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Missouri Targeting Recruits In Atlanta, Florida

With an anticipated move to the SEC next fall, Missouri coaches are already widening their recruiting focus to include lands further east.  According to The Kansas City Star, one Tiger assistant has already been assigned to recruit Atlanta while two others have been assigned the state of Florida.

While the Tigers will continue to recruit in Texas — which is a major reason they’ve been able to improve their football fortunes in recent years — Gary Pinkel says his coaches will have to start making connections in new areas:

“The foundation of who we are is not going to change at all.  The recruiting and marketing standpoint of it is pretty significant.  You’re just going into territories you haven’t been to and building relationships.  There’s a transition process…

We’ll still have the same coaches in Texas, but we’re also getting them in different areas.  After this recruiting year’s over, we’re going to kind of make permanent adjustments based on the information we have at the time.”

The Tigers will enter the SEC East next fall if all goes to plan.  While the league is expected to maintain an eight-game league schedule next year, we at MrSEC.com are firm in our belief that the league will eventually go to a nine-game plan.  Regardless of that breakdown, sources have indicated that Missouri and Texas A&M will become permanent cross-divisional rivals.

 


24 comments
brian
brian

Mizzou has made a living on scooping up hidden gems in Texas that were overlooked by the Longhorns. Guys like Sean Weatherspoon, now an Atlanta Falcon. There are dozens of them, including Chase Daniel, although Daniel got a late offer from Texass and declined. It will be interesting to see how the staff does in SEC country. We actually have one Louisiana kid and two Florida kids on the roster now, and all are contributors.

GeauxState
GeauxState

anyone else ready for SEC baseball!!!!!!

AGator
AGator

Florida has so many recruits that there are plenty of players for out of state teams. Big East schools like West Virginia have lots of players from Florida. UF, FSU and Miami seem to concentrate recruiting on certain high schools year after year and almost ignore other schools. Just figure out which Florida high schools the state schools ignore and out of state schools can find plenty of good players. There seem to be too many high schools in Florida for any college to recruit them all.

Going to nine SEC games a year is going to add nine more losses to the records of teams in the SEC. If UF had one more game against a school like Arkansas this year UF likely wouldn't be going to a bowl game. Same thing with Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. I think playing only eight conference games will keep fans happier and keep more fans buying tickets.

When UF started 4-0 against weak teams fans were happy. A couple losses to the best two football teams in the country and fans were unhappy. It appears to me that many fans only care about the won-loss record and schools should maximize wins by scheduling weak opponents.

Mightymo
Mightymo

What's amazing here in Big 12 country is just how angry the remaining B12 schools are at MIZZOU's departure. I thought folks were angry about aTm and Nebraska, but holy cow, the MIZZOU thing is making them crazy insane. No one seemed upset about Colorado going to the P12. There's several reasons we've heard about why the anger, but none of those reasons seem to warrant the hostility. But one thing that might have touched a nerve is that Missouri is the second most populous state in the B12 and is the State's flagship university. Before the four schools left The B12, there were 6 flagship universities in the conference (Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado). but now half of those are gone, and West Virginia has been added. Don't know if this explains any of the hostility, but something is definitely up.

In the long run, MIZZOU is a great add for the SEC. And all you SEC fans - MIZZOU is honored and happy to be a part of your awesome conference.

GeauxState
GeauxState

recruiting is pretty good stuff down here...sorry to the readers

GeauxState
GeauxState

Welcome again mizzou fans.....recruiting is pretty stuff down.....good luck and enjoy the fun in the recruiting wars

Scout2
Scout2

Thanks, we've been Texas heavy for the past 7 years, imagine that'll continue for a long while (35 on the roster this year from Texas)...I understand the Thunderdome, am close to our program, and that's been a lot of our discussions. Should open up St. Louis and Kansas City for the SEC teams too, nobody up this way wants to go to Kansas I can guarantee you that.

winston
winston

Welcome to the sec Mizz.The bad news is theres so many coaches trolling these areas its like thunderdoom.Ten recruiters enter one recruit leaves.But good luck anyway.RTR

Kelly
Kelly

What do you mean they will enter the east if all goes to plan? Why wouldnt it?

strickinms
strickinms

After the SEC's dominance of college football for the last few years and especially this year, looks like other teams recruiters would all open shop in SEC states. I understand that it is a coach's job to fine tune a player's talent but it has to be easier to have a high quality player to start with. I recently viewed an article on LSU's strength and conditioning facility. The emphasis on development of a players' potential is edvident in the quality of this facility. Just look at the results in the fitness of the LSU atheletes.

hog
hog

It should be Arkansas-Missouri cross division game. If missouri wants to play in texas, there are plenty of school's in texas for a non-conference game.

Scout2
Scout2

Would love to play Arkansas, just makes sense, but Mizzou wants to keep that Texas recruting presence as well. Pinkel can recruit with the best of them, he's got kids in the pros, Jeremy Maclin, Blaine (I just got benched) Gabbert, Aldon Smith, the previous 2 were 1st round draft choices, Weatherspoon, Ziggy Hood, William Moore, Chase Daniel (behind Drew Brees) Brad Smith. Most in the Big 12 refer to Mizzou as QBU...we have another one in Sophomore QB James Franklin. Recruiting is going to change for sure especially against some of the best schools in the nation.

russ
russ

I hope Mizzou plays AK every year instead of A&M. It would be the closest game of the year

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

In recent years, Georgia's had two highly touted recruits from Columbia, MO. QB Logan Gray and TE Aron White.

MissouriAlum
MissouriAlum

Andthensome, yes, his name is Dorial Green-Beckham from the Springfield area. No doubt, Coach Pinkel has done a GREAT job developing 3 star talent into something better. No offense to that previous talent he's recruited but this HAS to be one of his adjustments moving into the SEC, consistently landing more recruits with an even higher level of raw talent. It's going to be interesting to see how this years class turns out now that the conference change is official.

Andthensome
Andthensome

I think moving to the SEC will help Pinkel put a fence around the state of Missouri...they do have some talent there. Isn't the top WR 2012 recruit from Missouri?

AGator
AGator

Oops. A nine game schedule would add six more losses to conference teams, not nine. With 14 teams it would add seven losses.

I wonder if the Georgia AD thinks scheduling Boise State this year was a good idea. Dawgs were ready to run Richt out of town after that loss.

Mike in TX
Mike in TX

Would be much better for the conference long-term for the Arkansas-Mizzou to happen.

I don't see why Mizzou should get to make demands for a pipeline to Texas? Btw A&M has no long history with Mizzou to defer to (despite brief Big 12 ties we'd all like to forget...and we didn't play them every year in B12).

A&M would be happy to take FL as some of the scenarios have it. I think that makes sense as the two bookends of the conference geographically and similar schools overall. Or SC, TN, whoever. If it's Mizzou that's fine, i like them in general, but it's a shame to not start up Ark vs Mizzou just cause they think they're entitled to Texas games.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Kelly...

It's a simple statement. No hidden meaning. If Missouri enters in 2012 -- and isn't held up by legal issues from the Big 12 -- then they'll be in the East.

John

mozua1
mozua1

I agree hog! I believe it should be Arkansas-Missouri (I only put you first because I'm going in alphabetical order) would be a GREAT rivalry in the making. The rivalry could in the long run be more adventagous than playing aTm. Picking up non con games in Texas might not be as much of a drop from a recruiting stand point, as some think. I respect aTm, but I think playing Arkansas would be a good thing for both institutions.

Bob
Bob

I don't think Alaska has a team.

Jordan
Jordan

I think Mizzou (and most Mizzou fans) would prefer to play Arkansas as well. Mizzou "demanding" to play A&M solely for recruiting purposes seems a bit silly. And who said anything about being entitled to play in Texas?



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