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WR Harry Ballard Commits to Missouri

One of the top Class of 2016 prospects in Missouri made a commitment to stay home and play for the Tigers.

The Missouri Tigers appear to have landed a verbal commitment from one of the top remaining local prospects in the Class of 2016 in McCluer North wide receiver Harry Ballard.

Ballard tweeted on Tuesday night that he will be a Tiger.

The question is whether the three-star wide receiver will qualify to join the Tigers in a few months or will have to go to junior college first. He recently took the ACT again, but has yet to receive his results. 

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder’s recruiting was slowed by his academic uncertainty, though he still attracted interest from power five conference schools. He reportedly had offers from Illinois and Iowa State when he made his commitment on Tuesday night. 

There’s no question that Ballard is a big-time wide receiver. He’s been one of the best in St. Louis and Missouri for four seasons. 

As a senior, Ballard caught 32 passes for 606 yards, an average of 18.9 yards per reception, and 10 touchdowns. He added 395 yards rushing with four more touchdowns. He scored 15 touchdowns in all and added five 2-point conversions. 

Ballard would be a strong addition to Mizzou coach Barry Odom’s first recruiting class and add another late St. Louis area prospect. The Tigers got a commitment from Lafayette tight end Brendan Scales on the eve of Signing Day and then received a pledge from East St. Louis offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms on Signing Day. 

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