JoCo Notes: Aquinas football standout JuJu Marks commits to Mizzou

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It’s Thursday, Blue Valley!

Today’s forecast: Partly sunny, slight chance for rain after noon. High: 81. Low: 65.

One thing to know today

The top prep football prospect in the state of Kansas has committed to the University of Missouri.

St. Thomas Aquinas defensive line standout Julian “JuJu” Marks announced his verbal commitment to Mizzou earlier this week on social media.

Marks is only a high school junior, so won’t play for the Tigers until 2025 if he keeps his commitment, but he has already garnered intense interest from college programs as the state of Kansas’s #1 high school prospect, according to Rivals.com.

The highly touted prospect also reportedly had offers from a number of other schools, including Auburn, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

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A thousand words

Dozens of families participated in an “Outdoor Explore” event put on by Blue Valley Parents as Teachers earlier this month. Photo via Twitter/@bluevalleypat.

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Kyle Palmer
Kyle Palmer

Hi! I’m Kyle Palmer, the editor of the Johnson County Post.

Prior to joining the Post in 2020, I served as News Director for KCUR. I got my start in journalism at the University of Missouri, where I worked for KBIA, mid-Missouri’s NPR affiliate. After college, I spent 10 years as a teacher and went on to get a master’s degree in education policy from Stanford University.