Houston Jones and Brice Beck were the headliners of the group. Ronald Roberts was scheduled to attend, but did not show-up, but that was not a large concern as he is thought of as a division one quarterback. The same might be said about Houston Jones, who has really attracted the interest of the Tiger coaching staff. He is a prospect very similiar to Mack Breed of a year ago, and ultimately that could land him an offer. Brice Beck is a prospect that has continually improved throughout the spring and early part of summer. He has dropped his weight to 225, increasing his mobility, but at the same time also building a stronger arm. On a spring work-out tape that was sent to Coach (David) Yost, Beck threw the ball nearly 75 yards. Kirkwood's Matt Krapfl was another in attendance, and showed a live arm. However, with the news of Coach Lawrence Frost, formerly of Clayton, taking over the Kirkwood opening it may mean Krapfl will have to become accustomed to more of a running offense.
A.J. Jimmerson not only showed up, but also surprised many in participating. He did not disappoint with a 4.48 in the forty. He is now up to 12 offers, and will only be attending the Oregon Nike Camp for the rest of summer. He indicated to me he is wide open right now, and will use his official visits with one or two possibly during the season. Parkway West's Chris Jackson is a prospect that is one to watch this fall as he continues to hit a growth spurt combined with his great athleticism. Saint Louis has three fine running back prospects in Jimmerson, Jackson, and Darrell Lloyd (who did not participate) and I expect all three to garner division one offers.
Chris Brooks was also in attendance, and came away running a 4.5 in the forty. He will provide an excellent vertical threat for Mizzou in the early stages of his career, but there is no question he will need to add pounds to his slender frame in going to battle with Big 12 defensive backs. Charleston's Ashton Farmer was in attendance, and worked out with the wide receivers, and came away running a 4.6. He is a kid that Missouri will continue to track down this fall. Brice Beck's favorite target, chris Smith, was also in attendance and showed good speed and hands, but at this time does not look to be a serious Missouri target.
Kazeem Alli and A.J. Haase were the headliners at this position with both trying to earn a scholarship offer from the Tigers. Alli, who came in a little over 6'3 and 215 and ran a 4.6, is a kid I expect to receive a lot of looks this fall. He still needs to show how adapt he can become in run and pass blocking, but the raw athleticism is there. Haase, an Iowa State commitment, is a good looking prospect, but ranks behind Chase Coffman on my board. I wouldn't expect a Missouri offer anytime real soon.
It was relatively quiet at the position, but a few will be ones to watch this fall. Most notably, Belleville's Kyle Calloway has great size at 6'7 270, but has only played defensive tackle to this point. He will work at offensive tackle and tight end this upcoming fall. He is kid that will definitely have the opporunity to open some eyes this fall with his size. East Saint Louis's Brandon Thomas showed up, and displayed good athleticism. The only concern with him at this point is his size, 6'3 255, and whether he will have the size and strength to play on the interior. Andy Lozano was also in attendance, but was unable to participate in workouts due to an injury. I do not look for him to be a serious Missouri target at this time.
With Missouri only planning to sign one pure linebacker in this class, and that spot already being taken by Brock Christopher, there was not a lot of attempt in getting kids in attendance. McLluer North's Stephen Davis did not show, and will probably be looked at as a DE in college. Moberly's David Allen was in attendance, but only weighed in at around 210 and appeared to be a bit stiff. As far as defensive backs, Hazelwood Central's Clayton Davis may be one to watch, as well as a prospect from Brentwood, but Missouri will be waiting to see Jake Schermer at the Springfield camp this Tuesday and Justin Thornton at the Kansas City camp this coming Sunday.