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Mizzou-bound Trent Hosick improving

Defending Missouri Class 5 state champion Kansas City Staley is 5-2 through seven games and has won three consecutive games. Keeping the streak alive -- among other things -- is one of the goals for three-star quarterback Trent Hosick.

Among the objectives for Hosick, a Missouri commit who has made a name for himself as a dual-threat option, are to improve as a passing quarterback as well as an overall leader. Entering Friday’s game against Kansas City (Mo.) Oak Park, Hosick has thrown for 1,199 yards, 13 touchdowns, and he’s rushed for 939 yards and 13 more touchdowns.

Hosick, who reconfirmed that he’s a solid Missouri commit, has bulked up to 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. He said his focus benefits both Missouri and Staley in the long run.

“I’ve been focusing on bettering my skills by leading my team,” Hosick said. “I’m still a Staley Falcon and will be for the next two months, and the best thing for Mizzou right now is to help my team win another state championship.

“As far as my skill set, I’ve been spending a lot of time working in the pocket and throwing out of the pocket. That seemed to be what raised a lot of concern in my recruiting, and I’ve been working on it. It’s an area I’ve improved in.”

Hosick is expected to fully eclipse his passing totals from last year. He threw for 1,422 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 2,054 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior. Hosick said he spends roughly four hours on the football field every day, in addition to significant time in the weight room, in an effort to prepare for the immediate future, as well as the next level of football.

“By no means am I where I want to be, but I’ve improved,” Hosick said. “If it translates to helping my team on the field, that’s a huge bonus.”