In the past, some of Mizzou's best football players have come from outside of the state of Missouri. Seemingly, for every Jeremy Maclin, there is a Ziggy Hood (from Amarillo, Texas) to complement him, an in-state guy with an out-of-state match in talent.
In fact, for the last eight years, the University of Missouri has been led by a foreigner of a quarterback, first by Brad Smith (Youngstown, Ohio), then by Chase Daniel (Southlake, Texas). So with recent success on the gridiron, Missouri has hit outside states harder in past years, and 2010 might be their biggest year yet.
The Tigers have already signed five players for their 2010 class, and only one of them is from Missouri. Let's take a look at their current committees and what these prospects bring to the table.
Marquise Hill (ATH, St. Louis, MO.): Although he is listed as an athlete, Hill will play receiver should he end up in Columbia. And that's a big if. Although he was the first member of the 2010 class to commit to Missouri, he's also been the softest commit, taking a visit to Nebraska and still basically having an open competition for his services.
He claims to be a strong lean to Mizzou, but it's curious as to why Hill publicly committed to Missouri if he's still open to all offers. Regardless of his scholarship situation, he brings a whole lot of speed to the table. The six-foot, 165-pounder hopes to get his 40-yard dash time under 4.4 seconds before his senior season begins, and would be a great open-field asset in Mizzou's spread offense.
Eric Waters (TE, Mansfield, TX.): Trying to continue the tradition at tight end at Mizzou will be Texas tight end Eric Waters. At 6'4'' and only 215 lbs. he's got plenty of room to add weight to his frame. As a tight end who describes himself as being able to "create in space," he should fit in nicely in Columbia, where tight ends catch the ball more than perhaps any other place in the nation.
Lucas Vincent (DL, Olathe, KS.): Vincent was a very good find on the defensive side of the ball early on for Mizzou. With early offers from Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and a visit to Oklahoma, Vincent is a hot commodity on the recruiting scene, but really fell in love in Columbia, where the academics fit his interests of forensics and psychology.
Mizzou is one of the only schools to see Vincent as a defensive tackle, and he admits that he'll have to put on a little more weight (he stands at 6'3" and 267 lbs.), but states his intentions clearly: "I just like to knock the crap out of people."
James Franklin (QB, Corinth, TX.): This signing might be the most exciting the Tigers have had thus far. Franklin is a talented dual-threat quarterback with decent size at 6'2'' 218, but also good passing skills. He has raved about playing at Missouri, and the best part is, he might be a package deal. "
His best friend and monstrous left tackle, Daryl Williams, is rumored to be a Missouri lean as well. These two might be making plays for the Tigers long into the future together.
Mitch Morse (OL, Austin, TX.): Morse is the most recent signee and also the biggest. At 6'6'' and 280 lbs., Morse has great size but also is a great athlete. He made First Team All-State Offensive Line and All-State Academic as well, which is nothing to sneeze at for a junior, especially in Texas.
So even with a lot of young talent currently playing on the offensive line in Columbia, Morse looks like a big-time signing that should be recognized more as his senior year progresses.