14 October 2010
After a pretty long lull in recruiting news, things really heated up this week for both football and basketball. As always, I have to credit Gabe and Pete over at Powermizzou.com. They break nearly all Mizzou recruiting news including this stuff. But for those of you not shelling out the big bucks for a Rivals account, here's a brief summary of what's gone down lately.
We'll start off with the bad news. One of Mizzou's most prized recruits of the 2011 class, Anthony Pierson has decommitted. Pierson, a running back who could also play corner at the next level transferred from St. Louis's Gateway Tech (same HS as Sheldon Richardson) to East St. Louis this year where he has been putting up ridiculous numbers. This kid's film has fans drooling. Yes, he was only a Rivals 3-star recruit but many feel he will soon earn a fourth star. Either way this kid is a stud. It's widely speculated that East St. Louis's coach is biased against Mizzou and talked Pierson out of his commitment. Pierson and Sheldon are friends so let's just hope he doesn't talk Big Sheldon into decommitting as well. Pierson says Mizzou is still a possibility for his final commitment, but it's rare for a decommit to recommit. Ok, good news after the jump.
This week Mizzou landed two big guys who figure to help the Tigers in the trenches in the coming years. The first commitment of the week was 2-star offensive lineman Brad McNulty. McNulty has started for Texas' Allen High School (one of the best in the state) since he was a sophomore. Some fans will turn their noses up at a 2-star without an extensive offer list. To them I'll point out some other 2 or low 3-star recruits Gary Pinkel and co. have landed. Check out this list:
- Danario Alexander: 2-star
- Sean Weatherspoon: 2-star
- Stryker Sulak: 2-star
- Jaron Baston: low 3-star
- William Moore: low 3-star
- Brock Christopher: low 3-star
- Jared Perry: low 3-star
- Kevin Rutland: low 3-star
- Andrew Gachkar: 2-star
- Michael Egnew: 2-star
- Jerrell Jackson: 2-star
- Matt White: 2-star
- Michael Sam: 2-star
The point is, trust this coaching staff. Finding overlooked and under-recruited talent and turning them into stars is one of the strengths of this staff. McNulty is a stud on one of the best high school teams in the country. Obviously he's got some skills.
If you're a fan that gets pumped about crazy offer lists, 3-star defensive tackle Gerrand Johnson is your man. The Louisiana prepster looks dominant on film. So dominant that he held offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska along with eight other schools. Rumor has it Alabama also offered although that hasn't been confirmed. Despite all the offers, Johnson originally committed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He said he chose ULM to stay close to home and help build up a program. It's a respectable notion. However, Mizzou proved to be too much to resist. Johnson visited this past weekend and switched his commitment shortly after. And don't worry, this kid doesn't sound like a flip-flopper. He told Powermizzou.com he's 100 percent done with his recruitment now. Johnson plans to graduate high school early and enroll at Mizzou in the spring. He and Big Sheldon should form an extremely formidable duo at DT for the Tigers in the years to come.
Ok, this post has already gotten Simmons-esque long so I'll wrap this up quickly. Last weekend Mizzou hosted two standout recruits from the 2012 class. Yes, these kids are only high school juniors, but get excited. Both are from Memphis and will be highly recruited. The first name to know is Jarnell Stokes. The kid is the number nine overall recruit in the class of 2012. That's mind boggling. That's a higher rating than Tony Mitchell. He was raving about Mizzou. Stokes said his visit to Mizzou was "way better than expected."
His friend and high school teammate Andre Applewhite was also along for the visit. He is unranked as a recruit as of now, but should draw major offers. Definitely a lot to get excited about on the hoops recruiting trail.
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