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Strauss, Mayo commit to NW Missouri St. football

January 21, 2013


One of the top high school football players in the state, Lawrence High senior Brad Strauss has ended his college recruitment — and one of his teammates is joining him at their next stop.

The Lions' All-Class 6A quarterback and Thomas A. Simone Award finalist, Strauss and one of his favorite LHS targets, senior receiver Erick Mayo, verbally committed Sunday to play college football at Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, Mo.

The NCAA Division II program will be getting a pair of two-way players in Strauss (a safety on defense) and Mayo (a corner back), who helped lead Lawrence to an 8-3 season in 2012.

Strauss threw for 2,278 yards, rushed for 743 yards and had 38 total touchdowns for the Lions as a senior.

Mayo finished his final fall in an LHS uniform with 37 receptions, 643 yards and 10 touchdown catches.


rlmtyco 5 years, 4 months ago

Good luck guys, wish you much success at your next stop. Both Mayo and Strauss are outstanding young men.

CardHawkFan 5 years, 4 months ago

Sounded like that Strauss kid was pretty talented. Sure would have liked to see what he could have done in a Jayhawk uniform. NWMSU is a good program. Hope they both do well!

Andrew Dufour 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm an NWMSU alum. I'm excited at the prospect of this duo coming to NW. Something that generally takes a while is building chemistry on a team, it's always great to get teammates on the same team. Can't wait till August now.

rtwngr 5 years, 4 months ago

Strauss may have not been a quarterback at KU but he is a talented athlete that might well have found a niche. Lance Flaschbarth wound up playing linbebacker on some pretty competitive KU teams. KU, regardless of who the coach is, has a bad habit of overlooking their back yard for talent. Jon Penny walked on at Nebraska during the Terry What's His Name years and wound up as an effective linebacker for them. I am surprised that Clint Bowen's connection to LHS didn't get Strauss or Mayo a look. Maybe the coaching staff did look and decided they were not D-1 talent, also. Good luck to them both. I hope they enjoy success beyong their wildest dreams.

Eric Dawson 5 years, 4 months ago

Best of luck to both young men! I, too, would have liked to see what Brad could have done at KU. C'est la vie!

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