The biggest turn out ever for a Missouri Tiger one day football camp in Springfield turned out an impressive group of prospects from both sides of Missouri as well as Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa ,Illinois and Kansas.
Most of the attention seemed to be focused on a sizable group of offensive linemen, several of whom appeared to be of D-1 caliber.
Two notable no-shows were Springfield Hillcrest's Dorial and Darnell Green. Apparently Dorial spent the afternoon taking exams, after having missed some school last week, and was unable to attend the camp. Little brother Darnell has reportedly recently suffered a fractured thumb, and therefore could not participate.
A surprise participant, who came all the way from near Amarillo, TX, was 2011 OL prospect LaQuan McGowan. The 6'8" 370 pound, man-child was quite nimble, especially for someone his size. He's a quite youngster, who appears to be growing into his body. Yet, he turned in a respectable 5.56 forty-yard dash time.
Tiger offer and Guthrie (OK) LB Kentrell Brothers attracted the most attention at the camp as he observed and shadowed coaches and players during drills.
Some other top players from Oklahoma who stood out included Norman (OK) OT Zach Johnson 6'7" 290lbs, , Dylan Laurens 6'4' 290 PG Duncan (OK),Kyle Osborn 6'4" 290 Tuttle (OK), Garrett Stafford 6'4" 290 OT Tulsa Memorial,DE Devin Randall 6'3" 240 Bartlesville(OK), Mitch Tate 6'6" 255 DL Bartlesville (OK), Connor Myers 6'1" 280 DT/C Edmond Memorial, WR Stephon Weaver 6'1" 180 Tulsa Union,Tyler Newton 6'5" 240 TE/DE, Dylan Warner 6'0" 180 S Lawton Eisenhower, Jeremiah Firth 6'1" 180 WR/DB Muskogee and underclassmen 2012 QB Brandon Taylor 6'2" 210 from Mustang.
Johnson is a sleeper prospect from a community Christian school in Norman. He showed good athleticism and mobility along with good technique and some solid pass blocking skills.
I am not sure if Laurens did enough to help his pursuit of an offer from the Tigers.
Osborn also stood out last summer at the Tigers one day camp in St. Louis.
Randall is a good looking defender and ran a 4.7 forty on the day. He had 12.5 sacks last year and is also a standout in the throws in track at his school.
Tate is an interesting looking prospect. He has the size that might make him able to move inside and use his quickness and 5.0 forty to his advantage.
Webb City sent several players to the camp that stood out among the players on the day. While RB Maddy Johnson 5'7" 160 showed his speed a 4.4-4.5 forty range, LB Christian Hoffman 6'1" 205 helped his cause among college coaches with his athleticism and skills in both LB and RB drills. Hoffman has quick feet and change of direction ability along with good hands. He can also cover receivers and showed consistency in his forty time by turning in two 4.6 times.
DT Hunter Luna 6'3 255 was feeling a little under the weather but still worked out and underclassmen Jarvis Jones 6'0" 175 is a promising looking safety prospect in the class of 2012. He ran a 4.6 forty and told me that he finished 6th at state in the 100 meters. TE/DE Phillip Donna is also a nice prospect for the Cardinals.
Speaking of underclassmen. Keep an eye on 2012 RB/LB Adam St. Peters 6'3"205lbs. St. Peters contributed to the Eagles as a true freshman and looks to have a bright future, most likely at LB.
Another in-state underclassmen who caught my attention at camp was Raymore-Peculiar WR Walker Evans 6'4" 200lbs class of 2012. Evans ran a 4.7 and vertical jumped 33 inches. He has good hands and should provide a heck of a target for Cameron Coffman this year.
From Texas, massive OT Laquan McGowan 6'8" 374lbs led the way along with Austin St. Michael's OT Andrew Reue 6'5" 255.
McGowan, who wears size 21 shoes, showed some pretty good athleticism for his size. He ran a 5.56 forty and showed some ability during drills. He looks raw and would have to be considered a prospect given his weight. However, he is reportedly only still 16 years old and could be a high risk ,high reward type of prospect.
Reue plays are 2010 Tiger signee Mitch Morse's old HS and told me that he would be moving over to left tackle and taking Mitch's old spot. Reue was an all conference player and was among the better OL prospects on the day.
Others who had solid days were WR /DB Clint Harper Willow Springs (MO), Brian Poston RB Carthage(MO), Kolton Peavey QB Bolivar (MO) Matt Marler QB Potosi (MO) Scott Paulus QB/S Rockford (IA) Reginald Box DB Edwardsville (IL)
Missouri football camps will continue through next week, and ShowMeMizzou will be there all the way. We'll also have more from some of these camp attendees, after they've gotten home and we've had a chance to visit with them.