Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou, Illinois Are Ready for Signing Day; Final Ranking of Mizzou Recruitment Class Won't Be Known until Area RB Makes Call

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou, Illinois Are Ready for Signing Day; Final Ranking of Mizzou Recruitment Class Won't Be Known until Area RB Makes Call

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Missouri coach Gary Pinkel acknowledged from the start that his programs recruiting emphasis would need to change along with the Tigers move to the Southeastern Conference.

He began to place an emphasis on southern states, establishing a presence in Georgia and Florida for the future. Mizzou hoped last years signing of Dorial Green-Beckham would lead to more players of national significance.

But adjusting to recruiting in the SEC will not produce major changes overnight, as Mizzous class of 2013 seems to reflect.

Pinkel and his staff have mined Missouri for 10 commitments from players who can sign today, the first day of the national signing period, according to the web sites Scout.com and Rivals.com. Meanwhile, only two players from Georgia and one from Florida are expected to join the fold.

Illinois, meanwhile, has stuck to a similar formula with nine in- state players among the 26 newcomers coach Tim Beckman is adding.

Based on rankings by Scout, Rivals, ESPN and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, Mizzous class will rank anywhere from 11th to last out of 14 schools in the SEC while Illinois will rank from fourth to seventh in the Big Ten. As always, its an inexact science that will only reveal true results over the next several years.

It comes down to dedicating yourself to recruiting 365 days a year, Lemming said of the SEC. Mizzous not having that bad a year, its just what you have to expect when youre in the SEC. They have a lot to offer, including a state that is loaded. Now they have to go into SEC territory.

In the past, Mizzou generally did well by ignoring player ratings and melding three- and four-star talent into teams that were highly competitive in the Big 12. The coaching staff developed many such players into All-Conference performers.

This year, according to Scout, Mizzou has four four-star recruits running back Chase Abbington of Zumwalt South, quarterback Trent Hosick (Kansas City), defensive lineman Josh Augusta (Peoria, Ill. …

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