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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Missouri first from Big 12 with all letters in

By Tim Griffin

Gary Pinkel put a bow on his strongest recruiting class yet and he did it quickly.

The Tigers were the first Big 12 school to have all of their letters in.

Missouri has 23 commitments from 22 high school players and junior college transfer, Kenronte Walker of City College of San Francisco.

Pinkel has done a masterful job in the past of taking underrecruited players, particularly those from Texas, and turning them into stars once they hit college.

The Tigers again have dipped heavily in Texas with nine recruits. This group has a high benchmark to reach, considering the development of Texas players such as Chase Daniel, Danario Alexander and Sean Weatherspoon.

I like prospects like defensive linemen Kony Ealy and Lucas Vincent and running backs Greg White and Marcus Murphy.

This is Pinkel's strongest class yet. It should keep the Tigers in contention in the North Division for the next several seasons.