On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers put the wraps on this year's football camps for high schoolers with the conclusion of their second Team Camp. Twelve schools sent teams to the camp, including Lebanon, Francis Howell, Troy Buchanan, Grain Valley, Wentzville Holt, Oakville, Warrenton, Francis Howell North, Castle (IN), Afton, and Hazelwood East. There were also enough individual campers to fill out six Renegade teams. One Renegade team was comprised mostly of players from Rogersville (AR). This was the larger of the two Team Camps that the Tigers have held this month, with campers coming from all over North America.
There were also a few unofficial visitors to Missouri during the camp, as well as a few prospects who participated in at least a portion of the camp. Among the unofficial visitors were 2013 LB and Missouri commit Joe Burkett 6'3" 210 4.6 Jefferson City (MO), 2013 DT prospect Cornelius Henderson 6'1" 280 Duncanville (TX), 2013 QB prospect Damion Hobbs 6'3" 205 4.6 Cedar Hill (TX), who holds a Missouri offer, and 2014 QB prospect Dimonic McKinzy 6'0" 199 4.6 KC (MO) University Academy, who has a strong arm and has posted a vertical jump of 34". He has Mizzou high on his list.
In-state 2013 Missouri commit Harneet Gill 6'7" 270 St. Charles (MO) joined his Francis Howell teammates at the camp, and displayed the talent that has the Missouri staff excited about the athletic offensive tackle. Gill was as consistently dominant as anyone in camp, and he received MVP recognition for his performance in camp.
One of the top participants in the camp was 2013 OT prospect David Knevel 6'9" 296 Brantford (Canada) Pauline Johnson. The big linemen showed his stuff during his abbreviated stay at the camp, and he drew the attention of the Missouri coaching staff.
After having shown very well at the one day camp in St. Louis, where he posted a 4.41 forty and a 39.3" vertical, 2013 RB/DB prospect Tray Mitchell 5'11" 170 Wentzville (MO) Holt impressed during this camp, as well. Mitchell was very effective running out of the backfield, as he repeatedly blew up pursuit angles. Although he's not very big, he showed real explosion bursting through a hole or getting around the edge. In addition, the Missouri staff put Mitchell through some coverage drills, and introduced him to some of the footwork that he would need to play in the secondary.
A talented 2014 offensive lineman, Jackson Morrison 6'3" 280 Maryville (MO), participated in a portion of the padded camp, and he also drew the attention of the Mizzou staff. Morrison performed very well as he certainly looked the part of a BCS-level interior offensive lineman.
Another big fellow who drew the staff's attention was 2013 DT prospect Logan Cart 6'4" 305 Owensboro (KY) Catholic. Cart's a strong player who is currently committed to Arkansas State. He received MVP recognition for his work during camp.
Several other players caught my eye as potential D-1 prospects, including 2014 RB Jimmy Jones 5'10" 175 Hazelwood (MO) East, 2014 LB Alex Gardner 6'1" 218 Affton (MO), 2014 CB Darren Love 5'10" 190 Wentzville (MO) Holt, 2014 OT Logan Miller 6'7" 255 Wentzville (MO) Holt, and 2015 WR Alex Ofodile 6'3" 185 Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge, among others. Ofodile is a good-looking young prospect; not as big, but probably more athletic, than his father.
Overall, there were more players, and more college prospects, in this camp than in the Tigers week one team camp. The QB play was at a little bit higher level, and there were more receivers and skill position players who may have a college football future. But as far as potential future Missouri Tigers, there was about the same number of prospects in each of the team camps. There was a little more activity during week two from unofficial visitors.
The top passer from the St. Louis one day camp, as well as the week one team camp, 2015 QB Blake Hulsey 6'1" 170 Union (MO), returned to Columbia and participated in a portion of the week two team camp. It wasn't as clear cut as it had been the week before, but he was probably the top passer at this camp, as well.
A pair of 2014 TE/DE prospects from Mehlville also caught my eye as potential D-1 prospects, in Connor Besancenez 6'4" 235 and Ben Stieren 6'5" 225.
In addition to Gill and Cart, and from among the several hundred players who descended upon the sun-drenched fields at Mizzou, numerous other campers received MVP recognition.
Offensive line MVPs included 2013 Jeff Reese 6'0" 240 Warrenton (MO), 2013 Tyler Brettnacher 5'10" 210 Wentzville (MO) Holt, 2015 Tyler Brave 6'3" 200 Wentzville (MO) Holt, 2015 Ben Sinclair 6'3" 255 KC (MO) Ray-Pec, and a pair of linemen from Newburgh (IN) Castle, Jake McCandless and Jack Redburn.
Receivers who garnered MVP recognition included 2013 Ethan Nixon, Wentzville (MO) Holt, 2013 Brandon Suwanpratest 6'1" 189 Francis Howell, Kendrick Tiller Lebanon (MO), Justin McBroom Warrenton (MO), Isaac Dozier Oakville (MO), and a trio of Renegades, including 2014 Blake McGovern Fargo (SD) Shanley, Marshall Clark, and Alex McCormack.
Running back MVPs included 2014 prospect Brett Tye 5'10" 175 Jenks (OK), 2014 Ethan Fugitt 6'0" 190 Oak Grove (MO), Ryan Perkins Francis Howell, Zach Ehlen and 2015 Evan Velasquez Grain Valley, Tanner Moore, 2013 Dallas Vaughn 5'10" 170 Hazelwood (MO) East, 2013 Brock West 5'7" 170 and Carson Lyburger Lebanon (MO), 2013 Demonte Patrick Affton (MO), 2014 Devon Fuller 6'2" 185 Troy (MO), 2013 Mo LaGrand and Quian Johnson Oakvile (MO), Christian Peach Newburgh (IN) Castle.
QBs receiving MVP recognition included 2013 Wyatt Porter 6'2" 210 Jefferson City (MO) Helias, 2013 T.J. Lafaver 6'2" 180 Warrenton (MO), Dominick Macoubrie Grain Valley (MO), Brett MaGillian and Brandon Leisner Francis Howell North, Chase Price Troy (MO) Buchanan, Karvin Robinson Oakville (MO), Chad Howerton Lebanon, Will Randle Newburgh (IN) Castle, and a pair of Renegades in Wyatt Karem and Josh Qualls.
On the defensive side, linemen who were honored as MVPs included 2013 Jarrett Franklin 6'2" 200 Francis Howell, 2013 Dan Freymuth Wentzville (MO) Holt, 2013 Alex Alvoradocali 6'4" 318 and Tyler Couch, both from Lebanon (MO), Kaylan Alexander Grain Valley (MO), Kyle Thompson and Tyler Chinn Francis Howell North, Craig Vardiman Warrenton (MO), 2013 Juan Salazar 6'1" 270 KC (MO Raytown South, Ryan Rockow 6'3" 255 St. Charles (MO), and Renegades Jacob Lacey, Tucker Schlesner, and Carson Scott.
Linebacking MVPs included 2013 Berlin Hollomon 6'2" 230 St. Louis (MO) McCluer, 2015 Miles Johnson 6'1" 210 Spring (TX), who is the younger brother of current Missouri CB David Johnson, 2014 Brendan Moore 6'1" 200 Mehlville (MO), 2013 Harold Edwards 6'0" 210 KC (MO) Pembroke Hill, 2013 Rider Garrett 5'11" 188 Farmington (MO), 2013 Calvin Munson 6'1" 210 Francis Howell, Mason Smith and 2014 Justin Long Grain Valley (MO), Adrain Palmer Lebanon, 2013 Jonah Boyd 5'10" 160 Affton (MO), Ross Jones and 2014 Russ Sutphin 6'2" 210 Troy (MO) Buchanan, Renegade Jordon Wickoff, 2015 Garrett Crews 5'8" 182, 2013 Kevin Ernst, 2013 Clint Coons 6'1" 210 and 2013 Mark Cushing 6'0" 210, each from Wentzville (MO) Holt, and Turner Lockyear and Nick Forche, both from Newburgh (IN) Castle.
Defensive backs who received MVP recognition were 2014 Ahmand Huddleston 5'7" 150 Hazelwood (MO) East, 2015 Jabari Butler 5'9" 165 St. Louis (MO) De Smet, Austin Johnson Francis Howell, Branden Sims and Jake Akers of Newburgh (IN) Castle, and Renegades Ramsey Cooper and Zach Washington.
Several out-of-state campers and their families, particularly those from Rogersville (AR), as well as others, indicated to me that the Missouri Team Camp is one of the most enjoyable football camps they've attended. Many expressed a preference for how Missouri does things and treats people, and just the general atmosphere surrounding the Missouri football program.