The Missouri Tigers held the first of two one day camps held on campus this year. A change from years past where the Tigers had a traveling road show they took to St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. Since they have joined the SEC this will be the new way one day camps will be from now on.
Around 180 campers showed up on the day to drill and get instruction.
Ragsdale showed his high intensity all day during drills, along with great quickness and agility. He has great size and a lean frame that in a college strength and conditioning program looks like it will have no problem reaching 290-300lbs and keeping his athleticism. Ragsdale is a high motor guy, who is probably even faster then his current forty time once he learns how to run it properly and come out of his start.
Akinmoladun whose 35" vertical jump and athleticism were on display both at defensive end and tight end on the day. Freedom looked equally comfortable catching the ball and doing defensive drills.
Missouri coaches kept a close eye on both players on the day.
Freedom texted me on the ride home and informed me that he picked up an offer from Iowa.
Ragsdale called me and said that Nebraska called his high school coach and are very interested and want to talk to him.
Aside from those two prospects, the best overall prospect at the camp might have been a 2015 player from Oklahoma. Midwest City's William Sunderland 6'2" 185 4.56 forty 33" vertical is an outstanding looking prospect at both receiver and defensive back. The junior to be safety reportedly picked up an offer from OU at their camp recently and caught the attention of Mizzou coaches. Sunderland has Mizzou ties as he is former Tiger Sean Weatherspoon's cousin. He spoke highly of Missouri and we have an interview on him coming.
Also making a case for being among the top prospecta was Midwest City RB Bryan Hartfield 5'9" 175 4.59 forty 38.7" vertical. Harfield is compact but muscular and extremely quick and shows great agility and stop start acceleration and quick feet. He ran a 10.9 100 meters in track this spring.
Fastest man at camp went to Downers Grove (IL) South slot receiver Javon Turner 5'11" 175 who had a 4.5 forty. Turner was a big time playmaker for his team in 2012 and is also a track standout .
A couple of in-state kids had big days overall. Springfield Hillcrest's Juwan Johnson 5'10" 163 ran a 4.55 and vertical jumped 37.6 " and showed off his superior athleticism. Juwan has played RB,WR and CB for the Hornets.
Local product Justise Keith 5'11" 186 runs a 4.6 forty and jumps an impressive 38 inches. Keith plays running back and defensive back for Columbia Hickman.
Besides Sunderland and Harfield, the state of Oklahoma was well represented on the day.
Midwest City (OK) TE/DE Trenton Ball 6'6" 230 runs a 4.8 forty and vertical jumps 30". Ball was impressive both catching the ball and in drills showing off his athleticism. He was among the top prospects on the day overall.
Another impressive TE prospect was Owasso's Cameron Oliver 6'5" 230 who runs a 4.88 forty. Oliver looks like more of a traditional TE prospect, but showed good hands and ability to run.
McClain (OK) RB Bishop Louie 5'8" 175 ran a 4.55 forty.
The Tigers had a solid group of defensive linemen from out of state attend.
Cedar Rapids (IA) Xavier HS Daniel Vega 6'3" 260 5.1 forty 27" vertical, Rosenburg (TX) Lamar Consolidated Henry Ike 6'2" 250, Lone Elk (KY) Evan Saynor 6'4" 250 5,2 forty 26" vertical, Desmond Branch 6'2" 240 DE Rio Rancho (NM) Cleveland and Ameri Wilson 6'2" 240 stood out on the day.
Wilson looks especially good in drills and jumps and explosive 35" in the vertical.
In-state DT Brad Pryor 6'3" 290 from Duchesne HS in St. Charles runs and impressive 5.0 flat. Pryor is also a smart kid who has some Ivy League schools like Cornell looking at him.
Springfield Hillcrest's EJ Hubbard 6'2' 284 5.2 forty has an offer from Missouri State already and was among the top defensive tackle prospects on the day.
DE prospect Trey Knes 6'4' 221 Parkway Central and Skylar Hulse 6'3' 230 Oak Grove had good days. Both have good speed and quickness. Knes has played LB but projects to DE in college. Hulse is a hurdler in HS and finished among the top 7 in the state championships.
A strong group of linebacker prospects were in attendance led by Missouri commit Grant Jones 6'2' 210. Jones is extremely quick and said that he thought he would wind up playing LB at Mizzou.
Blue Valley's Henry McGrew 6'3" 240 is what you want you middle linebacker to look like. He was a physically impressive physical specimen and worked hard all day in drills. McGrew recently picked up and offer from Kansas.
Bishop Miege's Brad Ivey 6'2" 218 is a similarly intense and hardworking linebacker prospect who stood out on the day.
Belleville (IL)West MLB prospect Tori Millander 6'1' 220 is also physically imposing, and boasted a 38
vertical jump. Tori told me that he has multiple offers, including Purdue and is hearing from a lot more schools.
Lafayette high school's Evan Scales 6'1" 187 was the top 2014 QB on the day. Scales has good footwork and strong arm with good accuracy. He is being recruited by Illinois and several other Big 10 teams.
Top receivers on the day were Hillcrest's Matt Rush 5'10" 170 4.59 33" vertical, Blue Springs Darrius Shephard 6'0" 185 and Devin Reece 6'1" 196 from Indiana.
DeMario Harris 6'0"215 Brookfield (WI) Central was a bigger back at camp who stood out.
Hazelwood East's Jimmy Jones 5'9" 175 4.55 and 33" vertical was one of the top running backs there. Jones is also a talented defensive back prospect to keep and eye on.
Two massive offensive lineman who attended were Lucy Lane (GA) C James Holmon 6'4" 341 and Grandview's Apa Visinia 6'4" 387.
Despite the massive size of both players, they moved very well and had college coaches paying attention to them.
There were several outstanding underclassmen at camp.
2015 QBs Tre Moore 6'2" 175 John Burroughs and Blake Husley 6'1" 175 had good days.
Moore has a rocket for an arm and a quick release. He throws a nice, accurate ball and is a very good athlete. He bares watching this season. Moore told me that Mizzou has said they will be keeping and eye on him.
Hulsey is one of the better young QBs in the state. He is also a good athlete and displays solid QB skills.
A pair of 2015 running backs caught my attention.
Oak Grove's Aaron Graham 6'0" 180 looked sharp on the day as was to be expected. Graham ran for over 1,800 yards and 23 TDs as a sophomore and showed a lot of that skill on the day.
Park Hill's Kenyatte Harris 5'11" 175 has very good speed and quickness. He also showed very good receiving skills in drills. Look for a big 2013 year from him.
Hillcrest also brought a talented 2015 LB prospect named Stanley Murphy 6'2" 200.
In the class of 2016 there was a familiar name who caught my attention. Hickman TE/DE Brandon Jones 6'4" 215 is already bigger then big brother Grant and looked good in receiving drills. Also the son of Missouri running backs coach, look for Brandon to be an athlete colleges watch in coming years.