'20 MO OL Jalen St. John

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The 6-foot-5, 300-pound St. John said he plans to make the trip to Tennessee with teammate Reggie Love, a four-star Class of 2020 running back who also added an offer from the Vols last week. “We’re for sure going up to Tennessee this weekend,” St. John said. St. John said Tennessee, Auburn, Kansas State, Illinois and Iowa State are the five schools he’s strongly considering at the moment among his dozen offers, and the offer from the Vols “was an exciting one” for him.

“I like Tennessee, actually,” said St. John. "I really like them. I don’t know. It’s the tradition. It’s just all that. “I’m going to be dropping my top eight in the next month or two. They’re going to be in there.” He already has looked up a few videos online that have given him a glimpse of Tennessee’s campus and facilities, and he said he has seen clips from “some of the old games” that have offered a few examples of the Vols’ tradition.

He said he’s exciting to see “how it is down there” at Tennessee, along with “seeing the culture and the tradition and just trying to get to know the coaches and see where I can fit in at.” Tennessee wide receivers coach Tee Martin extended the offer to St. John last week. St. John said he also has been in contact with Vols offensive line coach Will Friend and quality control analyst Kevin O’Brien.

“Tennessee, it’s an ‘O-line U’ down there,” St. John said. "That’s what I know. I’ve been watching them a lot — like, the early enrollees on YouTube and stuff. (Friend) said he’ll put me at guard, but he could play me at tackle because I’ve got good footwork. He was just like, it just all depends on where I feel comfortable at. But I could play anywhere.” “Me and Reggie — well, like, all the 2020 class — we always look out for each other,” St. John said. “I just put them on him, and coach Tee Martin liked him. I just sent them his film, like, ‘We’ve got another dog.’”
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Although Tennessee does not have the natural connections to Trinity Catholic that Illinois does, St. John singled out the Volunteers for the work they have done building a relationship.

“Me and coach (Tee) Martin, we have been clicking for awhile, since he was at USC,” St. John said. “When he got to Tennessee I could just relate to all of them and the love was everywhere. Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, coach (Will) Friend… they are a good group of men.”

St. John has yet to visit Tennessee’s campus, but expects to make a trip to Knoxville this summer. He is wrapping up a productive spring that saw him earn MVP honors at the St. Louis stop of the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas.
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While other Missouri recruits in the 2020 class have been told the University plans to have a new head coach in place within two weeks, St. John does not expect to give the Tigers another look. “I am just going to go ahead and look for another place,” St. John said. “With the whole coaching staff being gone it’s just a lot, because I connected with them real well.” St. John had nearly 20 scholarship offers when he announced his commitment to Missouri this past July. Upon re-opening his recruitment, many of those schools immediately reconnected with the four-star lineman. “Now that I have opened my recruitment back up, there are a lot of schools contacting me,” St. John said.
“I talked to coach J.B. Grimes today from Auburn. I talked to (Tennessee’s) coach Pruitt on Thanksgiving and I talked to coach (Tee) Martin today. I talked to Mississippi State today.” Other schools that have been in contact with St. John since he announced his de-commitment are Penn State, Arizona State and Minnesota and expects visits from Arizona State and Indiana coach William Inge at his school this week. St. John plans to utilize each of his four remaining official visits before making his college decision. “I am really just taking my time with it and re-thinking a lot of things,” St. John said. “I am really trying to come in and play, but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. I’m (looking) for a place I can go and be good, where my family doesn’t have to worry about me. I’m just ready to get this journey started, honestly.” St. John has not ruled out making an official visit this upcoming weekend if an opportunity arises this week. He will take his recruitment into January, though, and sign in the late period.
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can we fit another OL into the class?
That's what I was wondering. I didn't think we were going to try to get another, UNLESS we see one of the currents playing on defense. I was thinking the only other one we were looking at was Reginald Perry.
I mean, by all means, we need OL, especially with Ryan Johnson leaving, and possibly Trey leaving.

I really am not sure how the numbers are going to work. But I'm sure the staff will figure it out. As I posted in another thread, it really seems like they're just targeting the biggest, fastest, meanest players, and are figuring out the positions later.
 

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