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Daniel tops MU recruiting list

The quarterback had 47 passing, 21 rushing TDs for Texas 5A state champs in 2004.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:29 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

There has been a lot of talk, but nothing tangible. That will change today.

The Missouri football team is expected to receive letters of intent from the 23 players who have already verbally committed to MU.

Today is the first day football recruits can sign an official letter of intent.

The Tigers’ top offensive recruits include wide receiver Chase Coffman, lineman Kurtis Gregory, and quarterback Chase Daniel.

The 6-foot-5 Coffman led Raymore-Peculiar High School to a 13-0 season and the Missouri Class 5 state championship in the fall. His 130 career receptions, 2,258 receiving yards, and 40 touchdown catches are Ray-Pec team records.

A three-time all-state selection, Coffman won of the Simone Award as the best player in the Kansas City area.

Ray-Pec coach Tom Kruse said Coffman, who was the first junior ever to captain his team, has a great work ethic that should translate well to the college game.

“He’s a proven winner,” he said. “This was our first state championship in school history, and he was our difference maker.”

Coffman’s father, Paul, played college football at Kansas State and had a 10-year career as a tight end in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. Chase Coffman is projected to make the transition to tight end at MU.

His brother, Carson, started at quarterback for Ray-Pec as a junior last season and is also interested in attending MU.

Scout.com ranks Gregory, 6-6 and 300 pounds, as the best offensive lineman in Missouri and 37th in the nation among high school seniors at the position.

Daniel, a dual-threat quarterback, threw for 4,263 yards and 47 touchdowns while rushing for 1,287 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. He won the EA Sports/Student Sports National Player of the Year Award.

Daniel’s team, Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, won the 5A Texas state championship and was ranked No. 1 in several national polls. The 16-0 Dragons ran a spread offense similar to the offense MU runs. Daniel’s speed (he runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash) could make him a good fit in the Tigers’ offense.

The Tigers hope to improve on special teams with the signing of punter Matt Casaday. Casaday, from West High School in Plano, Texas, is ranked by scout.com as the No. 5 punter in the nation.

Punting was a weak point for MU last season. The Tigers were 11th in the Big 12 Conference with a net punting average of 33.6 yards.

The defensive line could add Tarell Corby from North Kansas City at defensive end and Jason Townson from Hazelwood East at tackle.

Corby, 6-4, 210, was the top-ranked defensive end in Missouri and 19th nationally.

The 270-pound Townson recorded 88 tackles and four sacks for the Spartans last season, who lost to Hickman 33-7 in Class 6 title game. He verbally committed to MU on Jan. 21, the day after teammate wide receiver Chris Brooks decommitted from Missouri in favor of Nebraska. Rivals.com ranks Brooks as the No. 2 prospect in Missouri.

Other in-state players offered scholarships by MU but are likely to sign elsewhere include Hazelwood Central running back A.J Jimmerson (Michigan State) and two Rockhurst players, wide receiver D.J. Hord and defensive end Allan Smith. Hord has verbally committed to Notre Dame, and Smith has chosen Boston College.


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