Coach Barry Odom and Missouri’s lackluster offense got a late recruiting trail pickup from one of the state’s top prospects.
Harry Ballard, a three-star receiver out of McCluer North (Florissant, Mo.) High School, announced his pledge to the Tigers on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder had also reported offers from Illinois and Iowa State, but his decision was held up by classroom concerns — David Kvidahl of STLhighschoolsports.com reported in late January that Ballard was still working to raise his ACT score.
Given the news of his commitment, one can reasonably infer that Ballard reached his academic goal.
“I will be a Mizzou Tiger!” he tweeted.
Ballard, the No. 14 recruit from the state of Missouri, joins a 2016 Tigers signing class that includes two other receivers in junior college prospect Dominic Collins (three-star) and Loganville, Ga., native Dimetrios Mason (three-star). The program will also welcome former Alabama wideout Chris Black, a one-time four-star prospect who transferred to the Tigers last week. He will be eligible to contribute immediately this year.
Last season, Missouri ranked 127th out of 128 FBS schools in scoring offense (13.6 points per game) and 125th in total offense (280.9 yards per game). No Tigers receiver averaged more than 2.5 catches per contest.