1. Shawnee Mission Northwest linebacker Mike Rivera (6'3 240) will be completing an unofficial visit to Missouri on July 23rd. I'm hearing it is very likely the Tigers will step up to extend an offer. Right now, Kansas is the only other school that has offered. Rivera recorded a 34 1/2 inch vertical jump at the Missouri one-day camp held in Kansas City. He also ran a 4.60. Alongside Michael Keenan, Rivera was arguably the most impressive defensive prospect in attendance, from a physical perspective. What Rivera also holds in his favor is more of a knack for the linebacker position than either Keenan or Brandenburgh.
2. In fact, earlier this spring I was informed by sources the Tigers were only seriously targeting four Kansas prospects at the time in Nick Patton, Matt Boss, Kenny Wilson, and Mike Rivera. There was no question from the tone of my source's voice that the Tigers had identified Rivera higher on their list than Lance Brandenburgh during their initial evaluations.
3. Another prospect in Kansas the Tigers are taking a look at is Odell Bell. The only reason he is not included in the list above is due to the fact the Tigers are hopeful they will be signing one back, and that being Tony Temple. However, it appears an interesting scenario could play out. With both backs favoring Kansas State and Missouri, it would not be shocking to see each school land one of the prized backs.
4. With six commitments already in hand, many would figure Missouri would be quiet until the season began. However, the Tiger staff is still working very hard, and there is a strong possibility three to five commitments could occur before the start of the season. Three prospects definitely to keep an eye out for are Jerrill Humphrey, Darrell Jackson, and Nick Patterson.
6. The Tigers have also offered Sugar Land, Texas (Stephen F. Austin) quarterback/athlete Michael Jones. The 6'3 190 is being recruited by many as an athlete, but would like a shot at quarterback. According to sources, the Tigers have not ruled out giving him that shot.
7. The Tigers have also identified plenty of prospects in the state of Oklahoma, especially at the defensive end position. The Tigers are in very good shape to land official visits from Chris Wade, Michael Tate, and Adam Blankenship.
8. Oh yeah, back to Kansas City for a minute, several Missouri fans have questioned why Missouri didn't jump right up and offer Michael Keenan a scholarship prior to Nebraska entering the picture. The skinny on Keenan is that several schools see him as a running back first, who is trying to convert to linebacker. Missouri tested Keenan extensively during their camp, and while Keenan showed good speed and vertical leap, he was only average in several other drills that the Missouri coaches use to evaluate prospective linebackers. The coaches wanted to watch Keenan during the first few games this fall to see how he was playing before offerring him a scholarship. The fact that Nebraska has gained an early commitment from Keenan has not changed Missouri's evaluation of Michael Keenan.