Five Days of List-Mas: MO's underclass football stars


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Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Missouri next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Aarion Penton (JR), CBC, DB/RB

Credentials: Anchored defense that allowed 15.6 points per game, led Cadets to Class 6 title game

4. Ramon Alton (JR), Kirkwood, RB

Credentials: 1,177 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns, led Pioneers to Class 5 title game

3. Phoenix Johnson (JR), Webb City, RB

Credentials: 1,920 rushing yards, 33 touchdowns, led Cardinals to second straight Class 4 crown

2. Nick Ramirez (JR), Lee's Summit West, LB

Credentials: Offers from Missouri and Nebraska, state's top-ranked linebacker in his class, led Titans to Class 5 semifinals

1. Trent Hosick (JR), Staley, QB

Credentials: 2,403 rushing yards, 31 touchdowns, 1,422 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, led team to Class 5 crown

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Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.