The Mizzou football team added 10 players to the 2020 football roster with the announcement of its early signing class.
Mizzou football picked up official commitments from 10 players Wednesday on Part I of national signing day.
The Tigers grabbed six offensive players, three defensive players and a special teams player. The new Tigers are: Defensive backs J.C. Carlies and Tyler Jones, both from Winter Garden, Florida; offensive lineman Drake Heismeyer from St. Charles; kicker Harrison Mevis from Warsaw, Indiana; linebacker Will Norris from Columbia; quarterback Brady Cook from St. Louis; running back Elijah Young from Knoxville, Tennessee; wide receiver J.J. Hester from Tulsa, Oklahoma; wide receiver Jay Maclin from St. Louis; and offensive lineman Mitchell Walters from St. Louis.
Here are three takeaways from Wednesday’s first signing class:
All players were recruited by former coach Barry Odom — New coach Eliah Drinkwitz has only been on the job a week, so he wasn’t going to get anybody who hadn’t already committed. The fact that he kept more than half of the players Odom and his staff already talked to was good for Mizzou. The Tigers expected to lose some players after the coaching change, but with the second and final national signing day still seven weeks away, the new coaching staff will be able to add more players.
Drinkwitz talks new strategy on recruiting — According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Drinkwitz is switching up how recruiting will be handled. Odom assigned assistant coaches to scout their positions. Drinkwitz will have assistant coaches recruiting specific regions of the country.
"“When you’re a position recruiter you’re not seeing the same faces all the time because the same schools aren’t always producing the same player. Recruiting is relationship driven."
Former Mizzou recruit makes headlines — The Tigers lost a three-start running back to Arkansas on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, the Hogs announced their defensive coordinator will be Odom. Running back Dominique Johnson followed him to Arkansas. And they way he announced it is making headlines. Johnson threw off his MU hat and unzipped his jacket to announce his commitment to Arkansas. If he ends up playing a significant role in the future, that surely will help the Battle Line Rivalry, along with the addition of Odom, of course.