Do the Missouri Tigers benefit from Tennessee volunteers’ NCAA violations?
On July 22, the NCAA’s infraction committee notified the University of Tennessee football program that it was reviewing several potential violations. In fact, there are 18 Level I violations in question.
Considering LSU’s current investigation only has eight Level I violations and those around Baton Rouge are still concerned about major scholarship losses, that puts Tennessee’s situation in perspective.
Because Tennessee is playing Missouri in the SEC East, and they’re recruiting against each other, it’s a situation to watch closely. Many programs have seen their recruiting plummet over the years once the NCAA’s Infraction Committee makes official statements like the one that just happened with the Vols.
It should be noted that Missouri recently lost a recruiting battle to Tennessee for top rusher Chandavian Bradley. He plays preparatory football for Platte City (Mo.) Platt, a program just north of Kansas City, Mo.
The Tigers eagerly recruited Bradley, but he decided to go with the Vols anyway. Will Bradley, along with other top recruits offered by Missouri and Tennessee, be affected by the current NCAA investigation in Tennessee?
There’s no doubt Missouri will continue to recruit the 6-foot-5, 220-pound edge rusher. He is a top athlete in a critical position. He even received several offers from top basketball programs to put his physical talents into perspective. Missouri has more to gain from Tennessee’s situation than Bradley.
Beyond Missouri and Tennessee vying for Bradley, it’s important to note that the Volunteers make Georgia a priority recruiting state. It is a state that the Flights already have six class of 2023 commitments. Likewise, Mizzou hits Peach State and would like to add more talent from the talent-rich region.
Missouri signed four players from Georgia from 2019 to 2022, including quarterback Sam Horn. Even if it’s only one or maybe two players in the next two recruiting classes that Missouri lands from Georgia because of this situation, it helps the football program improve.
Keep an eye out for Tennessee’s NCAA infraction case. It just might help Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz and the recruiting class he’s putting together this year, as well as future classes to come.
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