The Missouri football program has been making the rounds on the camp circuit over the first two weeks of June but held another camp, their second, on their home turf on Thursday afternoon.
The sun was scorching but so was St. Louis University High rising senior Tony Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pounder who received a scholarship offer a day earlier from Illinois following a standout performance at a satellite camp on Tuesday.
“I think I did OK,” Adams said. “I think I played pretty well at DB, but I could have played better, a lot better The coaches taught me some new things, so it was fun.”
Adams showed what he was capable of on Thursday, running a 4.46 40-yard dash and looking good during drills as both a wide receiver and cornerback.
The Tigers got a look at one of the St. Louis area’s top Class of 2018 quarterbacks on Sunday in Pattonville High School’s Kaleb Eleby, who attended their camp at Kirkwood.
On Thursday, they saw another promising prospect in rising junior class in Tyler Foote, who led John Burroughs to the Missouri Class 3 championship last season as a sophomore.
“I think I did alright,” Foote said. “Mainly I was trying to focus on getting my left foot open so I can generate more power. I’m going to work on my comeback throws a little bit.”
Foote, who has early offers from Yale and Southeast Missouri State, said Thursday’s camp was the fifth he has attended recently — following events at Lindenwood University, Purdue, Kentucky and Illinois (held in St. Louis).
He said he received some good feedback from the Missouri coaches.
“I got mostly good feedback — coach was saying I had a strong arm and everything,” Foote said. “They just want to see my left foot opening more to generate more power.”
Another impressive quarterback, Alan Bowman, logged several hours in the car to get to Columbia but may have positioned himself for a possible offer from the Tigers.
Bowman is a Class of 2018 prospect at Grapevine (Tx.) High School who said he was noticed by Missouri tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley during spring football.
The Texan earned some rave reviews from Adams.
“The quarterback was great,” Adams said. “Alan (Bowman), he put it out there and I just ran it down. He made my job a lot easier.”
TALL TIGHT END COMPETES
One of the most intriguing prospects in the camp was Columbia (Mo.) Hickman Class of 2017 tight end Thomas Dutton.
A 6-7 tight end, who also plays basketball on the summer circuit with the St. Louis Eagles, Dutton already has some Division I scholarship offers, including from Miami (OH) and Air Force, but should add more as schools get to see his impressive size in person.
TIMBERLAND TWINS EARN FIRST OFFERS
We got a good look at Timberland (Wentzville, Mo.) High School Class of 2018 twins Brad and Jake Papez at the Illinois satellite camp on Tuesday and the brothers were back at it on Thursday at Missouri.
The Papez brothers have been hitting the camp circuit and it paid off when both received their first scholarship offers this week — from Southeast Missouri State.
They are both on the radar for several college programs and will continue to add interest and offers when more schools get a good look at them.