2008 National Signing Day: Missouri Tigers
Before we jump on Missouri's bandwagon, let's review the rest of the NCAA on National Signing Day.
Alabama hit No. 1 in the list for the best recruiting class this year by landing three 5-star recruits and 19 4-star recruits.
Their most notable players are Julio Jones, No. 4 ranked in country, Tyler Love, No. 30 ranked, Burton Scott, No. 28 ranked, Jerrel Harris, No. 34 and Alonzo Lawrence.
Following Alabama in the rankings is Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, and Oklahoma.
The Missouri Tigers' impressive run last year started three years ago when they landed Texas recruit Chase Daniels, who got ignored by the Longhorns that year, and Chase Coffman. Last year they hit another jackpot in Jeremy Maclin, who proved to be a dangerous playmaker as a freshman last season.
With many of their top recruits as the biggest contributors, the Tigers had a dream season in 2007.
After going 10-1 with their only loss to Oklahoma, Mizzou had a Big 12 Championship invitation at hand against rival Kansas. They beat Kansas in the game and their ranking went to No. 1 in the nation. After another loss to the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship, Mizzou's national ranking fell to No. 6. After annihilating the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl, they ended the year ranked No. 6.
Their impressive 2007 campaign led to a boastful recruiting class in '08. The Missouri Tigers landed one 5-star recruit in QB Blaine Gabbert, a 6’5", 226 pound gem from Parkway West, the 14th best player according to rivals.com. After not playing much his sophomore season, Gabbert threw for 1,523 yards with 20 TDs and 7 interceptions in his junior season . His senior campaign was unfortunately limited due to injuries, but appears to have a bright future in Missouri.
Mizzou also got two 4-star recruits in O-lineman Dan Hoch and tight end Andrew Jones. Dan Hoch, a 6’6", 302 pound offensive guard from Iowa, is 18th ranked in the nation for his position. Andrew Jones is a 6’5", 228 pound tight end from Smithville, Missouri and is ranked 14th in his position.
A number of 3-star recruits also signed on to play at Mizzou. The positions they add to the roster range from wideout to linebacker and are from Texas, Iowa and Missouri. A few examples are Wes Kemp and Robert Steeples from Desmet Jesuit High School in Missouri, running back Drew Temple (Tony Temple’s brother), from Rockhurst, defensive lineman Jacquies Smith from South Oak Cliff in Texas, Aldon Smith from Raytown, Missouri and linebacker George White from Harmony Prep in Ohio.
The future looks bright for Mizzou with Chase Daniels, Chase Coffman, and Jeremy Maclin all coming back for the 2008 season. Plus, to replace Tony Temple, the Tigers have running back Jimmy Jackson returning. Also, they get sophomore Denario Alexander back at wide receiver, and Sean Witherspoon and Van Alexander coming back at linebacker.
A national title is not likely for the Tigers in 2008, but they surely will have an interesting year.
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