Bears add 30 for 2007 grid campaign
There are 24 freshmen and six transfers in the largest
The group includes nine Missourians and 21 out-of-state athletes coming from eight different states. The class is evenly divided between offense and defense. On the offensive side, the Bears have added one quarterback, three running backs, three receivers and eight linemen. On defense, there are seven linemen, five linebackers and three defensive backs.
The nine Missourians hail from all parts of the state with the two southwest
Transfers already in school at Missouri State at the start of the current spring semester includes SS Kyle Aber from Santa Rosa (Calif.) College, LB Mickey Baker from the University of Akron, OT Kevaughn Brown of Tyler (Texas) Junior College, DE Clayton Dickehut of Garden City (Kan.) Community College, OT Jacob Patton from Trinity Valley (Texas) Junior College and DL Mike Taylor of San Bernardino (Calif.) Junior College. This group has joined the squad for the current offseason conditioning program and will participate in spring football workouts in March and April.
The six recruits from
Allen and his staff will move into their second season with the Bears in 2007.
(Pronunciation notes: Colby Broadnax--BROADnacks; Clayton Dickehut---DICKeehue; Jacob Duron---DOOron; Casey Labrue---luhBROO;
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown High School High School Coach
Kyle Aber SS 6-0 185 Jr.
Mickey Baker LB 5-11 235 Jr.
Transfer from U. of Akron, Akron, Ohio (Coach J.D. Brookhart); Dodge City Comm. Coll., Dodge City, Kan. (Coach Marcus Garstecki)
Baker was a first team juco All-American as a freshman at
Colby Broadnax DB 6-3 175 Fr.
Broadnax earned first team all-Memphis selection as he led the city with eight interceptions with two TDs; he was selected for the AXA Liberty All-Star game and also lettered in basketball and track; prep teammate of Adrian Taylor; recruited by Tennessee State, Tennessee-Martin, Central Arkansas, Austin Peay, Toledo, Grambling
Kevaughn Brown OT 6’ 4” 320 Jr. Port Arthur, Texas Port Arthur High Dean Colbert Transfer from Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas (Coach Jamie Critchlow)
Brown was an all-conference and juco All-American honorable mention pick as sophomore at
Dickehut helped GCCC to runner-up Jayhawk Conference spot; played in Dixie-Rotary Bowl as freshman; recruited by
Jacob Duron OL 6’ 5” 295 Fr.
Nolan Hankins OL 6’ 6” 330 Fr.
Hankins helped his team to undefeated state title with all-league, all-state and AP Super Team spots in 2006; recruited by
Jarryd Horn LB 6’ 1” 205 Fr.
Horn led MHS to 6A state semifinals; 2006 District 6A-4 Defensive Player Of the Year, 1st team all-state, 172 tackles, 8 sacks; recruited by Air Force,
David Ingram LB 6’ 2” 220 Fr.
Ingram joined Hankins on state champs with all-conference, all-state, AP Super Team honors; recruited by
Cody Kirby QB 5’ 11” 200 Fr.
Kirby was Arkansas Democrat and Hooten’s 7A Offensive Player of Year, all-state pick; Max Emfinger All-American Selection, 3,500 passing yards, 800 rushing yards, 34 TD passes; 18 rushing TDs; recruited by Central Arkansas, Arkansas, Louisiana-Lafayette
Casey Labrue OL 6’ 5” 265 Fr.
Andy Ocheltree DL 6’ 3” 265 Fr.
Ocheltree was all-conference, all-district, all-state pick with 125 tackles, 17 sacks; finalist for Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year; recruited by Missouri Western
Brandon Oliver WR/RB 5’ 11” 185 Fr.
Oliver North Texas top 50 recruit, all-district; 500 yds. rushing, 500 receiving), kick returner; track standout; recruited by Washington St., Buffalo, Louisiana-Lafayette, La. Tech
Jacob Patton OT 6’ 5” 295 Jr.
Patton all conference, 2nd team juco All-American; recruited by North Texas,
Travis Ribbing RB 5’ 11” 190 Fr.
Ribbing all-state, all-conference, all-region, Conference Player of Year, 28 rushing TDs; 2,443 total yds., 34 TDs for 11-2 team; recruited by
Mikel Ruder DL 6’ 5” 265 Fr.
Ruder took FHS to best record in school history, state semifinals; led team in tackles 2 years; all-conference offense/defense; recruited by UNI, Southern Ill., Wyoming, Tulsa
Nick Sanders DE 6’ 2” 245 Fr.
Sanders two-time first team all-state, Conference Defensive Player of Year; recruited by Southern Illinois,
Travis Simmons DL 6’ 2” 280 Fr.
Simmons all-conference, all-district, all-state; 74 tackles, 25 loss, team’s defensive MVP; recruited by
Deerick Smith OL 6’ 3” 270 Fr.
Smith all-conference, all-state pick invited to Arkansas All-Star game; recruited by Arkansas Tech,
Ian Starnes WR 6’ 5” 210 Fr.
Starnes all-district, all-conference, all-Ozarks; Springfield Player of Year, Max Emfinger All American; 1,600 yds. passing, 1,100 rushing, 26 TDs; recruited by Cent.
Jimmie Strong CB 5’ 10” 175 Fr.
Strong runs 4.3-second 40-yards; recruited by:
Adrian Taylor WR 6’ 3” 160 Fr.
Taylor Memphis all-city pick; 23 catches, 536 yds, 8 TDs as senior; named to AXA Liberty Bowl All-Star game; lettered in basketball, and track; recruited by Memphis, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Toledo, Tennessee Martin, Grambling
Charlie Thompson OL 6’ 5” 240 Fr.
Wacker all-district, all-state, 3-year starter; topped 100 tackles twice;
Bryan Young OL 6’ 3” 305 Fr. Lee’s Summit,
Young North HS OLine standout; hard worker with excellent size and footwork; excellent student who plans to major in hospitality & restaurant administration
Tony Randolph LB 5’ 11” 195 Fr. Blue Springs,