St. Louis, Mo. -- Scout.com updates some of the news and notes while picked up on a scouting road trio into Missouri…
Markel Smith, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back from St. Louis (Mo.) John Vianney High made an early commitment to play for Missouri, but has opened back up to explore other options. But Missouri is still a school that is near or towards the very top of his list. Additionally, he holds offers from Ole Miss and Iowa. Illinois is another school that is real close to pulling the trigger, but he is not yet ready to count that as an official extension. Schools like Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Arkansas and Auburn are schools which have been in recently to evaluate.
Roderick Johnson very well may be the top overall prospect in the Show Me State by the time the dust settles, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound monster from Hazelwood (Mo.) Central has turned out to be one of the more highly recruited players in the country. He holds offers from all over the country, but the two programs which may be sitting in the driver's seat at this juncture of the game are Alabama and Florida State. He will be looking at academics and the percentage of OL that make it to the NFL when deciding. He has also visited to Ohio State, and that may be the school with the best shot north of the Mason Dixon, at least right now. He will take his visits and decide later on in the process.
Brian Wallace, a 6-foot-5, 304-pounder from St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College High may be one of the best kept secrets in the country. He has taken unofficial trips to schools like Nebraska, Iowa and home-state Missouri. All three schools have offered and sit in a nice spot to land his signature. But he also has a number of other top programs coming after him and inquiring about his services. Most recently SEC power Alabama has put some skin in the game and could be close to possibly looking at him as a potential offer. Wallace is not near to making a decision and will "take all five official visits". He is pretty open about which schools he will visit as well.
Armon Watts is another power in the trenches for CBC and we would bet that the battles that he and Wallace have in practice are somewhat epic. Watts is starting to catch fire in the recruiting trail as well and most recently Cincinnati stepped up to the plate with an offer joining schools like Kentucky, Memphis, Arkansas State, Northern Illinois, Ball State and Idaho. Missouri is a school to keep a close eye on when it comes to his recruitment and as an FYI he grew up a fan of the UCLA program as a youngster and would be interested in the West Coast if they get in the mix.
The powerhouses are not the only prospects at CBC holding offers. Keep an eye on cornerback Zach Muniz, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound corner, who could end up being a BCS recruit down the road, maybe sooner than later. He already holds four offers from schools like Northern Illinois, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Ball State. He has nice length at the position.
Wide receiver Matthew Quarells, 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Hazelwood (Mo.) Central High is a receiver who has nice burst after making the catch and nice length for going up or out to secure catches. He has one BCS offer from Illinois already and also schools like Toledo, Ball State and New Mexico have already jumped in. Kansas State and Missouri are two other BCS programs showing interest.