COLUMBIA — Missouri bolstered its offensive and defensive lines Wednesday as the second signing period for the 2019 class opened, with offensive lineman Angel Matute and defensive linemen Z'Core Brooks and Sci Martin Jr. pushing the team's total to 25 signees.
Matute, listed at 6-foot-4, 289 pounds, played quarterback, tight end and offensive tackle at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School and attended Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he played as a tight end for a season and caught 15 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He then transferred to Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif., and was a first-team all-conference selection at offensive line. Matute is a junior with two years of eligibility remaining.
Martin (6-3, 225 pounds) is originally from New Orleans and played in 2016 as a freshman at LSU before an offseason knee injury, and elected to transfer to East Mississippi Community College — the same school Tigers quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. attended — for a year. At EMCC, Martin recorded 36 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles as the Lions went 12-0 and repeated as National Junior College Athletic Association national champions. Martin is also enrolled as a junior.
Brooks (6-5, 247 pounds) just wrapped up his senior season at Dallas' Woodrow Wilson High School, compiling 41 tackles, six sacks and 14 tackles for loss with four forced fumbles. He is the son of former Michigan linebacker Grady Brooks.