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College Football Recruiting Rankings, 2012: Missouri Makes Headlines, But Can't Finish In Top 25

Missouri might have made the single biggest splash among its newly acquired SEC peers on National Signing Day by besting Arkansas for the services of Dorial Green-Beckham, but the Tigers couldn't crack the Top 25 in SB Nation's college recruiting classes.

The SB Nation recruiting class ranking is an average of the four major recruiting services' rankings (Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN). Based on those numbers, the Tigers fell into the "Just Missed" category, along with Arkansas, Baylor, California and Rutgers.

Mizzou's class of 18 total commits ranked No. 33 by Rivals.com, No. 35 by Scout.com and No. 32 by 24/7. What's more interesting is the fact that despite taking the nation's best wideout (DGB) and center (Lee's Summit, Missouri's Evan Boehm), the Tigers are still behind the majority of the SEC. For instance, even at No. 35 on Scout, the Tigers are ahead of only No. 44 Vanderbilt and No. 63 Ole Miss.

Contrast that with what could have been if the Tigers were still in the Big 12 - at No. 35 on Scout.com, Mizzou would have finished sixth in the entire conference (behind Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Texas Tech and Baylor), rather than 12th. Superstar talent like "DGB" is an undeniable asset for the Tigers, but it's just part of the equation in building a top tier SEC squad.

For a complete look at SB Nation's Top 25 recruiting classes, click here.

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