Mizzou definitely needs to do a better job of keeping the top in-state prospects at home. I mean, while the state of MO isn't exactly a recruiting hotbed, MU is the only division 1 football program in the state. Just locking down the borders would be a step in the right direction as far as being reasonably competitive in the SEC goes.
Looking at Wednesday’s signees — including junior college and prep school athletes — here’s a snapshot of the talent produced by the state of Missouri in 2013 (as graded by Rivals.com):
5-stars = 0
4-stars = 3
3- stars = 19
Total 3+ stars = 22
Here’s where the state’s 10 highest-ranked players are headed:
Missouri = 5
Kansas = 1
Kansas State = 1
Nebraska = 1
Ohio State = 1
Arrested Prior To Signing Day = 1
Loyalty: There’s not much Mizzou can do about a local prospect getting nabbed by the law two days before signing day, but holding on to just five of the state’s best players simply won’t cut it. The Show-Me-State doesn’t crank out tons of talent, so what’s there needs to be kept at home. Consider it a new border war for the Tigers — close down the state’s borders.