When Missouri made the move from the Big 12 to the SEC, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel immediately began taking advantage of a new recruiting footprint in a talent-rich region. That recruiting transition has been increasingly evident in the 2014 recruiting class.
Currently, Missouri has 22 verbal commitments. Among those 22, 12 of them hail from traditional SEC states. Three hail from Tennessee, five committed out of Florida and Georgia is home to three Tiger commits, two of whom jumped on board this week.
On a big Tuesday evening, Missouri landed a commitment out of Nate Brown of North Gwinnett and Thomas Wilson out of Buford. Both are talented three-star prospects but perhaps even more important to Missouri’s efforts, both hail from powerhouse programs that regularly produce elite talent, which is good news for Gary Pinkel’s plan to sustain that southeastern presence.
While Missouri is looking to capitalize on its SEC transition, a couple of SEC powers are looking to dip into Big 12 country for one of the most talented prospects in the region. Davion Hall, a Top 100 prospect on 247Sports, is currently committed to Baylor but after a recent visit to Texas A&M to see the Aggies clash with Alabama, he has a new top 2, and the school he’s committed to isn’t in it.
Hall, who could play wide receiver or safety on the next level, has put Texas A&M and Alabama atop his list despite his still-standing commitment to Baylor. It’s another testament to the draw of the SEC and the impact of Texas A&M’s move to the conference among prospects from the state of Texas.
This Friday, the CSS Game of the Week features a game that has become an inter-state rivalry of sorts. Memphis University School will play host to Mississippi-power South Panola in what should be a good matchup of powerhouse programs. The headliner for MUS is 2015 offensive tackle Drew Richmond, who holds offers from the likes of Alabama and Ohio State, while South Panola’s Darrell Henderson looks to be the next in a long line of explosive running backs hailing from Coach Lance Pogue’s program.