The Missouri camp road show ended this past weekend at William Jewell College. The staff got a good look at some of the top players from the western side of the state, as well as some Kansas prospects. Inside Mizzou was there will the coverage.
There was a nice downpour on my way into KC that had me concerned about the camp going off smoothly, but the skies cleared, the heat came back and the 2005 one day camp went off with no problems. A large number of kids showed up from the KC area as well as St. Joseph and even from Jefferson City.
The player who appears to have increased their interest from the coaching staff the most after today was Derek Hall 6`5" 230 TE/DE Rockhurst. While his 40 time wasn`t his best, possibly due to a slow track from weather conditions, he was impressive in other areas including offensive and defensive drills along with agility drills. He showed very good hands and concentration in receiving drills. It remains to be seen what position he would play in college.
Bristan Kelley 6`6" 235 TE/DT Lee` s Summit North, who will also camp at Missouri
in basketball, also had a good camp. His forty time also was not his best, but Bristan has great size and athleticism. I spoke with him about possibly playing DL in college and he responded expressing his interest in Mizzou and saying that he would be willing to play wherever they wanted him to play if given the chance.
Ray Trice 6`0" 185 S Park Hill South was at camp, but did not participate in drills. He said he just got back from another camp and would be at the Mizzou camp in Columbia this upcoming Thursday.
DB/WR Ryan Jones 5`11" 185 DB/WR Liberty displayed his skills and athleticism turning in one of the better 40 times with a 4.5 on a damp track. Ryan performed very well during the receiving drills displaying good hands and speed. Jones also had a nice track season and is a player to keep an eye on this fall.
LaDarrian Page 5`7" 165 RB/KR Lee`s Summit West turned in the best times with a 4.53 followed by a 4.43 40. Page` s size is not ideal, but the little back who ran for over 1,000 yards last year has great quickness and feat to go along with his speed. He probably would have been among the top performers at state in the 100 meters if not for a hamstring injury.
Two other seniors to be that had nice camps were Zach Langston 6`3" 200 LB/ TE Blue Valley, KN, Northwest and DE/TE Demarco Cosby 6`3" 205 Lincoln Prep. Langston had a nice day and recorded a 4.66 forty time.
Cosby, who also plays hoops for Lincoln Prep as well as the KC Keys AAU team, wants to play both sports in college and is a good athlete.
A couple of players who were not in attendance due to a baseball commitment were Ryan Hook 6`2" 195 S and Wes Miller 6`5" 225 TE from St. Joseph Benton. I spoke with Benton` s head coach who informed me that Ryan has grown a couple inches and put on 15 lbs of muscle while improving his 40 speed in the 4.5 range since last year when he led the state with 10 interceptions on defense while catching for over 600 yards on offense. Coach Wilson informed me that while Hook did not attend today `s camp, Missouri coaches would be coming to check him out at his school.
A player from St. Joseph Benton that did show up and will get plenty of notice over the next two years is junior to be Demetrious Davis 6`4" 270 DL/OL. Davis showed very good athleticism and quickness for his size. Davis was ineligible according to strict St. Joseph school system standards for athletes ( a C- average will cause this) last year, but should have no problems qualifying for college.
Another 2007 class lineman who caught my attention was Jayson Palmgren 6`4" 280 OT North Kansas City who was second team All Metro according to the KC Star along with being named Kansas City All-District. Palmgren also competes in wrestling and track.