Missouri Football: 2014 Recruiting Preview

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Missouri Football: 2014 Recruiting Preview
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Mizzou has turned into a place where 2 and 3-star recruits end up becoming stars in the NFL. Will 2014 be any different?

Missouri Tigers football has experienced a great deal of success this season with the recruits they have traditionally been able to get. Never very highly ranked among classes in the recruiting rankings, the Tigers, led by Gary Pinkel, have been sticking to the Don James methods and ways and have blossomed in the SEC East.

You can forget all about the recruiting rankings when it comes to the Tigers. Show me (no pun intended) who you've got who fits your style and program, and we'll talk about it accordingly. For the Missouri team, it's never been about high-profile recruits and top-25 ranking classes. They just use the Pinkel system and somehow end up turning out more NFL draft picks over the past five years than all but two other teams in college football.

And if we're not handing the SEC, and possibly NCAA, Coach of the Year Award to Pinkel at year's end, I'd sure like to know who they're going to hand it to.

As of right now, according to Rivals, there are nine 2-star recruits on Missouri's verbal commit list. There are also 15 3-star recruits and, since the switch of Bauer at the beginning of the week, one 4-star commit.

So what is this class looking like? Will Gary Pinkel's methods of recruiting have turned up another crop of guys who end up excelling?

Currently, the amount of players coming out of the state of Florida is almost as many as the amount who are coming from the state of Missouri. It's also worth noting that three pairs of high school teammates are among those coming in.

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