One of the state’s top young prospects in St. Louis, Eureka 2019 Avery Taggert recently picked up his first offer and enters the offseason drawing significant interest from several programs.
An athletic 6’4, 230-pound tight end, Taggert hauled in 20 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns, but says he took equal pride in his blocking skills and helped open holes for Michigan recruit Hassan Haskins who rushed for 2,197 yards and 31 TDs.
“As a tight end, especially this year it was a key to be a good blocker to add another person to a box and with Hassan Haskins in the backfield,” he said. “How can you not hand it to him?”
Taggert suffered an injury in week 8 against Lindbergh and missed some game time, but has since come back strong. He was a key part of a Wildcat team that was undefeated at 12-0 before falling to eventual Class 6 state champion CBC in the semifinals.
“The highlight of my season was just being with the team and the bond this year was incredible with good senior leadership and our goal was a state championship,” Taggert said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything and my favorite highlight of the year was our victory over Lindbergh in the district championship.”
A basketball first guy until he got a shot to play tight end at the varsity level for Eureka, Taggert says his dad has been the biggest influence on his football career to date.
“He has always kept me on the right path and putting god into my life because with him not anything of this would be possible,” Taggert said.
Taggert recently picked up his first offer from Bowling Green and has also drawn interest from SIU Carbondale, SEMO and Liberty. He says he has already taken an unofficial visit to SEMO and unofficial visits could occur at Bowling Green and Liberty.
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Taggert says he will be focused on improving his speed and quickness throughout the offseason.
“Speed will be a big thing in the offseason and hitting the weight room hard but still maintaining good speed and work on being very physical in the box,” Taggert said.