The NCAA designated Wednesday as this year’s National Signing Day, but it was much more of a formality than a spectacle this year at Missouri.
The Tigers signed two student-athletes, Z’Core Brooks and Sci Martin Jr., on Wednesday to expand its 2019 recruiting class to 25 athletes.
That number includes transfers Kelly Bryant, Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Nance. Those three, and 19 others, signed on the early signing day in December. The NCAA rolled out the first early signing day in December 2017.
On Wednesday, there was no press conference in which Barry Odom discussed the numerous additions to the program. Adding only two athletes didn’t warrant that. Angel Matute, another signee Missouri announced Wednesday, is already on campus after signing his letter of intent in late January.
Matute is a 6-foot-4, 289-pound offensive lineman who played for Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. This past season, Matute earned a spot on the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division Central All-League Team. He also held offers from Coastal Carolina, Liberty and Massachusetts, according to Rivals.com. He signed his letter of intent with Missouri on Jan. 22.
Brooks, who stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 247 pounds, played for Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. Brooks, a two-star prospect according to Rivals, held seven offers, including Oklahoma State and Purdue.
Martin Jr., a 6-3, 225-pound defensive lineman from New Orleans, played for East Mississippi Community College this past season, tallying 36 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Martin transferred from LSU in January 2018 after a year in which he didn’t play after suffering a serious knee injury, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. He played in five games in 2016, his freshman year.
Wednesday’s additions boost Missouri to No. 32 on Rivals’ team rankings. The Tigers still rank No. 13 in the SEC, though.
No. 32 is Missouri’s highest ranking since 2015 when it finished 27th with quarterback Drew Lock and defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. among players in that class. The Tigers’ classes ranked 39th (2018), 49th (2017) and 47th (2016) prior to this year.
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