Missouri Blowout Turns Heads of Star Recruits Bryce Brown, Jheranie Boyd

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IOctober 28, 2008

Everybody in Columbia is aware of the effects that Missouri's 58-0 shutout win over the Colorado Buffaloes during Homecoming weekend had on the 2008 Tigers.

The Tigers recorded their first shutout since 2004 and their first conference shutout in over 20 years.

The Tigers got back into the win column for the first time in two weeks after difficult defeats put a huge damper on their season.

But the biggest effects that their 58-0 domination might actually be seen in the future, both immediate and distant.

Two monster recruits were at the Missouri game for Homecoming. Running back Bryce Brown, the No. 1 RB in the country, was in Columbia for the game, as was No. 4 wide receiver Jheranie Boyd. It's pretty new stuff for this caliber of recruit to even be considering Missouri, much less visiting on an official.

So what are the actual chances that either of these studs ends up as a Tiger?

Better than you might think.

Brown has had nothing but positive things to say about Missouri so far after his visit. He compared himself to Jeremy Maclin and concluded that Missouri would be a "great fit" for him.

Missouri is close to his home in Wichita, Kansas, so that works out in Missouri's favor. But the biggest factors in his signing might have to do with other people.

Bryce's brother Arthur was a five-star 2008 linebacker who plays at Miami U (where Bryce is currently committed), but things haven't gone as planned for Arthur, who has struggled to get time behind other top youngsters. If Arthur transfers, Bryce is as good as gone at the U.

Another factor is Oregon QB/HB Chris Harper, who has gotten steady playing time as a true freshman. Don't count out the Nike/friend factor in the Northwest. Harper has been in Bryce's ear to come up, and he'll make a visit to the Ducks this winter.

All of that considered, you have to like Missouri's chances if you're a fan. Bryce seemed to really enjoy his visit in Columbia, and a lot of factors make it seem like he'd be treated best at Missouri. He's from the Midwest, could make an instant impact at the RB or WR spot, and would be closer to home.

As far as Boyd is concerned, I'm actually much less optimistic about him. Oklahoma absolutely flew into the picture, offering Boyd around a month ago and getting him to Norman for an official less than three days after initially offering him. You've got to consider them the favorite at this point.

It doesn't hurt that Missouri is the best team and program of any one of the other top teams in Boyd's final five. NC State, UNC, and Illinois just don't stack up right now.

Also, Boyd has mentioned he wants to go into communications and work for ESPN if he doesn't make it to the NFL. That gives Mizzou a HUGE advantage, as they have a top-notch journalism school and have many graduates working for ESPN right now.

All in all, I'd guess that there is a 33 percent chance that the Tigers land either one of these beastly seniors. But if they did, the effects on the future could be monumental. Imagine former five-star quarterback Blaine Gabbert handing off to Bryce Brown and/or throwing to Jheranie Boyd.

Missouri has a chance to really send a message to the rest of the country, and to high-level seniors around the country, that they mean business in the next couple of weeks. If successful in landing one of these recruits, the Tigers' 2008 Homecoming could be a memorable day for many years to come.