The Missouri Tigers are in the midst of putting together one of their best recruiting classes for in-state talent under Gary Pinkel for 2013. That doesn't mean that they aren't trying to stay one step ahead of the game and don't spend some time thinking ahead to 2014.
Even with the top prospect in Missouri for 2014 already committed, the Tigers are finding out about some other 2014 prospects during the evaluation period currently going on.
One of those is class of 2014 LB/DE Trey Knes 6'5" 220 from Parkway Central.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Knes recently to find out about the Missouri connection and his interest in the Tigers.
"Coach Ford had been by school about a week or or so ago and spoke to my coach about me,"said Knes. "Then on Monday I saw the big Mizzou bus here again and coach Goldy (Mark Goldenburg) said that Coach Ford and Coach Kuligowski had been by the school and talked about me. He said they liked my height, my speed and some of my testing numbers, especially vertical that coach told them about."
Knes went on to say that Missouri wants him to camp with them this summer.
"I will go to the camp in St. Louis at DeSmet if my schedule allows it. My coach told me they hope to see me at a camp of theirs and that they would follow me this coming season and that I am on their radar. I am also planning to take an unofficial visit up there sometime in the near future, but I don't have anything definite planned yet,"said Knes.
I asked Trey for his thoughts on Mizzou and the Tiger football program.
"I love Mizzou! My Dad went there. My Great-Uncle played running back at Mizzou a long,long time ago. Andy Bauer is one of my good friends and he is committed there. Andy and I played AAU basketball together in 6th,7th and 8th grade and know each other really well. Actually, my Dad and Andy's Dad both went there and were in the same frat. So, I definitely have high interest in Missouri. It's too early to say anyone is a favorite, but they are high on my list of schools"
Knes told me that while he plays linebacker in high school, that he has been told that he projects to defensive end on the next level. And at almost 6'6" and with 4.7 speed, and an explosive vertical jump, you can understand way.
Having seen Knes play I can tell you that he reads plays well and uses his athleticism to it full advantage.
Knes has unofficially visited Colorado and Colorado State so far,and is also hearing from Iowa and Oregon. He isn't sure outside of a Missouri unofficial visit what lies ahead for him regarding more visits or camp appearances.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to update Trey Knes' recruitment as it unfolds.