On Saturday, June 8th, Missouri wrapped up the first of their two team camps for 2013. This one was well-attended, with teams and individuals from near and far. Among the teams in attendance were Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge, Quincy (IL) Notre Dame, Decatur (IL) MacArthur, St. Louis (MO) Vianney, Affton, and Westminster, Grain Valley (MO), Malden (MO), and Smithville (MO), among others, all of whom have been regular annual attendees at Missouri’s team camps. In addition, numerous individuals were in attendance comprising several Renegade teams.
While there were several talented skill position players in attendance, this first Team Camp turned out to be a lineman camp, and for me, the highlight of the session occurred on Friday morning when a pair of 2014 Missouri offers, OG prospect Tanner Farmer 6’4” 306 Highland (IL) and OL prospect Sam Bailey 6’5” 245 Lamar (MO), advanced through a tournament-type elimination and squared off in the final for the “championship” of the board drill competition.
It was fun to watch the two top linemen go at it in the board drill, which demands a combination of strength and technique. It was equally interesting to watch Missouri Offensive Line Coach Bruce Walker, who oversaw the drill, coach the individual players on points of technique. Even the finalists, Farmer and Bailey, received constant coaching regarding body positioning and hand placement. It’s also interesting to see weaker players have success during the drill by applying the techniques that Coach Walker emphasizes. The board drill is one that the Missouri staff often utilizes during the Tigers’ team practices, in the spring, as well as during fall camp. It demands good technique.
Sam Bailey is an intelligent athlete, and a very good-looking prospect. With his athleticism and the application of good technique, he was able to advance through the elimination while often going up against bigger, stronger players. But, Farmer is at least as athletic, and much bigger and stronger. He prevailed over Bailey decisively.
During the 11-on-11 portions of the camp, the intact teams performed well, particularly those, like Rock Bridge, who brought a couple of quality QBs to camp with them. Most years, Renegade teams made up of individuals will dominate 11-on-11s, but in this session, the absence of quality individual QBs made the Renegade teams more one-dimensional, and intact teams with quality QB play often prevailed.
Farmer and Bailey were the top 2014 prospects on display. Bailey’s twin brother Ben, was also a top performer, as each of the Baileys received MVP recognition.
A trio of 2014 prospects attending as individuals each received MVP recognition, including WR Ryan McNellis 6’1” 200 Overland Park (KS) St. Thomas Aquinas, RB Jimmy Mickens 5’10” 195 Chicago (IL) Mount Carmel, and DE Austin Pearson 6’4” 235 Fort Wayne (IN) Northrop. Pearson is a tenacious competitor with a real good motor.
One Renegade team was largely comprised of a contingent from Rogers (AR) Heritage, including 2014 DE prospect Colby Isbell 6’3 255, and 2014 TE prospect Micca Brown 6’3” 230, who received MVP recognition.
Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge Head Coach A.J. Ofodile brought a trio of 2015 prospects in QB Logan Twehous 5’11” 185, TB Matt Troyer 6’0” 185, and WR Alex Ofodile 6’3 190. The young Ofodile was one of the top overall prospects at the camp. He’s a talent, and it won’t be a surprise to me if Missouri extends an early offer to Alex. Another Bruin, 2014 Zach Reuter 6’3” 190, received MVP recognition as a DB, and Twehous, who was probably the top QB at this camp, received MVP recognition, as well. Rock Bridge QB Karson Ringdahl ran the Bruins’ JV offense, and he also received MVP recognition, along with his JV teammate, RB Zach Matthews.
Other 2015 prospects in attendance were Michael Slater 6’3” 245 Hazelwood (MO) Central, who has the look of a defensive lineman, and OT prospect DeVondre Love 6’7” 298 Affton (MO).
A couple of players from Mehlville who stood out at the camp were 2014 QB Brendan Moore 6’0” 200, who earned MVP recognition, and 2014 OL prospect Connor Besancenez 6’4” 265, who also showed well.
Other QBs who received MVP recognition were Evan Johnson St. Louis (MO) Westminster, Caleb Aston Jefferson City (MO), Gunner See Grain Valley (MO), and Karl Altenburg.
Other running backs who received MVP recognition were 2016 RB prospect Nick Thompson 5’11” 200 Malden (MO), 2014 RB Braxton Graham 5’9” 165 Seneca (MO), 2014 RB Nolan Gromacki 6’1” 190 Smithville (MO), 2015 RB Devontez Morton 5’7” 138 Grain Valley (MO), Parker Kientzle, Quincy (IL) Notre Dame, and Andy Satvilla. Grain Valley TE Hunter Ramirez also received MVP recognition.
In addition to Ofodile, there were several other quality receivers in camp, including 2015 WR prospect Chase Williams 5’10 170 KC (MO) Winnetonka, who received MVP recognition, along with 2014 WR Kyle Kinner 6’0” 150 St. Louis (MO) Westminster, and Jake Springer 5’10” 155 KC (MO) Park Hill.
Other offensive linemen who received MVP recognition were 2014 OL Mason Smith 6’3” 245 Smithville (MO), 2014 Alex Gardner 6’1” 218 Affton (MO), who received MVP recognition at LB in 2012, Garrett Triplett, Austin Reed, and Justin Lewis.
Also receiving MVP recognition were 2014 LB Landon Hedrick 6’3” 190 Grain Valley (MO), 2014 LB Scott Olsen 6’0” 205 Smithville (MO), 2014 LB Brycen Corf Brookfield (MO), LB Blake Weaver St. Louis (MO) Westminster, LB Blake Hilgenbrinck 5’10” 170 Quincy (IL) Notre Dame, 2015 LB Luke Sedgewick Grain Valley (MO), LB Connor Hafenrichter St. Louis (MO) Westminster, LB Isaac Moreland Jefferson City (MO), LB Levi Dial, and LB Nathan Llollo 6’3” 220 Ft. Osage.
Defensive line MVPs included DL Nathan Vitek 6’2” 250 Smithville (MO), 2014 DT Miguel Garcia 6’1” 275 St. Louis (MO) Desmet, 2015 DL Javiel Cooper 5’10” 200, Malden (MO), 2014 DL Matt Horvath 5’11” 200 Quincy (IL) Notre Dame, DL Devince Lewis Decatur (IL) MacArthur, DL Caleb Hines Quincy (IL) Notre Dame, and DL Kane Benton.
Also receiving MVP recognition were 2014 DB Dakota Lewis 5’9” 160 Marceline (MO), DB Marcus Burse 6’1” 175 Affton (MO), 2017 DB Wolfgang Clapper Grain Valley (MO), 2014 DB Devan Ingram 6’1” 190 Decatur (IL) Mac Arthur, and 2014 DB Quentin Hooks 6’2’ 190 O’Fallon (MO) Ft. Zumwalt North.
In addition, there were unofficial visitors on hand at various times during camp, including a contingent from Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett that featured 2014 WR prospect Nate Brown 6’3” 210 and 2015 DE/OLB Anree Saint-Amour 6’3” 215, both who picked up a Missouri offer following the visit, among others.