It is a strong year in the Southwestern part of the state of Missouri for D1 football talent in 2015. While it has produced one of the biggest names in recent football recruiting history in Dorial Green-Beckham, who played at Springfield Hillcrest, the area has not traditionally turned out many high level prospects on average,
A prospect who has been under the radar for the most part, but who is starting to receive the attention he deserves is Carl Junction (MO) LB Chase Johnston 6'4" 225 4.62 forty. ShowMeMizzou.com caught up with Johnston to get the latest with his recruitment.
"Things are starting to pick up for me," Johnston told ShowMeMizzou.com. "Coach Henson came by my school recently and talked about how I have caught their attention. He said that Coach Steckel got the chance to evaluate my film and that he really likes what he saw. He said that I am a raw talent. They want me to come by came. They just wanna see me in person and see how I do for them. So, I will be going up there for a one day camp in June."
I asked Chase for his thoughts on Missouri?
"I'm a big fan. I always have been. I grew up watching Tiger football. My cousin is Mark Hill, who played offensive line up there and graduated from there. I like it a lot.I would definitely like it if I got the chance to go there. It's a really good school and football program. You also have to like that they play in the SEC," he said.
The Tigers are not the only SEC school that has developed a sudden interest in Johnston.
"Arkansas called me here recently. I like them a lot too. They are close to home, and my other cousin, Steven Hill, played basketball there, so I am familiar with the school. They also want me to come and camp with them."
Some of his new attention is due to a recent performance at an NUC combine down in Texas.
"I was named MVP at linebacker down at the Texas NUC combine. They had a lot of nice things to say about me, which felt good. It was also nice to be able to do so well and show my pass defense ability against some really fast Texas kids," said Johnson.
NUC described Johnston as being," very athletic and nimble during agilities. But what really set him apart from his peers was his ability to turn and run with the fastest backs in the camp."
Those qualities are something that college coaches really look for in linebacker prospects.
The talented defender, who recorded over 90 tackles as a junior, also has the potential to develop into a defensive end prospect in the future.
ShowMeMizzou.com will keep you updated on Chase Johnston's recruitment and how his camp with the Tigers turns out.