Dalton: "I want to be the QB for Missouri."

For an idea just how momentous Blaine Dalton's commitment to Missouri was, one needs to look no further than the reaction of the MU coaching staff. Dalton, the junior star quarterback from Blue Springs South (Mo.) told assistant coach Andy Hill, who couldn't believe he was serious. Hill then grabbed quarterbacks coach David Yost, who yanked head coach Gary Pinkel out of an interview.

"Coach, I want to be a Missouri Tiger," Dalton said.

"Welcome. You're family now," Pinkel said.

And with that, Missouri stocked its future roster with a quarterback who, once next year's rankings are complete, could become one of the most touted recruits in recent school history. Dalton, who led his school to a state title as a sophomore, was being recruited by a bevy of major programs – including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Iowa and West Virginia.

"I just wanted to be a Missouri Tiger," Dalton said of his surprisingly early commitment.I knew that this was where I wanted to go, so I figured I might as well get it over with."

Dalton grew up a Tigers fan, dreaming of playing for MU. The success the program has had this year and the strides it has made only made his decision easier. And the possibility of playing early – Chase Daniel will have graduated by the time Dalton is a freshman and the roster is very thin at quarterback right now – was a huge bonus as well.

"I have to work hard to learn the system, and I know coach Yost will show me what I have to do. As long as I come in and work hard, playing time is a definite possibility … I excited to get into the mix," he said.

As a sophomore had 111 carries for 467 yards and seven touchdowns rushing along with completing 86 of 160 pass attempts for 1,491 yards, eight interceptions and 23 touchdowns in leading his team to a 13-0 mark and the Class 6A state title.

He said his decision to commit tonight after the Texas tech game had nothing to do with the fact highly touted Parkway West quarterback Blaine Gabbert was visiting and is now considering MU after making a commitment to Nebraska.

"Not really. I just did it because that's what I wanted to do, and if any other quarterback wants to go to Missouri too, that's fine. They can take as many quarterbacks as they want to take," he said.

"I want to be the quarterback for Missouri, that's about it."

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