It was quality over quantity early Thursday morning in the Truman High School auditorium as senior softball standout Kara Amos and Aaron Porter, arguably the finest offensive lineman in Patriots history, signed their letters of intent before a room full of family, friends, teammates and coaches.
Amos signed to play softball at Missouri Southern State University and Porter became a part of the 1 percent club as he realized his dream of playing Division I football at Ball State University.
“Kara has been an important part of restoring the Patriots to a serious perennial contender,” coach Dan Harper said of Amos, a three-time Class 4 all-state performer and four-time all conference, all-district, all-region, all-academic and All-Area performer. “I’m so happy for her, but we’re really going to miss her. She is the team member every coach wishes they had. She has performed at the highest level since she was a freshman and – big surprise – our student council president. On or off the field, she is so special.”
Truman football coach Charlie Pugh had equal praise for Porter, who sports a 3.9 GPA and is an all-state choir performer.
“Aaron exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete,” Pugh said. “In the last three years, he has a 100 percent workout attendance and gives 100 percent in those workouts.
“There are 1.5 million high school players and less than 1 percent earn a scholarship to a Division I university. As he commits to that next chapter, there is no doubt Aaron will represent our Truman football program, Truman High School and our community to a T, 24/7.”
“It’s funny, this all seemed real to me when I actually did sign my papers to send to Missouri Southern State,” Amos said, as Thursday’s signing was ceremonial to share with teammates, friends and family members after signing for real on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
“But today is just so special – looking out in the audience and seeing so many people who helped me get to where I am today. Yes, today couldn’t be any more special.”
Porter, who was All-Area and all-conference and an all-state nominee, echoed her thoughts.
“This is a super big deal,” Porter said. “I have had so many friends sign and I always wondered what it would be like, and today, I found out.”
Following the official ceremony, youngsters lined up across the auditorium stage to have their photos taken with Amos and Porter.
“Kara and Aaron are the epitome of what a student-athlete should be, and that is why today is so special,” Truman activities director Daniel Bieser said. “What a great day to celebrate with two very special young people.”