The Missouri Tigers held their second and final one day camp for 2013 on Sunday, as around 300 players showed up to receive instruction and perform before Mizzou and other college coaches.
The Tigers had a group of 2014 commits on hand, including Kevin Pendleton, Paul Adams, Thomas Richard, Michael Fairchild, Kendall Blanton and Finus Stribling on hand and watching who were also there to show support and let other potential recruits know that Mizzou was the school for them. Blanton actually participated in drills. More on his later.
One 2014 target who came with the Tennessee commits was DT Derek Barnett. It was difficult to gauge Barnett's interest in beging there.
The player who most eyes were on who had not already committed and was participating in the camp was Broken Arrow (OK) 2014 QB Coleman Key 6'5" 215 4.9. Key, who has 7 offers, including from Illinois, stood out with his size, arm, accuracy, athleticism and footwork, definitely looking the part of a major BCS pro-style QB. Key, who camped with Mizzou last summer and is good friends with Tigers WR Levi Copelin, said he would love to join the Mizzou family if given the opportunity. He showed improvement from last year with his delivery, and definitely helped himself with his performance on the day.
IN THE RUNNING FOR OFFERS
Two 2014 defensive back prospects who stood out on the day and helped their cause for possible offers were Blue Springs (MO) safety Kaleb Prewett 6'2" 200 4.5 forty- 38.6" vertical jump and Red Oak (TX) CB/S Garrett Davis 6'0" 183 4.5 forty-38.8" vertical.
Prewett showed off his impressive quickness, change of direction and agility on the day in drills, along with his explosion and speed. Kaleb is a big hitter and is impressive running down hill on plays and covering.
Davis was equally impressive on the day and with his speed and athleticism on display in the receiver and defensive back drills. He has an impressive physical build and followed the coaching he received very well.It was a close call on who might have been the top defensive back in their class who worked out on the day.
Key, Prewett and Davis may have positioned themselves the best for potential offers on the day among the 2014 campers.
2014 OFFERS IN THE HOUSE
A very nice group of 2014 offers attended camp and worked out for the coaches on the day.
Lutheran North DE Rennell Wren 6'6'" 247 showed the Tiger coaches up close and in person why he was worthy of an offer. Wren is already up to 247 pounds after skipping AAU basketball and is as explosive and athletic of a defensive end prospect as there is. Wren moves like a linebacker at his size, and was even asked to participate in the LB drills, to which he stood out with his agility, quickness, ability to change direction quickly and hands. New Mexico was his most recent offer, but Wren told me that the Tigers are in good standing with him among his top teams.
CBC DT Armon Watts 6'4" 270 is another athletic defensive linemen in the MO 2014 class. Watts was also impressive in various agility and linemen drills displaying above average athleticism, quickness and explosiveness. It's no wonder that schools like Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky and others have offered, and Oklahoma is flirting with a possible offer soon.
Kendall Blanton measured in at 6'7" 234 and while he is already committed, he participated in workouts and was among the most athletic players in camp on the day at that size. Blanton runs and shows the athleticism of a much smaller receiver. He is able to break down and get low when making rapid moves and movement while showing bursts of speed and explosion that are impressive. Even better yet, he showed amazing hands again in this years gauntlet drill, where QBs line both sides of the field and receivers must run the length of it at full speed while catching passes coming at them from both the left and the right. Great hand eye coordination and very quick reaction turning his head and getting a visual on the ball. With 4.8 forty time and a 35" vertical that will get better in college, Blanton could be the steal of the recruiting season, and a major weapon in the Missouri offense is a couple of years.
OTHER STANDOUTS ON THE DAY BY POSITION
Hazelwood East's duo of Jimmy Jones 5'9" 174 and Ahmad Huddleston 5'5" 145 returned after camping with the Tigers on Tuesday and again were among the fastest and most athletic backs. Jones with a 4.51 forty and 34" vertical and Huddleston with a 4.53 forty and 35" vertical will make for a dynamic duo for the Spartans. Jones, who is also a talented defensive back, is a legit D1 prospect.
Little Rock (AR) Central back Logan Moragne 5'7" 180 34" vertical was among the better athletes and backs at camp on the day. He was with the elite group of campers in drills on the day.
Bettendorf (IA) back Gabriel Rees 5'11" 183 4.58 forty 34.7" vertical continued his string of outstanding camp performances with his showing at Mizzou's camp. Rees has very good speed and ability at his position. He also showed good hands.
Lincoln (NE) Southeast RB Darian Brown 5'6" 160 4.49 35" vertical put on a nice performance a day after being one of the outstanding backs at the Runit Elite Running Back showcase I attended the day before. Brown is small but extremely quick and fast. He has good moves and can catch the ball well.
Blue Springs (MO)Darrius Shepherd 6'0" 170 4.6 forty was among the best receivers in his class on the day. Shepherd has reliable hands and good quickness. A lot of times actual ability to catch the ball can be overlooked in favor of track speed and leaping ability. However, those things don't matter if you have no hands.
Lee's Summit (MO) West TE Dale Brown 6'3" 242 already has an offer from Northern Illinois. Brown was likely the second best TE on the day other then Blanton. I first saw Dale as an 8th grader when he was a QB but he has since outgrown that position.
It was a really nice group of linemen who attended on the day besides Wren and Watts.
Belleville (IL) West's Nick Allen 6'6" 270 5.2 forty-28" vertical is transferring in from Highland (IL) after playing with Tanner Farmer his first three years of high school. Allen, like Farmer was, is an under the radar linemen from a small school with size, athleticism and ability.
Big Bill Weber 6'6' 303 made the trip up from Coppell (TX) and was among the top offensive line prospects on the day. Weber looks like he will likely move inside on the next level.
Lee's Summit West OG/DT Evan Martin 6'3" 278 5.2 forty- 27" vertical jump was among the more athletic linemen on the day. Martin has very good quickness and speed for his size and looked good in drills and with his technique. He has continued to improve since last year and looks like he could have a big year. He has offers from Air Force, Toledo and VMI with Navy being another option. It will be interesting to see if the legacy whose father Steve Martin played at Mizzou get a Tiger offer at some point.
Another local lineman who stood out on the day was St. Louis (MO) Soldan OG/DT prospect Demon Taylor 6'3" 270 5.3 forty. Taylor was dominant last season on both sides of the ball and should get D1 looks the more he camps and once the season starts.
Derby (KS) is home to several college prospects this year and OT Tanner Anderson 6'5"245 5.3 forty showed out. This lean, athletic prospect caught my attention on multiple occasions in linemen drills and agility drills. He has good height and a frame to add weight still, plus, he moves extremely well and has good feet.
Another of the many Lee's Summit West players who were at camp was OG Alex Grantham 6'1" 250. Alex is a college prospect on some level. The Titans seem to produce similar caliber players on a regular basis.
Jabari Wayne 6'3" 260 5.1 forty-25" vertical from St. Louis (MO) Gateway Tech was another of the talented defensive linemen on the day. Jabari has a very good motor and really gets after it in line drills. He had a very good junior year and should be a pretty good defensive tackle prospect on the next level.
One of the strongest prospect at camp was Boca Raton (FL) DT/OG Colton Lynn 6'0" 285 5.2. Lynn is a powerful, compact dynamo who showed a great motor all day. He knows how to use he lack of height to his advantage. He is also reportedly a talented wrestler and power lifter.
Jefferson City (MO) middle linebacker Jordan Robinson 6'2" 252 4.9 forty-30" vertical really intrigues me. Robinson is agile and hostile and runs well. However, he looks to be growing out of his linebacker position and may make a very good defensive lineman. He will bare watching to see what happens and how he develops.
Jeff City Helias' Michael Tannehill 6'1" 200 has been one of the top linebacker campers for the past couple of years. Tannehill is a highly productive linebacker prospect and was one of the best on the day.
Blue Springs DB Antwon President 5'11" 170 4.6-35" vertical was one of the top defenders on the Wildcats state championship team. President was also among the top defensive back with his athleticism and skill set.
A couple of speedsters from KC Staley were also among to best defensive backs on the day. TJ Molway 5'11" 170 4.55 forty-35" vertical and Jackson Newman 5'11" 171 4.52-34" vertical showed their speed and quickness throughout the day in every drill. Both have the kind of speed colleges are looking for.
Two of the Tigers top targets for 2015 were at camp but did not perform.
Lock is also a D1 basketball prospect and is also being recruited by the basketball team. The son of former Missouri Tiger OL Andy Lock seemed to enjoy his time at the camp and said again the Missouri is one of his favorite teams. He is very capable of playing both sports in college.
Williams has gotten bigger in the offseason and is also a fan of Missouri. He and Lock both have early offers and would make a heck of backfield of the future are Mizzou.
2015 Nixa standout RB Alec Murphy 6'2" 216 4.4 forty-34" vertical just continue to get better both physically and with his skill set. Murphy really stood out in every drill he performed in, including linebacker drills. He has the type of size and ability that Missouri is looking for in it's running backs to play in the SEC. Alec told me he is hoping to get a Missouri offer. That seems like a strong possibility he will get his wish.
Columbia Rock Bridge 2015 WR Alex Ofodile 6'3" 185 is another legacy prospect who was at camp and really caught my attention with his incredible quickness and athletic ability. Ofodile had some of the quickest feet and rapid movement ability of any player in the camp. He also has good speed and very good hands. Alex already has an offer from Memphis, and I would not be surprised to see a Missouri one come his way sometime in the near future.
There was a strong group of 2015 QBs at the camp.
Oklahoma City (OK) Douglas' Aaron McKinney 6'3" 190 was very athletic and showed a nice arm in throwing drills and the gauntlet.
Missouri QBs A.J. Cambric 6'3" 208 Liberty and Brendan Bognar 6'5" 192 each caught the attention of myself and coaches at the camp. Both were singled out to throw during specific drills along with Coleman Key. Each seemed to be able to make a variety of throws.
Cambric just transferred from Bishop Miege in Kansas to Liberty (MO) for the 2013 season. Other Liberty players I have talked to have raved about his abilities, and they weren't kidding. I have heard him compared to former Grandview QB Josh Freeman. While he isn't quite there yet, he is a prospect that bares watching this season. It may be tough since the Blue Jays return their starter.
Bognar is in a similar situation. He has a lot of talent, but is playing behind a senior who has had a lot of success.
On the defensive side of the ball, 2015 DE prospect Aaron Kelley 6'4" 225 4.7 forty stood out on the day and has a bright future. Kelley has a very quick first step and the tools colleges look for in a defensive end.
A 2016 prospect of note was Rockhurst RB/DB A.J. Taylor 5'11" 175 4.5 forty-35" vertical. Taylor was one of the young standouts at the Elite Football combine back in March and continues to improve. Great speed and quicks for his age and should only get better. He has the skills at both DB and running back to be a prospect going forward.