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April 14, 2012
Missouri's recruiting efforts during its spring game got off to a quick start, as Lee's Summit West linebacker Nick Ramirez and Staley quarterback Trent Hosick committed to Missouri prior to the Black and Gold game.
Their inclusion in Missouri's 2013 recruiting class continues a strong start in-state. Missouri now has eight verbal commitments, with all eight players hailing from the Show-Me State. According to PowerMizzou.com's most recent Missouri Top-15, Missouri now has commitments from eight of the top 12 players in the state, including three of the top four in Ramirez, Chase Abbington and Hosick. The only in-state player to verbally commit to an out-of-state program is Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 2 in-state recruit. Elliott committed to Ohio State earlier this month.
Ramirez and Hosick both said they'll immediately turn their attention to adding recruits to the 2013 class.
"I think we're doing real well in-state for sure," Ramirez said, "but we need to start getting out-of-state guys. More playmakers, more guys to make defensive stops."
"We can go out and pick the best guys together," Hosick said, "and help lead Missouri to its first national championship."
Also attending Missouri's spring game were a handful of 2012 signees, including Evan Boehm and Morgan Steward. Boehm was a high school teammate of Ramirez and Steward was teammates with Hosick. Both Ramirez and Hosick said that while their teammates played a part in their recruitment, they weren't the overriding reason for today's commitments.
2013 commitments Harneet Gill, Aarion Penton and Abbington also attended Saturday's scrimmage.
NEXT DOMINO TO FALL? Ramirez's desire to land more out-of-state players may not have to wait long. Missouri City (TX) Elkins receiver J'Mon Moore made the trip north with kicker Nick Coffman, a 2012 preferred walk-on for the Tigers. The duo arrived in Columbia on Thursday and will stay until Sunday. Moore spoke with PowerMizzou.com during the game, and said the visit was going very well.
"I've been able to tour the campus and the weight rooms," Moore said. "I've been able to see the classrooms, pretty much the whole thing. I liked it. I've had a great time here."
Moore said what's stood out to him so far was the atmosphere surrounding the program.
"The atmosphere with the coaches and the program," Moore said. "That's what I like. What they have is what I want. It stood out to me."
Missouri also unveiled its new jerseys on Saturday, and Moore was impressed.
"I could see myself in those one day," Moore said.
GEORGIA TRIO MAKE THE TRIP: As first reported on PowerMizzou.com this week, Marietta (GA) Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz and linebacker Josh Danforth made the trip west, as well as Jackson (GA) defensive tackle Jay Woods. Printz is currently a verbal commitment to UCLA, but has been taking other visits. Danforth is receiving interest from Missouri, but currently his only offer is from UCLA.
Woods, a 5.7 three-star, may be Missouri's top target at the defensive tackle position. He currently has offers from over 15 programs, including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Michigan State. PowerMizzou.com will catch-up with all three players following their visit.
2012 SIGNEES RETURN TO COLUMBIA: Two months removed from National Signing Day, plenty of 2012 signees made the trip to Columbia. In addition to Boehm and Steward, Maty Mauk, Russell Hansbrough, Levi Copelin and Ka'Ra Stewart attended the game. Steward and Hansbrough met for the first time, and each has the chance to see playing time as true freshman. Mauk also met new commit Hosick after the game.
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