InsideMizzou Q&A: Blaine Dalton
IM: What is your reaction to the Mizzou offer? Did you know it was coming, and have you been in steady contact with the coaches there?
BD: I was really excited, I think a lot of Missouri, their staff and team, plus being my in-state school, it means a lot. Coach Skip (Stitzell, personal QB coach) calls me every Friday and wishes me luck for that week's game, last Friday, he indicated that he thought Missouri might be close to offering.
IM:What are your favorite schools at this point, and what visits do you have planned?
BD:At this point, I haven't really set an order, our plan was to visit as many as we could this past summer and then evaluate after the end of this season, at this point, I really like, Missouri, Iowa, Tulsa, Florida, Alabama and West Virginia. I know that Florida and Alabama are really only looking for one QB in the '09 class, so that may take care of itself. I know that Alabama has offered an in-state QB there, so we will just have to see. As far as visits, we are going to Missouri vs Nebraska on October 6, and are also trying to get to Florida, Alabama and Tulsa. I visited Iowa last weekend and really liked the atmosphere there.
IM:Your father has mentioned how special it is when you play for the home school in terms of being recognized for the rest of your life, is this something you weigh into consideration?
BD:My family actually has some history at the University of Missouri and Blue Springs has a good Missouri alumni base, including former Missouri QB Jeff Handy, so yes, it will weigh into the decision.
IM:What do you think about the offense at Mizzou and seeing the sort of numbers Chase Daniel is putting up in it?
BD:I really like the offense, we run a similar style at South we just run a little bit more. I'm not really worried about statistics, if I throw 1 time or 50 and we win, that's what's important, whatever it takes for the team to be successful, I do want to be efficient though and I worked real hard in the summer on improving my accuracy and release.
IM:What sort of timetable do you have for your recruitment? Will you be commiting early?
BD:No real timetable, hopefully, sometime in the early spring or summer.
IM:What are the primary factors you're taking into consideration when choosing between schools?
BD:Commitment to winning, academics, facilities and logistics.
IM:Is all of this attention, as a junior no less, a bit strange to you?
IM:You already won a state title. What's your goal now?
BD:My goal, is our team goal, we want to play and win one game at a time. Really, the state championship was last year's team, this year, we have to prove ourselves all over again and as Coach Oder say's, we haven't done anything yet this year. From my perspective, just play the best that I can and put ourselves in position to win.
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