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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 12:15 pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A year ago, Missouri coaches huddled around a television on signing day, listening intently on whether they would be able to nab Dorial Green-Beckham, one of the best recruits in the country.

This year’s class was much more of a ho-hum affair.

Chase Abbington highlighted the Tigers’ 11 in-state recruits, part of a 20-member class the school announced Wednesday. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound tailback from O’Fallon, Mo., Abbington rushed for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, adding 10 catches for 142 yards and another touchdown to lead Fort Zumwalt South High School in scoring.

Having so many Missouri signees has been a rarity for Pinkel, who is preparing to coach his 13th season for the Tigers. In five of its past seven classes, the school signed more players from Texas than from any other state.

Pinkel says he’s content with Missouri’s recruiting despite signing the smallest class in the Southeastern Conference and one that doesn’t feature any household names.

“We never look at any rankings. It’s never happened,” he said. “We do what we do. And I think over the years, it’s proved that it’s worked in a very, very positive way for us in recruiting to bring players in here that can help us win a championship.”

After finishing its inaugural season in the SEC with a disappointing 5-7 record, Missouri made a few staff changes, promoting Josh Henson to offensive coordinator and Andy Hill to quarterbacks coach.

Dave Yost, hired to coach inside receivers at Washington State, voluntarily left the Tigers and ended his 17-season relationship with Pinkel, who admitted that he had to get through the “void” left by Yost.

Twenty-seven returning players and three signees on Missouri’s roster still hail from Texas, but the team is shifting its recruiting focus to the Southeast after leaving the Big 12 last year.

Pinkel said he assigned one assistant coach to recruit Georgia and two to recruit Florida, but three coaches remain in Texas.

The school signed one player each from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida, and three from Texas.

Pinkel says the transition will be similar to when he started recruiting in the South when he arrived at Missouri in 2001.

“It wasn’t like that when we were here 10 years ago; nobody even knew us,” he said. “It’s constantly building relationships, it’s getting out there, it’s winning, it’s all those things. And I think that we’re going to do the same thing.”

One thing the school had to overcome was the end of its school-record seven consecutive bowl seasons. Hill acknowledged that not reaching a bowl game could have affected recruits’ confidence in Missouri, and that other schools could use the fact against the Tigers.

That didn’t stop the school from signing Chase Daniel after its last losing season in 2004; Missouri won 32 games from 2006-08 with the Heisman Trophy finalist starting at quarterback.

“The bottom line is, if you get the right guys and you bring the team back together and they compete together and all that, then you’re back talking about going to bowls,” Hill said.

Hill will benefit from having both incoming quarterbacks, Trent Hosick and Eddie Printz, enrolling a semester early as they adjust to the program before fall camp. Hosick attended high school in Kansas City, Mo., and Printz did so in Marietta, Ga.

“When you start football practice in August, when really it’s for real with the upcoming games on the line, then you’re trying to compete,” Hill said. “You’re not just trying to learn, just trying to get your feet underneath you.”

Henson says Missouri needs to move on from last season, but he hopes to apply the lessons learned to this year’s team. He took solace in the Tigers’ play on the road against Florida and Tennessee late in the season, saying that there was no “unknown” factor this year.

“I think there’s that factor of just experiencing and learning, and you get to that point to where it’s just football,” he said. “It’s a better brand of football, no doubt. But it’s just football. And I think confidence-wise, I felt good the way we ended the season.”

Aside from new competition, the Tigers struggled to keep finding replacements last season for their decimated offensive line.

The team’s projected starters on the line heading into fall camp made only 30 of a possible 60 starts during the season. All five missed time rehabbing from injury, while left guard Travis Ruth missed the entire season because of a torn left triceps tendon.

The Tigers signed three offensive linemen and six defensive linemen, but Pinkel joked that “we needed like 20 offensive linemen and 20 defensive linemen.”

Ultimately, wherever and whomever Missouri recruits, Pinkel noted that former players are the best salesmen the Tigers have.

“I think that ultimately what sells our program, whether it’s in Dallas or it’s in Kansas City or St. Louis, is your players that go back home to their high schools, and they graduate and they’ve had success and they win and they go to bowls. That’s the biggest selling that you’re going to get.”

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

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