The Class 6 state champion CBC Cadets had six football players sign their national letters of intent in the early signing period.
High school senior recruits could sign national letters of intent from Dec. 19-21 for football. They other signing period for football and some other sports is the traditional signing date that begins Feb. 6.
The Cadets win their second consecutive Class 6 state championship with a 45-21 win over the Rockhurst Hawklets at Faurot Field in Columbia.
These six players helped CBC to a combined 25-2 over their junior and senior championship seasons.
Quarterback Brett Gabbert, a 6-foot, 200-pounder has signed with Miami of Ohio. Gabbert was a team captain. He completed 191-of-274 passes for 3,047 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior. Gabbert was named the 2018 6A Missouri Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned first team all-state. As a junior, he threw for 2,862 yards and 36 scores.
Gabbert started at CBC for three years as a starter. In his career, he threw for 8,874 yards, 103 touchdowns. He was intercepted only 11 times. Gabbert finished career 36-4 as a starter.
Bryan Bradford, a 6-0, 232-pound running back, will play for the Kent State Flashes. Bradford was named the Metro Catholic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He earned first team all-state honors. This season, Bradford rushed for 2,094 yards and 34 touchdowns along with 13 catches for 286 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, Bradford rushed for 1,492 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
MJ Anderson, a 6-4, 265-pound defensive end, signed with Minnesota. Anderson was a consensus three-star recruit and rated as the No. 16 recruit in Missouri by Rivals. Anderson missed junior season with an injury. However, he returned and helped lead his team to a state title as a senior. He notched 62 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles during championship run. He was named first team all-conference, all-district, and first team all-state. He was honored as the MCC’s Defensive Player of the Year and the Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year.
Niko Hey, a 6-5 220-pound tight tend, signed with Missouri. Hey was rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com. He was named first-team all conference. Hey caught five passes for 117 yards and a score in the championship game. In the state semifinal against Joplin, Hey caught four passes for 117 yards and two scores. He finished his senior season with 43 catches for 814 yards (18.9 avg.) with 12 touchdowns. He broke the 100-yard mark three times, including twice in the state playoffs. As a junior, he hauled in 12 catches for 138 yards and two scores. Hey held offers from 16 different schools. He chose Mizzou over offers from Air Force, Bowling Green, Dartmouth, Illinois State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Western Illinois, Yale and Illinois State, among others.
Carson Buddemeyer,a 6-3, 275-pound tight end and long snapper, signed with Missouri State. Getting a long snapper nailed down for the next four years was a priority for Missouri State. Buddemeyer was primarily used as a blocker split out wide as a big body receiver. He did catch 29 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns.
Taylor Robinson, a 6-1, 185-pound defensive back, signed to go to Navy. Robinson recorded 28 tackles, two tackles for a loss. Robinson picked off six passes.