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Missouri signs 20 in 2013 football recruiting class

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- COLUMBIA, Mo. – Twenty standout student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend the University of Missouri and play football for Head Coach Gary Pinkel, as announced today.

"We are very pleased and excited to welcome a very talented group of young men to join our program at Mizzou," said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "We feel that this is a high-quality group of players who are good fits for areas of need. This is a versatile group that is excited to be part of our family, and help us compete for championships," he said.

As of the early afternoon, the new Tiger group was ranked 28th in the country according to its average star rating by Rivals. Overall, the class of newest Tigers has been rated as the 37th-best nationally, according to ESPN, and as the country's No. 48 class by Rivals.

The winning tradition and academic reputation of the Tiger program under Head Coach Gary Pinkel was surely an attraction for a skilled class of student-athletes. Mizzou continues to excel in the classroom, as it has graduated more than 90 percent of its seniors since 2007. The Tigers played in seven-straight bowl games from 2005-2011.

In all, 11 of the state of Missouri's top football talents signed to play for their home state school. Mizzou brought in five of the state's overall top 10, according to ESPN. The Tiger coaching staff additionally sought out talent from around the Southeastern Conference's footprint, bringing in student-athletes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

Mizzou's previous eight classes rated, according to Rivals: 29th in 2002, 28th in 2003, 29th in 2004, 39th in 2005, 47th in 2006, 33rd in 2007, 24th in 2008, 35th in 2009, 21st in 2010, 48th in 2011 and 48th in 2012.


SignedNamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown (High School/JC)VideoEnrolledTrent HosickQB6-2230Kansas City, Mo. (Staley HS)EnrolledEddie PrintzQB6-3210Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS)7:05 amHarneet GillOL6-6280St. Louis, Mo. (Francis Howell HS)7:07 amJoey BurkettLB6-1210Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City HS)7:08 amAnthony SherrilsDB5-11180Kansas City, Mo. (Hogan Prep)7:39 amClay RhodesOL6-5285Stilwell, Kan. (Blue Valley HS)7:49 amAarion PentonDB5-10185St. Louis, Mo. (CBC)7:56 amAlec AbelnOL6-3280St. Louis, Mo. (University HS)8:01 amJosh AugustaDL6-4300Peoria, Ill. (Peoria HS)8:07 amA.J. LoganDL6-0315Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)8:14 amChase AbbingtonTB6-2205St. Peters, Mo. (Ft. Zumwalt South HS)8:19 amShaun RupertDB6-0180Montgomery, Ala. (Carver HS)8:27 amEric BeiselLB6-2240Fenton, Mo. (Rockwood Summit HS)8:32 amJason ReeseTE6-3235Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)8:44 amAntar ThompsonDL6-3300Maplewood, Mo. (Maplewood HS)9:03 amMarcus LoudDL6-4255Houston, Texas (Wheatley HS)9:40 amNate CrawfordDL6-4285Pensacola, Fla. (West Florida Tech)9:51 amJ'Mon MooreWR6-3185Missouri City, Texas (Elkins HS)10:08 amDuron SingletonDB6-1210New Orleans, La. (Fresno City CC)10:27 amCharles HarrisDL6-4220Kansas City, Mo. (Lincoln Prep)

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