One thing head coach Gary Pinkel has made a priority during his time at Mizzou is shutting down the borders and keeping the best Missouri high school talent in-state.
With such great homegrown talent leaving, Pinkel is searching for his next crop of in-staters, and he won't have to venture far off Interstate-70 to find one possible future Tiger standout, because junior Blue Springs wide receiver Keeston Terry is just the kind of talent Pinkel‘s looking for.
The 6'3", 185-pound wideout is a big-time playmaker for Kelly Donohoe's Wildcats, registering roughly 900 receiving yards on about 49 receptions this season. That would make an average of over 18 yards per catch, but Terry doesn't always need a quarterback to throw him the ball, as he registered over 500 rushing yards in less than 100 attempts.
Terry is already a preseason four-star prospect in the class of 2010, and currently has offers from Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State. He said Iowa is also recruiting him hard, and he's getting attention from the likes of UCLA, UNC, Vanderbilt, Alabama, and Oregon.
Terry would not list a favorite or rank his top schools at the moment, but did say he likes the local schools, and had kind words to say about Missouri. "Campus is nice, I like the campus," he said. "It's real close to home, I like that too. I like the coaches and stuff like that." Terry mentioned that he's spoken to Pinkel, and wide receivers coach Andy Hill visited him recently.
Terry currently plans to attend Missouri's Junior Day on Jan. 31st and Iowa's in February. He saw Missouri play live this season in their games against Kansas, K-State, and Oklahoma. "I also saw Kansas against Texas Tech," said Terry "but they got blown out."
As far as official visits go, Terry is still undecided on where he‘ll go. "I don't really need to see like Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State, because I've been around there quite a bit," he said. "I'll probably take most of my visits out of state because I've been around the closer schools."
Unlike many young boys growing up in Missouri, Terry doesn't bleed black and gold, but he did indicate the loyalties of his youth won't effect his choice of where to play college ball. "Well, both of my parents went to Kansas, so I was born being a Kansas fan, but honestly, I'm basically just a college football fan, regardless of the team," he said.
The name of Terry's high school coach, Donohoe, may ring a bell for some old school Tiger fans, as he played quarterback for the Jayhawks in the late 80's. So, with his parents being alumni, and Donohoe being a former KU player, is his coach trying to sway his decision one way or another?
"Surprisingly not, he hasn't said anything about Kansas or anything like that. He's basically with whatever I want to do, wherever I feel comfortable going," Terry said.
While Donohoe isn't acting as a secret double-agent for the Jayhawks, he has urged Terry to consider another one of Mizzou's Big 12 rivals.
"Coach D wants me to go up to Nebraska one day, because Coach Garrison, the line coach up there, used to coach at Blue Springs."
Terry isn't the only four-star wide receiver coming out of the state of Missouri in 2010, and Donohoe isn't the only person Terry discusses his future with, as he and Liberty's four-star wideout Marcus Lucas have become closely acquainted.
"We've come to grow a pretty good relationship. We see each other at awards and camps and stuff like that," said Terry about Lucas. "We've talked about Missouri and Kansas and K-State and stuff like that, and seeing how things go, if we might go to school together or something like that."
If Terry and Lucas did choose the same school, they'd make one coach a very happy man, but don't look for Terry to commit anytime soon. "I'd like to have an idea before my senior season," said Terry, "but yeah, I'll probably commit after my senior season."