I was mostly optimistic, a bit pessimistic, and then optimistic again!
Thus far in his time as the head coach at Mizzou, Eli Drinkwitz has answered just about any and every questions Missouri fans could have about how he was going to get this football program over the hump, and to the next level. He has provided an energy, and coupled that with some moderate on-field success and now… recruits are starting to notice.
This week, with the commitment of 4-Star QB Sam Horn it has raised some eyebrows around the conference and in addition, forced us to consider the very real possibility that Missouri is doing exactly what Coach Drinkwitz has preached, which is closing the gap. No one expects Missouri Football to have top five level classes year in and out, but if they can field top 25 classes consistently, it’s a brand new ball game in Columbia. They finished last year at #21, and are off to a fast start in 2022 and are currently at #14 in the country.
It’s not just Horn though. If you were on twitter, maybe you noticed a certain four star running back and former Tennessee Volunteer signee hinting at possibly joining up with his local rival in CoMo.
Oh, and… the Missouri staff has made enough inroads with 5-Star ATH Gentry WIlliams for Mizzou to make his final six schools. He’s the #19 ranked prospect nationally according to 24/7.
— gentry williams (@gentrywilliams5) March 2, 2021
This is all fantastic news, and is really impressive when you put into the context of where Missouri has recruited Pre-Drinkwitz:
4-star players to commit to Drinkwitz at #Mizzou:
QB – Tyler Macon & Sam Horn
WR – Dominic Lovett
DE – Travion Ford & Kyran Montgomery
CB – Daylan Carnell
S – Isaac Thompson
That’s seven 4-star players in two recruiting cycles. MU had 7 4-star commits from ’16-’20 combined.
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) March 1, 2021
I’m really impressed.
Especially when you think about the fact that they’re gaining attention not just from in-state talents, but also out of state guys who you wouldn’t necessarily expect to consider a school like Mizzou.
As much of a hot streak as Drinkwitz and company are on, it needs to be noted that there’s still some work to be done. The situation in-state for 2022 is starting to look bleaker and bleaker for the Tigers. Both of the five star prospects out of the STL metro area in Kevin Coleman and Luther Burden seem to be headed elsewhere. Tyson Ford is headed to South Bend, and he could have some in-state company headed that way with him in DJ Wesolak. There’s also a crystal ball prediction on Toriano Pride to Clemson.
It’s not all great.
That being said, this 2022 class in Missouri is one of the deepest groups in recent memory. There are still quite a few names, and quite a bit of time before signing day. Even with the defections that Mizzou has suffered in this class, they still are fighting and forcing themselves into the conversation. At worst, the recruiting is trending in the right direction, and it feels like we actually have a chance with some of these guys. I think most Missouri fans would be happy with that. Now it’s just time to close the deal.
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