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2013 Signing Class: Missouri’s Target Zone

target-with-dartsMissouri added 20 players from 8 different states on Wednesday and Thursday.  A breakdown of the Tigers’ “target zone” is below:


Missouri = 11 recruits

Texas = 3

Alabama = 1

California = 1

Florida = 1

Georgia = 1

Illinois = 1

Kansas = 1



In-State Signees = 55.0%

Out-Of-State Signees = 45.0%



Let’s not sugarcoat this one.  Whether Gary Pinkel looks at recruiting rankings or not, this class doesn’t look great on paper.  All of those mailers and billboards targeting Florida and Georgia?  The Tigers grabbed one recruit from each state.  Also, while signing 11 in-state kids looks solid at first glance, Mizzou lost the top player in the state to Ohio State, the #3 player in the state to Kansas State, the #7 player to Nebraska, and 10th best player to — gulp — Kansas.  A total of six programs entered the Show-Me State and made off with at least one member of the state’s top 15 (as ranked by  To be fair, Bobby Petrino never had to have great recruiting classes at Arkansas because his system was well ahead of the curve.  Perhaps Pinkel’s is, too, and last year was just a nightmare brought on by injury after injury after injury.  Pinkel had better hope so because this kind of signing class paired with that kind of season tend to warm a man’s seat.  Right or wrong, fans do look at recruiting rankings.

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