Missouri Western Football signed 19 players for this years recruiting class. Out of these 19 players, 16 of the signers are in state. At the press conference on Wednesday Feb. 4, head coach Jerry Partridge released the exciting news about the players who plan on coming to Western in the fall.
“When recruiting high school players, we’re not really thinking in terms of positions of specific situations, but we’re trying to get as many good players as we can get,” Partridge said.
Western football wants to build up their defensive line, corner and receiver types, but Partridge isn’t done recruiting in that area. A need Partridge met is for a punter/kicker in Austin Barnes, a St. Joseph native from Central High School. Barnes will be the front runner to replace Jamie Hanson at the punter position in fall of 2009. Defensive coordinator Regi Trotter believes the defensive line was a big need for the griffons.
“We landed a pretty good recruiting class on defensive line,” Trotter said.
The other need met was transfer Sean Glades who will come in and battle for starting spot and may even start. He’s Matt Glades younger brother and because of Matt’s injury, he gets to come to Western and play with his brother for two years instead of one year.
There are competitive players in the recruiting class, some play multiple positions and a few won state championships. There may be gems in the recruiting class, but Roger Allen and Jamie Hanson are going to be hard to replace.
“You’ll never know; it may come next couple months, or it maybe a walk on, and I think there’s a few that will have an impact on the team,” Partridge said.
A lot of the players will be red shirted which is typical for a freshmen coming to the field. Dalton Krysa is one of the prolific athletes from the Kansas City area. Krysa is an athlete who had 6,000 yards, 81 career touchdowns and First Team All-Metro Conference just to name a few accomplishments.
“He’s one of the well thought of football players in the Kansas City area,” said Partridge.
Another add to Western Football is Travis Partridge coach Partridges son he is a good asset to the team. He’s also another quarterback that signed with the Western Football team. Travis is excited about coming to western
“He’s been a Griffon fan since day one,” Partridge said.
Overall these additions to the team should improve the Missouri Western Football program. There maybe more junior college picks, but the recruiting process is not over.
Griffon Fans will have to wait and see what’s in store for Fall 2009.