The Missouri Tigers have recently started making more of a recruiting push in North Texas, and over the weekend, the Tigers received an oral commitment from their second high-profile senior from Denton County this year, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported Tuesday.
Denton Ryan wide receiver Bud Sasser put up 839 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 51 catches in 2009, enough to earn him an honorable mention nod on the Class 4A All-State team, and leaves Ryan as one of the school's most decorated players after a monster year he put up in 2008 when he had a school-record 24 touchdown grabs. He committed to Missouri after a weekend visit.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day a Class of 2010 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 3.
Sasser rarely drew man coverage, as most teams didn't have anyone capable of manning up with the 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pounder with a basketball vertical.
Sasser joins highly touted Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin, a district foe of Ryan's, as Missouri commitments for the 2010 class as the former rivals will now likely be hooking up down the road for plenty of touchdown passes.
Sasser also had offers from mostly every Big 12 school and Arizona, which was the other finalist in his mind along with Missouri.
“It’s a big relief to make this decision,” Sasser told the Record-Chronicle. “I just felt good being at Missouri.”