St. Louis (MO) Parkway Central used a total team effort to help them reach the Class 5 state championship game against Lee's Summit (MO) West, but a big part of the reason they were able to make the trip to the dome was the play of 2015 RB/LB Michael Slater 6'3" 265lbs.
Slater pulled double duty rushing for 414 yards and 9 TDs with a yard per carry average of 8.1 on 51 carries, while also contributing 56 tackles and 1 INT from his middle linebacker position.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Slater to get his thoughts on Missouri and where things where with his overall recruitment.
"They (Mizzou) came to my school to talk to me last month but i had to leave early to go out of town. Coach Ford came to our school during last season and I have spoken with him before," he said. "I like the fact they're in the SEC. I think it gives them a challenge and they played amazing this year. They are a school I am considering."
Another school Slater is considering is Iowa. He was able to make it to junior day there and liked what he saw.
"It was really good. I enjoyed the campus, facilities and the coaches at Iowa. "hey told me i would probably play like D-end. They didn't really get into what their interest level was as far as an offer. I love playing linebacker because I am most comfortable with it, but I am open to playing where I am needed."
Michael was also invited to Kansas State's junior day visit on March 8th and talked about his plans regarding his recruitment along with other schools he has interest in.
"I think Iowa and Mizzou are really good schools. Going to the junior days and unofficial visits is going to inform me more about the universities and it will hopefully boost my interest. However, right now I have my options open for any school who's interested in me. Ohio State and Georgia were my favorite teams growing up and i think they produce some of the best athletes. I hope to hear from them."
Player Analysis: Michael Slater is a big athlete with good speed, strength and quickness which allows him to be a very effective running back on the high school level. While he plays linebacker on the high school level he appears to be outgrowing the position and likely projects to playing on the next level with his hand on the ground. This would allow him to best take advantage of his athleticism and explosion he exhibits playing linebacker. He is very good on the pass rush and does a good job playing sideline to sideline running down plays. He has a good motor and is a strong tackler.