University of Missouri

Missouri adds McCluer North wide receiver to 2016 signing class

Missouri’s mission to improve its talent pool at wide receiver continued Tuesday when McCluer North senior Harry Ballard III announced his commitment to play football for the Tigers.

Ballard is part of the 2016 class and is expected on campus for the fall semester. He has until April 1 to sign a National Letter of Intent.

A 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver, Ballard is a three-star recruit according to Rivals, 247 Sports and Scout. He is not rated by ESPN. He also had offers from Illinois and Iowa State. He was ranked No. 7 in Missouri and No. 90 in the nation at his position by Rivals and No. 9 in Missouri and No. 152 wide receiver by 247 Sports.

Ballard, who also returned kicks in high school, finished with 32 catches for 606 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and added 30 carries for 395 yards with four touchdowns. He also won the Missouri Class 5 long jump title last spring and owns McCluer North’s long jump record at 23 feet, 2  3/4 inches.

Missouri added two other wide receivers last week — Chris Black, a graduate student transfer from Alabama, and Dominic Collins, a junior college transfer from Saddleback Community College in California.

The Tigers return their top two receivers from last season — J’Mon Moore, who had 29 catches for 350 yards with three touchdowns, and Nate Brown, who had 27 catches for 326 yards with four touchdowns.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer