The state of Missouri is loaded at the linebacker position in the class of 2013. Players such as Nick Ramirez, Brandon Minor, Eric Beisel and Joey Burkett are pretty well known by now, but another linebacker prospect deserves to be mentioned with that group.
Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst LB Tony Lashley 6'2" 225 (4.5 forty-32" vertical-335lb bench press) may not be as well known to date, but his football talents and athletic ability are starting to get noticed by colleges such as Missouri, Kansas,Nebraska, Northern Illinois and others.
The 2013 linebacker is a solid combination of speed and strength, which he exhibited at the Elite Football Combine last Saturday, where he was the strongest participate out of 270 prospects lifting 225lbs 17 times, the top number at the combine.
Lashley, who recorded 54 tackles and 3 sacks as a junior, recently made unofficial visits to Missouri and Kansas. We spoke with him about his trips to both schools.
Missouri-"I like them a lot. Coach Andy Hill gave a good tour to me and my teammates. I like the program a lot, the coaches, them moving to the SEC, the competitive nature of that, competing against the best is intriguing."
Kansas-"I enjoyed that junior day a lot. I like the new staff. The coaches are a nice, and they are going to rebuild the program."
With things still being in the early stages of his recruitment, Lashley is taking things slowly and keeping an open mind about things.
"I just wanna see what schools offer. keep working hard and doing what I need to get better. I will be looking for a good school academically with a good coaching staff and feels like home. Staying close to home would be nice. I don't know about going to far away, although I like USC because I had some family out there go to school, but visits can always change how you feel about going far away."
Tony Lashley at the Elite Football Combine.