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Breaking down the top Tigers

Missouri currently has the nation's No. 35 recruiting class with two key official visit weekends remaining. Gary Pinkel and staff, who currently have 18 commitments, have made the defensive line a priority in the 2013 class along with continuing to add depth and competition at the quarterback position.

Four-star defensive tackle Josh Augusta has the upside to be a multi-year starter at Mizzou.

Here is a closer look at the top five rated commitments in the Tigers class as Missouri continues shift gears and focus to competing in the trench-powerful Southeastern Conference, and shifting away from the spread happy Big 12.

Josh Augusta, DT, Peoria (Il.)

The Prospect – The No. 16 defensive tackle in the 2013 class, and the No. 206 ranked prospect overall.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound August committed to Missouri Jan. 20, and is a key prospect as the Tigers continue to look to beef up the future of the defensive line in a league that is truly won in the trenches. Augusta impresses on video or in person with his flexibility, first step quickness and ability to open up and pursue. He possesses a very high ceiling, and should develop into a multi-year starter.

Chase Abbington, S, Saint Peters (Mo.)Ft. Zumwalt South

The Prospect – The No. 25 safety in the class with a rating of 90.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Abbington is a versatile prospect that projects to safety early on at the next level, but could also end up at outside linebacker pending his physical development. His feet have always been excellent for his size, and his change of direction above average.

Trent Hosick, QB, Kansas City (Mo.) Staley

Josh Augusta

The Prospect – The No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the class with a rating of 89.

Hosick committed to Gary Pinkel and staff in April of 2012, and appears set to battle fellow member of the 2013 class Eddie Printz (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) and redshirt freshman Marty Mauk as the future signal caller for the Tigers. In Hosick, Missouri is getting a quarterback prospect with play extending ability that has impressive natural strength and quick reactions.

J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri City (Texas) Elkins

The Prospect – The No. 51 wide receiver in the class with a rating of 89.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Moore has flown under the radar in the Lone Star state, but has one of the higher ceilings of any pass catcher in Texas in 2013. Moore, who Louisville has tried to get on campus of late without success, is one of the most instinctive wide receivers in the class in Texas with the ability to make a catch in the short and intermediate game and maximize the play, along with the feel to sell double moves and routes. With a year of physical development, look for Moore to be a multi-year starter for the Tigers.

Antar Thompson, DT, Saint Louis (Mo.) Maplewood-Richmond Heights

The Prospect – The No. 33 defensive tackle in the class with a rating of 89.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Thompson is another athletic, big bodied defensive tackle in the Tigers class. Like Augusta, he is quick for his size with impressive flexibility and overall agility. On video, his last two or three steps closing is uber impressive as is his body quickness and ability to keep would be blockers off his knees

Chase Abbington

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