Missouri football lands No. 18 recruiting class

Missouri football lands No. 18 recruiting class

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By David Rothchild, 23 Sports

Sunday, Feb. 8 –

23 prospective athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Missouri football program on Wednesday. Head coach Gary Pinkel and company recruited a class of students riddled with talent, stretching over 10 states. The class was highlighted by Terry Beckner Jr. and Drew Lock, joined by Marcell Fraizer, Richaud Floyd, and many more.

Many of the recruits will not be far from home, as eight of the 23 signees are Missouri natives. Most notably being Columbia born quarterback Drew Lock out of Lee’s Summit.

Lock was ranked the 6th best QB by ESPN and drew the eye of the Tiger coaches with his impressive arm and unflappable leadership. He was named the Felix ‘Doc’ Blanchard Award Winner at the Army All-American Bowl for his strong ability to lead.

The 4-star righty threw for 28 touchdowns and 2,731 yards his senior year, earning the Simone Award, which honors the best high school football player in Kansas City.

Lock will likely get two years to ripen on the sidelines, as Maty Mauk currently remains the front-runner to be the man under center.

On the defensive side of the ball, Mizzou can look forward to 300-pound, extremely athletic, defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. Beckner was listed as the No. 2 overall recruit by ESPN and was Missouri’s only 5-star signee.

Beckner is an Under Armor All-American who recorded a sensational 117 tackles and four sacks his senior campaign at East St. Louis High School. The defensive tackle turned down offers from other powerhouse schools such as Auburn, Ohio State, and Florida State.

With the departing of Shane Ray and Markus Golden, Beckner Jr. will provide a huge boost to the Tigers’ defensive line as a strong and quick force in the middle.

Another man who will be joining Beckner on Craig Kuligowski’s line is defensive end Marcell Fraizer. Frazier is coming off a strong season at the College of the Siskiyous and was seen by ESPN as a 4-star recruit.

In 2014 Frazier had a proficient junior college scene with 11 sacks, nine of which that came in four straight games.

Also joining the Tiger family is wide receiver Richaud Floyd out of Gulfport, Miss. Floyd stood out to the Missouri coaches because of his blaring speed and quickness. He can stretch the field and be featured as a deep ball threat at any given moment.

Before switching to quarterback in high school, Floyd caught 80 balls for 1,007 yards and 10 touchdowns. He should be a vital addition to the Mizzou receiver corps, as the Tigers will be losing seniors Bud Sasser, Jimmie Hunt, and Darius White.

There is a lot to look forward to in this upcoming class of Missouri signees; all who are hoping to make their black and gold mark on the football field for years to come.