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You can add another name to the pipeline from East St. Louis to Mizzou.

And another promise in the Tigers’ scorching hot July.

The Missouri football team secured the commitment of four-star safety Charles Bass from the Class of 2025 on Wednesday afternoon, as the defensive back announced during a livestream with recruiting service 247Sports that he is the latest East St. Louis High product to join Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz’s staff.

Bass is the fifth player to join the Tigers in a week (four of whom were four-star talents) and the 17th player overall in this cycle.

And he comes from a well-known recruiting area for Drinkwitz and Co.

Star wide receiver Luther Burden III and current Georgia Bulldog Dominic Lovett both signed with East St. Louis in 2021, and new cornerback Toriano Pride Jr. is also a high school product.

Bass, the seventh-best recruit in the state of Illinois in the class of 2025, is a big regional win for Missouri.

The safety chose Mizzou over Kansas State, in-state Illinois and SEC rival Arkansas. He had at least 20 offers from the power conference. Bass is 6’1″ and weighs 195 pounds. He is the No. 97 overall player and No. 9 safety in his class, according to Rivals’ recruiting service rankings.

He is the second safety signed for the Tigers’ class of 2025, following Dyllon Williams, a three-star recruit from Demopolis, Alabama.

Here’s what Bass could bring to the Tigers in the near future and how a hectic recruiting campaign has impacted the Tigers in the national and conference recruiting rankings:

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How will Charles Bass fit into the Missouri football team in the 2025 season?

Safety was an important aspect for MU in this cycle.

Three current starters or key reserve players are eligible to play in their final season. Joseph Charleston, Tre’Vez Johnson and Sidney Williams Sr. are all expected to be out at the end of this season.

If all of Missouri’s current players return in 2025, there will be five scholarship safeties left for that season.

Daylan Carnell will have exhausted his eligibility by the end of the 2025 season, but could also choose to seek opportunities in the NFL at the end of this season.

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Marvin Burks Jr., also from the St. Louis area and a Cardinal Ritter graduate, is expected to take the helm at strong safety for the foreseeable future when he enters his sophomore year in 2024. And Phillip Roche showed promise as a true freshman last season and is likely the next contender for the star safety spot at MU after Carnell.

Three-star talents Austyn Dendy and Jackson Hancock will be true freshman safeties for MU next season, while four-star recruit Trajan Greco could play either safety or cornerback.

This means that Bass and Williams will most likely be competing for at least the top reserve players once they arrive on campus.

Where does the Mizzou football class of 2025 rank now?

A record week brought a record high.

Mizzou has now secured five recruits since Thursday, July 4, pushing the Tigers to the top of the national recruiting rankings.

With Bass’ commitment, Missouri is expected to become the 11th-ranked class in the country, overtaking Michigan and Auburn. According to recruiting service 247Sports’ class calculator and existing overall rankings, Missouri will be the sixth-ranked class in the SEC, up two spots in the national rankings from where it started the day.

A week ago, before Bass, four-star wide receivers Jayvan Boggs and Donovan Olugbode and offensive linemen Lamont Rogers and Keiton Jones verbally committed to MU, the Tigers were ranked 35th in the country and 12th in the SEC in those same rankings.

The number of commitments and recruiting levels are one thing. The schools the Tigers compete with on equal terms are quite another.

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For both Bass and Jones, Mizzou had to beat out prominent regional rivals including Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. For Boggs, Olugbode and Rogers, Mizzou beat out schools from Georgia to USC to Washington to Florida, and in some cases even went to their own state to snap up that talent.

Missouri is on pace to put together its best recruiting class since the star system was implemented. In 2021, recruiting the third-best recruit in the country in Burden helped the Tigers put together the 15th class of this cycle, which is currently MU’s best year this season.

It’s likely that MU is almost finished assembling its class of 2025. There’s of course the possibility that Mizzou could bring some uncommitted prospects to campus for visits this coming season, but right now, there don’t appear to be any commitments in the near future.

But in July, the Tigers won 5 out of 5.