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Lineman Jhonathon Williams commits to Mizzou



PowerMizzou.com is now reporting that Jhonathon Williams, a 6-6 230 pound defensive lineman, committed to play for the Tigers next year. Williams visited Mizzou this weekend, staying for the Arkansas State Missouri game. This morning, Power Mizzou learned of his commitment for next season. He is the 24th member of the 2014 recruiting class for Gary Pinkel.

Rivals has Williams as a three star recruit coming from Berrien Springs, Michigan. He also had offers from Nebraska, Michigan State, Ball State, Bowling Green, San Diego State, and Toledo among other programs. He runs a 4.5 40 and adds some nice depth at defensive line for the class of 2014 for Mizzou.

That 2014 class has a lot of depth early in the recruiting season, but lacks some of that blue chip talent that teams desperately need to compete in the SEC. Rivals ranks Missouri’s commits as 15 three star and 9 two star prospects, with offensive lineman Paul Adams and wide receiver Nate Brown as the highest rated recruits. It is a solid class, emphasizing recruiting more in “SEC country” and finding big, athletic lineman to compete with Mizzou’s SEC counterparts. But the class is still a long ways off from what South Carolina and Georgia will be pulling in next fall.

Jhonathon Williams is a solid pickup for the Tigers, and commitment 24 for the 2014 class. I think now the Tigers should focus on enticing a blue chip prospect or two to come to Columbia, because the class already will give plenty of depth to the roster. Before this class is complete, I think they need at least one or two four star recruits to round the group out.

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