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)Video
Enrolled Trent Hosick QB 6-2 230 Kansas City, Mo. (Staley HS) Watch
Enrolled Eddie Printz QB 6-3 210 Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS) Watch
7:05 am Harneet Gill OL 6-6 280 St. Louis, Mo. (Francis Howell HS) Watch
7:07 am Joey Burkett LB 6-1 210 Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City HS) Watch
7:08 am Anthony Sherrils DB 5-11 180 Kansas City, Mo. (Hogan Prep) Watch
7:39 am Clay Rhodes OL 6-5 285 Stilwell, Kan. (Blue Valley HS) Watch
7:49 am Aarion Penton DB 5-10 185 St. Louis, Mo. (CBC) Watch
7:56 am Alec Abeln OL 6-3 280 St. Louis, Mo. (University HS) Watch
8:01 am Josh Augusta DL 6-4 300 Peoria, Ill. (Peoria HS) Watch
8:07 am A.J. Logan DL 6-0 315 Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS) Watch
8:14 am Chase Abbington TB 6-2 205 St. Peters, Mo. (Ft. Zumwalt South HS) Watch
8:19 am Shaun Rupert DB 6-0 180 Montgomery, Ala. (Carver HS) Watch
8:27 am Eric Beisel LB 6-2 240 Fenton, Mo. (Rockwood Summit HS) Watch
8:32 am Jason Reese TE 6-3 235 Euless, Texas (Trinity HS) Watch
8:44 am Antar Thompson DL 6-3 300 Maplewood, Mo. (Maplewood HS) Watch
9:03 am Marcus Loud DL 6-4 255 Houston, Texas (Wheatley HS) Watch
9:40 am Nate Crawford DL 6-4 285 Pensacola, Fla. (West Florida Tech) Watch
9:51 am J'Mon Moore WR 6-3 185 Missouri City, Texas (Elkins HS) Watch
10:08 am Duron Singleton DB 6-1 210 New Orleans, La. (Fresno City CC) Watch
10:27 am Charles Harris DL 6-4 220 Kansas City, Mo. (Lincoln Prep) Watch