Missouri football signs six more players


University of Missouri Head Football Coach Barry Odom announced today the signing of six more standout student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend Mizzou and play football for the Tigers.

The latest to join Odom’s program as part of the 2018 class include prep all-stars Tyler Badie (RB – Memphis, Tenn.), Nick Bolton (LB – Frisco, Texas), Xavier Delgado (OL – Glendale, Ariz), Jatorian Hansford (DE – Forsyth, Ga.) and Bobby Lawrence (OL – St. Joseph, Mo.), as well as junior college standout Lindsay Scott, Jr. (QB – Zachary, La./East Mississippi CC).

The addition of this group brings the current class size number to 25, after 19 standout athletes signed with Mizzou during the first-ever early signing period from Dec. 20-22.

Odom and the Tiger coaching staff will canvas the state of Missouri over the following two weeks to meet fans and discuss the 2018 signing class, and all things related to Mizzou Football, at four upcoming recruiting events

. The caravan begins Feb. 13th in Columbia, and then travels to Kansas City on Feb. 15th, followed the next week with stops in Springfield (Feb. 21st) and St. Louis (Feb. 22nd). Visit for all the details on how to pre-register to attend these exciting events.

The Mizzou program, fresh off its seven-win season and first bowl appearance since 2014, is currently in the middle of off-season conditioning in preparation for spring camp, which is set to start on March 6th. A seven-game home schedule awaits Tiger fans in the fall of 2018, including games against Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the SEC, with non-conference games versus Memphis, Wyoming and UT-Martin.

Season ticket orders are being accepted for the 2018 season, including renewals and new requests.

Visit for details, or contact the Mizzou Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS locally) with questions. Season ticket holders who renew by the April 14 deadline will receive a special limited edition souvenir, with details to be announced soon.

A full roster of signees follows, as well as extensive biographical sketches of the newest Mizzou Tigers.

Stay tuned to and follow @MizzouFootball on Twitter for continuing signing updates.


Announced Feb. 7, 2018 (As of 9:30 a.m. CT)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School/Prev. School)

Tyler Badie RB 5-9 170 Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)

Nick Bolton LB 6-0 227 Frisco, Texas (Lone Star)

Xavier Delgado OL 6-5 300 Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley)

Jatorian Hansford DE 6-4 222 Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons)

Bobby Lawrence OL 6-8 300 St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Lindsay Scott, Jr. QB 5-11 210 Zachary, La. (LSU/East Mississippi CC)

Announced Dec. 20-22, 2017

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School/Prev. School)

Chad Bailey LB 6-0 235 Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point)

Harry Ballard III WR 6-2 205 Florissant, Mo. (McCluer North/Jones County JC)

Simi Bakare RB 5-11 195 Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge)

Tyrone Collins DB 5-11 165 Bradenton, Fla. (Braden River)

Javon Foster OL 6-6 300 West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)

Dominic Gicinto WR 5-9 170 Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)

Danny Gray WR 6-1 175 Dallas, Texas (James Madison)

Trajan Jeffcoat DE 6-3 220 Columbia, S.C. (Irmo)

Jalen Knox WR 6-0 180 Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)

Chris Mills DB 6-0 185 Converse, Texas (Judson)

Gerald Nathan, Jr. LB 6-1 200 Charlotte, N.C. (Vance)

Daniel Parker DE 6-4 245 Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

Mike Ruth OL 6-7 325 Coppell, Texas (Coppell)

Kam Scott WR 6-2 180 Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Messiah Swinson TE 6-7 260 Glen Head, N.Y. (Lutheran)

Antar Thompson DT 6-5 310 St. Louis, Mo. (Richmond Heights/Highland CC)

Khmari Thompson WR 6-1 195 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Central Gwinnett)

Jarvis Ware DB 6-1 175 Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)

Cameron Wilkins LB 6-2 223 Del Valle, Texas (Del Valle)


Arizona (1) – Delgado (Glendale)

Florida (2) – Collins (Bradenton), Ware (Apopka)

Georgia (2) – Hansford (Forsyth), Thompson (Lawrenceville)

Louisiana (1) – Scott (Zachary)

North Carolina (1) – Nathan (Charlotte)

Michigan (1) – Foster (West Bloomfield)

Missouri (5) – Ballard III (Florissant), Gicinto (Raytown), Lawrence (St. Joseph), Parker (Blue Springs), Thompson (St. Louis)

New York (1) – Swinson (Lutheran)

South Carolina (1) – Jeffcoat (Columbia)

Tennessee (1) – Badie (Memphis)

Texas (9) – Bailey (Missouri City), Bakare (Round Rock), Bolton (Frisco), Gray (Dallas), Knox (Mansfield), Mills (Converse), Ruth (Coppell), Scott (Manvel), Wilkins (Del Valle)

Tyler Badie – RB – 5-9 – 170 – Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian HS)

Speedster who brings exceptional speed and elusiveness to the position … has him listed as a three-star running back prospect … Played in the AutoZone High School All-Star Game … Tennessee Titans Division 2 Class AAA Mr. Football nominee … Workhorse as a senior at Briarcrest, carrying the ball 193 carries over 10 games, amassing 1,186 total yards (6.14 avg.) with 18 touchdowns … Had six games of 100+ yards as a senior … Guided Briarcrest to a 9-2 record and a state quarterfinal appearance … Also hauled in 16 passes for 306 yards and three more scores … Posted 400 yards on 40 carries with three scores as a junior in 2016 … Also had 17 catches for 157 yards as a junior … Also played basketball … Has clocked a 4.46 40-yard dash time Chose Mizzou over offers from Pittsburgh, Memphis, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Southern Miss, among others … Primary recruiter: Cornell Ford … Cited his relationship with Coach Ford and the Mizzou staff, along with the chance to play close to home and in the SEC as primary reasons for his signing with the Tigers.

Nick Bolton – LB – 6-0 – 227 – Frisco, Texas (Frisco Lone Star HS)

Physical middle linebacker who has a high football IQ and great vision … Was a proven leader at Frisco Lone Star, earning District MVP honors twice … Has a great blend of strength and ability that allows him to fill gaps and play fundamentally sound at the middle linebacker spot … A three-star prospect at inside linebacker according to Rivals, which has him rated as the No. 33 inside linebacker in the class … 247Sports and ESPN both rate him as a three-star prospect … As a senior, he was named District 13-5A Defensive MVP for the second consecutive season after totaling 130 tackles, with 16 tackles for loss and five interceptions … Named 2016 District 13-5A Defensive MVP after totaling 111 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and one interception … In 2015, he totaled 81 tackles with three interceptions and four sacks … Named the No. 5 linebacker in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the Dallas News … Lone Star Prospects rated him as a Texas Top 50 recruit … Dallas News First Team All-State at linebacker … Guided Frisco Lone Star to a 12-2 record with an appearance in the regional final as a senior … Primary recruiter: Brian Odom and Vernon Hargreaves … Chose Mizzou over offers from Mississippi State, Washington, Boston College, Colorado, Houston, Utah, Indiana and Kansas, among others … Cited his relationship with both Hargreaves and Odom as key reasons for his commitment, appreciating their honesty and straightforwardness during the recruiting process.

Xavier Delgado – OL – 6-5 – 300 – Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley HS)

Physical, imposing offensive line prospect who brings all of the intangibles to the position that have been coveted by Mizzou’s coaching staff over the last several seasons … Plays through the whistle and has the ability to play in both the run and pass games … A three-star recruit by and also by and is rated as the No. 19 overall recruit in the state of Arizona … First Team All-State offensive lineman in the ‘Big School’ division, made up of all schools at class 4A, 5A and 6A according The Republic … Primary recruiter: Brad Davis … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State and Oregon State.

Jatorian Hansford – DE – 6-4 – 222 – Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons HS) – Pronounced: JUH-tore-ee-uhn

Has the ability to make highlight reel tackles all over the field, whether in space or in the trenches … Great blend of speed, size and power who is effective as a stand-up rusher and in coverage … Is great at attacking the run with a down-hill approach and was praised in his coverage abilities … A three-star prospect according to … Played both linebacker and strong safety at Mary Persons High School … Exploded onto the national recruiting scene as a senior, making 107 tackles (57 solo) with 17.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks … As a junior, he made 52 tackles with 5.0 tackles for loss … Also had two interceptions during his high school career … tabbed him as a top performer at linebacker at the 2017 Georgia Showcase … Chose Mizzou over offers from UCF, Indiana, Wake Forest, Oregon State, Rutgers, and UAB, among others … Primary recruiter: Brick Haley … Cited Mizzou’s coaching staff as a key reason for his commitment, especially his belief in Coach Odom’s vision, and his relationship with DL coach Haley … Also credited Mizzou’s facilities and relationships with players in the current signing class and his host players as key reasons for his commitment.

Bobby Lawrence – OL – 6-8 – 300 – St. Joseph, Mo. (Central HS)

Massive offensive line prospect who, despite flying under the radar, brings coveted size and strength to the position … Hopes to follow in the footsteps of several former Mizzou linemen who maybe weren’t well known on a national scale coming in, but who developed at MU and eventually made the NFL – such as Justin Britt, Mitch Morse, Connor McGovern and Colin Brown, to name a few … 247Sports lists him as a three-star recruit and the No. 19 recruit in the state of Missouri … ESPN rates him as a three-star prospect as well while Rivals has him listed as a two-star … All-Simone Team at offensive line … Named 2017 Suburban Red All-Conference … Class 5A Second Team All-State selection as a senior … Named News-Press Athletes of the Week on Nov. 13 … Father, Toby, was a starter for Kansas State in the early 1990s … Primary recruiters: Brad Davis and Andy Hill … Chose Mizzou over offers from Nebraska, Iowa State, and South Florida, among others.

Lindsey Scott Jr. – QB – 5-11 – 210 – Zachary, La. (Zachary HS/LSU/East Mississippi CC)

One of the top junior college quarterbacks in the nation who led East Mississippi Community College to an 11-1 record and the 2017 NJCAA national championship (team’s fourth in seven years) and MACJC state title (team’s sixth in nine years) … Chosen to Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Second Team and was voted the Mississippi Bowl Committee’s Player of the Year for EMCC’s state championship squad … Ranked third among the NJCAA’s 2017 national statistical leaders in passing yards per game (290.1 yds/gm), fourth with 29 passing touchdowns and fifth in pass completion percentage (64.8%) … Accounted for 4,210 yards of total offense (3,481 passing & 729 rushing) and 35 total touchdowns (29 passing & six rushing) this past season … Completed 258-of-398 passes on the year and added 729 rushing yards on 161 attempt s… Posted three 400-yard passing efforts with a pair of 100-yard rushing games in 2017 … Tabbed NJCAA and MACJC Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for 502 yards of total offense and six TDs (452 yards & 5 TDs passing; 50 yards & 1 TD rushing) in 49-3 win over Holmes … Also picked up MACJC Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for 575 yards of total offense and five scores (471 yards & 5 TDs passing; 104 yards rushing) in 67-66 double-overtime road win over Northwest Mississippi in MACJC state title game… Sat out the 2016 season at LSU as a redshirt freshman … Named the 2015 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year after leading 14-1 Zachary High School to Class 5A state title ... Also named Mr. Football in Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2015 ... Two-time Class 5A Offensive Most Valuable Player in Louisiana ... Three-star prospect according to ESPN, Scout, Rivals, and 247sports... Ranked by Scout as the No. 1 quarterback in Louisiana and rated as the nation's 28th-best dual-threat QB according to 247Sports ... Accounted for 5,002 total yards and 61 TDs as a senior ... Connected on 163-of-255 passes for 3,039 yards, 33 TDs and just five interceptions in 2015... Added another 1,963 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground for the most prolific offensive season for any player ever in the Baton Rouge area ... Accounted for 316 total yards (229 passing, 87 rushing) and five TDs in state championship game win over John Ehret ... Awarded the 2015 Warrick Dunn and Sportsline Player of the Year from WAFB-TV ... Selected to the MaxPreps All-American First Team as an athlete ... Member of the All-USA Louisiana First Team Offense … Primary recruiter: Derek Dooley … Cited Coach Odom’s vision for Mizzou Football as a key reason for his commitment, along with the chance to help build Mizzou’s program with the current coaching staff.

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