Just like last season, recruiting seems to be picking up for the Missouri Tigers as the season goes on and the offense puts up points. Last year they gained crucial commitments from Blaine Gabbert, Dan Hoch, and Wes Kemp down the stretch. Each one of these offensive studs had previously committed to another school.
Well, the Tigers might be at it again.
Five-star running back Bryce Brown, out of Wichita, Kansas, has announced that he will visit Columbia on Oct. 25, when the Tigers host Colorado for their homecoming game. He will also visit Oregon at some point and has been committed to Miami since February, where his brother Arthur is a true freshman linebacker.
But Arthur's arrival at Miami hasn't gone as expected. He has only seen action on special teams, and is buried on the depth charts behind true freshmen Sean Spence and Jordan Futch, plus four current seniors and a junior. Basically, the instant playing time he was expecting isn't there.
How amazing would it be for Arthur to transfer to Missouri, where the LB corps is a little thin after a variety of problems, only to have little bro Bryce commit as well?
The odds of that happening are very low, but one has to like Missouri's chances if Bryce decides Miami isn't the place for him. The Browns are close friends with Chris Harper, the true freshman QB at Oregon, so the Ducks are certainly a strong player. But a close to home place where both brothers can get quick playing time has to appeal a little.
This is a situation I'll be monitoring closely. Bryce Brown is the type of athlete and player that can carry a program to new heights. Blaine Gabbert is that type of player. Get enough of those kids on your team, and sooner or later, you're going to be a powerhouse.
This is probably the most exciting story of the recruiting season thus far for Missouri. Despite rumors that Miami might steal Missouri's top recruit (Sheldon Richardson), I think Big Sheldon will still end up in Columbia.
I love Ronnie Wingo, but I'm not even sure where he'll play in college. He's a sick athlete, but not one that I think could carry Missouri to new heights.
All of this is very early to be discussing, as officially Brown is still a Hurricane commit. But there is potential, as there was when Gabbert was starting to think about switching his commitment. I'll try to keep everybody updated as stuff happens.