National Signing Day is the one day every year that football programs fire up the old school fax machine and wait for letters of intent from prized recruits all over the country. Mizzou may not have snagged the big names (just missed out on four-star DT Poona Ford, who chose Texas) but they’ve made up for it with a strong class that addresses their major needs. Let’s talk about the top five signings, and their potential impact on the program…
5. Lawrence Lee WR 5’10”, 167 Lbs. Pensacola, FL
One of many top prospects in a stacked WR class, Lee was a former Tennessee recruit who flipped to Mizzou late in the recruiting process. He has the build of a typical slot receiver, but the staff would like to see him bulk up a bit. Lee was a second team, all-state player at West Florida Tech High School, and had 51 catches for over 1,000 yards and 11 TDs.
4. Tavon Ross ATH 6’0”, 200 Lbs. Cochran, GA
A sneaky pick-up for Gary Pinkel’s staff out of Georgia’s backyard, Ross played both safety and quarterback in high school, but projects as a safety at the college level. Ross’ ceiling is astronomical and his measurables are fantastic. Ross will be a welcome addition at a position that gave the Tigers serious issues last season.
3. Brandon Lee LB 6’2”, 215 Lbs. Indianapolis, IN
Lee was ranked in the ESPN top 300, and has the skills to prove it. He can step up into run coverage, and he also has pass coverage skills. With good spring play, Lee could work his way into the two-deep roster after the loss of MLB Andrew Wilson. Louisville, Cal, and Virginia Tech also recruited Lee, who was rated the fifth best prospect in Indiana by 24/7 Sports.
2. Nate Brown 6’3” 200 Lbs. Suwanee, GA
The big wide out from North Gwinnett High School headlines the WR class for the Tigers. Brown was rated as a four star recruit by both Rivals and 24/7 Sports. Mizzou got to Brown early and held off late charges by fellow SEC East members Georgia and South Carolina. He exploded onto the scene after a monster senior season (64 catches, 1,041 yds., and 21 TDs) and has a chance to see the field this season for the Tigers.
1. Andy Bauer OL 6’3”, 300 Lbs. St. Louis, MO
Bauer sat out the 2013 season after getting surgery on his hip, but that didn’t
stop every team in the SEC, other than Kentucky and South Carolina, from chasing after him. The big fella originally committed to Mizzou, then flipped his commitment to Ole Miss, then switched back to Mizzou. Rated as a four star recruit and one of the top recruits in Missouri, Bauer is highly polished and could see playing time this season for an experienced and battle-tested offensive line.