Recruiting high school talent in the St. Louis area had been a source of frustration for the University of Missouri football program in the past two seasons.
After being virtually shutout of last year’s loaded Class of 2018 group of talented players, the Tigers desperately needed some good news in their recruiting quest of the Class of 2019.
That good news was provided by Lutheran North offensive lineman Jack Buford, who gave Mizzou a verbal commitment last week in a ceremony at the school. The 6’5” 330-pound Buford is a talented four-star recruit who had been courted by several top Division I programs around the country. Buford chose Mizzou over schools such as Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Illinois and many others.
The last area recruit with such a high-profile to choose the Tigers was All-American lineman Terry Beckner, Jr. of East St. Louis. Beckner bypassed the National Football League Draft this year to return to Mizzou as one of the top defensive linemen in the country. He is expected to a top professional prospect.
Buford’s commitment comes at an excellent time for the Tigers, who are still looking to break through with several other top prospects in St. Louis in the Class of 2019 and into 2020.
Miller and Taggert give commitments
Two other top prep football prospects from the St. Louis area Class of 2019 gave verbal commitments over the weekend. Defensive back D.J. Miller of John Burroughs committed to Iowa State while tight end Avery Taggert of Eureka gave a pledge to Southern Illinois.
Rated a three-star recruit, the 6’0” 185-pound Miller gave his announcement to Iowa State on his Twitter account after receiving nearly two dozen scholarship offers. As a junior, Miller had 28 solo tackles and three interceptions for the Bombers. On offense, he had 19 receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
Taggert is a 6’3, 220-pound tight end, was a big part of the Wildcats’ 12-1 team that advanced to the Class 6 semifinals last season. As a junior, Taggert had 20 receptions for 384 yards and four touchdowns. He is also a standout on the Wildcats’ basketball team in the winter.
Ashley Henderson finishes as an All-American
Congratulations to former Hazelwood Central track women’s track standout Ashley Henderson, who finished her stellar collegiate career at San Diego State as an All-American one last time. Henderson finished sixth in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Henderson finished her career at San Diego State as a 14-time All-American with 14 Mountain West Conference championships and four school records. She was Most Outstanding Performer in the last five Mountain West Conference meets. She finishers her career as one of the top female sprinters in the history of the Mountain West Conference.
Area quartet participates in Nike Elite 100
Four of the area’s top high school basketball players participated in the Nike Elite 100 Basketball Camp at Saint Louis University last weekend. The four-day showcase camp event brings together of 100 of the top underclassmen in the country. The four St. Louis area players who were part of the event were Caleb Love of CBC, Luke Kasubke of Chaminade, Jordan Nesbitt of Lutheran North and Cam’Ron Fletcher of Vashon. All four players are among the loaded Class of 2020 talent base in the St. Louis area.
Surge open home season in style
The St. Louis Surge opened its home season in Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League play by defeating the Midwest Elite Flyers 103-61. The impressive victory avenged the Surge’s only loss to the Flyers to open the season in Elsberry, Missouri. The Surge will return to action on Saturday when they travel south to take on the Georgia Stampede on Saturday at 7 p.m.