We've spent the past few months watching film and seeing the best players in the state of Missouri work out and compete at camps and today we are unveiling our Top 15 prospects in Missouri in the Class of 2017, a talented group that includes several players already committed to Division I schools.
MISSOURI SUMMER CLASS OF 2017 RANKINGS
1. Chester Graves, Park Hill DE
A 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, Graves is the prototype for a pass-rushing defensive end prospect and is ranked by Scout.com as the 144th-best prospect in the Class of 2017. Graves’ quick-twitch explosiveness off the edge has established him as a premier defensive player, helped him earn all-state accolades the past two seasons, the defensive player of the year award in the Suburban Red Conference in 2015 and scholarship offers from several Division I programs. Graves could end up being the next great defensive end prospect at Missouri.
2. DaRon Davis, Hogan Prep WR (Committed to Missouri)
Davis, ranked as the 201st-best player nationally in his class, has been a do-everything player at Hogan Prep but projects as a playmaking wide receiver at the next level. As a junior, playing running back and wide receiver, he racked up 1,668 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing and added 19 receptions for 700 yards and nine touchdowns. A first-team all-state selection, Davis committed to Missouri in November, becoming the Tigers’ first commitment for the Class of 2017.
A 6-2, 185-pounder, McQuitty is ranked as the 250th-best player in the class as well as the 34th-best wide receiver prospect. He committed to the Cornhuskers in March after receiving offers from several Division I schools, including Michigan and Missouri. McQuitty has size and can stretch the field as evidenced by his outstanding junior season when he recorded 58 receptions for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns.
4. Larry Boyd, Trinity Catholic LT
Boyd, a massive 6-5, 332-pounder from St. Louis, plays left tackle for Trinity but could project as a guard in college. The quiet big fella lets his game to the talking and colleges like what they have seen from him. He’s approaching 20 Division I offers from a variety of Midwestern schools, including Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State.
5. Marquis Hayes, Pattonville LT
A 6-6, 320-pounder, Hayes is another ascending offensive lineman from the St. Louis area whose recruitment recently went national with an offer from the University of Miami. Hayes is another big-bodied left tackle who may end up on the outside or at guard in college. His impressive offer list includes Missouri and Illinois.
6. Tony Adams, St. Louis University High WR-CB
Adams, a 6-0, 190-pounder, saw his recruiting surge during the June camp circuit when he earned his first power five conference offers from Illinois and Missouri after strong showings at their camps. As a junior, Adams racked up 741 total yards (609 receiving, 132 rushing) and eight touchdowns as a wide receiver and 52 tackles and six interceptions as a defensive back.
Clenin, a 6-6, 287-pounder, was a small-school sleeper offensive lineman before his recruitment took off in 2016 with offers from Arkansas and Iowa State. He jumped at the opportunity to become a Razorback, committing to Arkansas in mid April after making a couple unofficial visits there.
8. Anthony Payne, Raymore-Peculiar DE
A 6-2, 255-pounder from the Kansas City area, Payne attracted a lot of interest from bigger schools and several offers from smaller schools with his impressive work on the combine and camp circuit before Michigan stepped up and recently became his first power five offer. Big and strong with impressive athleticism, Payne’s recruitment figures to take off soon thanks to the Wolverines.
9. Tahj Telfair, Kirkwood WR
Telfair, a 6-4, 210-pound wide receiver and defensive end, has early offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State and others based on his impressive potential as a playmaker. He had 22 catches for 441 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver during his junior season and had 48 tackles, four sacks and one interception playing defensive end.
10. Reggie Crawford, Chaminade WR
A 6-3, 190-pounder who could be a Division I prospect in basketball if he wasn’t focused on playing football at the next level, Crawford is a bigger wideout with good athleticism who has attracted offers from Illinois, New Mexico, Wyoming and Ball State among others. Crawford missed his sophomore season with a shoulder injury but returned as a junior to snag 28 passes for 613 yards and nine touchdowns.
Clair, a 5-9, 185-pounder, recently pledged to Ball State after receiving offers and interest from Northern Illinois, Iowa, Miami-Ohio and others. His breakout junior season included 1,416 total yards (1,303 rushing, 113 receiving) and 21 touchdowns.
A 6-3, 230-pounder, Newton made an early commitment to Miami-Ohio in April after also receiving offers from Illinois State, Tennessee Tech and Southeast Missouri State and attracting interest from power five schools. The St. Louis native has good size, works hard in the weight room and has been very productive for the Vikings (team-high 112 tackles as a junior).
13. Thomas Dutton, Columbia Hickman TE
Dutton, who plays basketball on the same St. Louis Eagles squad as Reggie Crawford, is another two-sport prospect who could play either football or basketball in college. In football he’s got good size (6-7, 230) as a tight end or could grow into an offensive tackle. He has several offers already, including from Air Force, Ball State and Miami-Ohio.
14. Dillon Thomas, Park Hill South CB (Committed to Northern Illinois)
Thomas, a 6-2, 170-pound defensive back, made an early commitment to Northern Illinois in May after drawing interest from several power five conference schools. He has good size and length as a cornerback or could grow into a safety at the next level. He had 40 tackles and four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, as a junior.
Follmer, a 6-4, 280-pounder at Wentzville Liberty, received his first scholarship offer from Central Michigan in March and committed to the school less than two weeks later. He’s got good size and his film shows an aggressive run blocker who overmatches small school opponents.