Top 10 Defensive Players in the State

So you've had a chance to think about Danny's Top 10 offensive players in Missouri. Now it's time to look on the other side of the ball where several of the offensive standouts become defensive stars. Enjoy!

1. Darnell Terrell, Eureka DB, Sr., 6-3, 193 lbs.4.5- Terrell was a fine athlete and solid football player last season but now has developed into something much more.  "DT" has always had the potential to be a consistent play maker, but appears ready to be great.  In summer camps, Terrell has demonstrated increased speed, strength and competitiveness.  Darnell Terrell is clearly the state's best defensive prospect.  He has orally committed to Missouri, but still must qualify academically.
2. Jamel Cooper, Hazelwood East DE-OLB, Sr. 6-4, 215 lbs., 4.6 Aggressive, fly-around DE who closes on the ball fast.  Intense and athletic.  While Cooper doesn't get blown out at the point of attack, he needs more overall strength.  Already has offers from Missouri, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
3. Anton Campbell, Ft. Zumwalt West DB, Sr., 6-0, 183 lbs., 4.5 Very fine football player who probably projects to free or strong safety.  Diagnoses quickly and has a fast break on the thrown ball.  Campbell had 5 interceptions last season.  He has no problem with contact and will hit you.  He was credited with 74 tackles last season. Already has been offered by Missouri, Illinois and Northern Illinois.
4. Will Paul, Parkway West TE-FB, Sr. 6-4, 254 lbs., 4.59 Best position for this versatile player is probably 5 technique DE.  Has the strength to shed big OTs and the quickness to protect the defense's edge.  While multiple schools have offered Will scholarships to player TE, FB and ILB, STC Grid Reports believes his best chance at greatness is at DE.  Already has offers from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, KSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Vandy, Arkansas, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, ISU, Clemson, LSU and Georgia Tech.
5. Shaun Richardson, Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC ILB, Sr. 6-1, 220 lbs., 4.6+ Athletic player who is still developing his football skills.  Shaun is a project worth undertaking for any school.  Terrific kid who will have to qualify academically but can really run and hit.  Missouri has already offered.
6. Will Meyer, Parkway West SS, Sr. 6-0, 190 lbs., 4.5+ Incredibly productive player who made more big plays than any player STC Grid Reports evaluated last season.  Plays strong safety like it is supposed to be played.  Meyer blows up perimeter runs.  He had 15 tackles for losses last season.  Terrific football instincts.  Will has already been offered by Indiana, Kansas, Iowa State and Miami-Ohio.
7. Aarron Whittington, Hazelwood East DE, Sr. 6-3, 200 lbs., 4.7- The State 5-A finalist's top tackler last season was not David richard (Michigan State), but Whittington.  Uses fine technique, solid athleticism, and great pursuit to really disrupt opposing defenses.  Aarron plays faster than his clock time.  Has great bloodlines as older brother Bernard played DL for the Cowboys, Colts and Bengals.  He has already offers from Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin.
8. Joe Bauch, Blue Springs DE, Sr. 6-4, 229 lbs., 4.75 State 5-A champion's split-4 defensive end who missed the playoff run with a broken leg.  Tall, lean guy who plays hard.  While Bauch has good natural strength already, he oten plays too high.  Fine student who has already been offered by Okie State.

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Jerry White, Jefferson City DE, Sr. 6-5, 240 lbs., 4.8+ Solid player with size, technique, and some quickness.  Very pleasant young man who plays well when his intensity is up.  Doubles as a division 1-A prospect at TE.

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Dave Borchardt, Vianney DE, Sr. 6-4, 229 lbs., 4.85 Athletically gifted player who is tantative at times but excellent at others.  Had a vertical jump of 32" at Mizzou's one day camp in St. Louis.  Dave took 2nd in the state track and field championships with a discus throw of 169 feet!  Borchardt is a lean machine with fine size potential.
10. Travis Frogge,        Platte County DE, Sr. 6-2, 256 lbs.,      4.8- State 3-A champion's best player last season.  Travis is a better prospect at center or offensive guard, but plays the split-4 DE position very well.  Frogge's size, quickness and technique are similar to current Mizzou player Phil Pitts when he led Helias to a 4-A state championship in 1999.  Travis is a strong, explosive player who looks agile in open space.

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