With back-to-back SEC East Championships and 23 wins over the last two seasons, the Mizzou football program has carried that momentum to the recruiting trail, signing a talented group of student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday (Feb. 4). The 2015 class assembled by Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his staff, includes 23 prospects, covering 10 states, with eight from Missouri and 17 in all from states within the Southeastern Conference. Included in Mizzou’s talent haul are the top-ranked players in the states of Missouri (QB Drew Lock – Lee’s Summit), Illinois (DL Terry Beckner, Jr. – East St. Louis) and Kansas (OL A.J. Harris – Stilwell).
“We are very excited about this newest group of Tigers,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “This class addresses some very important areas for us on the field, and the group as a whole is made up of a bunch of competitors who are really high-character young men. I’m really proud of my staff for all the work they did to make this happen, and want to say thank-you to everyone who has helped us along the way. We’re looking forward to getting all of them in our MizzouMade program and to continuing to build on the success we’ve had,” he said.
As always, a big emphasis in recruiting is keeping the best players in the state home, and Mizzou has done that in 2015, adding eight Missourians to the roster. Additionally, Mizzou has signed student-athletes from Georgia (3), Kansas (3), Tennessee (3), California (1), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Mississippi (1), and Oregon (1).
Two of the signees are early enrollees at Mizzou, taking classes and gearing up to participate in spring practices with the team. Joining Mizzou for the spring semester are Malik Cuellar (Fortuna, Calif./City College of San Francisco) and Tanner Owen (Kearney, Mo./Kearney High School). They will be on hand for spring practices as the team prepares for the annual Black & Gold Game on April 18 (4 p.m. central time).
As the Mizzou coaches were on the recruiting trail this year, they certainly had a lot of highlights to tout. Mizzou ranks tied for fifth nationally among teams from power conferences in wins since 2007 with 76 in that span. Additionally, Mizzou is tied for the most SEC wins over the last two seasons as well. Gary Pinkel’s team is also one of only three teams from power five conferences to win five conference division championships since 2007.
Sticking with the #MizzouMade brand, Pinkel and his staff have also produced the fifth-most NFL First-Round Draft Picks nationally since 2009 and have led their conference in Academic Progress Rates in each of the last three reports.
Below is a look at all 23 Mizzou signees, arranged alphabetically. For all the latest on Mizzou football, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and GaryPinkel.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouFootball or @mutigersdotcom.
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2015 MIZZOU FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School/Prev. School)
Chase Abbington TB 6-2 215 St. Louis, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt South HS/Hutchinson CC)
Franklin Agbasimere LB 6-2 220 Lagos, Nigeria (Montverde Academy)
Terry Beckner, Jr. DL 6-4 300 East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)
Malik Cuellar ** OL 6-5 300 Fortuna, Calif. (Fortuna HS/CC of San Francisco)
Marquise Doherty ATH 6-1 205 Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka HS)
Corey Fatony P/PK 5-11 185 Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin HS)
Richaud Floyd WR 5-11 175 Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport HS)
Marcell Frazier DL 6-5 265 Portland, Ore. (Douglas HS/College of Siskiyous)
Emanuel Hall WR 6-3 200 Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial HS)
Terez Hall LB 6-2 215 Lithonia, Ga. (King HS)
A.J. Harris OL 6-4 285 Stilwell, Kan. (Blue Valley HS)
Cam Hilton DB 6-0 180 St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves HS)
Nate Howard DL 6-4 235 St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue HS)
Tyler Howell OL 6-8 300 Olathe, Kan. (Bonner Springs HS/Butler County CC)
Tyrell Jacobs DL 6-4 265 Kenner, La. (Rummel HS)
Johnathon Johnson ATH 5-10 175 Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose HS)
Drew Lock QB 6-4 205 Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit HS)
Josh Moore DL 6-5 260 Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North HS)
Tanner Owen ** OL 6-5 275 Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS)
Ronnell Perkins ATH 6-0 185 St. Louis, Mo. (University City HS)
Justin Smith WR 6-7 200 Dublin, Ga. (West Laurens HS)
T.J. Warren DB 5-11 190 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County HS)
Ryan Williams TB 6-0 180 Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)
** Denotes already enrolled in classes at Mizzou
BREAKDOWN BY STATE:
Missouri (8): Lock (Lee’s Summit), Owen (Kearney), Abbington (St. Louis), Williams (Lee’s Summit), Perkins Jr. (St. Louis), Doherty (Kansas City), Hilton (St. Louis), Howard (St. Louis)
Georgia (3): Smith (Dublin), Warren (Conyers), Hall (Lithonia)
Kansas (3): Harris (Stilwell), Howell (Olathe), Moore (Olathe)
Tennessee (3): Hall (Franklin), Fatony (Franklin), Johnson (Memphis)
California (1): Cuellar (Fortuna)
Florida (1): Agbasimere (Monteverde)
Illinois (1): Beckner, Jr. (East St. Louis)
Louisiana (1): Jacobs (Kenner)
Mississippi (1): Floyd (Gulfport)
Oregon (1): Frazier (Portland)
Chase Abbington – TB – St. Louis, Mo. (Hutchinson CC/Fort Zumwalt South HS) – 6-2 – 215
A versatile, play-making running back, Abbington’s speed and quickness along with his large, athletic frame, should be huge assets at Mizzou and stood out to the Mizzou coaching staff … A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com and rated as the No. 30 running back in the class of 2013 … Ranked 20th on Rivals’ Top 100 Junior College prospects list this season … Spent the last two seasons at Hutchinson Community College after committing to Mizzou following his senior season at Fort Zumwalt … Followed the same career arch as former Tiger All-SEC performer and fellow St. Louis native Markus Golden, committing to Mizzou before spending time at Hutchinson … Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and ran for 832 yards in 11 games as a freshman at Hutchinson before redshirting as a sophomore … Coming out of high school, Abbington was one of the nation’s premier athletes, ranked inside Rivals.com’s “Rivals250″ … considered the No. 2 recruit in Missouri’s class of 2013 by ESPN.com and Rivals.com … selected to ESPN.com’s “ESPN300″ list of top recruits in the nation … rated by Rivals.com 12th-best athlete in the nation … totaled 939 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2012 for Fort Zumwalt South High School and head coach Scott Fulton … Mother – Amy Benlien … Chose Mizzou over offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA, Illinois, Arkansas and Michigan among others. … Has indicated an interest in studying sports medicine while at Mizzou … Will have three years to play three seasons as a Tiger.
Franklin Agbasimere – LB – Lagos, Nigeria (Montverde Academy) – 6-2 – 220
A relative newcomer to the sport of football, coming to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., from Lagos, Nigeria, in 2013, Agbasimere is an impressive blend of speed and size and has plenty of upside for the Mizzou coaching staff with his strong, tough and physical game being his greatest attribute … A three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Came to America from Nigeria through the Ejike Ugboaja Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides high school and college scholarships to Nigerian athletes … Also competed in track and field at Montverde, competing in the sprints, long jump and triple jump … High School Coach – Brian Treweek … Parents – Richard & Regina Agbasimere … Cited Mizzou’s high-caliber coaching staff along with a storied football tradition as key contributors to his signing with Mizzou … Also commended the school’s great business program and great facilities on campus … Intends to major in business management while at Mizzou … Lists music, video games and hanging out with friends as some of his non-football interests.
Terry Beckner Jr. – DL – East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS) – 6-4 – 300
A physical, agile defender across the line, he has all of the attributes athletically to make him a dominant force on the defensive line as his off-the-charts athleticism is what appealed to the Mizzou coaches … An Under Armour All-American who is rated as the No. 2 overall recruit nationally by ESPN, checking in at No. 1 in the state, at the position and in the region … He is the top-rated defensive tackle by ESPN as well … ESPN and 247Sports each rank him as a five-star recruit … According to 247Sports, he is the No. 8 recruit nationally and top prospect out of the state of Illinois … Rivals.com ranks him as the top recruit in the state of Illinois and the No. 5 defensive tackle … Put up eye-popping numbers as a senior, when he accumulated 117 tackles, including 75 of the solo variety … He added four quarterback sacks and one interception in 12 games during the 2014 season … Tallied five games with double-digit tackle performances, including a season-best 15 stops (13 solo) in his team’s 27-7 win over Alton in October … Had offers from 20 Division I schools, including Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC … High School Coach – Darren Sunkett … Parents – Terry Beckner, Sr. & Jermaya White-Beckner … Has an interest in majoring in sports management during his time at Mizzou.
Malik Cuellar – OL – Fortuna, Calif. (City College of San Francisco/Fortuna HS) – 6-5 – 300
Big, strong offensive lineman that is athletically gifted with a great blend of speed as he blocks exceptionally well at all levels … Has a great football IQ … 2014 All-Conference honoree at City College of San Francisco … Rated as the No. 13 offensive tackle coming out of junior college by ESPN … Rated as one of the top 100 prospects coming out of junior college by Rivals, one of 18 offensive linemen to make it on the prestigious list … Led City College of San Francisco to a 2014 Conference Championship … Helped the Rams to an 11-2 record while averaging 420.5 total yards of offense while averaging 40.6 points per game … Junior College Coaches – George Rush & Edwardo Nuno … High School Coach – Mike Benbow … Parents – Joey Cuellar & Secorne Cervantes … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Texas Tech and Utah among others… Cited Mizzou’s beautiful campus, the academic reputation of the University and the program’s reputation nationally as reasons he committed to Mizzou … Is currently undeclared on his major with interest in business and journalism … Among his many hobbies listed outside of football, a few include swimming, video games, lifting, church, travel, hunting and riding.
Marquise Doherty – ATH – Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka HS) – 6-1 -205
Caught the attention of the Mizzou coaching staff with his combination of smooth, fluid running and exceptional athleticism … A four-star prospect by Rivals and the No. 4 recruit in the state of Missouri, Doherty was also tabbed as the No. 31 running back nationally by Rivals … Also a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports … Ran for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Winnetonka … Followed his junior season with an exceptional senior campaign in which he ran for 1,037 yards and 15 scores on 137 carries (7.6 yards per carry) … He also caught 23 passes for 348 yards and two more scores as a senior … Played both sides of the ball, also hauling in a pair of interceptions … First Team All-State DB and First Team All-Conference running back and defensive back as a senior … Excellent baseball player as well, earning 2014 Underclass Third Team All-America honors from PerfectGame … PerfectGame rated him a perfect 10.0 on the prospect scale, which projects him to be an elite-level college player … High School Coach – Sterling Edwards … Parents – Denny & Chriss Doherty … Comes from a very athletic family, as he has an older brother, Brandon, who played baseball at Michigan State, while another older brother, Tyler, wrestled at Central Michigan … Chose Mizzou over offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Nebraska, Oregon, Minnesota and Vanderbilt among others … Cited Mizzou’s family atmosphere among the football program and the comfort level he has with the coaching staff as reasons he signed with Mizzou .. Intends to major in journalism or public relations while at Mizzou … Lists a few of his hobbies outside of football as fishing, playing video games, and free-style rapping.
Corey Fatony – P/K – Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin HS) – 5-11 – 185
A strong, powerful kicker who has a skill set that includes all of the attributes that translate to a great combination kicker at the Division I level … Rated as the fourth-best punter in the class of 2015 by Kohl’s Kicking as he has tremendous upside as a collegiate punter … As a senior in 2014 averaged 42.5 yards per punt, placing half of his attempts inside the opponent 20-yardline … Had 43-of-53 kickoffs go for touchbacks on the year … Was a Mr. Football finalist for the state of Tennessee, and was a member of the All-USA Tennessee football team … Kohl’s All-American Team Finalist … 2013 All-State honoree and District 11-AAA Kicker of the Year … Had a long field goal of 54 yards as a junior in 2013 … High School Coach – Donnie Webb … Parents – Brandon & Cylina Meredith … Garnered interest from Auburn, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA among others … What impressed him about Mizzou was the friendly, yet hospitable attitude of the people he encountered inside and outside of the program, as well as the beautiful campus and the driven coaching staff … Undecided at this point on his intended course of study at Mizzou … Lists a few of his non-football hobbies as playing guitar, video games, sailing and driving his jeep … Was a stand-in for actor Michael Ealy for the movie Unconditional.
Richaud Floyd – WR – Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport HS) – 5-11 – 175
Incredible speed and quickness make him a great route runner and a homerun threat every time he hits the field, traits that helped distinguish himself to the Mizzou coaches … Extremely versatile player with big-time speed … A four-star recruit according to ESPN, he ranks as the 37th-best wideout nationally by the website … Dubbed a top-20 recruit in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com and a top-15 recruit in the state by 247Sports … Named Mississippi Power Player of the Week on Sept. 30 after running for 245 yards and four TDs while passing for 117 yards and another score in a 42-24 win over St. Martin … Dual-threat QB as a senior at Gulfport who passed for nearly 1,500 yards and had 13 touchdowns in 2014 and added 1,067 more rushing yards … Excelled as a big-play wide receiver as a junior before switching to QB as he caught 80 passes for 1,007 yards (12.6 per catch) and 10 scores … High School Coach – Eddie Pierce … Great all-around athlete who also earned multiple letters in the sports of track and basketball … Ran anchor leg for team’s 4×200 relay team that finished second in the state finals, and was part of basketball teams which won a state championship in the 2013-14 season … Chose Mizzou over offers from Cincinnati, Memphis and Southern Miss among others … Cited Mizzou’s home-like feel and the top-notch athletic and campus facilities as key contributors to his signing with Mizzou … Also credited his relationship with Coach Pat Washington as another key factor … Parents – Richard Floyd Sr. & Christy Moncrief-Floyd … Is undecided on his major while at Mizzou … Lists music, sports and cooking as a few of his hobbies … Is left-handed naturally, but plays sports right-handed.
Marcell Frazier – DL – Portland, Ore. (College of the Siskiyous/Douglas HS) – 6-5- 265
Appealed to the Mizzou coaching staff thanks to his relentless motor and his ability to play fast across the defensive line … Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN, ranking as the fourth-best junior college defensive lineman … ESPN tabbed him as the 24th-best recruit coming out of junior college on its top-50 Junior College list …. three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … First Team All-North California Defensive End in his freshman season at College of Siskiyous … Second Team All-Conference Defensive End and Second Team wide receiver during his senior season of high school … Tallied 32 tackles including 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks for College of the Siskiyous last season … In all, he had four games with multiple sacks in 2014, including a four-game streak in which he racked up nine of his 11 sacks … Had seven games with multiple tackles for loss as well … As a senior at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., was a second-team all-conference defensive end (15 sacks) and wide receiver (756 receiving yards) … Also lettered in basketball and track for his high school … High School Coach – Dan Wood … Junior College Coach – Charlie Roche … Parents – Tyrone & Cheryl Frazier … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arkansas, Miami, Fla., Nebraska, Oregon State, Kansas State and New Mexico, among others … Cited Coach Craig Kuligowski’s ability to produce defensive line produce talent and the family feel of Mizzou’s coaching staff as key contributors to him signing with Mizzou… Intends to major in sociology while at Mizzou … Lists hiking, river activities and watching anime as hobbies outside of football … Will have three years to play three seasons at Mizzou.
Emanuel Hall – WR – Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial HS) – 6-3 – 200
An extremely athletic wide out with great hands and a great vertical, his potential as a game-breaking playmaker is what caught the eye of the Mizzou coaching staff … Dubbed as one of the top recruits in the state of Tennessee by Rivals … Competed in the Nike Combine in the spring of 2014 … Was the No. 65-ranked receiver in the 2015 class by 247Sports … Tennessee All-State selection after an outstanding senior season which included 47 receptions for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns, going for a healthy 18.9 yards per catch … Tallied 31 catches for 564 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior season … Chose Mizzou over offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Cincinnati among others … Was an incredible track and field athlete as well, leaping has high as 6-8 in the high jump while winning the Tennessee state championship … Won two AAU Junior Olympic track gold medals in 2011, taking first nationally in both the pentathlon and high jump … High School Coach – Brian Rector … Parents – Daton Hall & Shannon Simmons … Cited the relationships that he built with the Mizzou coaching staff during the recruiting process and the staff’s stability as the key contributors to his decision to sign with Missouri, as well as the track record of academic success for the football student-athletes … Has an interest in studying either business administration or communication at Mizzou … Lists spending time with family friends, playing basketball and running among his interests off the field.
Terez Hall – LB – Lithonia, Ga. (King HS) – 6-2 – 215
A fast, high-motor linebacker with a great motor and exceptional speed and running ability … Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout.com, he is rated as the No. 29 outside linebacker nationally according to Rivals and ranks among the top 50 outside linebackers nationally by both 247Sports and Scout.com … Was an All-County selection as a team captain during his senior season, and amassed 87 solo tackles to go with seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and one pick-six interception touchdown … High School Coach – Nicolas Kashama … Parents – Roscoe Bundrage & Felicia Hall … Chose Mizzou over offers from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin, among others.
A.J. Harris – OL – Stilwell, Kan. (Blue Valley HS) – 6-4 – 285
An extremely athletic offensive lineman who dominated his competition with his athletic and strong frame … His balance and toughness stood out to the Mizzou coaches … His greatest attribute may be his quickness out of the stance … Was the No. 1 recruit in the state of Kansas according to Rivals and the No. 23 offensive guard nationally … Ranked among ESPN’s top 300 recruits in the 2015 class and was a four-star recruit … Also dubbed as the top recruit in Missouri by Scout.com … Earned All-State honors as a junior after leading Blue Valley to a Class 5A State Championship, helping the team total more than 5,000 yards of total offense over 13 games … Led Blue Valley to District and Regional Championships in 2014 as well … Brother, Kirk, plays offensive line for Northern Iowa … Also excelled as a thrower in track and field during the spring, finishing fourth in the state of Kansas in the shot put and fifth in the discus as a junior … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota among others … Credits Mizzou’s family-like environment and the fact that the coaches were so welcoming along with home-like feeling as key factors to his signing.
Cam Hilton – DB – St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves HS) – 6-0 – 180
A pure playmaker in the secondary, the Mizzou coaching staff recognized his nose for the football and superb athleticism … Tabbed as a four-star recruit by Scout.com, with the national recruiting site ranking him as the fifth-best prospect in the state of Missouri and the top-rated defensive back … Scout.com also rated him as the No. 30 defensive back in the entire 2015 signing class … A three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports … Rivals ranks Hilton as the No. 8 player in the state and the No. 40 defensive back nationally … ESPN and 247Sports both tabbed him as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Missouri … Scored 14 touchdowns as a senior, as he made 40 tackles and grabbed seven interceptions on defense, while amassing over 900 receiving yards on the other side of the ball … Finished his junior season with 63 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions – three of which were returned for TDs … Played both ways as he also caught 54 passes for 922 yards and 14 touchdowns … Was a Class 5 All-State selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and by Associated Press … Holds Webster Groves’ all-time records for most touchdowns and interceptions … High School Coach – Cliff Ice … Outstanding all-around athlete who has lettered three years on Webster Groves basketball team, and who won 2nd-team all-conference honors as a junior on the hardwood … Chose Mizzou over offers from Indiana, among others … Mother – Aimee Simon … Cited the family atmosphere, great fan support and being close to home as primary attractions to play at Mizzou … Intends to major in sports management … Lists basketball, long walks on the beach, ping pong and country music as his interests outside of football.
Nate Howard – DL – St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue Horton Watkins HS) – 6-4 -235
A long, athletic prospect who plays with a great motor, his enthusiasm for the game and competition is what stood out to the Mizzou coaching staff … A three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports and Scout.com … First Team All-State, First Team All-Metro in St. Louis, who was named his conference’s defensive player of the year in each of his final two seasons … Ranked as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Missouri by Scout.com and the top defensive line prospect in the state … Was dubbed as the 10th-best prospect in the state by Rivals, which also tabbed him as the No. 39 prospect nationally at weakside defensive end … In 2014, amassed 80 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback sacks … As a junior, he tallied 70 tackles, 4.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries … Ranked as the No. 69 defensive line recruit nationally by Scout.com as well … High School Coach – Mike Tarpey … Parents – Shunda Nichols (mother) & Anthony Headd (step-father) … Chose Mizzou over offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Syracuse among others … Said that the genuine caring relationship he built with Mizzou coaches was a primary factor in choosing to be a Tiger, and the program’s proven track record of developing success on and off the field … Is interested in majoring in sports management at Mizzou … Lists a few of his hobbies outside of football as basketball, working out, playing video games, movies and hanging with friends.
Tyler Howell – OL – Olathe, Kan. (Butler County CC/Bonner Springs HS) – 6-8 – 300
A big-bodied offensive tackle with tremendous size and length combined with good quickness and footwork … First Team Junior College All-American … Rated as the 37th-best junior college prospect by ESPN and the fifth-best junior college offensive lineman in the 2015 class … A three-star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports … Rivals ranked him as the No. 43 junior college prospect in the nation and the eighth-best offensive lineman in the 2015 junior college class … Helped guide Butler to an 8-3 record in 2014, while working across an offensive line that helped the offense gain more than 5,000 yards of total offense … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky and Penn State among others.
Tyrell Jacobs – DL – Kenner, La. (Rummel HS) – 6-4 – 265
An extremely tough defensive end who has tremendous length and a wide wingspan that can wreak havoc for opposing offensive lineman, his potential as a pass-rusher caught the attention of the Mizzou coaches … Comes from a program with a winning tradition, including winning consecutive state championships in 2012 and 2013, while the team reached the semi-finals of the state championships in 2014 … Named a Louisiana All-American by USA Today … A three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … ESPN ranked him as a top-50 defensive tackle in the class of 2015 … Led the Rummel Raiders to a Louisiana Division I semifnal appearance in 2014 and was a District 9-5A First Team selection … As a junior in 2013, notched the game-winning sack in the state title game … Scout.com rated him as the second-best defensive lineman in the state of Louisiana and the 21st-best prospect at any position in the state … High School Coach – Jay Roth … Parents – Tyrone Sr. & Felisha Jacobs … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Oklahoma among others … Credited Mizzou’s coaching staff and the family environment on display through the recruiting process that really attracted him to MU … Said that Mizzou felt like home and that the academic success of Mizzou’s student-athletes was very influential in his decision-making process … Has an interest in studying accounting in Mizzou’s renowned College of Business.
Johnathon Johnson – ATH – Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose HS) – 5-10 – 175
Hailed as an exceptional playmaker by the Mizzou coaching staff, his explosiveness is what stood out when being evaluated by the Mizzou coaches … A top-25 recruit out of the state of Tennessee according to Rivals and a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … Senior: 64 catches, 1381 yards, 16 touchdowns, 22 total TDs, including 3 return TDs … Chose Mizzou over offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue and Tennessee among others.
Drew Lock – QB – Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit HS) – 6-4 – 205
Highly sought-after quarterback from Lee’s Summit with incredible upsize athletically … Caught the attention of the Tiger coaches with his competitive nature and leadership abilities while being a great all-around athlete … Threw for 63 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions over his junior and senior seasons at Lee’s Summit High School … Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year after throwing for 2,731 yards and 28 TDs as a senior … Earned the Simone Award, which honors the best high school football player in the Kansas City metro area as a senior … Ranked as the top recruit in the state of Missouri and the seventh-best QB nationally by Rivals … Was the sixth-best QB nationally by ESPN.com and is ranked as the 107th-best recruit nationally by ESPN … Competed at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Beaverton, Ore., in the summer of 2014 … Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and tossed a pair of fourth-quarter TDs … Was named the Felix ‘Doc’ Blanchard Award Winner at the Army All-American Bowl, honoring the player who has most distinguished themselves amongst their peers by demonstrating leadership, character and a sense of community on and off the field … U.S. Army All-American … Elite 11 participant … As a junior, threw for 3,060 yards and 35 touchdowns … Is also an outstanding basketball player who was a first-team all-state selection as a junior, and who had scholarship offers to play hoops from numerous high-level programs, including Mizzou, Oklahoma and Wichita State, among others … High School Coach – Eric Thomas … Parents – Andy & Laura … Father played football at Mizzou, lettering four years as an offensive lineman … Grandfather, Jerry, also played at Mizzou in 1961-62 … Was actually born in Columbia, Mo. … Chose Mizzou over offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia among others … Cited Mizzou’s tremendous tradition along with loyalty from the Mizzou coaching staff as key reasons as to why he signed at Mizzou … Also credited Mizzou’s beautiful campus and his comfort level in Columbia as contributors to his decision … Plans to major in either sports management or business finance while at Mizzou … Lists golf and fishing, as well as hanging out with family and friends as his interests outside of football.
Josh Moore – DL – Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North HS) – 6-5 – 260
A dynamic two-way player in high school, his big frame along with his pure athletic ability and great lower body strength is what caught the attention of the Mizzou coaches … An All-State selection each of his last two years, he had 530 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a senior, after grabbing five touchdowns and 600 receiving yards during his junior season of 2013 … A three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports, he ranked as high as the No. 3 prospect coming out of Kansas this season, doing so in the ESPN rankings … Is the fifth-best prospect in Kansas according to 247Sports and the sixth-best according to Rivals … Was a two-way star at Olathe North, also playing tight end … A three-star recruit by Scout.com, which ranks him as the 16th-best tight end nationally … Also has been a standout basketball player for Olathe North, lettering four years on the hardwood … High School Coach – Gene Wier … Parents – Damion & Cynthia Moore … Chose Mizzou over offers from Auburn, Florida State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU among others … The sustained success of the Mizzou football program and the relationships he built with the Tiger coaching staff were the primary factors that led him to choosing to be a Tiger … Has an interest in studying communications at Mizzou .
Tanner Owen – OL – Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS) – 6-5 – 275
Tough offensive lineman with great mobility, Owen caught the attention of the Tiger coaches with his tremendous athleticism, confidence and competitive spirit … No. 17 recruit in the state of Missouri by ESPN … Played at the same high school as former Tiger long-snapper and current Tennessee Titan Beau Brinkley, while Kearney also produced LB Brock Christopher and WR Tommy Saunders as Tiger standouts … First Team All-State selection in Class 5A at left tackle … Led Kearney to the State Class 5A semifinals as a junior, helping the team to an 11-2 overall record … Also played basketball at Kearney, averaging 9.8 point and 6.9 rebounds per game … Cited Mizzou’s great tradition and it being the top university in the state as key reasons he chose Mizzou … Has wanted to be a Tiger since his childhood, and he is an early enrollee who is already at Mizzou and participating with the team in winter workouts.
Ronnell Perkins – ATH – St. Louis, Mo. (University City HS) – 6-0 – 185
An athletic player with incredible speed and quickness who figures to add explosiveness to both sides of the football … Rated as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Missouri by Rivals … Suburban All-Conference Selection … Served as team captain each of his last two seasons, and was a two-time All-Conference performer on the gridiron … Caught 30 passes for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, while he made 55 tackles on defense, and returned two kicks for scores, as well … Outstanding sprinter who was an All-State performer on the oval in the 100 meter event for University City … Hauled in 34 passes for 639 yards and nine scores as a junior while adding 83 tackles and two interceptions on defense … High School Coach – Carl Reed … Parents – Ronald & Nakeisha Perkins … Is one of six children, and his brothers’ names are Ronald and Ronnie, while his three sisters’ names are Roneisha, Ronna and Ronera … Chose Mizzou over offers from Illinois, Kansas State, Purdue, Iowa and Memphis among others … Touted the family atmosphere around the Mizzou program and the bond he had with the coaching staff during the recruiting period that ultimately made Mizzou the right choice for him … Also grew very fond of the picturesque Mizzou campus … Currently undecided on his course of study at Mizzou … Lists working out and playing video games among his non-football interests.
Justin Smith – WR – Dublin, Ga. (West Laurens HS) – 6-7 – 200
A tall receiver with an explosive skill set, whose athleticism and play-making ability caught the attention of the Mizzou coaching staff … He is a redzone threat that can go up and get the ball at a very high point … First Team All-State selection by both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and by the Georgia Sports Writers’ Association … Served as team captain during his senior season … Was a homerun threat for West Laurens High School last season, averaging 16 yards per catch … Hauled in 65 passes for 1,038 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns, leading his team to its first regional championship in two decades … Caught 33 passes as a junior, for 570 yards and five touchdowns … Was an elite three-sport standout at West Laurens, also excelling in basketball in which he averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while also competing in track and field … High School Coach – Stacy Nobles … Father – Willie Smith … Chose Mizzou over offers from NC State among others … Also had an offer to play basketball at Georgia … Factors that drew him to Mizzou include the campus, the curriculum and the people … Has an interest in studying either business or education at Mizzou, and has designs of being a coach at some point in the future … Lists hobbies outside of football as music, drawing, shopping and hanging out with friends.
T.J. Warren – DB – Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County HS) – 5-11 – 190
Is a big-time playmaker who has a great feel for the game and is great with the ball, traits that stood out to the Mizzou coaches … A four-star recruit by ESPN who rates as a top-50 athlete nationally by ESPN … A three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports, he ranked among the top 75 corners in the nation according to 247Sports … All-Region and All-County honoree during his senior season, earning Player of the Week honors once … Tallied 54 tackles his senior season, including 30 solo stops while hauling in three interceptions … Also amassed 1,001 all-purpose yards in his senior season (369 yards rushing, 452 passing, 180 return) … Accounted for 12 total touchdowns for Rockdale County (six rushing, five receiving, 1 interception return) … Tabbed as one of five ‘sleeper’ prospects in the state of Georgia by Rivals … Was also a track standout who lettered four years for his school … High School Coach – Vernon Elder … Parents – Talvin Warren & Tangela Porter … Chose Mizzou over offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana and Marshall … Cited the family feel among the Mizzou football program along with Mizzou’s prestigious academic reputation as key factors contributing to his signing with Mizzou … Also cited Mizzou’s great fans and beautiful campus … Plans to major in education with an emphasis in psychology while enrolled at Mizzou … Lists a few of his hobbies outside of football as cooking, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family.
Ryan Williams – TB – Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS) – 6-0 – 180
Exceptional vision and instincts combined with smooth athleticism and fiery competitiveness make him a big-play threat in the eyes of the Mizzou coaching staff … Rated as the ninth-best recruit in the state of Missouri by Rivals and ranked among the top prospects nationally at the running back position by Rivals … Ran for 925 yards and had 10 total scores on 126 attempts as a senior at Lee’s Summit West, averaging 7.2 yards per carry … Helped lead Lee’s Summit West to Missouri Class 5 state championship in 2013, as he scored three touchdowns in the title game … Ran for 1,038 yards 16 12 TDs as a junior … Over the final two years of his career, he caught 43 passes for 432 yards (10 yards per catch), scoring four times … All-Conference and All-District selection as a senior … High School Coach – Royce Boehm, father of current Tiger standout center Evan Boehm … Was an all-district selection in basketball multiple years, and played on team which placed third in the state in 2011 … Mother – Carolyn Williams … Chose Mizzou over offers from Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Toledo among others … Cited Mizzou’s family atmosphere and the Mizzou coaching staff’s commitment to him early in the recruiting process as reasons he chose to play at Mizzou … Cited his belief in the Mizzou coaching staff and an opportunity to represent the state of Missouri as key factors for his signing at Mizzou … Plans to major in environmental science while at Mizzou … Enjoys art and putting together puzzles in his spare time and says his favorite food is Hamburger Helper.