The Missouri Tigers completed their annual tour of one day camps last week with the final one in Kansas City at William Jewell College in Liberty (MO).
The Kansas City camp has been a pretty successful one in the past, with several current players earning scholarship offers based on that annual camp, and eventually signing with the Tigers. It appears that could happen again as a sleeper prospect appear to have awakened at the Liberty camp.
Kansas City (MO) Center HS DT Maliek Collins 6'2" 285lbs 4.8 forty- 31" vertical appeared to be the top 2013 prospect to appear at any of the three one day camps this Tigers held this year.
The athletic defensive tackle showed unique speed,athleticism and agility for big man. He also looked very coachable and took direction very well, showing the ability to be a quick learner and make the most of coaches tips. He was clearly the top performer in the line drills.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Collins following the Tiger camp to get his thoughts.
"I loved the experience. It was a good camp to get my name out there," said Collins. "My performance didn't surprise me. I know what I am capable of doing. The coaches showed some good techniques and tips that will were helpful. I am a visual learner, and once they showed me what they wanted I picked it up pretty quick. My favorite part of the day was when they put me through the running back drills."
Collins looked good in the running back drills despite his size. It is a position he could play on the high school level if he wasn't so valuable to his team anchoring the offensive and defensive lines, where he earned 1st team All-Conference at offensive and defensive tackle as a junior.
Collins performance at the camp did not go unnoticed by the Tiger coaches.
" They said I did a really good job and they want me to come up for an unofficial visit once they get back from vacation. I spoke to Coach Hill, Coach Kuligowski, Coach Henson and Coach Pinkel, and each one of them said they like what I did. It was really cool to talk with Coach Pinkel," said Collins.
Maliek shared his thoughts on the Tiger football program and possibly getting recruited by them.
"It's pretty good. Missouri is a good school, with a good football program. The SEC is the best and they are part of that now. Everybody wants to play the best. They seem to be getting everybody from Kansas City these days. I wanna look at my options, but I would definitely consider Mizzou if they offered me. They would be at the top of my list,"said Collins.
To this point Maliek has heard from smaller schools such as Indiana State, North Dakota, South Dakota State and SEMO. However, he said he would like to play in the SEC if at all possible.
Collins also participates in track and was the 2nd ranked heavyweight wrestler in his class his junior year finishing with a 49-3 overall record before losing in the state quarterfinals.
The Center team captain talked about his strengths as a player that he felt make him valuable to colleges.
"I beat offensive linemen off the ball. My quickness and how I explode off the line. My vision and reading offenses. I like to study a lot of film and use that to my advantage."
Maliek said that he hoped to demand even more of a double team this season as he will play on the outside more to use his pass rush skills.
Here are Collins junior highlights
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow his recruitment.