One of the best prospects we scouted at the Scout.com combine in Kansas City this week was Oskaloosa, Iowa wide receiver Steven Staggs. Staggs also happens to be one of the more underrated, underhyped recruits in the region, though it seems unlikely that will remain the case for long.
Staggs, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior, ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and showed great precision, tenacity and hands while facing some solid defensive backs in one-on-one drills. After missing all but two games of his junior year with a broken leg and waiting behind two all-state receivers as a sophomore, the hidden gem is ready to make a name for himself.
“I played two games with a broken leg, so I’m not really surprised” by the lack of notoriety, said Staggs, who has interest from Mizzou, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska and Kansas. “This year it’ll be good to be my own guy.”
With his excellent combination of size and speed, Staggs would seemingly be a fantastic fit in the MU spread attack. He visited MU for junior day and has nothing but good things to say about the program.
“I liked the new facilities and I really liked my receiver coach, coach Hill. It seems like the program’s on the rise there too,” said Staggs, who will return to Columbia for a one-day camp in a few weeks. “I really like that offense.”
Asked about MU’s coaching staff, Staggs said, “I really liked them. They were really down to earth, cool guys.”
Despite the abundance of talent in front of him during his sophomore year, he managed to put up 15 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He was posied for a breakout year last year before breaking his leg, though if anything, he did offer a glimpse of his great toughness and competitive drive by playing through the injury for two games.
“I just love to play. I never went and got it X-rayed, so I just though it was a high ankle sprain. I wasn’t able to walk one morning so I went and got an MRI and it was broken in two spots,” he said.
The aforementioned circumstances have set Staggs recruitment back from where it would otherwise be at this point, but he’s OK with it, opting to take a patient approach. It’s unlikely he’ll commit in the relatively near future, though MU would certainly help it’s chances by becoming the first to offer him a scholarship. Before long, he’ll have several.
“It depends because of my situation,” he said. “I just kind of want to wait for that right school. I plan on taking official visits and everything. “
InsideMizzou will keep you updated on this overlooked talent from up north …