Kirkwood (MO) ATH Jerod Alton 5'10" 180 had heard from Missouri early in his recruitment but had given up hope of an offer from the Tigers as they added defensive backs and athletes to their class, and his conversations with Mizzou assistant Cornell Ford tapered off. Then, a couple of weeks ago he began to hear from Ford again, including being asked to come up for an unofficial visit.
"I had always had a good relationship with Coach Ford and enjoyed talking with him," said Alton."But I was sure the chance to get an offer from them had passed as I closed in on making my college decision. I thought they were done with spots at my position. Then, I heard from Coach Ford, and he asked me what I thought of Mizzou and would I feel if we got you down here to Columbia and offered me. This was a real twist, and he said that they would love to have me join them and be a Tiger. I was surprised, but he explained the situation to me about a spot opening up and we set up a unofficial visit."
It did not take Alton long on his visit to realize that Mizzou offered a dream opportunity for him.
"It was amazing on my trip there to Mizzou! Missouri has everything a kid who ever dreamed of playing high level big time football could ever want. So, I jumped on this opportunity and committed to the Tigers. It's the top of SEC year in and year out. They are winning championships, and they provide an excellent education. I love it there, and my family loves it as well," said Alton.
Alton told me that the Tigers offered him as an athlete, but said that he could pick where he wants to play.
"I am just looking for a fair opportunity on either side of the ball. I am willing to battle it out and just want a chance to show what I can do. I really don't have a preference, but I am thinking either slot receiver of cornerback. If the opportunity to play running back on that level opened up to me, then I would jump at it, but as far as long term as a player,I think the other positions would be best for me," he said.
Jerod Alton reports a top forty time of 4.52 along with a 33" vertical jump and 4.1 shuttle time