Remember the "Tiger Ten"? The Tiger Ten was the group of ten highly ranked Saint Louis-area and Missouri high school football prospects that were targeted by former Mizzou coach Barry Odom to try and form the best local recruiting class ever in 2017. That class consisted of Kamryn Babb, Michael Thompson, Trevor Trout, Ronnie Perkins, Ayodele Adeoye, Mario Goodrich, Daniel Parker, Dallas Craddieth, Daniel Carson, and Cameron Brown. All ten of them visited Missouri at the same time where the former staff sold them on the idea teaming up at Mizzou.
Unfortunately, the Tiger Ten was a colossal failure and probably a big reason why Barry Odom wasn't able to keep his job as Mizzou only landed one of the ten in Daniel Parker. That being said, what exactly happened to the Tiger Ten? Let's review:
Kamryn Babb was a four-star wide receiver from CBC High School and he was by far the best receiver in the class and a top-100 player nationally. Babb ended up committing to Ohio State but unfortunately for Babb he has struggled with constant knee injuries as he has torn both of his ACL's at one point or another dating back to high school. Babb has never recorded a catch for Ohio State to this day and is a reserve receiver as of now.
Michael Thompson was a defensive tackle out of Parkway North who also was ranked top-100 nationally. Thompson committed to Oklahoma where they actually recruited him to play along the offensive line. Thompson struggled with injuries from day one at Oklahoma and never saw the field there. Thompson ended up transferring to Missouri Southern where he is now.
Trevor Trout was a monster defensive tackle from Chaminade High School in Saint Louis listed at 6'4", 310lbs and was thought to be an instant-impact guy wherever he went. Trout chose USC over Missouri and is currently a redshirt sophmore there as he fights to make his way into the rotation. Trout has only appeared in two games.
Ronnie Perkins was a weakside defensive end from Lutheran North High School with tremendous size, speed, and power. Despite his brother Ronell already being at Mizzou, Ronnie chose Oklahoma where he's been arguably one of the most successful of the Tiger Ten. In his career at Oklahoma so far, Perkins has racked up 93 combined tackles, a pass defended, a forced fumble, 15 sacks, and 30 tackles for a loss.
Ayodele Adeoye was an elite linebacker recruit from Saint Louis who went to play for IMG Academy in Florida for his final year of prep-school. Adeoye committed to Texas late in the process where he still is now and is listed at fourth on the depth chart for the Longhorns.
Mario Goodrich was a cornerback out of Lee's Summit Missouri and is currently a junior at Clemson where he plays significant snaps for the Tigers. So far this year at Clemson, Goodrich has 7 combined tackles, a pass defended, one fumble recovery, and 2 interceptions.
All Missouri fans know about Daniel Parker. Parker went to Blue Springs High School and was the only one of the Tiger Ten to commit to Missouri. Parker has been one of the only successful of the bunch as he's become a main tight end for the Missouri lineup. Parker was originally recruited as a defensive end but was converted to tight end out of necessity and he has since stuck there and has been productive with 26 catches for 222 yards in his career while also being one of Missouri's best blockers.
Dallas Craddieth was a defensive back from Hazelwood Central and a heavy Mizzou target. Craddieth went to Iowa where he is now a redshirt sophmore. Craddieth has appeared in three games and has not recorded a single defensive stat.
Daniel Carson was a defensive lineman from Independence Missouri and he committed to The University of Texas out of high school. Carson could never get on the field for the Longhorns and is now in the college transfer portal where he is looking for a new home. It's possible Missouri takes another look but you never know.
Cameron Brown was an impressive wide receiver prospect from CBC along with Kamryn Babb and while Brown originally committed to Nebraska, he would then decide to follow his friend Babb to Ohio State. He never gave Missouri much thought and is still at Ohio State now. The catch was that Ohio State had him as a cornerback and he hasn't played a lot there but he has been a special teams contributor. Outside of that he hasn't done much.
Needless to say, it's interesting to wonder how differently things could have played out if Missouri had landed even half of the Tiger Ten. It's possible Barry Odom still has a job right now if he had recruited the class better. Regardless, fans are probably happy the way things worked out as many of the Tiger Ten disappointed and the program is now doing great with Drinkwitz and recruiting is on the uptick. Is it possible that some of these recruits may have had a better career had they picked Mizzou? Maybe, but we'll never know. Even though most of the class would turn out to be overrated the effect it has on future classes and on paper to be shut out like Missouri was in 2017 is massive.