Mizzou Football Ushers in New Recruiting Class

Wednesday, Feb. 6-

The Missouri Tigers welcomed their 2013 football recruits to bolster the roster that disappointed many fans last season. The class consists of 20 recruits, and is ranked No. 38 in the nation according to espn.com. Unfortunately, for the Tigers, that ranking puts them last among SEC teams.

Coach Gary Pinkel dismissed the numbers, stating that he never pays attention to rankings and trusts his evaluation process. Pinkel said that the goal this year was to improve depth, especially on the offensive and defensive lines.

The Tigers had plenty of trouble in the trenches last season, and three offensive line recruits could see immediate action. Harneet Gill, Alec Abeln and Clay Rhodes are all at least 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds.

On the other side of the ball, Mizzou welcomes a trio of 300-pound linemen, headlined by 6-foot-4, 300 pound Josh Augusta. He is likely to replace Sheldon Richardson, who chose to forgo his senior season for the NFL Draft. The Tigers added a total of six defensive linemen, with Marcus Loud, Nate Crawford and Charles Harris rounding out that group.

The SEC is known for defense, and that was evident in Mizzou’s recruitment process. 12 of the 20 commits play defensive positions. Linebackers Eric Beisel and Joey Burkett might make an early impact with the losses of Will Ebner and Zaviar Gooden. The Tigers also added four defensive backs, with Duron Singleton and Anthony Sherrils being the most likely to get playing time.

Two quarterbacks were part of the group as well. Trent Hosick and Eddie Printz join a crowded group under center. The pair will likely redshirt next season to maintain four years of eligibility. Tailback Chase Abbington, a four-star athlete, comes into a packed backfield that sees Henry Josey return from injury.

While a conference change may have opened new doors for Missouri in terms of recruiting, it didn’t show in this class. 11 members came from within the state, and 16 came from states outside of the SEC. Pinkel recognized this as part of the transition, similar to when Missouri entered Texas for recruitment purposes.

It is clear that Pinkel’s staff didn’t focus heavily on stars and ratings. Hopefully, the Tigers show that the process works on the football field. They finished 5-7 in the inaugural SEC season, and certainly wish to turn it around. The new class may not be the conference’s best, but these recruits provide Missouri with much-needed depth heading into spring practice.

Class of 2013
Trent Hosick-QB Eddie Printz-QB Chase Abbington-TB Harneet Gill-OL

Alec Abeln-OL Clay Rhodes- OL Jason Reese-TE J’Mon Moore-WR

Josh Augusta-DL A.J. Logan-DL Marcus Loud-DL Nate Crawford-DL

Antar Thompson-DL Charles Harris-DL Eric Beisel-LB Joey Burkett-LB

Anthony Sherrils-DB Shaun Rupert-DB Duran Singleton-DB Aarion Penton-DB

-Chinmay Vaidya
23 Sports
Staff Writer