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St. Louis' top football players spurning Mizzou

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07:29 AM ET 07.04 | St. Louis native Roderick Johnson's list of suitors reads like who's who of college football royalty. Alabama. Florida. Florida State. Ohio State. Oklahoma. Michigan. ... Last month, Johnson's ride took him on unofficial visits to Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi, after which the 6-foot-7, 310-pound lineman posted more than 50 photos on his Instagram account. ... As for his home-state school, Johnson hasn't ruled out Missouri after visiting Columbia for the first time in March. "I've been talking to the (Missouri) coaches every now and then -- not too often," he said. Coming off the program's first losing season in eight years, Mizzou has collected 13 oral commitments for 2014 but only one from the St. Louis area.

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July 4, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Maybe it's a good thing Mizzou ended up in the SEC East. That way they'll be in the same boat as Vandy and Kentucky for football.

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July 4, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Lots of talent in the area, Mizzou simply needs to secure more of these guys.

When they were in the Big12 Mizzou didn't appear on TV very often, locally or nationally, thanks to the conference's short-sighted TV contracts which did not allow for more than 1 conference game in a Saturday time slot. More exposure in a league with better TV agreements should fix some of this.

July 4, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Lots of talent in the area, Mizzou simply needs to secure more of these guys.When they were in the Big12 Mizzou didn't appear on TV very often, locally or nationally, thanks to the conference's short-sighted TV contracts which did not allow for more than 1 conference game in a Saturday time slot. More exposure in a league with better TV agreements should fix some of this.

I don't know, the University of Illinois has PLENTY of talent surrounding it and gets PLENTY of coverage on the Big Ten Network and they are perennially at the bottom of the conference.

Glad I went there for academics.............

July 4, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Is St. Louis a hotbed of high school football talent?

July 4, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Lots of talent in the area, Mizzou simply needs to secure more of these guys.When they were in the Big12 Mizzou didn't appear on TV very often, locally or nationally, thanks to the conference's short-sighted TV contracts which did not allow for more than 1 conference game in a Saturday time slot. More exposure in a league with better TV agreements should fix some of this.

They used to come to Texas to get a ton of players. Looks like that is declining. I noticed in Dave Campbell's Texas Football that they only got 3 this year. PAC 12 schools did just as good or better and Mizzou is closer than they are. (Utah-7, Oregon State -4, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado - 3 each

July 4, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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I don't know, the University of Illinois has PLENTY of talent surrounding it and gets PLENTY of coverage on the Big Ten Network and they are perennially at the bottom of the conference.Glad I went there for academics.............

I hear ya. However Mizzou spent several years at the top of the Big12 north division but still had trouble with TV exposure. Goofy Big12 TV contract would show Baylor vs. TTech in the St. Louis market while the Tigers were playing. They got little TV exposure in the STL/KC markets.

Today's 17 year-olds want to be seen on TV.

July 4, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Looking back at their history, Mizzou has provided entertaining football for their fans. They've produced some winning seasons but not been in the elite echelons of CFB. Only time will tell if their move to the SEC will prove beneficial to both the program and the conference.

July 4, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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Maybe it's a good thing Mizzou ended up in the SEC East. That way they'll be in the same boat as Vandy and Kentucky for football.

You forgot Tennessee!!

 
July 4, 2013  02:22 PM ET
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I don't know, the University of Illinois has PLENTY of talent surrounding it and gets PLENTY of coverage on the Big Ten Network and they are perennially at the bottom of the conference.Glad I went there for academics.............

Illinois struggles always amaze me. It has persisted for so long, I can only blame it on lack of leadership within the athletic department.

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