Football Announces 2006 Recruiting Class



Feb. 1, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Twenty-one standout student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend the University of Missouri and play football for Head Coach Gary Pinkel, as announced today by Mizzou's head coach.

According to the rankings, Mizzou's 2006 recruiting class rates ahead of 27 other schools that participated in bowl games during the 2005 season. Just a handful of the other bowl teams from last year that Missouri bettered include: Oregon (47th), Utah (51st), North Carolina State (52nd), Georgia Tech (53rd), West Virginia (54th), TCU (58th), Minnesota (59th), Iowa State (60th), Southern Mississippi (63rd), BYU (65th), Colorado (68th), Northwestern (76th), Colorado State (82nd), Texas-El Paso (82nd), Houston (85th), and Fresno State (94th), among many others.

Five of Mizzou's 2006 class hails from the state of Missouri, including two of the state's top four players, according to Rivals. Once again, the state of Texas was a big focal point for MU's recruiting efforts, and those efforts paid off with a group of nine players from the Lone Star State. Mizzou also signed two student-athletes from the states of California and Oklahoma, and one each from the states of Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Mizzou's quarterback class rated 13th-best in the country, according to, and MU also fared well in the wide receiver position (17th-best class in the nation). The defensive back class (featuring seven players, the second-largest DB class in the nation, according to Rivals) ranked 30th.

"This is a quality group of young men both on and off the field," said MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "We see a lot of skill and desire and football ability here, and this is a group that is excited to come to Mizzou and wear the Black and Gold. We feel good about addressing some needs with people that have the ability to contribute right away," he said.

Following is a roster and biographical sketches for each of MU's 21 signees...


NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown (High School/Jr. College)
Danario AlexanderWR/DB6-3190Marlin, Texas (Marlin HS)
Tim BarnesOL/DL6-4310Marshall, Mo. (Pettis County Northwest HS)
Marquis BookerTB/LB6-1235Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)
Castine BridgesWR/DB6-2195Richmond, Calif. (Pinole Valley HS/Diablo Valley College)
Cornelius BrownWR/DB6-0200Adel, Ga. (Cook HS/Reedley [Calif.] CC)
Justin BrownWR/DB6-2200Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS/North Dakota State Col. of Science)
Bart CosletTE/DE6-6245St. Peters, Mo. (Francis Howell Central HS)
Dominic GroomsQB/DB6-2180Tampa, Fla. (Middleton HS)
Jesse HernandezOL/DL6-3295Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)
Del HowardWR/DB5-11180Dallas, Texas (South Garland HS)
Jeremy MaclinWR/DB6-1185Kirkwood, Mo. (Kirkwood HS)
Jared PerryWR/DB6-0170La Marque, Texas (La Marque HS)
Mike PrinceOL/DL6-4295Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS)
Kevin RutlandQB/DB6-1185Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)
Brant ScottOL/DL6-2270College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated HS)
Paul SimpsonWR/DB6-2185Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro HS/Chabot CC)
John StullTE/DL6-4250Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)
La'Roderick ThomasQB/DB6-2190Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)
J.P. TillmanQB/DB6-2230Houston, Texas (Cy Falls HS)
Tremane VaughnsWR/DB5-9180Patterson, La. (Patterson HS/Pasadena City [Calif.] CC)
Sean WeatherspoonWR/LB6-2210Jasper, Texas (Jasper HS)


Texas (9)Alexander (Marlin), Howard (Dallas), Perry (La Marque), Prince (Southlake), Rutland (Houston), Scott (College Station), Thomas (Dallas), Tillman (Houston), Weatherspoon (Jasper).
Missouri (5)Barnes (Marshall), Brown (Blue Springs), Coslet (St. Peters), Maclin (Kirkwood), Stull (Columbia)
California (2)Bridges (Richmond), Simpson (Oakland)
Oklahoma (2)Booker (Ardmore), Hernandez (Ardmore)
Florida (1)Grooms (Tampa)
Georgia (1)Brown (Adel)
Louisiana (1)Vaughns (Patterson)

Fr., WR/DB, 6-3, 190, Marlin, Texas (Marlin High School)
Skilled all-around athlete who could play on either side of the ball at Mizzou ... Earned honorable mention All-State and 1st-Team All-District honors as a senior wide receiver for Marlin High School in 2005 after catching 49 passes for 850 yards and 9 TDs ... Named 2nd-Team Super Cen-Tex in 2005, as well ... Was an honorable mention All-District pick as a junior in 2004 ... An excellent all-around athlete who was a 1st-Team All-District performer in baseball ... Was also the district champion in the long jump (best of 23'10") and triple jump (best of 45'10") in 2005, and hopes to challenge for a state title in 2006 in both events ... High school coach - Jerry Malone ... Full name - Danario Donte Alexander ... Birthdate - Aug. 7, 1988 ... Parents - Larry Alexander & Helen Woodson ... Chose Mizzou over Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston and SMU, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Steckel.
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Fr., OL/DL, 6-4, 310, Marshall, Mo. (Pettis County Northwest High School)
One of the most highly-coveted prospects in the state of Missouri who was an early commitment to Mizzou, the summer prior to his junior season ... Is ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals, and as the No. 23 offensive guard prospect in the nation, as well ... Earned numerous All-State, All-Conference and All-District honors during his career at Pettis County Northwest High School in Hughesville, Mo. ... Excellent all-around athlete who was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a two-year letterman in baseball, in addition to his exploits on the gridiron ... Has also earned 1st-Team All-Conference and All-District honors in basketball, as well ... A solid student who is a member of the National Honor Society, and also served on his school's student council ... High school coach - Caleb Crooker ... Full name - Timothy Robert Barnes ... Birthdate - May 14, 1988 ... Parents - Jeff & Becky Barnes ... Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Michigan and Iowa, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Andy Hill.
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Fr., TB/LB, 6-1, 235, Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore High School)
Linebacker prospect who was a 1st-Team All-State and 1st-Team Super State standout at the position at Ardmore, Okla. High School ... Averaged more than 100 tackles over the last 2 seasons while helping his team to two state semifinal appearances in three seasons on the varsity ... Amassed 156 tackles as a senior, and added 6 QB sacks and grabbed 4 interceptions, as well ... Was also named the District Five linebacker of the year as a senior, as his team won a district championship ... Converted to linebacker from running back as a sophomore ... Will join Ardmore teammate Jesse Hernandez as part of Mizzou's 2006 signing class ... High school coach - Mike Loyd ... Full name - Marquis Xavier Dominique Booker ... Birthdate - Oct. 8, 1987 ... Father - Randy Booker ... Chose Mizzou over TCU, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Tulsa, Iowa State and Baylor, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Christensen.
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Jr., WR/DB, 6-2, 195, Richmond, Calif. (Pinole Valley HS/Diablo Valley College)
High-level junior college cornerback who looks to make immediate contributions at Mizzou ... Was a big-play performer at Diablo Valley College, where he was named a 2nd-Team JUCO All-American by J.C. Gridwire after he intercepted 8 passes in 2005 (he also had 2 more TDs called back due to defensive penalties - including 1 by his brother, Namon West) ... Also returned 1 interception for a TD and recovered 2 fumbles ... Ranked as the No. 89 overall junior college prospect at any position, according to Rivals, and as the No. 12 defensive back by the same outlet ... Named the Golden Gate Conference defensive MVP in 2005, and was a 1st-Team All-Conference performer ... Was named to the California Community College Football Coaches' Association All-State team both years at Diablo Valley ... Grabbed 8 interceptions as a freshman in 2004, to tie for the state lead in that category ... Will have three years to play two at Mizzou ... Lettered in football for 2 years at Pinole Valley High School, where he had 5 career interceptions, and was an All-Conference performer as a senior ... Also played basketball and competed in track as a prep athlete ... Junior college coach - Ralph Depew ... High school coach - Steve Alameda ... Full name - Robert Castine Bridges ... Birthdate - Oct. 11, 1985 ... Mother - Darline Sanders ... Is interested in studying psychology at Mizzou, and he lists playing chess and swimming among his hobbies ... Chose Mizzou over Utah, Marshall, Kansas State, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State and Indiana, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Matt Eberflus.
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Jr., WR/DB, 6-0, 200, Adel, Ga. (Cook High School/Reedley [Calif.] C.C.)
Highly-skilled safety who played for national power Reedley Community College ... Ranked as the No. 92 junior college prospect in the country, at any position, according to Rivals ... Will have 3 years to play 2 at Mizzou ... Won 1st-Team All-State and All-Conference honors as a sophomore, as he helped lead his team to a conference championship in 2005 ... Reedley also won the league title in his freshman year in 2004 ... Reedley was ranked #1 in the nation for much of the 2005 season by, and finished the year 10-0 ... Earned 2nd-Team All-Conference honors that season, and was also named his team's defensive player of the year ... Also returned both kickoffs and punts ... Was a two-time 1st-Team All-State selection in high school as a defensive back in Adel, Ga., at Cook High School ... Also earned All-Region mention as a sophomore and junior at the wide receiver position ... Lettered in football four years in high school, as well as three years in basketball ... Junior college coach - Michael White ... Full name - Cornelius Dawson Brown ... Birthdate - Feb. 19, 1985 ... Parents - Edward & Maggie Gear ... Chose Mizzou over Texas Tech, New Mexico, Boise State and Marshall, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Craig Kuligowski.
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Jr., WR/DB, 6-2, 200, Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs High School/North Dakota State College of Science)
Junior college defensive back who will return to his home state of Missouri, looking to make immediate contributions for the Tigers ... Played the last 2 years at North Dakota State College of Science, located in Wahpeton, N.D. ... Earned 1st-Team All-Region honors as a DB in 2005, after he had 54 tackles, 13 passes broken up, 4 interceptions and 2 caused fumbles ... Also returned kickoffs and averaged 25.9 yards per return ... Notched 50 tackles as a freshman in 2004, and added 11 pass break ups and 3 interceptions, while leading the conference with a kickoff return average of 28.4 yards ... Was a standout at powerhouse Blue Springs High School, where he teamed with 2005 Mizzou signees Jaron Baston and James Stigall to win the Class 6 state championship in a 13-0 season in 2003 ... Caught a 62-yard TD pass in the championship game, as Blue Springs routed Hazelwood Central, 53-0, to win the title ... Also had 2 tackles in the title game, and intercepted a pass that he returned 37 yards ... Was a 1st-Team All-State honoree as a senior at Blue Springs in 2003, and was selected to play in the 2004 Missouri-Kansas high school all-star game ... Also won 3 letters in track and 2 more in basketball at Blue Springs ... Has three years to play two at Mizzou ... Junior college coach - Mike Beagle ... High school coach - Kelly Donahoe ... Full name - Justin Maurice Brown ... Birthdate - June 28, 1986 ... Parents - Nathaniel Brown & Billie Watkins ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa State and BYU, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Andy Hill.
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Fr., TE/DE, 6-6, 245, St. Peters, Mo. (Francis Howell Central High School)
Highly-rated defensive end prospect out of the St. Louis area that missed his senior year due to a knee injury ... Despite missing the season, still ranks as the nation's No. 26 weakside defensive end prospect, and the No. 12 overall prospect in Missouri by Rivals ... Was a pre-season All-American by Collegiate Sports prior to his senior season ... An outstanding athlete who was also recruited by several Division I schools to play basketball ... Played AAU hoops for the well-known St. Louis Eagles AAU team ... Earned 1st-Team All-Conference, All-District and All-Metro honors as both a defensive end and tight end as a junior in 2004, as he had 79 tackles and 3 sacks on defense and added 15 catches for 159 yards and 2 TDs on offense ... Earned 1st-Team All-Conference and All-District mention as a sophomore tight end in 2003 after grabbing 11 passes for 267 yards and 3 TDs ... Also racked up 59 tackles and added 3 QB sacks as a sophomore ... Played on both sides of the ball as a freshman, starting some at tight end for the 6A program ... High school coach - Todd Berck, who coached current Tiger senior LB Dedrick Harrington at Mexico (Mo.) High School ... Full name - Bart Thomas Coslet ... Parents - Tom & Krista Coslet ... Is an avid outdoor sportsman who lists hobbies as hunting, fishing, camping and floating ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas and Illinois, among others ... Primary Mizzou Recruiter - Cornell Ford.
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Fr., QB/DB, 6-2, 180, Tampa, Fla. (Middleton High School)
Four-year starter at QB who is rated as the No. 24 dual-threat QB in the nation, according to Rivals ... Had a very successful senior season, that saw him compile 1,600 yards and 16 TDs passing, and he added 512 yards and 8 TDs on the ground ... Transferred to Middleton High School for his senior year, and he led the Tigers to a 7-4 record in 2005 and to the 4A quarterfinals ... Played his first three years of ball at Tampa Bay Tech, where he exploded on the scene as a sophomore, when he threw for 1,928 yards and 18 TDs, and ran for 382 yards and 3 TDs ... Missed 5 games due to a foot injury as a junior, but still amassed 1,010 yards passing and 6 TDs, and ran for 212 yards and 2 TDs ... Started his first game late in the year as a freshman at Tampa Bay Tech and had 492 yards passing (3 TDs) and 120 yards rushing (1 TD) ... Is also competing in track this spring at Middleton ... High school coach - Harry Hubbard ... Full name - Dominic Jairo Grooms ... Birthdate - July 6, 1988 ... Mother - Vicki Grooms ... Chose Mizzou over South Florida, North Carolina State, Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Bowling Green, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Christensen.
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Fr., OL/DL, 6-3, 295, Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore High School)
Athletic and tough-minded offensive line prospect who is ranked among the top-30 players to come out of the state of Oklahoma (No. 26 overall prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals) ... Will join Ardmore teammate Marquis Booker as a member of the 2006 recruiting class at Mizzou ... Transferred to Ardmore in the middle of his junior year, after starting his prep career at Lone Grove, Texas ... Earned All-District honors as an offensive lineman as a senior as he registered 35 pancake blocks and graded out at 90 percent or better in each game ... Also played on the defensive line and had 20 tackles, 2 QB sacks, forced 5 fumbles and recovered 4 fumbles ... Played on the defensive line and as a tight end his first 3 years of prep career ... As a junior in 2005, had 89 tackles, 11 QB sacks, 43 tackles for loss, and added 5 catches for 113 yards ... Sophomore season saw him record 74 tackles, 14 QB sacks, 47 tackles for loss and 4 catches for 130 yards ... Is an accomplished wrestler who made the Oklahoma Greco/Freestyle national team ... High school coach - Mike Loyd ... Full name - Jesse Dale Hernandez ... Birthdate - May 25, 1987 ... Mother - Teresa Hernandez ... Is an avid weightlifter who took 3rd place in a state powerlifting competition as a sophomore, competing against 6 seniors ... Also has won 2 "toughman" competitions ... Is interested in studying communications at Mizzou ... Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Oklahoma, Tulsa and Baylor, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Christensen.
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Fr., WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Dallas, Texas (South Garland High School)
Athletic defensive back prospect who could play a number of positions for the Tigers ... Amassed 143 tackles as a senior, earning 2nd-Team All-State mention, as well as 1st-Team All-District and All-Area honors ... Was named the defensive MVP of his district, as he added 3 interceptions, 7 QB sacks, 8 passes broken up, and returned a fumble for a TD on the year ... Helped his team reach the third round of the state playoffs in 2005 ... Earned 1st-Team All-District honors as a junior in 2004 after registering 88 tackles and forcing 3 fumbles ... Named team's rookie of the year as a sophomore, making 56 tackles on the year ... Is also a multi-year letterwinner in track at South Garland ... High school coach - Mickey Moss ... Full name - Delria Excel Howard, Jr. ... Birthdate - Feb. 7, 1988 ... Parents - Delria & Darlene Gunnells Howard ... Has an interest in studying business at Mizzou's highly-regarded School of Business ... Chose Mizzou over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Illinois and Tulsa, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Bruce Walker.
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Fr., WR/DB, 6-1, 185, Kirkwood, Mo. (Kirkwood High School)
An outstanding two-sport athlete who is considered the top wide receiver, and one of the top overall prospects to come out of the state of Missouri in 2006 ... Was a star wideout, safety and punt returner for Kirkwood ... Ranks as the nation's No. 24 wide receiver prospect by Rivals, and is listed as the No. 3 overall prospect in Missouri by the same outlet ... Earned 1st-Team All-State honors as a wideout in 2005, after catching 41 passes for 1,042 yards and 11 TDs, averaging an impressive 25.4 yards per catch ... Also carried the ball 36 times for 293 yards and 4 TDs, and added 2 TDs throwing the ball ... Proved to be a dangerous return man, as he took 11 punts back for an average of 24.6 yards per return, with 1 going for a TD ... Also named All-Conference as a safety, as he notched 55 tackles, and added 4 interceptions, including 1 that he returned for a TD ... Earned 1st-Team All-State honors as a junior wideout, as well, as he caught 58 passes for 1,184 yards and 18 TDS, while rushing for 2 TDs and also returning 1 kickoff for a score ... Added 59 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense as a junior ... Named 2nd-Team All-Conference as a sophomore wideout and return specialist - caught 33 passes for 356 yards and 4 TDs, and averaged 25 yards per punt return (1 TD) and 30 yards per kickoff return that year ... Is also a standout on the hardwood, as he is averaging 11 points, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game currently for Kirkwood's basketball team ... Was an honorable-mention All-State and 1st-Team All-Conference guard as a junior, averaging 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals per game ... High school coach - Larry Frost ... Full name - Jeremy Albert Maclin ... Mother - Cleo Maclin ... Has an interest in studying accounting or marketing at Mizzou's School of Business ... Chose Mizzou over Ohio State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Colorado, Notre Dame, UCLA and Illinois, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Cornell Ford.
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Fr., WR/DB, 6-0, 170, La Marque, Texas (La Marque HS)
Speedy wideout who was a team captain and his team's offensive player of the year as a senior in 2005 ... Caught 32 passes for 540 yards and 13 TDs as a senior, after making 51 catches for 1,000 yards and 8 TDs as a junior ... Was a 1st-Team all-district performer as a junior ... Played on a team that won a state championship as a sophomore ... Also runs track for his school, and has been a regional qualifier for the past two years ... Runs sprints and has also high jumped 6-foot-6 ... Full name - Jared Dewayne Perry ... Son of David & Debra Bourgeios ... Birthdate - Aug. 27, 1988 ... Chose Mizzou over schools that offered him, such as Colorado, Kansas, Utah, Houston and TCU, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Craig Kuligowski.
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Fr., OL/DL, 6-4, 295, Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS)
Tenacious offensive line prospect who comes from a winning background ... Was a two-year starter on an offensive line that paved the way for one of the more impressive runs in national high school history ... Played on Southlake Carroll teams that went 47-1 in three years, including consecutive 16-0 seasons in 2004 and 2005 ... Ranked as the No. 33 offensive tackle prospect in the nation, according to ... Was a starter for the last two years, with Carroll going 32-0 in games in which he started ... Both years saw the Dragons win the Texas 5A state championship, and end the year as the mythical national champions in various polls ... Earned 1st-Team all-state honors (by the Texas Sportswriters' Association, as well as as a senior, and added 1st-Team designation on the all-district squad as well, and was his team's co-captain in 2005 ... Was an all-district performer in 2004 ... Will join former teammate Chase Daniel, now a Mizzou quarterback, on campus this fall ... High school coach - Todd Dodge ... Was also a letterwinner in wrestling and track, where he threw the shotput ... Full name - Michael Armand Prince ... Son of Bill & Jeannine Prince ... Birthdate - March 29, 1988 ... Currently undecided on intended major at Mizzou, but lists computers as one of his primary hobbies ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa State, Utah, Texas El-Paso and Colorado State, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Steckel.
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Fr., QB/DB, 6-1, 185, Houston, Texas (North Shore High School)
Solid athlete who possesses the size and skills to contribute on either side of the ball ... Played numerous positions as a senior at Houston's North Shore High School, including DB, WR and QB, and helped his team to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the state playoffs ... Ranked as the No. 51 cornerback prospect in the nation, according to Rivals, and earned 2nd-Team All-District honors as a senior in 2005 ... Played QB as a junior, and was his team's MVP, as he ran for 6 TDs and threw for 3 scores ... Also lettered in basketball and track, and was part of a district champion 4x200 relay team ... High school coach - David Aymond ... Full name - Kevin Polk Rutland ... Birthdate - April 2, 1988 ... Parents - Kenneth & Helen Rutland ... Chose Mizzou over Colorado, Kansas State, Texas-El Paso, Oklahoma State and Northwestern, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Brian Jones.
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Fr., DT, 6-2, 270, College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated High School)
Explosive athlete who excelled at defensive tackle for A&M Consolidated High School in College, Station, Texas ... Earned 2nd-Team All-District honors and was named to the 2005 All-Central Texas team after registering 85 tackles and 4 QB sacks as a senior ... Also added 5 fumble recoveries, as he helped lead his team to the state semifinals in class 6A ... High school coach - Jim Slaughter ... Full name - Nathan Brant Scott ... Birthdate - Dec. 13, 1987 ... Parents - Vernon & Lyn Scott ... Chose Mizzou over TCU, Northwestern, Baylor and SMU, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Brian Jones.
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Jr., WR/DB, 6-2, 185, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro HS / Chabot Community College)
Skilled junior college defensive back who will have the best shot at providing an immediate impact for Mizzou ... Graduated from Chabot in December, and is now enrolled in classes at Mizzou, and will be able to participate in spring drills ... Earned All-Conference honors at Chabot in 2005, as he amassed 60 tackles, broke up 7 passes and grabbed 1 interception ... Gladiators were the Golden Gate Conference champions in 2005 ... Caught a TD pass against Merced that helped give team a 21-9 victory early in the season ... Has two years to play two at Mizzou ... Was a two-year letterman in both football and basketball, at San Leandro High School ... Junior college coach - Danny Calcagno ... Full name - Paul-Craig M. Simpson ... Birthdate - Oct. 24, 1985 ... Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he lived until he was 7 years old ... Mother - Pauline Simpson ... Has an interest in studying business management at Mizzou ... Chose Mizzou over Oregon State, Fresno State, Colorado State, New Mexico, BYU and San Diego State, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Christensen.
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Fr., TE/DL, 6-4, 250, Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge High School)
Ranked as the No. 16 overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals, who also rates him as the No. 61 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation ... Earned 1st-Team All-State honors after recording 64 tackles and 9.5 QB sacks as a senior in 2005 ... Earned 1st-Team All-Area and All-District honors as a senior co-captain, as well ... Strong all-around athlete who also lettered in basketball at Rock Bridge ... Coached at Rock Bridge by former Mizzou standout A.J. Ofodile ... Full name - John Jattros Stull ... Birthdate - Aug. 20, 1987 ... Parents - Martin Stull & Laurie Jattros ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Northwestern and Stanford, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Andy Hill.
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Fr., QB/DB, 6-2, 190, Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff High School)
Versatile athlete who was an all-district quarterback at Dallas' South Oak Cliff High School ... Was a 2-year starter at signal caller, and was a team captain in both football and basketball ... Passed for over 1,000 yards and ran for over 300 as a senior, adding 10 passing TDs and 3 rushing scores that season ... As a junior, earned 2nd-Team All-District honors at QB after passing for over 1,200 yards (13 TDs) and rushing for over 500 more (6 TDs) ... Basketball team won a state championship as a junior ... High school coach - J.B. Wallace ... Full name - La'Roderick Labon Thomas ... Birthdate - April 13, 1987 ... Mother - Bridgit Thomas ... Interested in studying business at Mizzou's top-notch School of Business ... Chose Mizzou over Kansas, Kansas State, Toledo, New Mexico, Texas-El Paso, Wyoming and San Diego State, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Bruce Walker.
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Fr., QB/DB, 6-2, 230, Houston, Texas (Cy Falls High School)
Three-sport athlete who ranks as the No. 22 dual-threat QB in the nation, according to Rivals ... Attended Mizzou's Independence Bowl win in Shreveport, La., then the next week played at the same stadium at the All-American Bowl, where he starred, going 8-of-8 passing for 125 yards, while adding 32 yards rushing on 8 carries ... Led his West team to two scoring drives on the day, as his team went on to a 21-13 win in the all-star game ... Completed 94-of168 passes as a senior for 1,406 yards and 10 TDs, and also rushed for nearly 200 yards and 4 TDs, in being considered a top-10 QB in the state of Texas ... Was 1st-Team All-District and MVP of the district as a sophomore and a junior, and earned team's offensive MVP honors both years, as well ... Threw for 1,041 yards as a junior, completing 51-of-100 passes, and threw for 17 TDs, while rushing for 217 yards and 9 TDs ... Accounted for 20 TDs as a sophomore, throwing for just under 1,000 yards and 11 TDs, while rushing for 126 yards and 9 TDs ... Was a multi-year letterwinner in basketball and track, in addition to football ... High school coach - David Raffield ... Full name - John Paul Tillman ... Birthdate - Oct. 9, 1987 ... Parents - John & Marcia Tillman ... Has an interest in studying health and nutrition at Mizzou ... Chose Mizzou over North Carolina and Duke, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Brian Jones.
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Jr., WR/DB, 5-9, 180, Patterson, La. (Patterson High School/Pasadena City [Calif.] C.C.)
Well-rounded athlete who comes to Mizzou looking to contribute in any number of ways ... Was a "Mr. Versatility" at Pasadena City Community College, where he played wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back, running back and also returned kickoffs and punts ... Ranked as the No. 94 junior college prospect, at any position, by Rivals, and earned honorable mention JUCO All-American plaudits as an all-purpose back from at least one outlet ... Hails from the same junior college as current Tiger OL Louis Pintola ... During the 2005 season, rushed for 318 yards on 79 carries, completed 19-of-49 passes for 216 yards and 1 TD, and caught 25 passes for 216 yards and 2 TDs ... Also returned 8 punts for an average of 9.9 yards per return, and averaged 18.0 yards on 8 kickoff returns ... Also recorded 17 tackles and 1 pass broken up as a defensive back ... Set a Pacific Coast Conference single-game record by catching 13 passes (for 149 yards and 2 TDs) in a 2005 game against Golden West ... As a freshman in 2004, had over 30 tackles on defense, and averaged 26.5 yards on kickoff returns and 19.7 yards on punt returns at Citrus College ... Was a prep standout in both football and track at Patterson (La.) High School ... Was an All-State all-purpose back as a senior in 2003, and as a defensive back in 2002, and was named the state 3A defensive player of the year in '02 ... Ran on a state-title winning 4x100 relay team, and was an All-State performer in track at 100 and 200 meters, and as part of 4x100 and 4x200 relay squads ... Has 3 years to play 2 at Mizzou ... Is interested in studying business at Mizzou's School of Business ... Junior college coach - Dennis Gossard ... High school coach - Tommy Minton ... Full name - Tremane Terrell Vaughns ... Birthdate - Sept. 6, 1984 ... Parents - Tyrone Vaughns, Sr. & Anja Rasheed ... Chose Mizzou over Marshall, Minnesota and Purdue, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Bruce Walker.
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Fr., WR/LB, 6-2, 210, Jasper, Texas (Jasper High School)
Versatile athlete who was an accomplished three-sport star in Texas, including as a linebacker in football ... Was named the Texas District 22-3A player of the year as a senior, after making 98 tackles in 2005 for Jasper ... Had 8 tackles for loss in 2005, and added 4 QB sacks and 2 interceptions from his linebacker position as well, and was a 2nd-Team All-State pick ... Also played receiver on offense, and had 27 catches for 428 yards and 7 TDs on that side of the ball ... Was a 1st-Team All-District selection as a junior in 2004 at linebacker, after registering 105 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 QB sacks and 3 interceptions ... Was named the 22-3A defensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore in 2003, when he amassed 101 stops, 3 tackles for loss, 1 QB sack and 2 interceptions ... Excellent all-around athlete who was an All-State high jumper in track, and an All-District performer as a guard in basketball ... High school coach - Danny Lauve ... Full name - Franklin De'Sean Weatherspoon ... Birthdate - Dec. 29, 1987 ... Parents - Develous & Elwanda Weatherspoon ... Has an interest in studying business administration at Mizzou's top-notch School of Business ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa State, Houston, Tulane and TCU, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Matt Eberflus.
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