For Missouri football, recruitment has been tough the last couple of years. Consistently, the Tigers have ranked near the bottom of the SEC in class strength. However, this year, the Class of 2018 has promising talent in Missouri’s own backyard.
Here are five players, who are actually all from St. Louis, to watch as we make our way through the 2017 season.
#1. Kamryn Babb – WR – 4 Star
Babb, who is ranked the #11 receiver in the Class of 2018, is a very talented, very realistic option for the University of Missouri football program.
Also, on May 29th, Babb shortened his list of 30 D1 offers to just 9 schools, which included the Zou.
At 6-2, 197 pounds, Babb is a strong, athletic receiver that will be a force in college football. At Nike’s The Opening combine, Babb ran a 4.60 40-yard dash to go along with his 35.3-inch vertical.
In his junior year at Christian Brothers High School, Babb caught 45 passes for 784 yards and 9 touchdowns.
#2. Cameron Brown – WR – 4 Star
Next, Kamryn Babb’s teammate, Cameron Brown. Brown, who caught 58 passes for 1023 yards and 9 touchdowns last year, is another product of Christian Brothers High School in STL.
Also, Brown has recently de-committed from Nebraska to re-open his recruitment, which will include reconsidering an offer from Missouri. However, Brown will have 16 other schools to choose from.
At The Opening, Brown recorded a 4.51 40-yard dash and a 115.02 SPARQ rating, which is the 99th percentile for the Class of 2018.
#3. Ronnie Perkins – DE – 4 Star
As for the defensive side of the football, Ronnie Perkins out of Lutheran North High School is a powerful, explosive player for Missouri to keep an eye on.
In his junior season, Perkins recorded 47 total tackles, including 17 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. But, in his sophomore year, he recorded 85 tackles and 9 sacks. So, it will be interesting to see if he continues to digress or if he gets his numbers back up in his senior year.
Due to Perkins’ absence on YouTube, you can click here to watch his highlights via Hudl.
#4. Michael Thompson – DT – 4 Star
Now, Michael Thompson, who will be a senior at Parkway North, might be one of the only recruits who has been predicted to be all in on Mizzou. That should make Tigers’ fans very happy.
Thompson is a giant, strong OT from STL who has been given a .973 rating by 24/7 Sports. Also, Thompson’s likely choice of Missouri over 22 other offers including Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan, shows his commitment to The Zou.
In his junior season, Thompson recorded 90 tackles and 14 sacks. Yep, you read that right.
At 6-5, 310 pounds, Thompson is a M-A-C-H-I-N-E.
#5. Trevor Trout – DT – 4 Star
Finally, we have another defensive tackle in Trevor Trout out of Chaminade College Prep. Much like Thomson, Trout has also been predicted to be all in on recreating Missouri football.
In his junior year, Trout recorded 60 tackles and 4 sacks for Chamindale to earn a .924 rating from 24/7 Sports.
The addition of Trout and Thompson would be huge for a struggling Missouri defense and may attract players like Babb, Brown, and Perkins.
With all of these players heavily considering Mizzou, the Class of 2018 could be the first year in a long time where Missouri has a strong recruitment class and a bright future.