Mizzou Football: Evaluating the Tigers' chances with top remaining targets




 

National Signing Day for the football recruiting class of 2022 is less than 24 hours away and the Missouri Tigers sit firmly in the top five of the SEC and top fifteen nationally across ranking services.


It is lining up to be a record-setting class for the Missouri Tigers for the second year in a row as Eli Drinkwitz and company also signed a top 25 class last year that also ended up being the highest-rated in school history.


It will no doubt be a good day for the University of Missouri as pen hits the paper for many of their talented prospects that will surely help close the talent gap in the SEC.


However. there are still a few remaining targets on the board for Missouri (that we know of) That could boost their ranking even higher and solidify the class.


Let's look through who is left and evaluate how the Tigers stack up in their recruitment.





Demetrius Hunter, 4-star OL

Demetrius "Pancake" Hunter, a four-star center from West Orange, TX, visited Mizzou over this past weekend after decommitting from Oklahoma following their coaching change. Hunter is the cousin of fellow Mizzou commit Marcus Scott but the family pull doesn't appear to be enough as Hunter committed to Houston this morning.


The reasoning would appear to be that Houston had familiarity with Hunter because they had recruited him long before he committed to Oklahoma and Hunter is from Texas which is much closer than Mizzou, obviously. Missouri gave their best shot in a short window but you can't win them all.


D.J. Wesolak, 4-star DE


Booneville. MO, defensive end D.J. Wesolak has had a roller-coaster recruitment as Missouri was not even in his top schools at one point. Despite that, Missouri's staff stuck with Wesolak even through his Harassment case in October that ended up being dropped later on.


Wesolak visited LSU this past weekend after being offered by head coach Brian Kelly and his new staff, but momentum appears to be on Missouri's side as "Futurecasts" from, Rivals.com are flowing in just hours before signing day.


Wesolak has seen his ranking decline on some services after not playing much the past two seasons, but many seem to believe he has the talent and physical traits to be really good at the Power-5 level.


Wesolak's top five also includes Alabama, USC, and Georgia. It's unclear how many of those offers are committable, but either way it's a good look for Missouri to be winning a recruiting battle over those schools.





Jeffrey M'ba, 4-star DL


Jeffrey M'ba is the consensus No. 1 JUCO player in the nation out of Independence Community College and probably the top target left on Missouri's board for the 2022 cycle.


M'ba has visited Missouri and Missouri's coaches have also paid visits to M'ba. Missouri has been as active in his recruitment as anyone. Of course, Missouri isn't the only team in on him. Auburn Tennessee, and Oregon have all made a push for the 6'6". 310 lb lineman.


It seems the two toughest competitors for M'ba are Auburn and Missouri. Don't hold me to that, but it would appear those two schools have formed the best relationship with him. Tennessee seems like a distant 3rd or even 4th and I'm not totally sure what the deal with Oregon is given Mario Cristobol left for the Miami job.


It's impossible to tell where M'ba is leaning and it will be almost impossible to watch his commitment as M'ba resides in France and will be making his announcement live on French television on the 19th.


Bottom line, there's reason to be cautiously optimistic with M'ba, we'll just have to wait and see.


Deone Walker, 4-star DL


Michigan product Deone Walker is a four-star DL that Missouri had been recruiting to play offensive line.


Eli Drinkwitz was in Detroit last week, presumably to see Walker, but the home school Michigan finally entered the picture as of recently and Missouri was not alone in recruiting Walker which has made the path to earning his pledge rather difficult.


Missouri was in on Walker for a very long time and tried really hard but he looks to be as good as gone. Likely to the Wolverines.





Zion Young, 3-star DE


Defensive End Zion Young is an athletic defensive end out of Atlanta, Georgia in which Missouri has heavily pursued as of late.


The three-star pass-rusher seems to be focused on two schools. Those being Missouri and Michigan State.


Young just visited Michigan State most recently and since then there has been a lot of optimism in MSU's favor. 247sports.com "Crystal ball" picks have rolled in for Michigan State and although Eli Drinkwitz has been one of the hottest recruiters in CFB, Mel Tucker has been hotter and it seems his connection with Young will pay off on signing day.


 

That's our run down of remaining targets and where Missouri stands with all of them. There always could be a surprise or two we're not aware of but the reality is if we knew then it wouldn't be a surprise.





Obviously, Missouri has had some transfers on campus over the past couple weekends and will continue to pursue the transfer portal and we should expect eventual movement on that front but no players transferring have to decide where they want to go by signing day and they don't even necessarily have to sign,


There will also be the late signing period in February where we'll see some late additions.


Regardless, tomorrow should be a fun day for Tiger fans as we witness the future of Mizzou football sign the dotted line.








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