On Feb. 2, 2011, the University of Missouri Tigers are expected to sign 17 new recruits for the 2011 football season. Out of those 17 commits, eight are listed as 3-star recruits.
What can we expect those eight athletes to bring to the program? Let's find out.
Shane Ray of Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas is 6'2" and 255 pounds. He has a score of 78. Ray seemed to have little trouble getting through the line in high school and would be good to have as a weak side defensive end. After also considering Kansas, Wisconsin and Kansas State, Ray decided on Missouri.
Gerrand Johnson of Rayville, Louisiana verbally committed to Missouri in October of 2010. Johnson is 6'2" and 270 pounds. Johnson is a 78-point, 3-star defensive tackle. As a defensive tackle, Johnson has a disruptive presence. To be competitive as a D-I player, Johnson will have to bulk up. Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Nebraska were Johnson's other choices.
Corbin Berkstresser is from Lees Summit, Missouri. Coming in at 6'3" and 218 pounds, he is being signed on as a quarterback with a 77 on the scale. Berkstresser has the potential to be shaped into one of Missouri's future quarterbacks, but it's doubtful he'll step up this season.
Michael Boddie went to high school in Gilmer, Texas; he is 6'6" and 270 pounds. Boddie is a recruit also with a 77 on the scale. He lines up as a guard but should be able to put enough meat on his bones to be an offensive tackle, which is the position Missouri is signing him to. Houston, Kansas, Purdue, Rice and Tulsa were also schools that Boddie considered.
Taylor Chappell is from Canadian, Texas, which is where he went to high school. Chappell is a 6'6", 270-pound offensive tackle. He is agile and has good pass pro skills. As another 3-star recruit, Chappell has 75 points on the recruitment scale. Chappell also considered Texas Tech, UCLA, Wake Forest, Arizona and Kansas.
Wesley Leftwich of Columbia, Missouri went to Hickman High School. He is a 75-point, 3-star recruit for a wide receiver position. Coming in at 6'1" and 190 pounds, Leftwich has great hands and playmaking ability that will be beneficial.
Kentrell Brothers from Guthrie, Oklahoma is being recruited as an outside linebacker. Brothers is also a 3-star recruit. He has displayed speed and has potential as an edge rusher. Brothers is 6'0" and 209 pounds. He also had the choice of going to Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Washington, Tulsa or Arizona.
Clarence Green, coming in at 5'11", 205 pounds from Clute, Texas, is also being recruited for an outside linebacker position. He went to Brazoswood High School. He is a little undersized but has good agility, balance and flexibility. As another 3-star athlete, Green possesses the skill set needed for major competition but will need to bulk up throughout time. Green also considered Kentucky, Tulsa, TCU and Houston.