MSU Football Bears complete 2019 signing class


SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State head football coach Dave Steckel announced Wednesday his final list of 2019 football commitments and National Letter of Intent signees.

Steckel, who begins his fifth season with the Bears, received commitments from 21 newcomers in the early signing period in December, and added six new players to the recruiting class Wednesday.

“I’m very excited at this time of year,” said Steckel. “Through countless hours of evaluation and recruiting, our staff has assembled a strong class that meets the current and future needs of Missouri State football. I can’t thank our coaches, their families, and the entire Missouri State community for their unwavering commitment to our program.”

In sum, the 2019 class includes 21 incoming freshmen and six transfers. The new Bears are comprised of 13 offensive players, 12 defensive players and a pair of specialists. Most notably, the 2019 class includes eight new offensive linemen and five defensive linemen, along with four linebackers and three defensive backs.

The 2019 Missouri State signing class summary is below. Brief capsules on each player can be found on the attached file or at

Player Pos Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School | Previous School)

Jadan Abdallah* RB 6-0 215 Fr. The Colony, Texas (The Colony High)

Daniel Allen* OL 6-5 290 Jr. Miami, Okla. (Miami High | Northeastern Okla. A&M College)

Ty Baker* QB 6-2 195 Fr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Fort Osage High)

Ethan Barnett* OL 6-7 270 Fr. Hudson, Ill. (Normal West High)

Caden Bolz LS 6-0 230 Fr. Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley West High)

Carson Buddemeyer* TE 6-2 225 Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (CBC High)

Grant Burkett P 6-1 175 Fr. Joplin, Mo. (Webb City High)

Baylor Christy* OL 6-7 298 Fr. Okmulgee, Okla. (Beggs High)

Lucas Eatman* LB 6-3 208 Fr. San Antonio, Texas (Reagan High)

D.J. Frost WR 6-1 200 RFr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South High | Air Force)

Hunter Garrison* TE 6-5 239 Fr. Mayview, Mo. (Odessa High)

Zane Hekking OL 6-5 310 Jr. Chandler, Ariz. (McClintock High | Glendale Ariz. CC)

Jaylen Henderson* CB 6-1 170 Fr. Paris, Texas (Paris High)

Chase Hutchison* OL 6-3 290 Fr. Raymore, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar High)

Levi Marshall* LB 6-1 220 Fr. Apollo Beach, Fla. (East Bay High)

Kelvyn Mason* CB 6-0 175 Fr. Independence, Mo. (William Chrisman High)

Nick Nielsen* OL 6-5 255 Fr. Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville High)

Anthony Payne* DE 6-2 255 Jr. Kansas City, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar High | Kansas State)

Michael Pope* DE 6-3 219 Fr. Edmond, Okla. (Santa Fe High)

Arin Reynolds OL 6-4 315 Jr. Newport, Ky. (Newport High | Independence (Kan.) CC

Jake Swope* OL 6-7 255 Fr. West Plains, Mo. (West Plains High)

Will Taylor* DE 6-3 267 Fr. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City North High)

Justin Wardlaw* DT 6-4 270 Fr. Yukon, Okla. (Mustang High)

Greg Washington* S 6-0 178 Fr. Fort Smith, Ark. (Northside High)

Jalen Williams DE 6-4 225 Fr. Overland Park, Kan. (Bishop Miege High)

Tylar Wiltz* LB 6-1 215 Jr. Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge High | Independence (Kan.) CC)

Von Young* LB 6-0 205 Fr. Buckner, Mo. (Fort Osage High)

* December signee