Dalton makes decision to enroll early

It appears that the quarterback race at Missouri will be wide open this spring, with the two incoming freshmen signees, both enrolling in January to get an extra semester to learn the offense and to challenge sophomore Blaine Gabbert. For Blaine Dalton, the decision to leave high school wasn't the easiest he had ever made.

Growing up can be hard to do sometimes.

Giving up one senior's activities can even be harder. For one Missouri commitment the decision to leave high school wasn't the easiest he has ever made.

For Blaine Dalton, deciding to for go his senior year of baseball, going to prom and graduating with his friends was something that thought hard and long on before making a final decision.

In fact his father Jim wasn't sure what decision his son was going to make for sure until last Monday, the first day of classes at Blue Springs South High School.

"Dad wasn't sure what I was going to do," Dalton told InsideMizzou.com Friday afternoon. "I guess I wasn't really sure until I got up Monday morning and didn't go to school that day. Leaving all my friends behind is tough, but I understand it's a part of growing up, I'm just doing it a little earlier than the rest of them."

There are a couple of reasons that made the talented Scout.com four star signal caller make the final call. "There is an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job at Missouri," Dalton said. "With all three of us there in the spring it will give us all a fair shot at who will win the job and who will be the back up. I wanted to be on even ground with the other freshman quarterback (Ashton Glaser) coming in early. My second reason is that when I really thought about it, there wasn't really nothing left for me to accomplish at high school."

Dalton, a very talented athlete, is also a standout in baseball that was apparently one of the key sticking points that kept him thinking about finishing his senior season at high school.

"I weighed all the pros and cons and the advantages of me enrolling at Missouri were overwhelming," Dalton explained. "I want to do the best thing that will help me the most."

Dalton is moving to Columbia this week, he is very excited about the transition from high school to college.

"This will give me an opportunity to get acclimated to my classes and the difference of the college setting," Dalton said. "It will also give me a big advantage of using the spring to learn the offensive system here at Mizzou."

Dalton got an offer from Missouri during his sophomore season in high school; he didn't wait very long before making a decision.

"I have been committed to being a Tiger since my sophomore year," Dalton said. "I knew Missouri was the place I wanted to go to from the start."

Coach Gary Pinkel and Coach Andy Hill made a trip to Dalton's house last week to help with the transition.

"They came by to visit, to lay out my schedule of my move and everything," Dalton said. "I really like the coaches at Missouri a lot, it's like a big family there, one I'm very glad and excited about being a part of. I'm going to have a lot of fun at Missouri, winning a lot of ballgames and a lot of championships at."

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