When Missouri made the move to the SEC, the Tigers planned to continue to recruit Texas, but also to recruit heavily in SEC territories such as the Atlanta (GA) area and in Florida. Missouri reassigned three of the six assistant coaches that had been recruiting Texas to the Atlanta area and Florida.
The Tigers were reorganizing and adding personnel to their recruiting staff, and expanding their recruiting throughout the southeast, as well as into selected areas nationally. Following Missouri's first season in the SEC, Coach Pinkel hired a new assistant coach with extensive ties throughout the southeast, in former Tennessee receivers' coach Pat Washington.
Early last spring, a pair of 2014 prospects from Nashville (TN) appeared on the Tigers' recruiting radar, when Thomas Richard and Paul Adams, teammates at Christ Presbyterian Academy, made unofficial visits to Missouri during Spring Football. Richard's mother is a Missouri alumnus, and she, along with Coach Washington, encouraged her son to check out her alma mater. Richard, in turn, encouraged Adams to check out Missouri, and before the spring was over, Missouri had received commitments from the two friends, along with a third 2014 Missouri signee from Tennessee, in Finis Stribling, from Thompson's Station (TN), about 30 miles south of Nashville.
The 2015 recruiting cycle is underway, and Richard and Adams, both of whom have been multi-sport athletes, are making sure that Missouri's recruiting presence is felt in and around Nashville.
Missouri is currently recruiting a friend of theirs, in 2015 multi-sport athlete and corner prospect Cameron Ordway 6'1" 170 Pulaski (TN) Giles County. Recently, Ordway spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his Missouri interest, and his recruitment.
"Missouri is recruiting me," said Ordway. "I have two good friends (in Thomas Richard and Paul Adams) who signed with (Missouri)……………………………………….. They've talked to me about Missouri many times."
Ordway reports a personal best of 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
"Coach Grinch has contacted me," explained Ordway, who currently holds offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Others, including Auburn, Duke, Missouri, and Ohio State, are showing interest.
"I'll be talking to Coach Grinch again (pretty soon)," said Ordway.
Ordway said that if things progress with Missouri, including an offer, he'd be interested in Missouri, and would like to visit Missouri, maybe this spring along with his friends from Nashville.