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      Mizzou inks 20 new Tigers

      Gary Pinkel addressing the press after signing 20 football players to the Mizzou program

      COLUMBIA, Mo. â?? Twenty 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


      â??We are very pleased and excited to welcome a very talented group of young men to join our

      program at Mizzou,â?? said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. â??We feel that this is a high-quality group of players

      who are good fits for areas of need. This is a versatile group that is excited to be part of our family, and

      help us compete for championships,â?? he said.

      As of the early afternoon, the new Tiger group was ranked 28th in the country according to its

      average star rating by Rivals. Overall, the class of newest Tigers has been rated as the 37th-best nationally,

      according to ESPN, and as the countryâ??s No. 48 class by Rivals.

      The winning tradition and academic reputation of the Tiger program under Head Coach Gary

      Pinkel was surely an attraction for a skilled class of student-athletes. Mizzou continues to excel in the

      classroom, as it has graduated more than 90 percent of its seniors since 2007. The Tigers played in seven-

      straight bowl games from 2005-2011.

      In all, 11 of the state of Missouriâ??s top football talents signed to play for their home state school.

      Mizzou brought in five of the stateâ??s overall top 10, according to ESPN. The Tiger coaching staff

      additionally sought out talent from around the Southeastern Conferenceâ??s footprint, bringing in student-

      athletes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.