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Henson's hiring shows Missouri ready to recruit nationally

February, 10, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Gary Pinkel hasn't had to fill a hole on his coaching staff very often in his coaching tenure at Missouri. But he filled his first vacancy with a big addition on Tuesday.

The hiring of LSU tight ends coach Josh Henson can be judged as a signal that the Tigers want to start recruiting with the big boys nationally. Henson might be just the person to take them there.

Henson earned the reputation as one of the most tenacious recruiters in the Southeastern Conference at LSU, where a lot of those of that ilk can be found. He was a major reason that the Tigers claimed the No. 1 national recruiting ranking from Scouts Inc. for their Class of 2009.

His first showdown comes with the nation's top remaining recruit. Missouri is among the finalists for Bryce Brown, who announced through the Web site that he expects to make his decision on March 12.

It still would be considered an upset for Brown to end up at Missouri. But I bet Henson will give him a lot of extra attention over the next few weeks.

Some have cracked the Tigers for not having the players to compete against Texas and Oklahoma with its current recruiting formula of homegrown Missouri players and undervalued Texas recruits.

Henson can help them crack that mold by boosting their national recruiting profile. It will be interesting to see if he can do it.