Missouri continues to make inroads recruiting in Louisiana after receiving a commitment Saturday from 2016 athlete Ca’Ron Baham from John Ehret High in Marrero, La.
Baham plays quarterback for the Patriots, but he’s expected to shift to wide receiver for the Tigers.
He confirmed the news on Twitter, saying “I am officially committing to the University of Mizzouri [sic] Tigers!” one day after receiving a scholarship offer.
“It was a team I was waiting on,” Baham told NOLA.com. “It’s a great opportunity for me to go into the SEC and play. It’s an up-and-coming program. They’ve made the SEC Championship Game in back-to-back years and I want to be a part of a team like that.”
Baham, a 5-foot-11 and 180-pound Rivals and 247 Sports three-star prospect, also had offers from Arizona and Arkansas among other schools.
He rushed for 1,750 yards and passed for another 1,080 yards with 37 combined touchdowns last season as a junior.
Baham is the fourth known commitment for MU’s 2016 recruiting class, including Webb City offensive lineman Trystan Castillo.
Former East St. Louis teammates, running back Natreace Strong and safety Greg Taylor, also have committed to the Tigers. Both planned to attend Missouri out of high school, but wound up together at Hinds Community College in Mississippi for academic reasons.
Coach Gary Pinkel’s program signed defensive end Tyrell Jacobs from Rummel High in Metairie, La., in February.
He is Missouri’s first signing from the state since Gerrand Johnson, who almost immediately transferred to Louisiana-Monroe, in 2011.
Before that, the Tigers inked wide receiver L’Damian Washington from Green Oaks High in Shreveport, La., in 2009.