In-state Standouts Emerge at Mizzou STL Camp

The Missouri Tigers started a three day tour of one-day camps in St. Louis today. Then they take their camp on the road to Springfield and Kansas City holding three camps in three days across the state.

They started in St. Louis today and had a very nice turnout of between 350-400 kids who had a perfect day of partly sunny skies, a strong breeze and low humidity to work out in for four plus hours.

Two of the more well-known faces in attendance did not participate. North County LB Will Compton and DeSmet CB Robert Steeples were both there to watch and get to know the coaches better. Both had just attended camp at different college the previous day.

Will Compton was at Notre Dame's camp on Saturday and was told that an offer would likely be coming on Wednesday after coaches got a chance to view his highlight tape. He told me that he got to meet with Coach Weis and the ND staff and enjoyed his time there.

Steeples attended the Mississippi camp on Saturday and impressed enough that he came away with his third offer, from the Rebels. He told me that he liked the coaches and the school and setting, and that it was better then he thought it would be. He drove down with teammate and fellow Mizzou target, Wes Kemp, who also has an offer from Ole Miss.

A new offer that Inside Mizzou learned about from the St. Louis area was Cahokia DE/TE London Davis (6-foot-4, 255 pounds, 4.8-second forty). Davis is an impressive physical specimen and a very good athlete he also was a top throw in track this past season. He looked good in drills and showed his agility, quickness and strength. He also showed good hands in receiving drills. The Tigers are recruiting him as a DE along with Illinois and several other schools.

Davis` teammate, Thomas Winters 5`10' 180 also had a strong camp. Winters, who runs a 4.47 forty, had a very good camp participating in WR,RB and DB drills. He tells me that he his hearing from Mizzou along with Iowa ,K-State Indiana, Ball St., Northern Illinois and several other schools. Ball St. is recruiting him at RB and Thomas said that Mizzou was looking at him for several positions.

Several other players had good camps and seemed to catch the attention of coaches there. Hazelwood East DE Brandon Kirksey 6`2" 250 was there after camping at Mississippi with teammate Demarco Paine. Paine did not make the camp, but Kirksey showed his ability during the camp that got him offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas. He said he continues to hear from Mizzou, Illinois and K-State.

Several other Spartans were there and looked good. OT Jamall Phillips 6`4" 280 informed said he is hearing from Mizzou as well as Harvard, Columbia and several other Ivy league colleges. He is among the top 10 in his class overall academically. Fellow Spartan Joe Logan 6`3" 270 OG is another impressive lineman from East along with OL Andrew Winston 6`3" 300.

A top underclassman to watch for is Spartan DE Darrius Ford 6`5" 270 class of 2009. Ford is a big kid who is agile, strong and can run.

CBC RB Rayon Simmons 5`10"190 had a good camp. Simmons recently ran a 4.56 forty time and is being recruited by Northern Illinois and is hearing from Nebraska, Indiana, Michigan and other schools.

Speedy Washington RB Denodus O`Bryant 5`9" 185 was also at camp and performed well.

U.City WR/DB Karingus Belton 6`0" 185 is being recruited by Kansas St., Missouri and several other Big 12 and Big 10 schools.

Parkway Central John Petroff 6`4" 290 was among the better lineman there. Petroff is really hoping for an offer from the Tigers. I get the feeling talking to him that if one comes that he will be wearing Black and Gold in 2008.

Other lineman at camp who impressed were Jackson DE Antonio Garritano 6`5" 250, Mike Saputo 6`2" 270 NG Fox, OT James Coleman 6`6" 292 OT Marquette and John Gourley 6`4" 270 OT Ladue.

Garritano ran through drills even though he had an injured ankle and still did very well. He recently went to a combine in Illinois and was named the top DE there. He is hearing from Mizzou along with Mississippi, SIU-C, Northern Illinois and other school.

TE/DE Jerone Williams 6`4" 230 Oakville is another player who helped himself with a strong camp.
In the 2009 class, Sheldon Richardson 6`3" 265 DE/TE is being compared to London Davis. Both are talented TE/DE prospects with speed and athleticism. Richardson is among the top juniors statewide for `09. He is already hearing from colleges including Mizzou. Coaches seemed to watch Richardson a lot.

Festus OG Kory Riggs 6`4" 275 is another talented OL who was at camp today. Riggs is the younger brother of former Tiger player Kyle Riggs. Kory expressed to me that he would like to follow his brother` s path to Mizzou if an offer comes from the Tigers. It is the school he wants to attend.

Another `09 OL who was impressive was Chaminade OT Jack Meiners 6`5" 280.

Former Tiger legend Mel Gray was at the camp along with other former Tigers Demetrious Johnson and Joe Gianino, who is coaching at Fox HS.

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