Missouri Football: Wave of Recruits Floods Mizzou

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IJune 16, 2008

The Mizzou football recruiting class of 2009 is taking off.

Less than two weeks ago, Mizzou received commits from their sixth and seventh players, setting a great tone for their newest class.

Little did we know that was only the beginning.

In the last 12 days, the Tigers have managed to sign four new recruits—some very surprising.

The least surprising recruits were Adam Burton and Alex Sanders.

Both of these names had been on people's minds for a while, but neither had received an offer yet.

Burton is a linebacker who is slightly undersized for the time being, but has great power and speed on the field.

Sanders, on the other hand, is the opposite.

He has great size and has somehow floated under the radar in a very talented Missouri group up to this point, despite his 6'5" frame. He looks to be a big target for future quarterbacks to aim at, and Tiger coaches are excited to make him one of the next great tight ends.

Justin Britt committed most recently, and this was the first controversy of the class.

Britt is an offensive lineman with decent size. He previously received an offer and immediately said yes, so he clearly has the desire to play in Columbia.

Missouri has had a good offensive line for years now, and Pinkel seems to know how to recruit, despite the fact that Britt isn't named as one of Missouri's Top 20 Prospects in-state this year.

The last new face in the Class of 2009 is Brayden Burnett.

This is a signing that should have many fans truly excited. Burnett is a defensive end out of Southlake Carroll High School in Texas

Does that school sound familiar?

That's where Chase Daniel played ball.

Burnett received over 25 offers in his recruitment up until his signing. For him to commit to Mizzou less than a month after their offer really shows his devotion.

He'll look to continue the run of good edge-rushers in Columbia, dating back to the Justin Smith era. He's the first out-of-state commit this year.

Despite all the good news recently, there have been a few letdowns in recruiting.

Offensive lineman Tyler Evans signed with Oklahoma over the weekend, and Jacob Karam, who the Tigers had their eye on as a QB, signed with Texas Tech earlier today.

Coach Gary Pinkel has begun a successful trend of closing the borders in the state of Missouri, while opening a successful pipeline to the gold mine of talent that is the state of Texas.

If Pinkel can ink commitments from other top Texas players such as Stefan Taylor, Josh Gordon, and Chris Williams, that will help Mizzou contend with the big dogs in the Big 12 Conference.