It was also, the McCluer North High School senior wide receiver said Saturday, the school he had always hoped he would end up playing his college football for.
“I’m happy I made that commitment,” Ballard said. “It was pretty much the school I wanted to go to all along.”
A 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, Ballard was offered a scholarship from the Tigers a few days after National Signing Day. He didn’t waste his time in accepting the opportunity.
Ballard said he likes Mizzou because they throw the ball a lot and he’s hoping to play early and often as a freshman this fall.
Asked about the Tigers coaching staff’s plans for him, Ballard said he will be asked to play an outside wide receiver spot.
“They want me play right away,” he said. “… Hopefully I can start right away.”
To that end, Ballard said he’s working on his route running to get ready, working on the crispness of his routes and running routes against older defensive players during workouts to improve.
Asked to describe what fans should expect to see from his game, Ballard wasn’t shy about what he brings to the field and what he thinks the Tigers will be able to do in the future.
“I bring a lot of big plays,” Ballard said. “It’s going to be an exciting year. It’s going to be a very exciting year. Missouri will win an SEC championship and go into a national championship.”