MU football picks up Class of 2019 commit, loses another

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Center Jonah Dubinski prepares to snap the football during the Black and Gold game April 24 on Faurot Field.

Missouri football picked up a commitment for its 2019 recruiting class on Saturday, but it also lost one.

Anthony Watkins — a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete from Fort Worth, Texas — announced his commitment to the Tigers on Twitter early Saturday afternoon. He was on his official visit to Missouri’s campus when he committed.

Watkins is rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports. He has spent time at safety, linebacker and running back at South Hills High School; the Tigers recruited him to play running back. Watkins tagged Missouri running backs coach Cornell Ford in his Twitter announcement and replied to another tweet confirming he was recruited to join the Tigers backfield.

Watkins held offers from 10 programs, including Texas Tech and Baylor.

Not long after Watkins announced his commitment, Shamar Nash from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, announced that he was switching his commitment from Missouri to Arkansas. In his tweet, Nash — who was on an official visit to Arkansas — spoke well of Missouri fans and coaches and said that his decision was what “best fits me and my family.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver and four-star prospect — as rated by both Rivals and 247Sports — originally committed to the Tigers on Feb. 22.

With Watkins’ commitment and Nash’s flip, Missouri still has three commits in its 2019 recruiting class. Along with Watkins, the Tigers have commitments from Aidan Harrison — a defensive back from Flushing, Michigan — and Jack Buford — an offensive lineman from St. Louis.

Tigers get Class of 2018 commit

Although Missouri football’s Class of 2019 saw no net change on Saturday, the Class of 2018 saw a net positive addition.

The Tigers picked up a commitment from Chritauskie Dove — a 6-foot-3, 193-pound wide receiver from Denton, Texas — for the 2018 recruiting class. A three-star prospect according to both Rivals and 247Sports, Dove originally planned to attend Tyler Junior College before flipping to Missouri.

Dove — who also had offers from Texas Tech and Iowa State — hauled in 58 catches for 942 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Denton Ryan High School.

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