Mizzou St. Louis camp overview

Supermizzou's football recruiting analyst, Josh Clark, was at the St. Louis camp that Gary Pinkel and the Missouri coaches held Sunday. He was able to observe several top flight recruits in action and find out some interesting recruiting news.

St. Louis, Missouri There were over 500 kids in attendance at the University of Missouri's St. Louis prep football camp on Sunday, as well as several coaches from nearby colleges who wanted to check out the area's finest. Coaches from Northern Illinois and Arkansas St. were in attendance, and likely could be making a splash among some of the more unheralded Missouri stars.

Top recruits Arthur Miller and Jerrill Humphrey did not attend the camp, and Nick Patterson was unable to attend due to illness. However, Missouri commitment Edgar Givens did attend along with his teammates Mackal Kimble and Remond Willis. Another Tiger oral commitment, Kyle Riggs from Festus, only completed the vertical jump, and spent the rest of the day hanging out with the coaches.

William Franklin, the wide receiver from Vashon, shined at the camp putting up several impressive performances and numbers. The staff did not view much rust in the phenominal athlete, who was held out of football during his junior season due to a transfer rule.

In fact, there is a tremendous amount of confidence in Columbia that if the Tigers can secure the commitment of Jerrill Humphrey, Mizzou would have one of the best receiver classes in the country in the 2004 class.

Two other youngsters really stood out at this camp: Flynt Clemons, a wide receiver from St. Louis Beaumont, and Jason Hayth of Parkway West. Don't be surprised if Missouri takes a longer look at both prospects this week, and may end up offering scholarships to both players.

The most impressive performance of the campe goes to Darrell Jackson. After putting on nearly 20 pounds of muscle since the start of spring, Jackson now weighs a very solid 220 lbs. Darrell has added more zip on the ball and looked incredibly confident all day. His impressive showing has clearly shown the Tiger staff they would feel equally great in landing any out of the Patton/Patton/Jackson combination.

Taylor Bennett, another quarterback, made a splash previously this spring at the College Station A&M Nike Combine, and showed that equal performance this past Sunday. Along with Jackson, Bennett was held over to work on some additional drills with MU quarterbacks coach Dave Yost. While a Missouri offer may be a bit of reach, Boise State and some others have been calling. Do not be surprised to ulimately see Bennett land in a BCS conference.

What this leads to is the fact that Missouri has now offered five quarterbacks scholarships for the 2004 class: Nick Patton, Chase Patton, Darrell Jackson, Rhett Bomar, and Kirby Freeman have all been offered. Missouri has not ruled out offering others, but in the meantime will concentrate their energy into these five players. Bomar is the only player in this group who has not shown strong interest in Missouri.

Finally, Missouri will also be holding their one day camp in Kansas City this Friday. It is expected that over 300 or more participants will be there, including many of the area's finest players. Included in that group are Rockhurst stars Tony Temple and Steve Redmond, Park Hill's Scott Remund, and many more. Brett Gallimore, from Park Hill South,is also expected to stop by, but most likely to just speak with the coaches.

We expect to have a review of the Kansas City camp this weekend right here at Supermizzou.net.

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