Homecoming a Big (Literally) Weekend For Recruiting Visitors at Mizzou

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IOctober 21, 2009

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 08:  Jarell Harrison #11 of the Missouri Tigers is congratulated by teammates after making a play during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on October 8, 2009 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

With most of its class already wrapped up, Gary Pinkel is addressing positions of need with his remaining scholarships. And he's definitely addressing "big" needs this weekend.

Defensive tackle is probably the biggest spot left to fill on the Tigers recruiting checklist. With Sheldon Richardson and Ty Phillips both failing to qualify in the 2009 edition, Pinkel needs to ink one and maybe even two big bodies to clog up the middle for his 2010 class.

This weekend's Homecoming visitors might help solve that problem.

Of the four visitors the Tigers are receiving, three are defensive tackles. One is defensive back Corey Mosley, who Mizzou only recently offered.

Of the big three, Lawrence Rumph is probably the least likely to sign with Mizzou. He's already verballed to Texas Tech and although everybody knows that means nothing these days, it's unlikely he jumps ship.

I'd put my money on Dominique Jones to sign if I had to pick a candidate. Mosley is his teammate (and supposedly has Missouri on top right now), and the Tigers look to be competing most closely with Kansas State. Not exactly stiff competition. He's got a decent build already and could shoot up the depth chart if he gains weight onto his 280 pound frame early.

D'Angelo McCray is probably a backup option at this point. A JuCo defensive tackle from Hutchinson, Kansas with great size, there's a reason his best offer is from UCF. However, schools such as Tennessee, Arizona and Illinois have all shown interest along with Missouri, so it's not the worst option the Tigers could have.

While none of these prospects are monster targets in the figurative sense, if Mizzou can find a defensive tackle they're happy with to at least provide depth next season, it'd be an important part of this year's recruiting class. If Mizzou gets a verbal (or two, if Mosley pulls the trigger) this weekend, consider it a success.