April 18, 2012

2012 Tiger Mailbag: 13th Edition

Each Wednesday, PowerMizzou.com publisher Gabe DeArmond and recruiting editor Pete Scantlebury will answer questions from subscribers in our Tiger Mailbag. This feature will allow for longer, more in-depth answers than you may get on the message board on a daily basis. To have your question in next week's mailbag, send an email to Gabe at [email protected] On to this week's inquiries:

Doulos asks: In your opinion, what effect has DGB had on the early commitment of so many home-state athletes?

PS: Most of the in-state guys who have committed so far have mentioned DGB as at least a partial reason they were ready to decide so early. Chase Abbington is an example of one guy who has explicitly said that multiple times. After Nick Ramirez committed, he began tweeting at DGB to let him know.

But, most guys aren't saying it was THE reason they were ready to pull the trigger. You asked for my opinion, so I'll give it. Think about it this way: By landing DGB, Missouri became one of ten schools in the Rivals.com era (since 2002) to land the nation's top recruit. Missouri joins South Carolina (Jadeveon Clowney, 2011) as the only schools without a national title to sign a top-ranked recruit in that span. That's pretty good company for the Tigers.

Keep in mind, Missouri is selling itself to teenagers. There's always a "cool" factor that comes into play with recruting. Teams are cool because of winning, because of their conference, because of their uniforms. Unquestionably, landing DGB has put Missouri as a "cool" school in the eyes of certain recruits, especially in-state guys. Combine that with Missouri's recent success on the field and the new uniforms, and suddenly Mizzou has a lot going for it.

I don't think DGB is THE reason why so many in-state kids want to stay home. But, his decision, coupled with recent trends, has certainly elevated the Tigers in the Show-Me State.

Skeltner asks: Do the Tigers take a second QB next year or are they done with Hosick's commitment?

PS: We're hearing that they'd like to. The staff has no doubt about Hosick's ability, so taking another quarterback wouldn't be a shot at him. But, Missouri had plenty of attrition at that position leading up the 2009 season. When Blaine Gabbert injured his ankle, there were no other legitimate options to fill on, and Missouri lost three games in a row with a hobbled Gabbert. The staff knows that can't happen again. There's always attrition at the quarterback position, and even recruits know it. So, it may seem like overkill to carry seven scholarship quarterbacks in the 2013 season, if Missouri signs two this year. But the staff needs to cover all its bases. Sign quarterbacks, let them compete, and depth will sort itself out.

ZouFan27 asks: Who are the primary 2013 basketball targets?

GD: Missouri would definitely like another point guard and Kendal Harris is a guy they've been watching closely. Reports are out that they saw Julius Randle yesterday and obviously he would be a huge get. More local type guys would be Semi Ojeleye and Ishmail Wainright. More targets will emerge as AAU season gets rolling here in the next few weeks.

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