On Saturday, Missouri finished their 2014 football camp season with the conclusion of their second team camp. The Tigers’ second team camp featured some of the top football teams in the state this year, including Rock Bridge, Francis Howell, St. Joe Central, and Class 2A hopeful, Malden. There were individual campers, as well, assigned to Renegade teams, and a couple of high-level unofficial visitors who rolled through during the camp.
Rock Bridge came in loaded, and Head Coach A.J. Ofodile told me that he didn’t even have all of his top players at the camp. Of course, the coach’s son, 2015 Missouri offer, WR Alex Ofodile 6’3” 202, is the Bruins’ headliner, and he showed his stuff throughout the camp. But, he’s certainly not the Lone Ranger on this perennial state challenger.
On Friday morning, Rock Bridge had four of the eight finalists in the board drill competition, and throughout the camp, 2016 TE/DE prospect Hayden Johnson 6’3” 240 and 2016 RB/DB Bryce Banks 6’3” 185 each stood out as high-caliber players and legitimate D-1 prospects. Rock Bridge has talent all over the field, and an experienced senior QB in Logan Twehous.
Francis Howell is another squad that had talent all over the field. Anchoring the Vikings’ offensive line is 2015 prospect Aaron Callaway 6’4” 290, who was one of the top offensive linemen in camp.
I was very impressed with the St. Joe Central squad, especially their offensive personnel. The Indians had the best pair of offensive tackles in camp, with 2015 prospect Brinden Ewing 6’3” 270 and 2016 prospect Jacob Olson 6’4” 280. Ewing was as good in pass protection as anyone I saw at the camp. Central should fare well in the 5A race with a quality running game, as well as the top passing prospect in this camp, in 2016 QB prospect Jacob Hess 6’4” 200. Hess will benefit from that quality protection and solid run game. And, he’s got receiving targets, in a quality tight end, and a couple of young, talented receivers.
Malden’s 2015 two-way lineman Omar Bailey 6’1” 270 won the Friday morning board drill competition, beating three kids from Rock Bridge, and the kids from St. Joe Central, in the final rounds.
One 2015 offensive line prospect who made his way into camp as an individual, and played on one of the Renegade teams was Cody Conway 6’6” 280 Plainfield (IL).
2017 Park Hill South WR Jake Springer 6'1" 170 was a top flight young talent who attended camp. Springer had the attention of coaches and was named one of the wide receiver MVPs.
As with all of Missouri’s 2014 camps for high school players, it was a number of the underclassmen, including some very young ones, who caught my attention, and who appear to be on their way as potentially high-level D-1 prospects. We’ll have more on a number of these youngsters as time goes along.