Missouri football is dead. New head coach Eli Drinkwitz proved as much on National Signing Day.
Once a proud program that entered the SEC and immediately went to consecutive SEC Championship Games, they now celebrate three-star commitments as if gold and black confetti is falling in Atlanta.
This past offseason Missouri replaced former Tiger linebacker Barry Odom with Eli Drinkwitz. The two could not be more different. Odom is a gruff defensive guru. Drinkwitz is an offensive coordinator dressed as an accountant. After serving on Scott Satterfield’s staff at Appalachian State, their hires were praised by many in the national media with a caveat, “But can they recruit?”
Satterfield has yet to prove his doubters wrong. Drinkwitz is only giving his more ammunition. Today the Tigers picked up a commitment from Ennis Rakestraw, a world-class name with a three-star rating. The cornerback had offers from Alabama and Texas when he ultimately chose Missouri. Drinkwitz celebrated like an accountant on April 16.
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) February 5, 2020
What a nerd.
The Tigers will finish with one four-star commitment from St. Louis, a two-star signee and 20 three-stars to finish No. 34 in the Rivals team rankings. The 247 Composite ranks their class 48th overall, ahead of only Vanderbilt in the SEC.
If this is what the start of the Eli Drinkwitz era at Missouri looks like, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the SEC East cellar-dwellers.