The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Mark Schremmer

January 31, 2013

BLOG: Early reports on college football signings

Nothing is official until Feb. 6 when players actually sign letters of intent to play college football. However in the world of instant news that we live in, many verbal committments are announced well before national signing day.

To keep readers informed, here is a breakdown of what we know about a week before the players grab their lucky pens:

• Joplin’s Adam St. Peter, Webb City’s Phoenix Johnson and Monett’s Kurran Blamey all appear headed to play for Terry Allen at Missouri State. St. Peter is being looked at as a tight end, while Johnson could play running back or defensive back and Blamey will likely be in the secondary.

• Webb City defensive lineman Jose Speer has reportedly verbally committed to play for the Pittsburg State Gorillas.

• All-state Lamar offensive tackle Austin Boice, who helped the Tigers to consecutive state championships, was still mulling his choices at the collegiate level.

• Riverton linebacker Sam Taylor (5-11, 200) plans on attending Coffeyville Community College, according to Kpreps.com.

• Chanute wide receiver Sebastian Fairchild (6-2, 200) is going to Coffeyville Community College, and Chanute linebacker Cody Howell (6-2, 215) is headed to Butler Community College, according to Kpreps.com.

• Oswego quarterback and linebacker Ethan Spore plans on attending Pittsburg State, Kpreps.com reported.

• Former Butler Community College and Mulvane High School (Kan.) offenisve lineman Zach Burkhart (6-3, 290) has enrolled at Pittsburg State.

• Broken Arrow (Okla.) all-state lineman Bo Farrow (6-2, 245) is headed to Pittsburg State, according to the Broken Arrow Ledger. Farrow was listed as a two-star recruit on Rivals.com.

• Yukon (Okla.) offensive lineman Kelly Wortham also will be a Gorilla, according to the Daily Oklahoman.

• Kpreps.com lists Blue Valley West offensive lineman Ryan Cipriani (6-4, 250), Blue Valley running back Ryan McNerlin (5-8, 180), Derby athlete Kellen Sims (5-11, 185) and Topeka-Hayden tight end Andy Otting (6-3, 225) as all heading to Pittsburg State.

• The Claremore Daily Progress reported on Wednesday that Wagoner linebacker T.J. Ponds (6-0, 210) had narrowed his choices to Missouri Southern and Northeastern State. The Progress also reported on Wednesday that Fort Gibson offenisve lineman Andrew Brestel was leaning toward Pittsburg State.

• A pair of Oklahoma state champions at Jenks High School picked the University of Central Oklahoma over Pittsburg State, according to the Tulsa World. Offensive lineman Brandon Waggoner picked the Bronchos over Pitt State and Central Arkansas. Defensive back Braden Calip reportedly chose UCO over Pitt State, The Citadel and East Central. Pitt State also reportedly had interest in Jenks running back Trey’Vonne Barr’e, who also appears headed to Central Oklahoma. Rivals.com listed Barr’e (5-10, 175) as a three-star recruit.

Go to joplinglobe.com for full coverage of signing day.

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