Missouri high school players dominate Missouri Southern 2020 recruiting class

25 of Missouri Southern's signees are Missouri High School players.

WATCH: Missouri Southern football announces its 2020 recruiting class. Their recruiting class consists of 44 players, including 25 recruits from Missouri High Schools.

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The Missouri Southern football team announced its 2020 National Signing Day Class as head coach Jeff Sims talked about the class at a press conference inside the North Endzone Facility today.

The list is strong with Missouri student-athletes with more than two dozen coming from the Show-Me-State. Complete bios for each of the student-athletes are listed below. More student-athletes will be added in the coming days so be sure to check back for updates.

2020 Signing Day Bios

Antwan Baker – 6-2 – 167 – DB – Cahokia, Ill. – Cahokia HS
Prepped at Cahokia HS for coach John Clay where he was a first-team All-Conference selection … finished his senior season with 63 tackles and one interception … also a member of the basketball and track and field teams … son of Letrice Baker … plans to major in nursing.

Greg Birkhead – 6-6 – 215 – DL – St. Louis, Mo. – Webster Groves HS
Prepped at Webster Groves HS for coach Clifford Ice … three-year letter winner … All-Conference selection … Also a member of the basketball team … son of Annetta Birkhead … plans to major in education.

James Boyd – 6-2 – 225 – DL – Joplin, Mo. – Joplin HS
Played for coach Curtis Jasper of Joplin HS … Helped the Eagles to a state runner-up finish in 2019 … three-year letter winner … All-Conference and All-Area … Also a member of the baseball team … son of Jerry and Norman Boyd … plans to major in business.

Caleb Carvin – 5-11 – 178 – RB/ATH – St. Louis, Mo. – Normandy HS
Played for coach Ty Baker at Normandy High School … two-year letter winner … All-Conference and League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … Also All-Conference as a junior … participated in track and field, as well … son of Tamika Carvin … plans to major in health science.

Maurion Clemons – 6-1 – 205 – LB – St. Louis, Mo. – Webster Groves HS
Played for coach Clifford Ice at Webster Groves HS … two-year letter winner … All-Conference, All-District and All-State as a senior … led his team in tackles as a senior … son of Camilla Simmons … plans to major in business.

Clayton Cordova – 6-6 – 300 – OL – Aurora, Mo. – Aurora HS
Two-year letter winner for coach Craig Weldy at Aurora HS … Two-time All-Conference and All-District selection … team captain … son of Christine Ediger Cordova … plans to major in accounting.

Lester Davis – 6-7 -300 – OL – Independence, Mo. – William Chrisman
Prepped at William Chrisman HS where he was a two-year letter winner for coach Matthew Perry … Also played basketball at WCHS … the son of LaTonya Webster … plans to major in business.

Athan Duncan – 6-4 – 303 – OL/DL – Tahlequah, Okla. – Sequoya HS
Played for coach Brandon Richardson at Sequoya HS … helped his team to a state semi-final appearance as a senior … also played baseball … son of Kenith and Verlita Duncan and Starla Slinker … plans to major in business.

Loren Fortune – 5-10 – 180 – WR/RB – Florrisant, Mo. – Chaminade Prep
Comes from Chaminade College Prep High School where he was a three-year letter winner for coach Antione Torrey … was a running back, wide receiver and a kick returner for the Red Devils … finished his career with 1,770 rushing yards, 1,340 receiving yards, 36 total touchdowns and one passing score … was a three time All-Conference pick, as well as earning All-District and All-State honors … the son of Loren and Sarah Fortune … plans to major in communications.

Jason Guzniczak – 6-2 – 285 – DL – Greenfield, Wisc. – Whitnall HS
Prepped at Whitnall HS for coach Robb Widuch  helping the team to its first conference championship in 19 years … A two-way starter,   he was an All-Conference and All-Region selection at guard and defensive tackle … was a 2018 starter at nose tackle and won a state champ at a previous school … the son of Mark and Krisanne Guzniczak … undecided on his future major.

Cole Haven – 6-1 – 175– DB/WR – Fate, Texas – Shelton School
Haven comes from Sheldon School where he was an All-Conference pick at both wide receiver and defensive back for the Chargers … Played for coach Mark Malcolm where he was also an All-District pick at both positions … Also a member of the track and field team where he was an All-State member of the 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams … son of Latasha Roberts … plans to major in engineering.

Jeremiah Jones – 6-5 – 210 – DE/TE – St. Louis, Mo. – Lindbergh HS
Jones was a four-year letter winner for coach John Randle at Lindbergh HS … finished his career with 212 tackles, 44 sacks and 12 forced fumbles … helped his team to three district championships, two state appearances and one state championship … also a member of the track and field team … son of Michael Jones … plans to major in kinesiology.

Garrett Landis – 5-10 – 173 – K – Joplin, Mo. – Joplin HS
Played for coach Curtis Jasper of Joplin HS … Helped the Eagles to a state runner-up finish in 2019 … four-year letter winner … set the Missouri HS record for most PAT’s and is currently No. 3 on the Missouri list for most points scored by a kicker … three-time All-Conference and All-District, was an All-State pick as a senior … an All-Academic selection … also a member of the track and field and power lifting teams at JHS … the son of Michael and Brandi Landis … plans to major in pre-physical therapy.

Dakari Lee – 5-10 – 165 – DB – Dallas, Texas – James Madison HS
Prepped at James Madison HS for coach Marcus Gates … two-time All-Conference and All-District selection … finished his senior season with five interceptions, nine pass break ups and one fumble recovery for a score … the son of Deverand and Rae’Mesha Lewis … undecided on future major.

Jordan Lewis – 6-2 – 235 – DE – Lebanon, Mo. – Lebanon HS
Prepped at Lebanon HS for coach Will Christian … Also a member of the basketball team … son of Steve Lewis … plans to major in education.

Saxon Lewis – 6-3 – 225 – DE – The Colony, Texas – Hebron HS
Prepped at Hebron HS where he was a three-time letter winner for coach Brian Brazil and the Hawks … two-time All-Conference selection … also participated in track and field at Hebron HS … the son of Kelley and Heather Lewis … plans to major in industrial engineering technology.

Noah Malone – 5-9 – 215 – LB – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park HS
Prepped at Morgan Park HS for coach Chris James … All-Conference and All-City selection … helped team to the state tournament … also a member of the track and field team … state qualifier as a relay team member … son of Troy and Michelle Malone … undecided on future major.

Tony McMiller – 6-2 – 200 – LB – St. Louis, Mo. – McCleur HS
Prepped at McCluer HS for coach Howard Brown … All-Conference selection … also a member of the track and field team at McCluer … twin brother of incoming freshman Torre McMiller … son of Valerie McMiller … plans to major in communications.

Torre McMiller – 6-3 – 220 – DE – St. Louis, Mo. – McCleur HS
Prepped at McCluer HS for coach Howard Brown … also a member of the track and field team at McCluer … twin brother of incoming freshman Torre McMiller … son of Valerie McMiller … plans to major in social work.

Ryan Merriweather – 6-0 – 265 – DL/OL – Florissant, Mo. – Lutheran North HS
A three-time state champion for Coach Carl Reed and Lutheran North HS … was a two-time All-Conference and All-Metro selection, while also twice being named All-State … helped his team to an undefeated state championship in his senior season … son of Rolando and Monica Merriweather … plans to major in information technology.

Kendrick Miller – 6-2 – 245 – DL – Little Rock, Ark. – Bryant HS
Prepped at Bryant HS where he was a two-year letter winner for the Hornets … A two-time Arkansas State Champion … the son of Angela and Kenneth Miller … plans to major in education.

Kennedy Miller – 6-2 – 230 – DL – Little Rock, Ark. – Bryant HS
Prepped at Bryant HS where he was a two-year letter winner for the Hornets … A two-time Arkansas State Champion … two-time team captain … was the Defensive MVP for the 2019 Arkansas Class 7A Championship Game … finished his senior season with 27.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks and six TFL … the son of Angela and Kenneth Miller … plans to major in civil engineering/math.

Robert Mims – 6-0 – 174 – DB – Bolingbrook, Ill. – Bolingbrook HS
Prepped at Bolingbrook HS for coach John Ivlow … son of Ethel and William Kennebrew … plans to major in communications.

Darin Oplotnik – 6-0 – 210 – DL – Fair Grove, Mo. – Fair Grove HS
Prepped at Fair Grove HS where he was a four-year letter winner for coach Bill Vorhis and the Eagles … two-time All-Conference selection, was the Conference Defensive Player of the Year twice … two-time All-Area and All-State … also a member of the track and field, basketball and baseball teams at Fair Grove … son of Brad an Anita Oplotnik (mother is a member of the MSSU Board of Governors and a MSSU Athletics Hall of Famer) … undecided on future major.

David Oplotnik – 6-5 – 190 – QB/OLB – Fair Grove, Mo. – Fair Grove HS
Prepped at Fair Grove HS where he was a four-year letter winner for coach Bill Vorhis and the Eagles … finished his career with over 2,500 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, while rushing the ball for over 500 yards … first-team All-Conference at quarterback and linebacker as a senior, while being named the conference Offensive Player of the Year … Two-time All-Conferene … two-time All-Area … also a member of the basketball and track and field teams at Fair Grove … Helped his teams to three Conference Championships in football, two in basketball and two in track and field … three-time Academic All-State pick … son of Brad an Anita Oplotnik (mother is a member of the MSSU Board of Governors and a MSSU Athletics Hall of Famer) … plans to major in business.

David Robinson – 6-5 – 275 – OL/DL – St. Louis, Mo. – McCluer HS
Prepped at McCleur HS where he was a two-year letter winner … also participated in track and field … Was a two-time All-Conference selection and was an All-State selection as a senior … Son of Kamesha Stewart … majoring in pre-physical therapy.

De’Aviyon Rockett – 5-11 – 180 – RB/DB – Calumet City, Ill. – Thornwood HS
Four-year letter winner for the Thunderbirds of Thornwood HS … finished his career with 70 touchdowns, seven interceptions, one pick six, 115 tackles, seven forced fumbles, five sacks and three kickoff returns for a score … a two-time All-Conference pick … the son of Vekinna Lewis … plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Roni Rutledge – 6-2 – 190 – RB/LB – St. Louis, Mo. – Lutheran North HS
A three-time state champion for Coach Carl Reed and Lutheran North HS … An All-Conference selection … helped his team to an undefeated state championship in his senior season … the son of Rowena Rutledge … majoring in business.

Terrell Sanderson – 6-0 – 215 – LB – Bridgeton, Mo. – Patonville HS
Prepped at Patonville HS where he was a two-time All-Conference pick in football, track and field and wrestling … helped his team to a 2017 state runner-up and a 2018 Conference Championship … the son of Terrilyn Dunn … plans to major in industrial engineering technology.

Ryan Schleimer – 6-5 – 235 – DE – Roselle, Ill. – Lake Park HS
Prepped at Lake Park HS for coach Chris Roll … also a member of the track and field teams, Schleimer was an All-Conference pick as a senior on the football field … the son of Beth and Charles Schleimer … undecided on future major.

Carl Sharp – 6-0 – 172 – ATH – Black Jack, Mo. – Hazelwood Central HS
Prepped at Hazelwood Central HS … All-Conference selection that finished his season with 17 receptions for 331 yards and three scores, including 47 rush attempts and 144 yards with a score … also had 77 tackles, a sack and two interceptions on the other side of the ball … Also a member of the basketball team … son of Sheena Franklin … undecided on future major.

Jordan Smith – 5-11 – 160 – WR – St. Louis, Mo. – Lutheran North HS
A three-time state champion for Coach Carl Reed and Lutheran North HS … An All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State selection … helped his team to an undefeated state championship in his senior season … also a member of the basketball and track and field teams … son of Michael Smith … plans to major in sports management.

Kaden Solverud – 6-2 – 230 – DL – O’Fallon, Mo. – Fort Zumwalt West HS
Prepped at Fort Zumwalt West HS … First-team All-Conference pick as a senior … Also participated in basketball at Fort Zumwalt West … son of Karen and Daniel Knop … undecided on future major.

Nick Stepney Jr. – 6-2 – 235 – LB – Saint Peters, Mo. – Fort Zumwalt East HS
A four-time letter winner in football and three-time letter winner in track and field at Fort Zumwalt East HS … Three-time All-Conference and All-District … Also participated in basketball … son of Nick and Tiffany Stepney … plans to major in education.

Santiair Thomas – 6-3 – 190 – DB – Hot Springs, Ark. – Hot Springs HS
Thomas prepped at Hot Springs HS for coach Darrell Burnett … A two-time All-Conference and All-State pick in both football and basketball for the Trojans … also participated in track and field … the son of Santanna Ware … undecided on future major.

DeAndre Turner – 6-4 – 215 – LB/DE – Bolingbrook, Ill. – Bolingbrook HS
Prepped at Bolingbrook HS for coach John Ivlow … the son of Deandre Turner Sr. … plans to major in business.

Zane Tyler – 6-2 – 300 – OL – Krum, Texas – Krum HS
Prepped at Krum HS for coach Robby Clark … three-time letter winner in football and in track and field … Three-time All-Conference selection … son of Jeremy Tyler … plans to major in accounting.

Charlton Watson Jr. – 6-2 – 211 – LB – St. Charles, Mo. – Francis Howell HS
A four-time letter winner at Francis Howell HS for coach Brent Chojnacki … was a two-time All-Conference pick, while earning All-District and All-Metro honors as a senior … three-time All-Academic pick … finished his career with 227 tackles, 22 TFL, five interceptions, nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two pick sixes … son of Mary and Charlton Watson … plans to major in sports management.

Demetrius Washington – 6-0 – 180 – WR – St. Louis, Mo. – Riverview Gardens HS
Prepped at Riverview Gardens HS for coach Lee Brown … a first-team All-Conference pick … son of Ebony Washington … undecided on future major.

Jaiden West – 6-1 – 194 – DB – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Moore HS
Prepped at Moore HS for coach Brad Hill and the Lions … An All-Conference pick as a senior was also an All-City, All-District and All-Area pick … finished his career with 84 tackles, 10 pass break ups, one fumble recovery, and 11 interceptions … Also competed on the track and field team … the son of Tanisha Walker … plans to major in business.

Dionnte White – 6-0 – 230 – DL – Ferguson, Mo. – Trinity Catholic HS
An All-Conference, All-District and All-State pick at Trinity Catholic for coach John Randle … also participated in basketball and track and field at Trinity Catholic … finished his career with 30 sacks and 187 tackles … son of Deyunna White … undecided on future major.

Griffin Wilder – 6-1 – 225 – DE – Eldridge, Iowa – North Scott HS
An All-Conference pick at North Scott HS for coach Kevin Tippett and the Lancers … the son of Paula and Pat Wilder … undecided on future major.

Donte Williams – 6-5 – 225 – DE – Collinsville, Ill. – Collinsville HS
Williams prepped at Collinsville HS for coach Mike Popovich … A two-time All-Conference selection for the Kahoks … the son of Marlene Bobo … plans to major in business.

Traevon Williams – 6-4 – 330 – DL – Hazelwood, Mo. – Hazelwood West HS
Prepped at Hazelwood West HS where he was a three-year letter winner for coach Rory Seals … a first-team All-Conference pick and a member of the St. Louis Post Dispatch Super 30 team … undecided on future major.

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