker and 3-star wide receiver Dominic Gicinto.
They could still add Thompson, but other programs like Ohio State, Texas, USC and Oklahoma may come away with the biggest prizes the state had to offer in 2018.