By CHARLES BRADY
College recruiters have been clammering for the attention of the three senior Monett Cubs football players, Beau Bounous, Jason Obermann and Christian Privett, who were named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State teams this week.
Bounous, son of Brook and Susan Bounous, was named to the first team as defensive end. Obermann, son of Glenn and Toni Obermann, was named to the first team as offensive guard, and Privett, son of Jason Privett and Tracy Gray, was named to the third team as runningback.
"We have had three or four recruiters from colleges talking to us recently," said Obermann. "I would like to be a walk-on at Missouri State."
Bounous is undecided about his college plans, and Privett is leaning toward Central Missouri State University.
In talking about the honor of being named All-State, Bounous, who was also selected for the same honor in 2008, said, "It's a great honor. It's satisfying that others think so highly of what you did on the football field."
"It reflects on the hard work put in and on our coaches," said Obermann. "I'm proud to get the honor."
"Coming into the season, I didn't know what to expect," Privett said. "It's a nice honor. Hopefully, it will lead to bigger and better things."
Bounous, who was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 8 Conference this past season, had 117 unassisted tackles during his career, 60 of them resulting in losses. He also had 16 sacks.
Obermann either blocked his man five yards behind the line of scrimmage or put him on his back over 50 times. He was All-State last year as defensive tackle.
Privett rushed for 2,932 yards during his career, an average of 7.7 yards per carry. He also scored 41 touchdowns during his time wearing purple and gold.
"These are deserving honors for these young men," said Monett Coach Alan Spenser. "Their efforts over their high school careers have paid dividends. The Monett football program is well represented by these three young men."