The Missouri Tigers kicked off their annual one day football camp road tour in Springfield (MO) on Wednesday with a record number of attendees since they started their camps held in that town, as 343 high school football players from the state of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Indiana among other places attended.
In-state kids came from St. Louis and Kansas City along with a large number of players from the Southwest part of the state.
ShowMeMizzou.com takes an in-depth look at the Tiger camps prospects.
DGB Stops By
The number one player in the state for 2012, if not the country, Dorial Green-Beckham showed up at camp and stayed for the entire time watching closely and interacting with players as they went through drills and learned some valuable skills and lessons to take with them into their summer and upcoming football seasons.
Dorial said that his younger brother Darnell had wanted to attend also, but wasn't feeling well that day.
Green-Beckham seems to have a very good relationship with the Tiger staff. He had previously made an unofficial visit to Missouri last Friday. He said that he doesn't have any other immediate plans on his schedule, but will get together with his Dad and figure what is next for him on the summer.
Local Athletes StandoutDonovan Mathis
Some of the top performers on the day did not have far to travel for the camp. Two 2012 Springfield players had great days with Hillcrest S/RB Donovan Mathis 5'11" 175 (4.41 forty-35" vertical) and Glendale RB/DB Trevor Vaughn 5'10" 180 (4.41 forty-37" vertical) each showcasing their speed and athleticism on the day.
Mathis has only been contacted by some in-state schools, but his performance will likely have Missouri as well as other schools keeping an eye on him. Mathis plays LB at Hillcrest but projects to safety on the next level.
The same with Vaughn, who missed part of his junior season with a broken collar bone, but was electric at times with the ball in his hands when he returned.
Two more Southwest Missouri standouts had attention grabbing days. Webb City CB/WR Jarvis Jones 6'0" 182 (4.5 forty-32" vertical) and Logan Rogersville RB/LB Dylan Cole 6'2" 195 (4.6 forty- 32" vertical) each had some outstanding moments in agility and position drills.Jarvis Jones
Jones, who has been hearing from the Tigers and will camp with them next week, has great hands to go with his speed and looks like he has a bright future at cornerback on the next level.
Cole, who is a three sport standout in track and basketball as well as football, was named 1st team All-State last year in football, and had a 5 TD game last season. Also a standout on defense, he likely projects to safety or outside linebacker on the next level. Cole is a physical,big hitter and has the ability to pass cover.
Other local standout on the day included WR Cameron Johnson 6'2' 195, Offensive linemen Jake Justus 6'5" 300 Ash Grove and Mykalen Huntoon 6'3" 300 Springfield Parkview, DB Darnell Walker Jr. 5'9" 170 Bolivar, QB James Holler 6'2" 200 Waynesville, Clayton Shantz 6'3" 275 Springfield Glendale and Markell White 5'9" 175 RB/DB Lamar.
Neosho DT Gavin Rainwater 6'2" 275 was at the camp ,but did not workout.Dalton Demos
Some of the top players making the trip from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas were CBC signal caller Dalton Demos 6'4" 190 (4.69 forty-31.5" vertical), who is coming off a great showing at the Ohio State Elite 11 where he was considered among the top 5 overall QBs out of 100 attendees, along with CBC teammate Sean Holloran 6'4" 255 OG, Austin Black 6'1" 245 LB Warrenton, Rockhurst QB Nick Jones 6'3" 190, Rockhurst RB Jordan Walker and Raymore Peculiar WR Walker Evans 6'4" 200.Darrack Harger
Walker, Jones and Evans all said they will try to attend the Kansas City camp next week as well as this one.
Walker and Jones played in limited action last year and are poised for breakout seasons. Walker is a smooth athlete who uses his speed and athleticism well, plus he showed a nice ability to catch the ball. He has been timed at 4.46 in the forty in the past.
Quarterback is always a fun position to watch as they do a lot in drills during the camps. The Tigers had a nice group of prospects show up to showcase their arms and QB skills.
Dalton Demos, who looked the best overall in camp along with Sand Springs (OK) 2012 QB Darrack Harger 6'3" 198. The two QBs had nice showings on the day. Demos is a long,athletic QB who has a strong arm and showed very good accuracy. He is mobile and runs well.
Both Demos and Harger were at the Tigers Black & Gold game. Harger has made several visits to Columbia.
Rancho Rio, New Mexico QB Jason Fitzpatrick 6'2" 190 displayed a very strong arm and made all the throws. Also a catcher in baseball, he looks promising.
Stegall has a couple of D1 offers already. Some schools see him as more of an athlete. He looked the part participating in multiple drills on the day.
Burcham is a gunslinger that has put up some impressive yards at QB the past few years. He was among the better looking QBs on the day.
Ramsey Hamilton 6'1" 185 Beggs (OK) is another athletic QB who couple of other positions on the next level. He was joined by a similar prospect in Purcell (OK) QB/Ath Cole Swayze 6'2" 190, who has already visited Missouri, and told me that the Tigers are looking at him as a possible safety.
A few talented underclassmen QBs showed up at camp. The best of the bunch was 2013 QB Brayden Scott 6'0" 190 Tahlequah- Sequoyah (4.57-forty), who stood out with his athleticism and passing skills. Scott has been making noise since the 8th grade as a rising QB prospect to keep an eye on. Look for the Tigers to stay in touch and keep an eye on the rising Oklahoma prospect.
Two Missouri underclassmen QB from the Southwest part of the state to keep and eye on are Lebanon's 2013 prospect Hayden Brackett 6'3" 203 and Marshfield's 2014 QB prospect Blayne Armstrong 6'3" 185. Both look to be up and comers on the football scene. Bracket is expected to start from the Yellowjackets this year and has good size and arm strength. Armstrong started a few games as a freshman and looks to have a bright future.
Out Of State Attendees Impress
The Tiger camp drew some nice prospects from all over the region.Daniel Burton Hayden Lambert
Some linemen at the camp who caught my attention included 2012 prospects Daniel Burton 6'4' 275 OG Putnam City (OK) North, Aledo (TX) OT Hayden Lambert 6'5" 255, Ross Lodge 6'6" 265 OT Round Rock (TX) Westwood, Brandon Dewitt 6'2" 275 OG, Rance Layton 6'6" 250 Seminole (TX) and Micah Simmons 6'3" 270 OG Lindale (TX).
Burton and Lambert were two very athletic linemen who did great work both in line drills and agility drills on the day.Zac Veatch
Some TE/DE Types who stood out were Broken Arrow (OK) Zac Veatch 6'4" 250 (4.9 forty), David Wilganowski 6'4" 225, Blue Valley (KS) West's Brett McMakin 6'4" 220 and Jonathon Powell 6'4" 220 Searcy (AR) who all caught my attention.Tony Bailey
Receiver/ defensive back types who made the trip from out of state we West Lafayette( IN) Jefferson's Tony Bailey 6'1" 190 (4.55),Ardmore (OK) DB Kenyon Gordon 5'10" 175, Tulsa(OK) Union WR Kendal Davis 6'1" 180 and Burkburnett( TX) DB Blaine Curren 6'1" 180.
Bailey stood out on the day with his receiving skills, body control and overall athleticism. The same with Davis. Gordon was among the top DBs at the camp.
Derrick Estell Gus Carter Matt Rush CJ Hubbard
Some of the top underclassmen not mentioned yet who stood out were St. Louis (MO) Lafayette 2013 RB Deonte Robinson 5'8" 175, 2013 RB/LB Derrick Estell 6'0" 190 Miller, Joplin 2013 OLB Adam St. Peter 6'3" 210, 2013 Matt Rush 5'10" 175 RB/CB Springfield (MO) Hillcrest, 2013 OT Gus Carter 6'5" 275 Republic, 2013 DT Springfield Glendale Dakota Brake 6'2" 265, OL/DT Wyatt Ross 6'2" 275 Clinton, Webb City 2013 RB Pheonix Johnson 5'8" 175,2013 TE/DE John Voit 6'2" 210 St. Louis (MO) Lafayette, 2013 Logan-Rogersville TE Jordan Frazier 6'5" 205,Springfield Hillcrest 2014 RB/DE CJ Hubbard 6'1" 210 and 2015 WR/S Hillcrest Stanley Murphy 6'0" 175.
Robinson is a small, but lighting fast running back who made the trip from St. Louis and led his Lancer team in rushing as a sophomore. He is an explosive athlete to watch. He excels in track,as well.
Same thing with Estell, who despite playing on a small school level, has looks to be a solid prospect to watch.
Matt Rush played at Carthage this year, but is transferring to Hillcrest to add to an already very talented team. He showed a lot of quickness and speed in RB and DB drills. He also excels in track.
Same thing with Hubbard from Hillcrest. He caught my eye when scouting DGB in games last year. He was raw but explosive off the ball at DE and ran strong bewteen the tackles on limited carries. He tweaked his knee a little bit but finished the camp.
St. Peter has played varsity since his freshman year for Joplin.