Missouri Tigers: Recruiting, Practice Go to Next Level

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2008

Much has changed since I last updated college football fans on the Missouri Tigers 2009 recruiting. After unheard-of Justin Britt committed to the Tigers in mid-June, business slowed a little bit for the team, but with practice starting up, the excitement has not stopped.

Marvin Foster, a quiet prospect with good size (6'2'' 265), Foster projects well to land somewhere on the line, probably on defense. He and QB Ashton Glaser address to areas of need in this current class.

Glaser is a much better known commodity. He has good size (6'2'' 205) for a QB, and erases any concern about depth in the future of the program. He recently won the Top Gun Challenge, cementing his spot as the top QB coming out of Arkansas.

DE Brian Coulter is an addition to the Tigers team, but he's actually already on the field. Coulter's story has been told many times now, but the talented hulk of an athlete needed juco and another whole summer to find a college football team. Now that he's landed in Missouri, the 6'4'' 260 beast will add even more talent to a line that included Stryker Sulak, Tommy Chavis, Michael Keck, and Chris Earnhardt at end.

Now on to the question marks that have progressed since before. First off, on the uber-recruit front, waves have been made. Better yet, call it a hurricane. DT/TE Shelden Richardson, regarded as one of the most athletic players in the 2009 class, and the Tigers first commit for this class, recently announced his intention to visit other schools.

Much ado was made Richardson said this, but as he's said all along, he's still committed. He just wants to look around. As far as I know, Richardson will probably still be a Tiger. He was in CoMo this last week to check out practices with some other commits, and was rumor has it that he was talking about "when we get up here".

Losing Nathan Scheelhaase was a big deal, but it looks like Missouri might still be able to bring in a top in-state recruit. Ronnie Wingo was recently in Columbia with his dad, and with the Illini signing four-star RB Bud Golden this weekend, the Tigers are probably the front runner at this point. It isn't crucial to get Wingo, but it'd make the future a whole lot brighter for the Tigers offense.

With the opener against Illinois only three weeks away, practices got elevated to two-a-days yesterday. Here are a fews notes that people should pay attention to as it gets closer to the Arch Rivalry Weekend:

*On the special teams front, there is good and bad. Punter Jake Harry has looked good in practice. Thank God. But long-snapper Brock Christopher has struggled. That's not good at all. Hopefully Harry will stay consistent and Brock will improve.

*Some freshman have looked great. We all expected OL Dan Hoch to be a monster in the trenches, and early reports are that he won't disappoint. But, nobody saw Jerrell Jackson coming. He's got decent size and speed, but apparently has great hands and instinct. With Rolandis Woodland still not practicing, look for Jackson to see the field against Illinois.

*Blaine Gabbert is doing everything he can, and I mean everything. He is living with Chase Daniel now. I'm no creeper, but that could not be better for Tiger fans. Gabbert has everything that Daniel doesn't ( specifically, a cannon, and an extra five or six inches). If he develops the knowledge and instinct for the spread offense that Daniel has, he would be more monstrous then Daniel himself.