With the recruiting season midway over and the 2010 signing day a mere six months away, the Missouri Tigers have signed 15 players to their latest crop of future frosh, with at least six more to ink.
Since this is going to be one of Missouri's smaller classes in a while and they have already gotten verbal commitments from a lot of priority players, coach Gary Pinkel and staff have a little bit of flexibility. They'll be in the rare position to turn down players that in previous years they would have jumped at.
That being said, who are the ideal targets left on board that Mizzou might finish up with? Here are three big national names that the Tigers might sign before February 2010 that could really put the icing on their latest recruiting cake.
-Daryl Williams (OL, ***):Williams is a name I've mentioned before. He's actually the best friend of current Missouri commitment James Franklin, the four-star quarterback from Texas. Williams has nice agility and size for an offensive tackle, and although the Tigers have already signed three offensive linemen, including Top 100 player Nick Demien, they'd jump at the chance to finish their line coup with Daryl.
Williams was at one point considered an Oklahoma lean, but it appears that he's as good as gold (and black) now. Williams as admitted he'll probably sign with Missouri once he gets the chance to take an official to Columbia with his parents.
-Curtis Carter (ATH, ****): Carter is probably the least likely guy on this list to get, but man he'd be a great fit in the Zou's spread offense. Carter's a smaller athlete at 5'10'' 160ish, but his sub 4.4 speed and moves in space have college coaches drooling. Missouri coaches see him as a slot receiver in a DeSean Jackson-type role.
Earlier this year Carter was a looking heavily at Nebraska, but it appears that Missouri has made up ground. He's headed to Lincoln next week with a Mizzou official scheduled for December. If his recruitment lasts as long as December, certainly no guarantee, it will probably look pretty good for the Tigers.
-Marcus Lucas (WR, ****): Lucas is the biggest target left on Missouri's board. One of the top receivers in the nation and the top unsigned player in the state of Missouri, Lucas would be an absolute nightmare to cover in the spread, but he's still looking very seriously at the University of Oklahoma.
OU routinely gets is big of top-line recruits, but that might not be how the story ends with Lucas. With OU having a down year, Missouri losing it's top two receivers, his mom being a former student-athlete at Mizzou, AND the rumor that his family wants him to stay close to home, I honestly think MU will ink this guy. And it'd be huge for them.
-Tyler Gabbert (QB, ****): The younger brother of MU starting QB Blaine, Tyler has recently given the Tigers a hard look with the dismissal of Blaine Dalton opening up the depth chart in Columbia.
-Kony Ealy (DE, ****): Ealy, another top ranked recruit from Missouri, is a speed pass rusher. Ealy is still considering Georgia Tech and Memphis in addition to the Tigers, but Mizzou has a combo of convenient location and tradition that should be able to get Ealy signed.