Clarence Green Becomes Eighth Member of Missouri's 2011 Recruiting Class

Ryan FallerAnalyst IApril 23, 2010

SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 1:  Head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers looks on before a game with the Oklahoma Sooners during the Big 12 Championship at the Alamodome December 1, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Not yet three months removed from National Signing Day 2010, the Missouri Tigers are moving toward completing their 2011 recruiting class at warp speed.

According to Power Mizzou, MU's affiliate, head coach Gary Pinkel and his staff received a verbal commitment from Clute, Texas, linebacker Clarence Green on Friday.

One of the many recruits who witnessed Missouri's Black and Gold game in Columbia last weekend, Green noted he was prepared to commit on site but wanted to talk his decision over with his parents.

Turns out, the mulling lasted less than a week.

"I really like the place," Green said, speaking exclusively to Power Mizzou shortly after his pledge. "They have genuine coaches and genuine players. They have a good business school, and I want to major in business administration."

With his recruitment finalized, Green said he is now focused on his senior season at Brazoswood High School, where he earned All-District 5A-24 honors after registering 131 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions, and four fumble recoveries as a junior in 2009.

"The only official visit I'm thinking about taking is to Missouri," Green told the site. "I'm just ready to have a good senior campaign, and lead this team now that I know where I'm going."

At the time of his decision, the 6'0", 184-pound Green claimed just one offer other than Missouri's, which came from the Kentucky Wildcats.

But as an under-recruited prospect from Texas, he bears resemblance to fellow natives of the Lone Star state who flew under the radar but developed into All-Big 12 performers for Missouri.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, was an undersized recruit from Jasper, Texas, and received two out of a possible five stars from recruiting services in 2006.

A product of Marlin, a small town southeast of Waco, wideout Danario Alexander also garnered light interest before joining MU's 2006 class, receiving looks only from nearby Baylor and SMU. Less than four years later, Alexander leaves Missouri as one of the all-time best in school history, after leading the nation in receiving yards last season.

Green is the eighth known commitment of the Tigers' 2011 class.

He joins quarterback Corbin Berkstresser (Lee's Summit, Mo.), running back Anthony Pierson (St. Louis, Mo.), defensive end Shane Ray (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), wide receivers Brandon Hannah (St. Louis, Mo.) and Wesley Leftwich (Columbia, Mo.), cornerback Cortland Browning (Tyler, Tex.), and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (St. Louis, Mo.) — a 2009 signee who is currently attending junior college after failing to qualify academically.

Due to a limited number of available scholarships, Missouri is expected to sign no more than 18 players for 2011, which is considerably smaller than the 23-member class the Tigers officially welcomed in February.

At this time last year, Pinkel and Missouri had received verbal pledges from only three recruits, but commitments from 10 players between September and January helped construct a class that many services ranked as one of the country's 25 best.