Mizzou Interest in NY QB Heating Up?

Quarterback James Brady of St. Anthony's in Melville, N.Y., is a player who has long been on the Missouri recruiting radar. At times earlier in the recruiting season, it appeared the strong-armed, state champion quarterback might be slipping ofo of MU's list. But the interest seems to be renewed, and that's something Brady is quite excited about.

"Coach [David] Yost has been calling me once a week. He's actually coming up here Tuesday or Wednesday to watch me practice," Brady said. "He told me they're definitely taking one quarterback, and maybe two, and it's between me and three or four other guys."

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior has been a standout at combines – including the Scout.com All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio -- has impressive film and passed for 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while leading his team to league and state championships. But his recruitment has been slower than he'd like, mostly because of his height, it seems. He's perhaps a hair under 6-feet, which might not bother MU's coaches given the success of the similarly undersized Chase Daniel, but seems to have scared off many would-be suitors.

"That's something that's out of my control. I've done everything I felt I can," he said. "If a school doesn't want me because of that, that's a school I don't want to be at."

"If he's 6-3, every school would be recruiting him," said St. Anthony's coach Rick Reichert said. "It's really [ridiculous]."

Brady has an offer from Army as well as several Ivy League schools, in addition to interest from Iowa, Mizzou and Tulane. Syracuse and Maryland have been involved to a lesser extent. He hasn't planned any trips yet, preferring instead to wait and let the recruiters watch his senior film and determine how seriously each wants him. Still, he's keeping close tabs on Mizzou, and would love to be a Tiger.

"Oh, definitely. I know they passed the ball 97 times in their first two games and they're just lighting it up," he said. "They throw the ball just about every down, and that's fun [for a quarterback]," he said.

Brady visited MU during the summer before his junior year, when happened to be in the state working out with renowned quarterbacks guru Skip Stitzell. Mizzou recruiting coordinator Yost had watched some of his film and brought him in for an unofficial visit.

"I got to spend a lot of time with him and meet a lot of the players. It was great," said Brady, whose team is off to a 2-0 start, with a state finals rematch against Mount St. Michael looming this weekend. "I liked the town. Everything was really close together and it seemed like it would be really convenient."

Brady has not set up any visits yet, but said if Mizzou requests one, he'll take up the offer immediately. Assuming he receives the visit he's expecting from Yost next week, we should know soon whether or not that's going to happen.

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