COLUMBIA – University of Missouri football coach Barry Odom and his staff, fresh off one of the more remarkable regular seasons in college football history, on Wednesday announced the next group of student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at Mizzou.

Odom’s third recruiting class since being named Mizzou’s 32nd head coach in December of 2015 includes16 players who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of a new three-day signing period. The Tigers expect several more signees on both Thursday and Friday.

“I woke up this morning and it’s almost like Christmas early, I really like where we’re at with the group that we got in so far today, I think it matches a lot of the areas we needed to hit positionally, and we’ll be really excited about these guys once they get on campus,” said Odom. “What they’ve done up to this point to get in position to come join us culturally fitting in our program, skill set-wise fitting with what we do offensively and defensively, I’m so happy we’ve got this group starting with us. We’ll be anxious to get them on campus.”

The 16 signees announced Wednesday come from Florida, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.

The only player from the St. Luuis area who signed with the Tigers was Harry Ballard, a wide receiver who went to high school at McCluer North before going to Jones County Junior College.

The players who signed on Wednesday:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
Chad Bailey LB 6-0 235 Missouri City, Texas 
Harry Ballard III WR 6-2 205 Florissant, Mo.
Simi Bakare RB 5-11 195 Round Rock, Texas
Tyrone Collins DB 5-11 165 Bradenton, Fla.
Javon Foster OL 6-6 300 West Bloomfield, Mich.
Dominic Gicinto WR 5-9 170 Raytown, Mo.
Danny Gray WR 6-1 175 Dallas, Texas
Trajan Jeffcoat DE 6-3 220 Columbia, S.C.
Jalen Knox WR 6-0 180 Mansfield, Texas
Gerald Nathan, Jr. LB 6-1 200 Charlotte, N.C.
Daniel Parker DE 6-4 245 Blue Springs, Mo.
Mike Ruth OL 6-7 325 Coppell, Texas
Kam Scott WR 6-2 180 Manvel, Texas
Khmari Thompson WR 6-1 195 Lawrenceville, Ga.
Jarvis Ware DB 6-1 175 Apopka, Fla.
Cameron Wilkins LB 6-2 223 Del Valle, Texas