KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With a focus on Missouri talent, the Mizzou Tigers football team was able to attain eight in-state players out of a class of 21 during the NCAA early signing period.
“We really wanted to start first in our state and that’s where it’s always going to start as long as I’m the head coach here at Mizzou," said head coach Eli Drinkwitz. "We’ve got to build a wall around the state of Missouri and that starts with building relationships with the high school coaches."
With all of the in-state recruits coming the from tge eastside of the state, Drinkwitz said they know there's talent in the Kansas City area, connections just have to be made.
“There’s always great players in Kansas City. There’s great football in Kansas City, tremendous high school coaches and quite honestly, we just missed,” Drinkwitz said. “We missed on a couple of guys, weren't able to get it done. They end up going other places and, you know, just haven't built the enrollment roads that we have to in order to make sure that those guys stay here.”
"Felt like we've already kind of got that going to be, to be honest, but just didn't, for whatever reason, weren't able to make the right connection.”
Mizzou’s recruitment class was ranked number 20 in Rivals.com.