Baston Pulls the Trigger in Committing to Missouri

The Missouri Tigers added their highly anticipated eighth verbal commitment in the Class of 2005 on Tuesday when Blue Springs defensive lienman Jaron Baston made an unofficial visit. He talks about the reasons why he chose the Tigers over the Jayhawks.

As first reported on Inside Missouri, Jaron Baston was set to make a verbal commitment to the University of Missouri yesterday on his unofficial visit. Baston indeed went forth with making the commitment, but his mother nearly stood in the way.

"Missouri really had to convince her because she was really wanting me to go to Kansas," said Baston. "We drove down to Missouri after visiting Kansas, and she really liked the school. Missouri was able to convince her, and my father and I just fell in love with Missouri."

So how did the commitment take place?

"I went into a room with Coach (David) Yost and Coach (Andy) Hill where they asked me if I was ready to make a commitment. I told them I was committed, and then there were all sorts of hand shakes and hugs."

Baston had previously noted that he was extremely impressed with the Jayhawks, but what put the Tigers over the top?

"Both schools had a lot of offer material wise with all the new facilities being built, but I just felt Missouri was the better program at this time. It doesn't hurt that they also have the #1 journalism school in the nation, either."

Baston confirmed that reports of teammate offensive lineman James Stigall joining him in attendance did not work out as Stigall was not able to make it. Baston noted that he feels Stigall will make a decision before the fall season rolls around.

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