National Signing Day is still about 10 months away, but SEC coaching staffs are already working to put their 2018 groups together.
Missouri is no exception. The Tigers finished 13th in the SEC, and 47th overall, in the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings in the 2017 cycle. Missouri’s conference ranking was the same as it was in 2016, but nationally the Tigers fell four spots from the previous year.
The Tigers are in the midst of spring practice with the Black & Gold Game set for April 15 (2 p.m. ET, SEC Netword). So, right now, the focus for Barry Odom and the coaching staff is to develop the players already in the program.
The recruiting cycle never stops, though, so here’s where Missouri’s class stands as of Sunday, April 9.
Where does Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class rank?
The Tigers don’t appear on either the SEC or national composite rankings because they don’t have any committed recruits in this cycle. LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama lead the way in the conference rankings.
Who are Missouri’s top uncommitted prospects?
- 4-star receiver Kamryn Babb — A St. Louis native who plays CBC, Babb is at the top of Missouri’s wish list. However, Babb visited Michigan and Michigan State last weekend and is said to be an Ohio State lean at the moment.
- 4-star defensive tackle Michael Thompson — He’s the sort of big defensive tackle that makes any line better, but Missouri is far from the only school that is interested in the prospect frm Parkway North in St. Louis County. He was talking up Arkansas earlier this week and also recently visited Illinois.
- 4-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout — Trout, who attends St. Louis Chaminade, is another highly touted defensive line prospect and holds dozens of offers in addition to the one from Missouri. He told Scout.com recently that he’s not in a rush to make up his mind.
- 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins — Perkins is rapidly rising on teams’ recruiting boards and is a target for Michigan, Nebraska and a host of other schools. The Tigers have an in, though. His brother, Ronnell, is a sophomore safety at Mizzou. Ronnie Perkins attends Lutheran North.
- 4-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye — A St. Louis-area product like the previous four, Adeoye is quickly piling up offers. Missouri offered him first, and he calls it one of his “main schools,” along with LSU and Illinois. Adeoye attends Ritenour High.
- 4-star athlete Mario Goodrich — The sixth 4-star recruit in the “Show Me State” holds offers from Michigan, Iowa and Ole Miss, among others. He was a little busy March, leading Lee’s Summit West to the Class 5 basketball state championship game. Lee’s Summit is in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
- 3-star quarterback James Foster II — A Montgomery, Ala., native, Foster has already been in for a visit. He has Missouri as the leader in his final eight schools:
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