The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 20, 2014

Neosho's Clardy brings combo of speed, athleticism to Missouri State

Neosho football coach Dustin Baldwin said Aaron Clardy is a player who possesses that rare combination of size and athleticism.

“He’s 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, and he carries it very well,” Baldwin said. “He’s an athletic kid. He can run. He can jump, and he has long arms. He has all the tools necessary to be really good.

“When you have all those things combined, it makes for a player with a lot of ability. I look forward to watching him at the next level.”

Clardy is set to compete for the Missouri State Bears next fall. He had his formal signing ceremony on Monday at Neosho High School.

Clardy, who played guard and tackle during his time with the Wildcats, was a three-time all-district selection and an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior.

He also has been a successful wrestler, finishing third at the Class 3 state meet in 2013. Clardy is set to compete in this year’s state wrestling tournament as well.

Led by coach Terry Allen, the Bears finished only 5-7 in 2013. However, Missouri State won four of its final five games.

Missouri State’s roster includes several area players. In addition to Clardy, the Bears’ 2014 recruiting class includes Lamar defensive back Jared Beshore. The roster also includes Webb City’s Phoenix Johnson, Maddy Johnson and Christian Hoffman, Joplin’s Jordan Rainey and Adam St. Peter, Monett’s Kurran Blaney and Nevada’s Sam Ellifrits.

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