16 newcomers to join Missouri State football Bears for 2008



    The emphasis is on defense in the 2008 football recruit class at Missouri State University as Bears’ head coach Terry Allen and his staff look to anchor the area of greatest need from last year’s ballclub. There are 10 defensive players among 16 prospective gridders who committed Wednesday to attend Missouri State and play football for the Bears.

    The group includes six Missourians and 10 athletes coming from six other states. The recruit class consists of one junior college transfer and 15 freshmen. Of the freshmen, quarterback Jake Morse of Columbia, Mo., has enrolled at Missouri State at the start of the current spring semester, while the other newcomers will join the squad at the start of preseason camp next August. The lone transfer is defensive lineman Michael Daniels of Leesburg, Ga., who will come to Missouri State from North Iowa Community College. Daniels will be a junior during the 2008 season.

    On the defensive side of the football, MSU is adding four linemen, four linebackers and two defensive backs. Offensively, there is a tight end, a quarterback, a wide receiver, two lineman and a kicker.

    The Missourians on the list include two area products, both offensive linemen, Garett Wade of Lebanon and Harrison Menke of Joplin. The rest of the Bears’ in-state crop includes Morse, defensive lineman Joseph Day of O’Fallon, linebacker Rodney Kelly of Lee’s Summit and defensive lineman James Moore of Florissant.

    Of the out-of-state newcomers, there are three each from Florida and Oklahoma and one each from Arkansas, Illinois, Georgia and Kansas.

    The 2008 season will be the third year at Missouri State for Allen and his staff. Missouri State had the program’s best improvement in 20 years last fall as the Bears went from a 2-9 mark in 2006 to a 6-5 season last fall. The Bears will compete in the newly-expanded Gateway Football Conference, with North Dakota State and South Dakota State joining the seven existing conference members for a nine-team league in the coming campaign. Missouri State is slated to open the new season Sept. 4 against Washburn University at Plaster Field.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown High School High School Coach

Andre Anderson DB 5-10 165 Fr. Muskogee, Okla. Muskogee High Matt Hennessey

Anderson was All-District 6A; Muskogee Phoenix All-Area on defense; Oklahoma Coaches Association 6A All-State; Recorded 39 receptions for 335 yards and three touchdowns as a WR on offense. Had 85 tackles and four interceptions as a DB in 2007

Corey Bailey WR 6-2 185 Fr. Camden, Ark. Camden-Fairview High Buck James

Bailey was First Team All-Conference; First Team All-State

Russell Brown DL 6-0 275 Fr. Midwest City, Okla. Midwest City High Steve Huff

Brown was All-District; Mid-State All-Conference; Class 6A All-State; All Class All-State; Recorded 96 tackles and 12 QB sacks

Jordan Chiles P/K 5-10 175 Fr. Hillsboro, Ill. Hillsboro High Mike Genge

Chiles was a three-time All-Conference, two-time All-Area, and All-State Honorable Mention; he averaged over 40 yards on punts and kicked 12-of-17 FG’s with a long of 48 yards and three over 40; was voted team MVP and team captain; was selected academic All-State and is a member of the National Honor Society; choose Missouri State over Southeast Missouri State and Truman State

Michael Daniels DL 6-5 275 Jr. Leesburg, Ga. Lees County High David Johnson

Transfer from North Iowa Area Community College (Coach Scott Strohmeier)

Daniels was a 2007 All-Region Midwest Region Selection; he helped lead NIACC to a 7-4 record and a berth in the Graphic Edge Bowl; Daniels led the NIACC defense with 12 tackles for losses and six sacks; ranked two stars by Rivals.com; choose Missouri State over Northern Iowa, Illinois State

Joseph Day DL 6-2 268 Fr. O’Fallon, Mo. Ft Zumwalt West High Paul Day

Day was All-District; All-Conference, First Team All-State, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year; he holds school record for a career with 53 tackles for loss, 188 total tackles, and 18.5 sacks

Rodney Kelly LB 6-2 195 Fr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit West High Royce Boehm

Kelly is a speedy linebacker with great growth potential; he recorded four sacks in his team’s successful state championship bid vs. Parkway Central; son of Ronald and Stacy Kelly and plans business management as his major

Leandre Lance LB 5-10 180 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. First Coast High Marty Lee

Lance was a three-year starter and helped his high school team to a third straight district title in class 4A; team was 11-3 and reached third round of state playoffs; named to the 4A all-sdistrict second team, second team all-area and 4A honorable mention all-state; was selected for and participated in Florida Shrine Bowl with another member of Missouri State 2008 signing class; as a senior, Lance totaled 93 tackles, 17 for lost yardage, nine sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles; chose Missouri State over Georgia Southern, Florida A & M, Bethune Cookman and Presbyterian College

Anthony Lee LB 6-1 195 Fr. Bonner Springs, Kan. Bonner Springs High Lew Kasselman

Lee is a multi-sport athlete (track and basketball) who brings excellent speed and coverage ability to the Bears’ defense; he is the son of Cheree and Anthony Lee, Sr., and plans to major in business

Harrison Menke OL 6-4 265 Fr. Joplin, Mo. Joplin High Doug Buckmaster

Menke is a three-year starter on the offensive line and was captain his senior year; he was a two-year First Team All-Conference and All-District performer; was also voted to the Joplin Globe All-Area First Team, The Springfield News-Leader All-Ozarks First Team and All-State second team

James Moore DL 6-3 270 Fr. Florissant, Mo. McCluer North High Jim Schottmueller

Moore was a three-time All-Metro, two-time All-state and All-Suburban North Performer; a senior captain who helped lead McCluer North to an 8-3 record; two-way lineman who led a tough defense with 52 tackles and five sacks; was ranked as a three-star defensive lineman by Rivals.com and also ranked as the 16th best prospect in the state of Missouri for 2008; choose Missouri State over Iowa State

Jake Morse QB 6-1 180 Fr. Columbia, Mo. Rockbridge High A.J. Ofodile

Morse moved from Kansas to Missouri between his junior and senior years; while in DeSoto High, he was a two-year starter and was First Team All-League, All-County, All-Area and All-State at QB; his senior year at Rockbridge, he completed 56% of his passes for 1,962 yards and 20 touchdowns; was also voted All-Area his senior year

Chris Moses LB 5-11 195 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. Episcopal High David Hess

Moses was a three-year starter at Episcopal and helped his team to first district title in class 2B; was named 2B first team all district; Second team all area and 2B second team all-state; selected to participate in the Florida Shrine Bowl with another member of Missouri State 2008 signing class; as a senior he totaled 101 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles; chose Missouri State over Temple and Buffalo

Skyler Neale TE 6-3 215 Fr. Gainesville, Fla. Oakhall High Jim Harrison

Neal was First Team All-District and Second Team All-State; he had 56 receptions for 826 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior

Jordan Tyner DB 5-10 180 Fr. Midwest City Okla. Midwest City High Steve Huff

Tyner was All-District; Mid-State All-Conference; Class 6A All-State; District Co-Defensive MVP; Honorable mention All-Class All-State; Recorded 116 tackles and nine sacks

Garett Wade OL 6-3 245 Fr. Lebanon Mo. Lebanon High Will Christian

Wade All-District; All-Conference; First Team All-State at defensive end; All-Ozarks First Team; First Team All-Academic; Second Team All-District; Second Team All-Conference at offensive guard; recorded 106 tackles and six sacks on defense



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