May 7, 2009

2009 Tiger Mailbag: 17th Edition

Each Thursday, publisher Gabe DeArmond 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:

zalmadude asks: Who is our top 5 basketball recruiting targets for 2010 and who do we have a good chance with?

I don't think I can break down the chances with each individual kid until talking to each of them more, which I'll be concentrating on in the next few weeks. But the top targets, I'd go with Ricky Kreklow, Phil Pressey, Mardracus Wade, Tarik Black and Preston Purifoy are the names that jump out to me. Ralston Turner, Trevor Releford and Terrance Durham are names to watch as well.

tigerpimp96 asks: With possible depth issues for the MU DTs (if Big Sheldon doesn't make it) would Brayden Burnett possibly move to DT along with Foster? From your knowledge, is big Ty Phillips a recruit class casualty?

I don't think Burnett is a guy that projects inside. I think he's an end all the way. The most important thing for the depth at defensive tackle is that Hamilton, Resonno, Burge and White progress. Throw Foster in there and you've got five guys who are sophomores or younger. On Phillips, last I knew, it wasn't a slam dunk, but people expect him to make it.

brignatious asks: Not singling out anyone specifically here, but if/when a Mizzou football commit fails to qualify, how much involvement does the program have with setting the student up at a JUCO or prep school? How much involvement are they allowed to have per NCAA rules? And are there some schools that Mizzou has typically worked better in cooperation with than others ?

Generally, you will hear a kid is "placed" at a junior college. I'm not speaking just about Missouri here, but with all kids that end up going juco. The college staff typically has a handful of schools they work with where a kid will go there and the juco will, in exchange, do things to help make sure the school that sent the player is first in line to re-recruit him. Colleges and jucos will have agreements on which kids are going to play, which kids are going to take a redshirt year at the juco, etc. Missouri used to work with Coffeyville quite a bit, although they haven't had as many players go that way lately. The Tigers seem to be pretty active in the California ranks with schools like the City College of San Francisco and College of the Siskiyous.

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