Jerod Alton Signs With "Dream School" Mizzou

Kirkwood (Mo.) High School senior Jerod Alton signed with the University of Missouri on Wednesday.

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Jerod Alton officially signed with the University of Missouri on Wednesday but was part of a signing class honored by Kirkwood (Mo.) High School on Thursday morning. 

“It feels great, something you always dream about — signing with your class,” Alton said. “Not just signing with your class but signing with your dream school in the SEC. … It’s a blessing for me to get this opportunity.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of Kirkwood grad Jeremy Maclin at Mizzou, had an interesting recruitment before committing to the Tigers.

“Early on in my recruitment it was Arkansas State for a minute, but I lost my offer to Arkansas State,” he said. “Then Mizzou, coach (Cornell) Ford kept recruiting me as if they had an offer open. Illinois was in the mix a little bit. But once Mizzou came back along, I was just like, this is the school for me.”

Alton played all over the field at Kirkwood, standing out as a running back and cornerback, but could focus on defense at the next level. Missouri’s official signing day announcement listed Alton as a cornerback and that’s fine with him.

“If I play corner, that will be a blessing,” Alton said. “If I play receiver, it will be a blessing. Whichever side they give me an opportunity to play on, it’s a blessing no matter what. As long as I get a chance to play, that’s all I really care about.”

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