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May 10, 2011
Mizzou and the 250
Whether it's a recruit from the Show-Me State, or a player that Missouri is recruiting, the Tigers are making appearances all over the just-released Rivals100 and Rivals250 rankings. From the very top to the very bottom, Missouri's coaching staff is going after plenty of big-name players to make the 2012 class one of its most-talented.
1. Springfield (MO) WR Dorial Green-Beckham: Teams across the nation are drooling over the 6'6", 220-pound pass catcher, and for good reason. No receiver has been at the top of the Rivals rankings in the last few years, and Green-Beckham has drawn comparisons to A.J. Green, Julio Jones and even Randy Moss. His decision is a long way off, but Missouri is in strong position early, and should make Green-Beckham's final five when the cut is made sometime in June.
19. Columbus (IN) QB Gunner Kiel: Kiel, a four-star, is the first quarterback on the list, and he was also the first quarterback Missouri offered in its 2012 class. Kiel visited Missouri twice already -- once over last summer, and then for the Miami (OH) game in September. Going up against the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and the sleeper, Indiana, it's unclear exactly where Missouri stands at this moment.
31. Lakewood (VA) OT Zach Banner: Every year, head coach Gary Pinkel shows interest in a player or two from Washington, a state he knows very well from his early coaching days. It's unlikely Missouri lands Banner, and it's equally unlikely that Banner leaves the West Coast.
32. St. Louis (MO) WR Durron Neal: Neal has made a name for himself as a jack-of-all-trades, as he does it all for his high school -- receiver, running back, quarterback, defensive back, kick returner, Neal would also serve as the PA announcer and carry out the water if it was possible. Colleges are drooling over his speed and agility, and the obvious Jeremy Maclin comparisons have been made many, many times. At one point, Neal was ready to commit to Missouri as a sophomore and end his recruitment before it began. Now, he's one of the biggest names of the nation, and the Tigers are working hard to keep him in-state. The allure of proving he's better than Maclin might do just that.
82. Texarkana (TX) OL John Michael McGee: McGee is one of the best linemen in the Lone Star State, and he could play any of the five positions in the trenches. The big news for Missouri fans is that he already has the Tigers in his top two, along with Oklahoma. The Sooners, however, probably lead at this point. Should McGee visit Columbia this summer (which he says he'll do), the Tigers will have a realistic shot at landing him.
109. Jackson (TN) WR Drae Bowles: Bowles has already accepted an invitation to play in the Army All-American Bowl, and his offer list backs up that attention. Missouri's offer was recently discovered, but it's unclear how long Bowles has known about it. Bowles hasn't really jumped head-first into recruiting, but Tennessee appears to be the early leader.
130. Lee's Summit (MO) OL Evan Boehm: Boehm is slated to play guard or center in college, and Missouri has been after him since he was a freshman. The Tigers are in Boehm's top group right now, and although there are plenty of rumors swirling about Oklahoma leading, Boehm said that isn't true. Members of Boehm's family have gone to Missouri, but that may not have any sort of impact on his final decision.
161. San Antonio (TX) CB Colin Blake: Blake is a big, physical cornerback, and his stature (6'3", 185-lbs) stands out for a defensive back. Missouri recently offered him, but it appears that Blake has his eyes set on TCU or Texas A&M, his two leaders at the moment.
170. Allen (TX) RB Jonathan Williams: Williams became Missouri's third commitment in the 2012 class when he made the decision at the Tigers' spring game. He's the third-ranked running back in Texas, behind Jonathan Gray and Trey Williams. J-Will said the only thing that would cause him to change his mind about committing is a coaching change. The odds of that, however, are slim to none.
187. West Roxbury (MA) CB Armani Reeves: Reeves is one of the biggest names on the East Coast, and is starting to make visits. He previously said that Missouri could receive a visit, but it's unclear if that will materialize.
246. Kansas City (MO) DT Ondre Pipkins: Pipkins is one of the most raw players on the Rivals250, but his potential is enormous. He could play nose in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3, and his plenty of size, speed and strength makes him a load to handle for offensive lines. The more experience Pipkins get, the more in-demand he'll be -- and he's already in high demand. Missouri was the first school to offer, and although he's considering many top schools, the Tigers should be in the race for the long-run.