With spring football in the rearview mirror, SEC coaching staffs are putting their 2018 recruiting classes together.
Missouri is no exception. The Tigers finished 13th in the SEC, and 42nd 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 rose one spot from the previous year.
Barry Odom and his staff entered June with one recruit on the board but have added two players in recent days.
Here’s where Missouri’s class stands as of June 9:
Where does Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class rank?
3-star QB James Foster, Lanier (Ala.)
Foster grew up dreaming of playing for the Crimson Tide but committed to the Tigers on April 19.
“It’s a family atmosphere,” Foster told AL.com. “Family is supposed to be important to you off the field, too. It’s bigger than just being on the field. That’s really why I liked it a lot. A lot of people are there for you off the field.”
He’s the 13th-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018 and also holds offers from a handful of other schools, including Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina.
3-star ATH Jalen Knox, Arlington (Texas)
Knox is primarily a running back for Timberview High but projects as a receiver on the college level. He brings some speed with him to Columbia, having run a 10.66 100-meter dash earlier this spring.
3-star CB Tyrone Collins, Bradenton (Fla.)
The Braden River standout had a strong 2016 campaign but tore the ACL in his left knee on Feb. 24 and may miss his senior season.
— ✨Tyrone Collins✨5️⃣ (@TyroneCollins_5) June 3, 2017
Who are Missouri’s top uncommitted prospects?
- 4-star receiver Kamryn Babb — A St. Louis native who plays at Christian Brothers College, Babb is at the top of Missouri’s wish list. The Tigers made his top 9 on May 29, but our friends at 247 Sports give Ohio State almost a 90-percent chance of landing him.
- 4-star defensive tackle Michael Thompson — A standout from Parkway North High in St. Louis County, Thompson’s offer list includes Alabama, Florida, LSU and Ohio State. He hasn’t announced favorites yet, but Missouri is in the mix.
- 4-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout — Like Thompson, Chaminade’s Trout is a highly touted defensive line prospect out of St. Louis and holds dozens of offers, including one from Missouri. Unlike Thompson, Trout has narrowed his list of suitors to 15. The Tigers are there along with six other SEC schools, including Alabama and Georgia.
- 4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins — Perkins, from Lutheran North in St. Louis County, is rising on recruiting boards and is a target for LSU, Oklahoma and a host of other schools. Missouri made his top 12 and it’s worth pointing out that his brother, Ronnell, is a sophomore safety at Mizzou.
- 4-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye — A St. Louis-area product like the previous four, Adeoye is piling up offers. He is from Ritenour High. Missouri made his top 10 last month, as did Florida, Georgia and Texas.
- 3-star wide receiver Dallas Craddieth — Yet another St. Louis-area product, Craddieth is primarily a receiver at Hazelwood Central. He projects more as a defensive back on the next level, and Missouri made his top 12 last month.
- James Foster
- Jalen Knox
- Tyrone Collins
Here’s a breakdown of Missouri’s commits and signees by state:
- Alabama: (Foster)
- Florida: (Collins)
- Texas: (Knox)