Missouri Recruiting 2012: 7 Things That the Tigers Are Hoping for on Signing Day
Heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day, the Missouri Tigers have many things that they are still hoping will fall into place on that day.
Among them are two high-profile recruits and many other things that will help them put together another solid recruiting class this year.
Here are seven things that Mizzou is hoping for on '12 NSD.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
Dorial Green-Beckham is arguably the top recruit in the land for the class of 2012.
He's 6'6", 220 lbs. and one of the most talented wide receivers to ever come out of the state of Missouri.
As of right now, there are still several schools that have shown interest in DGB, but Mizzou might have an advantage because he is an in-state recruit, and he just visited Missouri's campus over the weekend.
If they can get him to sign, it would give the Tigers one of the best recruits in the history of their program, and it would essentially give them one of the best classes in the nation this year.
Edward Pope, S
Edward Pope is one of the top safeties in the '12 college football recruiting class, and Missouri is very high on his list.
The Carthage High star committed to TCU last year, but then decided to retract his commitment, and Mizzou is one of five other schools that are currently targeting him.
He is a big, physical safety at 6'3", 175 lbs. who could become a wide receiver as well.
Landing Pope would give MU a solid '12 class to build on for the future.
Instant Impact Recruits
This is something that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and his staff have excelled at during their time with the program.
It's also very important to have in any college football program if you want to have consistent success from season to season.
Former QB Brad Smith and current RB Henry Josey are just a couple of recruits that Pinkel and Co. have landed who have made an immediate impact on this Tiger team.
Who will be the next Mizzou recruit that will make an instant impact with the black and gold?
Simon Goines (OT) Sticks with His Original Commitment
Back in July of last year, big offensive tackle Simon Goines decided that he was going to commit to the University of Missouri.
Unfortunately, he hasn't been solid on the Tigers since then and is still considering many other schools on the eve of National Signing Day.
Missouri hopes that Goines will stick with his first choice, as his signing would add to the already talented '12 OL class for the Tigers, which includes four-star C Evan Boehm.
Goines is massive at 6'8", 295 lbs. and has the potential to become a star at right tackle for this program in the future, if he chooses Missouri.
Continuing the Strong Pipeline Through Texas
Over the past decade, Missouri has relied on recruits from Texas to help build the foundation of their football program.
Current NFL players Chase Daniel, Denario Alexander and Sean Witherspoon are just a few of the many players that Gary Pinkel and his staff have recruited from the State of Texas that have became stars at the University of Missouri.
In this year's class, there are still many players that Mizzou has been targeting from the Lone Star State, including Pope and Goines from this article.
It will be very important for the Tigers to land at least a couple more recruits from there if they want to keep their solid recruiting pipeline from that state intact.
Adding More Playmakers on Defense
For years, Missouri has struggled to recruit many playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.
This year, they have already gained commits from four-star LB Donavin Newsom and DT Edmond Ray to help themselves improve in that area.
However, there are still some solid recruits to be had on Wednesday, including Goines, DT Aaron Curry and S Bam Bradley.
If Mizzou can get at least one of these three players, then they should be in decent shape with playmakers on their defense for the future.
Finishing the Recruiting Season Strong
Everyone around college football knows that National Signing Day ultimately signals the end of that year's recruiting season. That's why it will be vital for Pinkel and the Tigers to have a good day on Wednesday.
Back in 2009, they were able to land former five-star DT Sheldon Richardson on signing day.
Missouri has to finish this recruiting season strong in order to put together another solid class.