Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst is home to one of the nation’s top running backs in Rivals100 selection Tony Temple. But it’s also home to some of the Midlands’ top collection of junior talent and leading the way is 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver D.J. Hord.
Hord, who caught an 81-yard touchdown pass in the Missouri state championship game as a sophomore and opened his junior season with almost 100 yards receiving, is an intriguing prospect that is sure to be a national recruit.
“I guess I just use my size and my speed to make a lot of plays,” Hord said. “I’ve worked hard to add some weight and keep my speed where it’s at. That way I can no only be a deep threat, but also a possession type receiver.”
Either way, he’s going to be good enough to do both in college.
In fact, Hord said he’s already landed scholarship offers from two local teams.
“I’ve been offered by Kansas and Missouri,” Hord said. “Those are two teams that I’m interested in. But it’s really early for me to have any idea of what’s going to happen.”
What will happen is that Hord will be a top 100 candidate for the Class of 2005. He’ll also be likely joined by teammate Allan Smith, a stout, pass rushing defensive end, which already has a scholarship offer from Missouri.
“We’re going to carry on the Rockhurst tradition,” Hord said. “We’re working hard to be the best out there.”