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May 20, 2014

Missouri targets dot new rankings

The most recent Rivals250 presented by Under Armour came out on Tuesday, and with it came movement by some Missouri commitments and targets.

The highest-rated recruit that is seriously considering the Tigers is East St. Louis (Ill.) defensive lineman
Terry Beckner Jr.. After a strong performance at the Chicago stop of the Rivals Camp Series, Beckner moved up three spots, from the No. 35 to No. 32 nationally. With the move, Beckner is firmly in the crosshairs of earning a fifth star with a strong senior performance.

Beckner is joined in the Rivals250 by teammate Natereace Strong, a running back and a Missouri commitment. Strong checks in at No. 229, which is down 17 spots from his previous ranking.

Strong isn't the only Missouri commitment in the Rivals250, however. He's joined by Lee's Summit (Mo.) quarterback Drew Lock, now the nation's 178th-ranked player.

In addition to Lock, the state of Missouri is well-represented in the Rivals250, with three players making the cut. Tight end Hale Hentges, of Helias High School in Jefferson City, dropped 14 spots to No. 164 nationally. Hentges is visiting Missouri on Tuesday, capping off a long spring of visits across the nation.

The top ranked player in Missouri is Columbia-Rock Bridge receiver Alex Ofodile, who is ranked 126th nationally. That's a drop of eight spots from his previous ranking.

This weekend, Missouri will host Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods offensive tackle George Brown Brown ranks 118th in the new Rivals250. Brown will also join Beckner, Ofodile and Hentges as participants in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Amour, which will take place in Baltimore, Md., this June. PowerMizzou.com will be on hand for coverage from the event.

Below is a list of uncommitted players with Missouri offers in the updated Rivals100 and Rivals250, to provide a better view of the talent Missouri is targeting in this 2015 class. In-state players are listed in bold, and Missouri commitments are listed in italics.

Missouri has offered 117 players for the 2015 class, and a total of 46 (including those committed elsewhere) appear on the Rivals250.


No. 30 Christian Kirk, WR/ Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
No. 33 Kendall Sheffield, DB/ Missouri City (TX) Fort Bend-Marshall
No. 35 Keisean Lucier-South, DE/ Orange (Cali.) Lutheran
No. 40 Drew Richmond, OT/ Memphis (Tenn.) University School
No. 42 George Campbell, WR/ Tarpon Springs (Fla.) Eleanor Roosevelt
No. 49 Justin Hilliard, ILB/ Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier
No. 62 Tim Settle, DT/ Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson
No. 64 Jeffery Holland, LB/ Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
No. 76 Jashon Cornell, DE/ Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Durham Hall
No. 77 Clelin Ferrell, DE/ Richmond (Va.) Benedictine School
No. 79 Darian Roseboro, DE/ Lincolnton (N.C.) Lincolnton
No. 110 Kris Boyd, DB/ Gilmer (TX) Gilmer
No. 116 Miles Boykin, WR/ New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic
No. 118 George Brown, OT/ Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods
No. 123 Ricky DeBerry, LB/ Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's
No. 126 Alex Ofodile, WR/ Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge
No. 143 Austin Bryant, DE/ Thomasville (Ga.) TCC
No. 145 James Lockhart, DE/ Ennis (TX) Ennis
No. 146 Chris Clark, TE/ Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms
No. 161 Kirk Merritt, WR/ Destrehan (La.) Destrehan
No. 164 Hale Hentges, TE/ Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias
No. 172 Kyle Phillips, DE/ Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsboro
No. 178 Drew Lock, QB/ Lee's Summit (Mo.) Lee's Summit
No. 181 Darvin Taylor, DT/ Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale
No. 184 Octavis Johnson, DB/ Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County
No. 190 Josh Smith, LB/ Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland
No. 196 Auden Tate, WR/ Tampa (Fla.) Wharton
No. 201 Brandon Kennedy, OC/ Wetumpka (Ala.) Wetumpka
No. 204 Fletcher Adams, DT/ Brandon (Miss.) Brandon
No. 215 D'Andre Walker, DE/ Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes
No. 221 Michael Chigbu, WR/ New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross
No. 223 Joshua McMillon, DE/ Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven
No. 229 Natereace Strong, RB/ East St. Louis (Ill.) East St. Louis
No. 232 P.J. Mbanasor, DB/ Pflugerville (TX) Hendrickson

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