It may not be the biggest school in the metropolitan area, but St. Louis (Mo.) Cardinal Ritter has some of the top prospects in the state and all on their roster.
Wide receiver and cornerback duos Antonio Gully and Kris Heard are receiving regional and national interest. Of course there is also the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Quentin Davie who has accumulated quite a list of offers already.
Quarterbacks coach Michael Baker admits that Ritter is not the biggest school in the country, but the next few years could see quite a few Division I bound players leave their campus.
"I have coaches and others telling me within the next two years we could have five prospects leave here and play D-1 football," Baker said. "We've got three this year and two more sophomores coming up."
Of course Davie, Gully, and Heard are the three future seniors that are already seeing their recruitment sky rocket. Gully took an unofficial visit this weekend to Nebraska and in the process picked up an offer.
"The Nebraska coaches got his film, liked his aggressiveness on defense and when Antonio went up there to watch practice this last weekend, he came home with his first offer," Baker said. "I don't want to name leaders, but Nebraska is at the top with him."
Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, and UAB are just a few other schools that could be joining that offer list. Having played high school football for only a little bit over a year, Gully led the St. Louis metropolitan area in interceptions during his junior season.
His counterpart, who also plays both offense and defense is the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Heard who is also doing big things on the field. He may not be the biggest prospect on the list, but he's got the skills needed to play on either side of the ball at the next level.
"With kids like Heard, schools just need to see him and his abilities because we're a smaller school," Baker said. "He's not extremely big, but he's extremely fast. I believe he could play some wide receiver at the next level along with cornerback."
Schools such as Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Nebraska are recruiting all three of his top juniors. Though they would like to play together, Baker says they are trying to focus on what's best for them.
"Yeah, I mean they would love to be on the same team," he said. "They all have different academic interests and every school has a different area of expertise. Their majors are big with them, so that will come first on where they play."