When a program loses to pitiful Mizzou 3 out of 4 times I would not want to go there if I was a big time recruit from the show me state. Losing to these bums so often was more pathetic than Bielema losing to A&M every year.
Hopefully Chad can reverse this embarassing trend.
I’ve wondered that for years. There are a lot of Missouri kids closer to UofA than to Mizzou. I don’t think Springfield puts out to many SEC players (don’t know why they don’t have a few, good sized town) but still. From your numbers it is clear there is some talent. We have to be closer than all those schools other than Missouri and maybe Iowa depending on where in the state the kids are.
Missouri is a very different state than the other states in the SEC. Soccer is huge in St. Louis and KC. A lot of good athletes playing high school futbol in the Fall. Probably the only state in the SEC that does not have Spring football at the high school level. I didn’t hear much about 7v7 tournaments in the summer when I lived there. The interest isn’t there, the passion isn’t there. The St. Louis city public schools have many of the same issues the LRSD has and are not turning out a lot of D-1 players.
I visited with Barry Switzer once about Missouri recruiting. He told me that it’s worth hitting for the top four or five players to see if there is any mutual interest, but nothing beyond that. Better to work hard in Texas. Oklahoma and Arkansas would both find one now and then there who wanted to leave the state. I remember talking to him about Arkansas landing Gary Anderson from Missouri. He said, “What’s the connection?” I didn’t know that there was one. Sure enough, he had relatives in Arkansas.
There have been some good players at Arkansas from Missouri. Obviously, there was a connection with the Bequettes with George. There was no connection with Mark Smith. He just thought it was close (to Webb City).
Steve Little wasn’t from Missouri, but he played high school football in Overland Park, just outside Kansas City.
I’ve long thought it was surprising to see so few football players here from the Kansas City area. There are some good programs there and it’s about three hours to Fayetteville. Several Kansas City-area high school teams come down here to play football games each fall, so they know about the area.
According to Kansas City Star, there were 25 FBS signees in the Kansas City metro area this year, including 20 with FBS programs. Many of those were with Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri, but there also were signees with Clemson, Michigan and Texas.
Arkansas’ baseball program has done a great job recruiting Kansas City, which is near where Dave Van Horn was raised. Four players, including Isaiah Campbell, on this year’s roster are from the area and there are three Kansas City-area signees in the class of 2018.