SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State University has announced the receipt of National Letters of Intent from 20 high school and junior college students who have committed to play football for the Bears this fall. The class includes 12 high school seniors and eight transfers.
“We were able to get most of the players we targeted, and we are very excited about this year’s class,” said head coach Terry Allen, who will begin his seventh season with the Bears in 2012. “We have a good group of local players and have addressed some immediate needs with transfers.”
The recruits are from eight different states, including eight from Missouri.
Missouri State’s high school commitments are:
Ryan Boatright (TE, 6-4, 233, Fr., Jenks, Okla., Jenks High)
Was an all-district pick at tight end in 2011 for Coach Allan Trimble at Jenks (Okla.) High … Started three seasons and finished with 41 receptions for 5 touchdowns … Helped lead Jenks to an 11-3 record and Oklahoma state semifinal appearance in 2011 as well as state finals trips in 2009 (12-2) and 2010 (13-1) … Is also in his fourth year as a starter on the Jenks basketball team.
Khellan Bruce (DL, 6-2, 285, Fr., Memphis, Tenn., Central High)
Four-year starter on the defensive line at Central High in Memphis, Tenn. … Recorded 46 tackles, 14 for loss, 2 sacks and 3 blocked kicks for Coach Lynord Crutchfield his senior season … Earned preseason all-state honors as well as all-city, all-district, all-metro, and all-conference postseason honors for the Warriors in 2011 … Was a second-team all-district and all-city defensive tackles his junior season … Also helped the Central track team to three straight conference titles as a standout shot and discus thrower.
Dylan Cole (ATH, 6-0, 206, Fr., Rogersville, Mo., Logan-Rogersville High)
Standout local product who was a Missouri Class 3 consensus all-state RB after he compiled 2,002 rushing yards on 225 carries for 33 touchdowns for the state champions at Logan-Rogersville High in 2011 … Also caught 23 passes for 511 yards and another 10 scores for Coach Doug Smith … Wildcats were 14-1 this fall … Likely to play linebacker for the Bears after he registered 102 total tackles, 7 for loss and a pair of interceptions as a senior … Rushed for 75 yards and had 5 tackles in the Show-Me Bowl win over John Burroughs in St. Louis … Named MHSFCA Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 as well as Central Ozarks Co-Offensive Player of the Year and SWMFCA Offensive Player of the Year … Was also all-conference, all-region, All-Ozarks and all-district at both RB and DB in 2011 … Carried 210 times for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior with 1,816 all-purpose yards and 20 scores … Was a third-team all-state RB in 2010 as well as all-district, All-Ozarks, all-region and all-conference … Played for four state playoff teams and three district championship teams and finished his career with 4,172 rushing yards and 61 ground touchdowns.
A.J. Eaves (OL, 6-5, 280, Fr., Lamar, Mo., Lamar High)
Played right guard as a high school senior for Coach Scott Bailey at Lamar (Mo.) High … Helped lead an offense that compiled more than 6,500 total yards and earned the Missouri Class 2 state title in 2011… Earned Class 2 all-state and All-Ozarks honors in 2011 as well as all-conference and All-Ozarks recognition … Provided spark for Lamar offense to rack up 442 yards of total offense in Show-Me Bowl victory over Lafayette County … Was third-team all-state as a junior along with second-team all-conference and first-team all-district for the state semifinalists … Was part of four straight district championship teams at Lamar … Also plays basketball and baseball.