COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri added three new players Wednesday – the traditional National Signing Day – to its recruiting class of 2019, bringing its total haul to 22.
It doesn’t appear the Tigers are anticipating any more movement before spring practices. At 9:39 a.m. Wednesday, Mizzou football published a graphic across its social media accounts with headshots of the 22 signees from the early and regular periods with the caption, “The complete #ShowMe19 class.”
Missouri’s first addition was offensive lineman Angel Matute, who committed to the Tigers on Jan. 21. Matute, who is originally from Rancho Cucamonga, California, was an offensive tackle last season at Mt. San Antonio Community College, a junior college in Walnut, California. He was listed at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds last season and earned first-team honors on the Southern California Football Association National Division Central All-League Team.
Matute will have two years of eligibility at Missouri. Before his time at Mt. San Antonio, Matute was a quarterback at Rancho Cucamonga High School and a tight end at Golden West College.
Matute, who signed a letter of intent Jan. 21 and had it processed Wednesday, enrolled early at MU and will be present for spring practices. He’s one of 10 in the class who enrolled early.
The Tigers’ other two additions Wednesday were on the defensive line. Neither Sci Martin Jr. (first name pronounced “sigh”) nor Z’Core Brooks (pronounced “zuh-CORE-ee”) were committed to Missouri before Wednesday.
Martin is a native of New Orleans and attended East Mississippi Community College last year, where he recorded 36 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles. Rivals.com ranked Martin as the 28th-best junior college prospect in the class.
Martin will also have two years of eligibility at Missouri. He attended LSU out of McDonogh 35 High School and played four games with LSU before transferring to EMCC, which won a national title last season. Martin chose Missouri over offers from Arkansas and Kansas.
Brooks was the only high school player to sign with Missouri on Wednesday. The defensive lineman from Wilson High School in Dallas measures at 6-6 and 225 pounds. He also had offers from Oklahoma State, Purdue and SMU.
As a whole, Missouri’s recruiting class ranked 32nd nationally (13th in the Southeastern Conference) according to Rivals.com and 36th nationally (also 13th in the SEC) according to 247Sports.com. Both sites ranked it as the Tigers’ best class since 2015; that class included five-star defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. and four-star quarterback Drew Lock.
Fourteen of the 22 players in Missouri’s 2019 class are defensive signees. Six of those 14 defensive players are defensive backs, the most prolific position in the class. The Tigers also signed four linemen and three linebackers.
Missouri will have to replace four defensive starters after the 2019 season. It is set to lose defensive standouts Cale Garrett (linebacker), DeMarkus Acy (cornerback), Ronnell Perkins (linebacker) and Khalil Oliver (safety) after next season.
Of the eight offensive players in the 2019 class, four are offensive linemen. Missouri also added a quarterback in Dayton, Ohio, native Connor Bazelak, and three skill players from St. Louis: wide receiver Maurice Massey, wide receiver CJ Boone and tight end Niko Hea.
Offensive lineman Jack Buford and defensive back Jalani Williams also are from St. Louis. The Tigers didn’t bring in any St. Louis players in their 2017 or 2018 classes. Safety Martez Manuel is the first Columbia player to sign with Missouri since Tre Williams in 2016.
Geographically, the 2019 class resembled a blend of Missouri’s SEC and Big 12 influences. The Tigers recruited more players from their home state than any other state in 2019. Texas was second-most, with four. Missouri also brought in three players from Michigan (the home state of tight ends coach AJ Ofodile), two from Georgia, two from Mississippi, and one each from Oklahoma, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida and California.