The Missouri Tigers concluded their one day camps for 2014 on Tuesday with a 182 campers showing up on the day to learn, hone their skills and try and garner the attention of the Missouri Tigers and other college coaches in attendance on the day.
Of course, the big news of the day was the offer and commitment of Kearney (MO) OT Tanner Owen. The athletic offensive lineman clearly stood out with his combination of size, speed, agility, athleticism and footwork .
Here is a look at some of the other top prospects on the day who caught my attention.
Marquis Stewart RB/S St. Louis (MO) Miller Career Academy: Marquis is an intriguing prospect to me. He was the top running back prospect at camp. Marquis has been a big contributor to his high school team both running the ball and receiving the past couple of years. Playing in the PHL does not afford a lot of exposure, but Stewart is the real deal. His 4.5 forty speed and 33" vertical on his 5'10" 193 pound frame makes him an ideal candidate for schools. He averaged over 10 yards per carry in 2013, along with over 19 yards per reception for over 2,100 total yards and 16 TDs. He really stood out among the backs, and he also has the ability to play DB as well.
DaVondre Love OT Affton (MO): Tuesday was the best DaVondre has looked in a camp or combine setting that I have been watching him in the past few years. You can really tell that he has been putting in the work just since the beginning of this year to improve himself physically and as a football player. His HS coach, Dan Oliver, spoke to me about the changes in DaVondre, and how hard he is working to be the best he can be. With a very high ceiling, the best he can be is a bit of an unknown still. Coming in at 6'7" 288 pounds 5.5 forty and 21" vertical, Love displays some unique athleticism for a lineman his size. He doesn't run as fast or jump as high as Tanner Owen, but he moves exceptionally well and have very good quickness and feet. He runs very well and is extremely coachable. The possibility that he can be a high level college offensive lineman is there if everything clicks for him, and his strength, technique and desire all come together for him. He already has an offer from Syracuse, and it appears as though Mizzou is paying close attention. They may have to have a serious discussion about him. He moves better then a lot of the highly regarded OLs in the 2014 in-state class, including Rod Johnson who went to Florida State.
Blaise Gammon Blue Valley (KS) West: Gammon is another intriguing prospect. He has not played football since his freshman year of high school, and has focused on basketball the previous two years, excelling at that sport and holding several D1 basketball offers. He is currently averaging over 7 points per game and 5 rebounds per game for KC Run GMC, one of the top AAU programs in the country, which also features Mizzou FB commit Drew Lock, and Mizzou BB target Jimmy Whitt. Gammon runs well for his size and displays pretty good hands. He provides a big target at 6'7" 225. His size offsets his 5.0 forty time, but he did vertical jump almost 33 inches, and ran well along with showing very good agility. Blaise is physical post player on the basketball court, and he said that translates to how he plays the TE position. He also has good bloodlines, as his father is former NFL TE Kendall Gammon, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Jake Gassman S/KR Kearney (MO): One of the surprises of the day was DB Jake Gassman 5'11' 185 pounds. He showed exceptional speed of 4.5 in the forty and a 35" vertical. Gassman has unique quickness, and the ability to stop and start and then hit top speed. He showed good hips and great lateral quickness. On the football field he is a very good returner, along with having recorded over 70 tackles at his safety position.
Aaron Graham RB/ S Oak Grove (MO): I have reported on Graham, who has been a player since he was a freshman at Oak Grove, and put up big numbers in his first three year. Aaron looked exceptionally well in receiver drills, showing great hand/eye coordination, pass catching ability, and quickness. He also excelled in agility drills and ran a 4.6 forty and vertical jumped 32 inches. Graham could be recruited as an athlete and play running back, receiver or safety in college. Missouri has been recruiting him and he said Coach Hill said he would call him.
Austin Pace LB Lee's Summit (MO): While he may not have ideal height for some college coaches coming in at 6'0" even and 225, Austin is a true play making linebacker who is a physical, big hitter that can cover and run sideline to sideline being disruptive. He has 4.6 forty time and is very strong and dedicated in the weight room. He showed his agility, hips and ability to run during running back and linebacker drills.
Ryan Dodd OG/C Lee's Summit (MO): QB Drew Lock has to feel pretty good having talented OL Ryan Dodd protecting him. Dodd was among a pretty good group of linemen who performed well on the day. At 6'4" 295 pounds he moves very well and showed good athleticism with a 5.4 forty and 23" vertical.
Brandon Singleton WR Hahnville (LA): After making the trip up from Louisiana, Singleton made the most of his day with a 4.55 forty time and 38" vertical. The slot receiver showed great quickness and agility in drills, along with very good hands in receiving drills. He is making the rounds to various camps to help improve his exposure.
Jared Phipps CB Arlington (TX): Phipps held the distinction of being the fastest man at camp with a 4.47 forty time, along with a camp best vertical of 38.6 inches. A little undersized at cornerback being 5'8" 155 pounds, but Phipps makes up for it with his athleticism and skills. He told me Utah and Oklahoma are schools he is talking with the most.
T.J. Foster South Grand Prairie (TX): Foster caught my attention with a 37.6 inch vertical. He also turned in a 4.59 forty and was among the top backs in camp on the day. His size is a question with him being 5'7" 160. He is quick athlete though who college coaches in attendance paid attention to.
John McNamara OT Lindbergh (MO): Big John has been on my radar since he first came to the Elite Football combine as a freshman measuring in at 6'9" 344 pounds and having the rest of the attendees in awe that he was just entering high school. I have had the pleasure to watch McNamara develop over the past 3+ years, and Tuesday was the best he has looked. Coming in at 6'9" 368 McNamara showed very good athleticism for his size, and ran very well, along with looking very good in agility and linemen drills. He has his kick step looking good along with his technique. He has come a long way and looks like he will continue to develop into a solid college prospect.
OTHERS WHO STOOD OUT
Tre Johnson 5'10'' 187 RB Ft. Zumwalt (MO) North: Another solidly built running back prospect who was among the best in camp. Good speed (4.6 forty) and feet. Quick and agile with a 33.6 inch vertical.
Robert Richmond 5'11" 187 RB/DB Willard: Robert has been on several schools radar; including Mizzou's, while playing both in Oklahoma and at Willard. Richmond is a good athlete with 4.6 forty time and a 33" vertical jump. He is quick and has good vision and hands. He could play on either side of the ball in college.
Dominic Jamerson 5'11" 171 ATH Jefferson City (MO) Blair Oaks: Jamerson injured his hamstring and was limited from participating. He did jump 33" in the vertical, and has run a sub-4.5 forty in the past. Several colleges there were showing interest.
Jai Knight 5'10" 170 WR/DB Hahnville (LA): Very quick receiver/defensive back prospect who had a solid camp.
Dallas Hester 6'0" 160 WR Stafford (MO): Talented receiver with good hands and solid 4.65 speed and a 34" vertical.
Keegan Wyatt 6'4" 235 TE Salisbury: Under the radar TE prospect who I like a lot. Big target and good hands. Runs well, 4.9 forty with a 25' vertical. Could play DL as well. The type of TE that has walked-on at Mizzou and contributed.
Corey Fatony PK/P (TN),Nadir Muhammad RB DeMatha (MD),Steven Bedowsky OL (GA), Michael Dunman (LA)
Jack Allison 6'5' 185 QB Palmetto (FL) 2016: The 2016 QB with a cannon arm lived up to expectations at camp. He made all the throws and was impressive with his deep throws and accuracy. He says he is hoping to come back for a game in 2014.
Matt Farniok 6'5" 306 OT/OG Sioux Falls (SD) Washington 2016: The big 2016 lineman already hold multiple offers from schools, including Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and others. Farniok was possibly the top underclass offensive line prospect. He has interest in the Tigers and made the trip down to camp.
Steven Frank 6'4' 217 QB Oswego (IL) 2016: The pro-style QB Frank is a big QB with a big arm. He clearly stood out along with Allison among the quarterbacks on the day. He has decent mobility, but is more the pocket passer.
Lamar Anderson 5'9" 166 DB St. Louis (MO) CBC 2016: Missouri has been showing attention to Anderson this spring. The talented defensive back prospect showed up to camp and was among the top underclassmen on the day. Very good quickness, reaction time and athleticism. 4.6 speed and a 30" vertical, but Anderson does his best work on the field.
Cale Garrett 6'2" 223 LB Kearney (MO) 2016: Garrett reminds me of former Kearney and Mizzou linebacker Brock Christopher. He is a big, physical athlete that can run and hit. He showed good flexibility and agility in drills. He also has a 30" vertical jump. The Tigers will continue to recruit him for the future.
Brandon Jones 6'4" 225 TE/DE Columbia (MO) Hickman 2016: The youngest son of Missouri running backs coach Brian Jones looked good on the day. He is bigger and looks a little more athletic then big brother Grant, who is a freshman for the Tigers in 20014. I am looking forward to seeing how he develops this season, including at defensive end.