Missouri Football: Tigers land two key transfers, could get another

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It was a big week for the Missouri football program as the Tigers landed not just one, but two key transfers from the portal.

And truth be told, Missouri football might not be done yet, as another transfer portal target could become a Tiger by the end of the weekend.

The biggest addition and the one that should turn some heads is that of defensive back Akayleb Evans out of Tulsa.

Evans has 11 pass breakups over the course of his career with the Golden Hurricane and the 6-foot-2 defensive back is viewed by many as a player that gets drafted in the 2022 NFL draft.

It seemed like Evans could be on the verge of heading to Notre Dame and the Irish were even considered the favorite by some, however, Missouri won out and it could lead to another commitment from a Tulsa player in the transfer portal.

That player is another defensive back and Tulsa’s Allie Green who was offered by Missouri football soon after Evans committed to the Tigers. Is that a coincidence? Probably not.

Mike Farrell of Rivals says that he expects a commitment by the end of the weekend. It seems like he is implying (in the tweet above) that Green could also be joining Missouri football.

Green would be another exciting addition for Missouri. He’s 6-foot-3 and has been a two-year starter for Tulsa. During his career, Green has one interception, 10 passes defended, five tackles for loss, and 116 total stops.

If you needed any more convincing that the Tigers are now the team to beat with Green, he picked up a pair of crystal ball projections from 247 sports to Missouri. Green was projected to Texas Tech about a week ago, but it looks like the Tigers will get a second Tulsa DB.

According to Rivals, Evans and Green both played for current Missouri cornerbacks coach Aaron Fletcher, and with the Tigers having openings in the secondary, it makes sense to add two guys who have started 53 career games as Evans and Green have combined.

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One result of the transfer portal and players being able to transfer freely one time, is we are going to see more and more players take the leap from FCS to FBS after a solid season or two.

That’s what happened with Connor Wood of Montana State. The former recruit from Idaho was a two-year starter for the Bobcats. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle earned freshman All-American honors in 2018 and was an honorable mention All-American the next season.

There was a coaching change at Montana State, which probably played a factor for Wood, who also had an offer from Indiana. But Missouri gets an experienced tackle and one with interest from multiple power-5 schools.

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That’s a win for Missouri football, especially since Wood has multiple years of eligibility remaining.