KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 26: The Missouri Tigers celebrate after a touchdown during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 26, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Missouri's class could go from decent to excellent with the addition of Dorial Green-Beckham. For coverage, visit Missouri blog Rock M Nation.
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Missouri has one elite recruit in its 18-recruit fold: four-star offensive lineman Evan Boehm. Another could be on the way in Dorial Green-Beckham. Who is Green-Beckham? Just the top recruit in the country, the best receiver prospect since Julio Jones and A.J. Green, and a Missouri native.
With the move to the SEC comes the need for better talent. And Missouri is well positioned to take advantage of its move to the Southeastern Conference. See: Missouri Football Recruiting: Can Tigers Compete For SEC Recruits?
Missouri has a lot going for it in recruiting. Coach Gary Pinkel has been in Columbia for a decade. Coaching stability really matters in recruiting. Pinkel can honestly tell recruits that he loves Columbia and that he and his staff plan to be in town for the long haul. Every coach in the country can say those things, but how many coaches at BCS programs have been in their current job for a half-decade, much less a full decade?
But that coaching stability hasn't always led to great success on the recruiting trail. Missouri's better classes of the last few years have still not been among the 25 best in the country. In the Big 12, that's good for fourth or fifth best in the conference -- similar to where Missouri has been finishing on the field. But if Missouri were in the SEC, a finish outside the top 25 would mean that the Tigers have been out-recruited by six, or even seven other schools.
Of course, recruiting doesn't exist in a vacuum. Missouri wasn't recruiting against SEC teams over the past few years. The draw of playing in the SEC will absolutely help Missouri. Just how much, however, is difficult to figure.