The Missouri Tigers held their annual one day football camp in St. Louis at DeSmet Jesuit High School on Sunday, as hundreds of football players in grades 9-12 showed up for instruction, and to possibly catch the eye of the Tigers and other college coaches working the camp.
The most impressive athlete on the day was Wentzville (MO) Holt RB/WR Tray Mitchell 5'11" 170lbs. Mitchell shows extraordinary speed and athleticism running a 4.41 forty and vertical jumping 39.3 inches. Mitchell is not only fast, but shows solid skills both with the ball in his hands from the RB position, returning kicks or catching the ball. It's still a question as to what position best suits him on the next level. However, he proved himself an elite athlete.
Ft. Zumwalt (MO) West RB/Ath Teddy Williamson 5'9" 177 also stood out at camp with his speed and athleticism. Williamson was clocked running a 4.31 forty at a Blue Gray combine in Ohio and vertical jumped 37.5 inches. Williamson ran a 4.49 and 37" vert. He rushed for almost 700 yards in a back-up role as a junior. Williamson told me that he already has an offer from Ball State, and that he is starting to hear from Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State and Northern Illinois along with SEMO and some others. Teddy said that Ohio State is talking to him about being an athlete for them, which the others like him as a RB/DB.
Armani Perkins 6'0"175 LB from Hazelwood East was one of several Spartans who performed well at the camp. The track standout sports a 4.48 forty time and 35" vertical jump. He showed that athleticism at Tiger camp. Perkins recorded 65 tackles as a junior for Hazelwood East. He teammate and fellow top track athlete Timothy Harris 4.55 forty also had a nice day, as did DB Rapheal Merriweather with his 35" vertical.
All of the St. Louis Missouri Tiger commits attended,but did not participate. Chase Abbington, Antar Thompson, Harneet Gill, Alec Abeln, Aarion Penton and 2014 OL commit Andy Bauer spent the day at camping hanging around together and talking with other players at the camp they were familiar with.
For those concerned about Abbington's height and playing running back, Chase measures in at 6'2" 1/2 in his bare feet.
One of those players was Rockwood (MO) Summit LB Eric Beisel, who just won a state championship in baseball on Saturday. Besiel did not participate at the camp, but watched intently and spoke with Tiger commits.
"I could see myself as a Missouri Tiger," said Beisel when we spoke following the camp. "I really like the coaches and other players going there. I had taken a few weeks off from recruiting, but I am starting to focus on it and will narrow my list of schools, and hopefully make a decision before the start of my season."
Eric told me that all the schools recruiting him, including Mizzou, are doing so as a middle linebacker. Playing DE is not in the cards for him as far as making a decision.
DeSmet DE Donnie White 6'2" 211 was at camp and participated in some drills. Donnie looked good particularly in some receiving drills impressing me with his hands and ability to run. Donnie's tweener size make it tough to see him getting a Tiger offer. Especially with Missouri looking at so many DEs at the moment and with LB pretty much full up with the exception of waiting on Beisel.
Vashon's Derrick Mitchell and Malik Joseph showed up but did not participate. It's a shame since both camped well with the Tigers last year. While Mitchell has never thought to be high on the Tigers target board, not participating pretty much closed the door on anything with him and Mizzou in the near future in all likelihood.
Taylor County (GA) DT Larry Mathews 6'2" 277 was possibly the most impressive out of state prospect to attend. Mathews has several Sun Belt Conference offers, and came in the hopes of earning one from the Tigers. His athleticism and skills showed along with his 5.0 forty speed.
James Caligone 5'10" 165 cornerback from Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington showed his speed at the camp, along with solid skills working as a DB. His 4.52 speed is impressive as he made the trip up to showcase himself to the Tiger staff. Caligone is a solid athlete who has played QB and WR. He is also a top track athlete.
Peoria (IL) Richwoods TE Brandon Roberts 6'3" 235 4.75 forty is an impressive prospect. A physical blocker and athlete, Roberts displayed a nice ability to run routes and catch the ball. He has a lot of interest in Mizzou and hoped to earn an offer on the day.
St. Louis (MO) Marquette OT/DL Max Sidney 6'7" 282lbs ran a 5.2 forty had a strong day. Sidney had focused on basketball until recently and is catching up as a football prospect. He has good quickness and feet to go along with his speed. Sidney told me that SIU-C is close to offering him, and he will be attending some other camps soon. He said the Tiger coaches like what they saw of him and will be keeping in touch.
John Burroughs DE Solo Ceesay 6'3" 241 ran a 4.9 and vertical jumped 30". He impressed coaches in attendance and told me that Purdue, Tulane, Rice, Cornell and some IVY league schools are recruiting him the most. He said Mizzou has been by his school and the Missouri coaches thought he performed well on the day.
Other top local 2013 players who stood out on the day include Belleville (IL) LB Pierre Tucker-Gee, O' Fallon QB Todd Porter, Kirkwood DB Ed Richey 5'10" 170 4.55 forty, Borgia RB Ray Smith 38" vertical, McCluer North lineman Jordan Harold 6'3" 241, U City DL/OL Kobi Gilkey 6'4" 270, Vashon DE Denzel Warren 6'2" 255, Timberland DE John Hummel 6'4" 240, Melvin Morrow 6" 0" 215LB Hazelwood Central, and TE Lucas Nikolaisen DeSmet 6'4" 215.
2014 Hazelwood Central OT Roderick Johnson 6'7" 327lbs on the day arrived and told me he had a big breakfast which accounted for his increase in weight. Still, the talented lineman still ran a 5.3 forty, matching his Blue Gray combine time. Johnson has Missouri and Iowa State offers already. Roderick is still a young player and raw skill wise. However, you can't overlook his size and athleticism, which is why he has early offers and will be heavily recruited.
2014 Vianney RB Markel Smith 5'11" 210 was the top underclassmen at the camp in my book. The powerful back who has run the forty in the lower 4.5 range ran a 4.59 forty and vertical jumped 33 inches while showing great agility,footwork and hands in drills. Smith ran for almost 1,500 yards and had over 100 yards receiving for a total of 18 TDs as a sophomore. He ran for almost a 1,000 yards as a freshman, and displays a good combination of speed,power and elusiveness. Look for Markel Smith to be one of the more heavily recruited players in the 2014 class, and to be an early Tiger offer. He tells me Mizzou, Wisconsin, Illinois, Notre Dame and Kansas State are among his early favorites. He will be camping with the Tigers again in Columbia along with Illinois, K-State and Notre Dame this summer.
2014 Parkway Central DE Jonathan Bonner 6'4" 235 stood out at camp. I have watched Jonathan the past couple of years and noticed his ability on the field. At 235lbs and running a 4.9 as a sophomore, Jonathan looks poised to be a top prospect in the 2014 class by his senior season. He recorded 55 tackles and 5 sacks as a soph. He also showed good hands and agility in receiver drills. I like him better as a DE chasing the QB, but perhaps he could play TE in college.
Big 2014 CBC OL/DT Brian Wallace 6'5" 1/2 295lbs 5.5 forty has tremendous upside for a young player. He size is impressive, but he is just starting to scratch the surface of his ability. I first saw him as he was about to enter his freshman year when he attended the Show-Me Combine. He was 6'5" 280 then, but he had not caught up to his size then athletically. You are seeing that unfold now. He played some in short yardage on defense last year. Look for him to play both DL and OL as a junior. His future is likely as an offensive lineman in college.
2015 QB Blake Hulsey 6'0" 170 4.9 forty from Union (MO) was the top young signal caller at camp. Hulsey has pretty good athleticism, but a very good and accurate arm. As a true freshman he played quite a bit and completed 60% of his passed for over 600 yards and 8 TD verses only 3 TDs. He is a young QB to keep an eye on.
There were some good young defensive backs in the 2014 class at the camp.
SLUH DB/RB Michael Hall 5'9" 197lbs 4.6 forty 34" vertical, DeSmet CB Jabari Butler 5'9" 165 4.58 forty 33" vertical, Kevin Hampton 5'11" 175 4.6 forty and Parkway North's Troy Thomas 5'10 175 4.6 forty 35" vertical stood out on the day.
Hall and Hampton played quite a bit as sophomore for their teams.
Hall recorded 58 tackles and a sack. He will probably see more action at RB this year.
Hampton was the 2nd leading rusher for the Lancers last season and also recorded 42 tackles and provided very good pass coverage at his cornerback position. His twin brother Devin is also a very good DB prospect.
Other local prospects who stood out in the 2014 class included Ladue OL Brent Marrow 6'2" 275 5.1 forty, Webster Groves OT Alex Roberts 6'5" 257, Caruthersville OL Jay Strickland 6'2" 346, Vianney OL Justin Summers 6'5" 265 5.5 forty and OG Blake Hooper 6'1" 250 Taylorville.
OUT OF STATE STANDOUT
Jacksonville (IL) TE Blake Hance was easy to spot at 6'5" 240. He did more then stand out with his size and build. He ran well with a 4.9 forty and did showed great ability catching the ball and running routes. It's no wonder he has been a combine MVP and caught 26 passes for 402 yards and 2 TDs. He also plays DE for Jacksonville. He is a player to watch over the next couple of years.