On Sunday, the Missouri Tigers held their first of two one day camps for 2014. Before joining the SEC, the Tigers held camps in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. However, SEC rules prohibit camps off campus.
With a large group of over 350 player on hand, there were a good number of players who stood out on the day.
Here is a look at some of the top prospects on the day.
Chase Johnston LB Carl Junction (MO); I reported on Johnston several weeks ago as a prospect who the Tigers were talking to and evaluating. Johnston came in to camp and lived up to expectations at 6'3" 1/2 227lbs and running a 4.62 forty while vertical jumping 33". He also showed out in every drill he participated in, which were many. The athletic linebacker prospect also participate in QB drills , RB drills and WR drills along with defensive drills. He showed great agility and ability to run and change direction. With the Tigers looking for linebackers, a player like Johnston in their back yard looks like a real option for them to strongly consider. Chase told me that the Mizzou coaches told him that they will be having a meeting to discus a possible offer.
Alec Murphy RB Nixa (MO): The 6'1".5 219 pound running back had the misfortune of hurting his hamstring when running his forty. This prevented him from participating in drills while he iced his leg and observed. It would have been nice to see him be able to showcase his athleticism in various drills, and especially in linebacker drills. Still, his 4.65 forty and 35" vertical had him among the best at the camp. With multiple SEC and Big 10 offers, Murphy is one of the top prospects in the state for 2015 who does not have a Tiger offer.
KiAnte Hardin WR/CB Webb City: Hardin came into camp and really helped his cause for a possible offer from the Tigers. He was the fastest camper on the day with a 4.47 forty time, and also jumping 35" in his vertical, while measuring in a 5'9" and change and weighing 164 pounds. Kiante told me before camp started that he was not really hearing from the Tigers. After camp concluded he said that he was told that he was being considered now for a possible offer and would know something within the next week or so following camps. Hardin showed very good quickness and athleticism, along with very good hands and ball skills in receiver and DB drills. He is being considered for a possible position of both slot receiver or cornerback and said he does not have a preference. He currently holds offers from Big 10 and MAC schools.
Ferrod Gardner S Trotwood (OH) Madison: The big hitting safety from Ohio had a very good camp running a 4.54 forty and vertical jumping 39". Gardner stood out every time I saw him in various drills in agility, athleticism along with defensive. He has very good size and athleticism for the position. Coach Ford has been recruiting him, and he is among those told he is under consideration for a possible offer.
Venus Triplett RB Olathe (KS) North: Olathe North was well represented on Sunday, and running back Triplett really stood out among his teammates in the 2015 class. While his size may be an issue for some at 5'7' 1/2 , he did weigh in at 184 pounds, and ran a 4.5 forty, while vertical jumping 38". Triplett has run for 2,478 yards and 36 TDs over the previous two years, and is expected to have a break out year. He looks like a perfect fit for a spread offense with his speed, quickness and pass catching abilities.
Darwin Thompson RB Jenks (OK): Thompson was another diminutive running back who showed out on the day with his speed and athleticism, running a 4.58 forty and vertical jumping 37.6", along with being among the top competitors in various drills. His hands and pass catching ability caught my attention, along with his ability to change direction quickly.
Diego Griffin WR New Orleans (LA) Lusher: It seemed like every time I turned around I was catching a glimpse of the speedy slot receiver from Louisiana. Griffin ran a 4.56 fort and vertical of 34" along with some great agility and quickness, but even more importantly, some great hands in receiving drills. Griffin does a nice job of catching the ball away from his body and at the highest point.
D.J. Brown North Little Rock (AR): Brown was another slot receiver who stood out on the day. He had similar numbers as Griffin with a 4.57 forty and 34.6" vertical. Brown has a lot of quicks, and he was among the top group of kids who camped there. Brown told me that Mizzou along with Arkansas, Illinois and Northern Illinois were his top schools. He also told me that Tiger coaches told him that he was among those campers who they would be meeting about to discuss a possible offer soon.
Michael Lacey RB Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell Academy: Lacey is a talented little running back prospect. Despite coming in at 5'6.5' and 162 pounds, he ran a 4.57 forty and vertical jumped 35.6 inches.
Seth Nemess DE/LB Murray (IA): Nemess came into camp as a DL prospect, but with his athleticism and speed, he worked out a lot with the linebackers. He showed very good ability at both positions, and could be a very good rush end or linebacker at the next level with his 4.76 forty and 29" vertical. He told me that Iowa State was the most recent school to offer. It appears as though the Tiger coaches spent a good amount of time evaluating him, and told him they would continue to do so.
Trenton Mooney OL Lamar (MO): I did a story on Mooney last week, and he came in and did very nice job coming away as the top O-line prospect at the camp on the day in my opinion. While he was unhappy with his forty time of 5.2" and 26" vertical, Mooney was at his best in line drills along with agility drills. Mooney has great feet and explosion. He is an athletic line prospect who you can understand why he already had seven offers. The Tigers have been talking with him and we'll see if he can make it on their radar for a possible offer following his camp showing.
Brady Davis WR/S Newcastle (OK): Brady stood out with his 6'2" 199 pound frame, and followed that up by running a 4.68 forty and vertical jumping 34.6 inches. He showed some impressive quickness and was among the top prospects in the various drills and clearly looked like a solid college prospect.
Nosa Eke S Kansas City (MO) University Academy: I came away impressed with sleeper safety prospect Nosa Eke 6'0" 185 at Mizzou camp. Eke plays linebacker for U Academy, but his position on the next level should be safety. He runs a 4.65 forty and had am impressive 35' vertical jump. He clearly showed good athleticism and the ability to run well.
Michael Shaw 6'2' 265 DT Lee's Summit (MO) North: Shaw caught the attention of several coaches on the day with his size, motor and quickness. He is a little raw, but has a lot to work with in the future if he continues to develop. 5.2 forty and 28.6 inch vertical.
Ben Sinclair C Raymore (MO) Peculiar: I have been scouting Sinclair since he was a freshman at Ray-Pec. He is in the best physical condition I have seen him at being 6'1"270 and running a 5.2 forty and vertical jumping 27 inches. The only thing Sinclair is lacking is ideal height. However, some college is going to be very lucky if it takes a chance on one of the top line prospects in the 2015 class at the center spot.
Other 2015 prospects who stood out.
Colin Bess 6'5" 221 DE Park Hills (MO) Central- All-State DE whose father played at Nebraska and uncle played at Mizzou. Great motor who could develop into a solid prospect with more size and strength.
Marcel Spears 6'0" 201 LB Olathe (KS) North 4.9 forty- 35.8" vertical-Just picked up an Iowa State offer.
Joseph Richard 6'1' 183 WR Nashville (TN CPA- Younger brother of Tiger freshman WR.
Jay Hockaday 6'2' 208 LB Nashville (TN) CPA 4.8 forty-29" vertical.
Barry Collier Strafford (MO)- Solid WR prospect who tested well with a 4.58 forty and 33" vertical at 5.8" 160 pounds.
Khaluna Bouchard 5'5" 160 RB Kansas City (Staley)-Bouchard is small, but has good quickness and speed. Tulsa and some other schools are showing interest.
Kareem Sanders 5'9" 184 WR KC Hogan Prep- Nice receiver/DB prospect with 4.6 speed and 32' vertical.
Tyus Franks 6'3' 190 WR KC Hogan Prep- Solid athlete with good size.
Brendan Bognar 6'4" 220 QB St. Louis (MO) Westminster- Bognar has an offer from Ball St. and the pro-style QB had a nice day. Bognar has a strong, accurate arm.
Quinton Maxwell 6'2" 210 QB/LB Richmond (MO)- Maxwell is a physical dual threat QB who can also play LB. 4.8 forty-30" vertical.
A.J. Taylor ATH Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst: I have watched A.J. since he was a freshman and reported on him coming to Mizzou camps since that time. He also came to the Elite Football combine last year and was among to top underclassmen prospects vertical jumping 33" as a freshman. About to enter his junior season, Taylor has continued to develop, and was among the top 2016 prospects on the day 5'11" 187 pounds and running a 4.57 forty while having the top vertical jump of 39.6 inches on the day. The real question is where Taylor will play in college. He could possibly be a slot receiver, running back or defensive back on the next level. The Tigers coaches paid close attention to him.
Isaiah Simmons S Olathe (KS) North: I have been scouting Simmons and been very impressed. Seeing him in camp just made me even more so. Great size for a safety prospect at 6'3" 197 pounds, and with 4.59 speed and a 37.6" vertical. Simmons was among the best regardless of class during agility and position drills. While he could grow into a linebacker prospect, he has the cover skills and hitting ability to be an elite safety on the next level.
Walker Lott QB Birmingham (AL) Briarwood Christian: The Alabama 2016 QB might have been the top QB at the camp on Sunday. At 6'2.5' 205 pound dual threat prospect showed a strong, accurate arm with nice touch, while running a 4.75 forty and 32" vertical jump. Lott threw for 1,100 yards with 15 TDs, while rushing for over 700 yards and 6 TDs. He likes Mizzou's offense and move to the SEC. It will be interesting to see if that follow up on this prospect.
Skylar Thompson QB Ft. Osage (MO) 2016: Thompson is my top QB prospect in the state of Missouri for 2016, and he did nothing to change my opinion on that. Another dual threat QB, Thompson is extremely athletic and possesses the passing skills you look for. Great throwing on the run or in the pocket with great accuracy. Also a talented basketball player, he possesses 4.6 speed and a 30" vertical. He threw for 1,451 yards and 19 TDs verses 4 picks and also rushed for 9 TDs.
Micah Wilson QB Tulsa (OK) Lincoln Christian 2016: The son of former Missouri Tiger C Curtis Wilson was another QB who stood out among the underclassmen. The 6'2" 187 pound signal-caller showed a lot of athleticism along with his QB skills. He threw a really nice ball all day long. As a sophomore, Wilson threw for 2,650 yards and 30 TDs against Class 3A competition according to his dad. Tiger coaches were paying close attention to all three junior-to-be QBs.
Dylan Powell OL Hannibal 2016: The talented Powell was just coming off of a very nice team camp performance with the Tigers, and participated in the one day camp. Powell was the top underclassmen offensive line prospect there on the day. The 6'3" 256 pound Powell managed a 5.2 forty and 24 inch vertical. He has very good athleticism, quickness and foot work. I am curious if the opportunity to play center at Hannibal may be possible? I think that could make him an even more attractive college prospect.
Faizol Bouchard RB Staley 2016: The speedy little running back has grown to 5'6" and 160 pounds. Faizol ran a 4.46 forty at Elite Football combine following his freshman year. He ran a 4.54 and vertical jumped an amazing 38 inches at his size. To go along with that, he shows some amazing quickness, and ability to stop, start and hit top speed. His height may be an issue for some, but there is not doubting his athletic ability.
Claudio Martin OG/DT Kansas City (MO)Rockhurst 2016: The son of former Kansas City Chief Chris Martin is an athletic line prospect at his age. He displayed glimpses of what could be with his ability to run and some explosiveness. With dad's help working to become a better player, he is a prospect to watch.
Trevor Trout 6'2" 266 DT Chaminade 2018: I have been watching Trevor do his thing since he was in the 7th grade. He was participating at the Elite Football combine since then, and at the time I thought he was a sophomore in high school. He has only continued to get better. He clearly has elite athleticism, quickness and great first step and explosion on defense. At only 14 it is crazy to think about where he will be at once he matures and his strength catches up. Even now, he routinely beats college bound seniors in one on ones. Trout injured his hamstring and was unable to participate at the one day camp, but he did stick around and observe. He ran a 5.1 forty and vertical jumped 30" at this year's Elite Football Combine.