2016 Missouri Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Missouri Football Recruiting Class: It wasn’t good. Considering the program is just a year removed from being the two-time SEC champion, this was a step back.

    January 29, 2016


    2016 Missouri Football Recruiting Class: It wasn’t good. Considering the program is just a year removed from being the two-time SEC champion, this was a step back.


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    Missouri Football Recruiting Class Overview

    New head coach Barry Odom struggled with his first class to get in any real SEC talents. There isn’t bulk, there aren’t a ton of four-star prospects, and there aren’t the players coming in that Gary Pinkel used to be able to bring in without too much of a problem. Wait until next year – Odom just never had a chance to operate. Is this a lost recruiting season? No, but 2017 had better rock.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Tight ends. The Tigers needed help for the secondary, and they got two JUCO transfers getting safety Greg Taylor and corner Anthony Hines, to do along with a few excellent high school prospects in corner Jerod Alton and safety Demarkus Acy. But the two key players might turn out to be the tight ends, landing 6-5, 223-pound receiver Albert Okwuegbunam and 6-4, 230-pound Brendan Scales. The goal and hope is for one of them to turn into a real, live, SEC producer.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    QB Micah Wilson, 6-3, 200 – Considering the drama and the problems at quarterback, Mizzou needs someone it can work around in the near future. A big runner with a next-level arm, Wilson has the tools to do what the program has been looking for over the years, but he needs to grow and develop as a passer.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The offensive line. The defense that carried the team throughout last season loses LB Kentrell Brothers and defensive backs Ian Simon and Kenya Dennis, but the huge problem for the new coaching staff is on the O line losing four starters including star center Evan Boehm and left tackle Connor McGovern. Considering the offense needs a total overhaul, this is where everything starts.

    2016 Missouri Football Recruiting Class

    DeMarkus Acy S 6-2 183 Fr. Dallas, Texas Wilmer-Hutchins HS
    Jerod Alton CB 5-10 180 Fr. Kirkwood, Mo. Kirkwood HS
    Trey Baldwin LB 6-2 240 Fr. Houston, Texas Cypress Falls HS
    Chris Black WR 6-0 192 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla. Alabama
    Trystan Castillo OL 6-4 295 Fr. Webb City, Mo. Webb City HS
    Dominic Collins WR 6-2 175 Jr. Fullerton, Calif. Saddleback C.C.
    Damarea Crockett RB 5-11 212 Fr. Little Rock, Ark. Little Rock Christian HS
    Cale Garrett LB 6-3 225 Fr. Kearney, Mo. Kearney HS
    Christian Holmes CB 6-1 182 Fr. Atlanta, Ga. McNair HS
    Tyler Howell OL 6-8 305 R-Jr. Bonner Springs, Kan. Butler C.C.
    Dimetrios Mason ATH 6-0 170 Fr. Loganville, Ga. Grayson HS
    Tucker McCann K 6-0 185 Fr. O’Fallon, Ill. O’Fallon HS
    Albert Okwuegbunam TE 6-5 225 Fr. Springfield, Ill. Sacred Heart Griffin HS
    Brendan Scales TE 6-4 235 Fr. Wildwood, Mo. Lafayette HS
    Tre’vour Simms OL 6-5 300 Fr. East St. Louis, Ill. East St. Louis HS
    Nate Strong RB 6-0 211 So. East St. Louis, Ill. Hinds C.C.
    Greg Taylor S 5-10 200 R-So. East St. Louis, Ill. Hinds C.C.
    Markell Utsey DL 6-4 285 Fr. Little Rock, Ark. Parkview HS
    Tre Williams DL 6-5 235 Fr. Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge HS
    Micah Wilson QB 6-3 205 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. Lincoln Christian

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