A great group of athletes came out to the Tigers one day camp in St. Louis on a beautiful Sunday morning to compete, improve their football skills and impress the coaches in attendance there.
Here is a look at some of the top players who participated in the camp on the day.
OUT OF STATE STANDOUTS
The Tigers drew players from as far away as Michigan as well as Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and a good number of kids from Illinois.
One player who really stood out was Kankakee(IL) Bishop McNamara RB Maurice Shoemaker 5'9" 180. Shoemaker was a total package of speed, agility,explosiveness and skill during drills. He possesses 4.55 forty and 38" vertical jump.
His teammate and QB Theo Bradley 6'2" 185 was also an impressive athlete who performed well in drills. Bradley has the ability to play multiple positions including WR and DB.
Trey Lewis 5'10" 180 Vilonia(AR) is an explosive athlete who plays RB also and reports a 4.5 forty time along with a 36" vertical jump.
Broken Arrow (OK) OL Ryan Stout 6'4" 280 looked impressive on the day in drills. Stout has the potential to play either OG or C in college. Stout was among the top lineman at the camp on the day. He says that he has been being recruited by the Tigers for several months.
Tyler Newsome Joliet (IL) West WR had an impressive day at camp as well and stood out.Newsome has good speed and athleticism.
Michigan LB Tim Hamilton also made the trip to the Tigers camp. Hamilton is am impressive athlete who looks the part of the prototypical linebacker.
LOCAL ATHLETES DO WELL
Not many of the top name D1 prospects attended camp this year. Several have chosen to attend the team camps instead or decided not to camp this year. Perhaps because they are not really on the Tigers radar screen.
A big surprise on the day was probably little known DL prospect Devonte Pargo 6'4" 275lbs Vashon. Pargo played at Beaumont HS last year where he recorded 64 tackles and 4 sacks. He is also a pretty good basketball player and plays some AAU ball. He has the size, quickness and agility to be a prospect on the D1 level in football. He is definitely a sleeper prospect to watch for.
Lindbergh DL Tony Robinson 6'3" 256 also had a good camp. Robinson has a quick first step and gets off the line quickly. He did well in drills and was among the best prospects at camp.
Maplewood DE/TE prospect Calvin Belts 6'5" 205 is an interesting prospect. Belts runs a 4.7 forty and had 19 sacks as a junior. He will also play TE this year and looked good in receiving and line drills. He is also a pretty good basketball player and his best football is likely ahead of him. He just needs to get bigger and ad weight.
Cardinal Ritter DE Josh Temple and teammate Trey Perry both were among the better prospects on the day. RB Perry has 4.5 forty speed and a 35" vertical jump. Temple has a lot of speed of the edge and soot out in line drills.
Webster Groves LB Jason Meehan 6'2" 220 is one of my favorite players in the St. Louis area. Meehan came ready to show what he could do and had a very good camp. He was among the top defensive prospects at camp.
Hazelwood Central LB/RB Cortland Dunlop also stood out along with Meehan. His teammate RB/DB Tra Brown was one of the fastest and quickest players at camp on the day and caught the attention of many visiting coaches there.
The likely starting QB for Hazelwood Central this year is Jamaal Flowers 6'2" 180. Flowers is a very good athlete with 4.5 forty speed and a 37" vertical jump. He will likely get recruited to play WR or DB at the next level.
A couple of other schools sent multiple players who excelled at the camp.
McCluer North had three on the day. WR Nevar Griffin 6'1" 213, RB/DB Tyran Carey 5'9" 175 and W/DB Terrence Williams 5'6 "160.
Griffin has size, 4,5 speed and great hands. He runs good routes and is a playmaker.
Same thing can be said of Carey. He has upper 4.4 speed, good hands and vision as a RB and can make plays at DB.
Williams is small but fast.
Career Academy had probably the best 2011 QB at the camp in Demarco Billups 6'2" 190. Billups was the top rated passer in the St. Louis area and threw for 25 TDs and accounted for over 3000yards offense. He is mobile and has a strong,accurate arm.
DeSmet had a couple of 2011 standout at camp in DE/TE Teddy Corwin 6'5'" 225 and S/WR Steven Pace 6'2" 190.
Corwin did well in both line and receiving drills and will be a solid college player at either position.
Pace was one of the better prospect in the DB drills. He can cover a lot of ground and has good hands. I know he is a physical player on the field as well.
Fastest player at the camp was likely Seckman RB Tyler Fisher 5'11" 175 who runs a 4.45 forty. Fisher ran for over 1,900 yards and 26 TDs as a junior. He also ran a 10.8 100 meters this past track season. Tyler's speed and quickness stood out on the day.
Other 2011 Players Who Stood Out on the Day
Marvin Byrd ATH Ft. Zumwalt East,Ed Young WR/DB SLUH, Ryan Johnson OT Career Academy, Donnie Bess OL Park Hills Central, Thomas Swoboda LB Lafayette, Sam Smith LB Lindbergh, Darnell Clay DL Hayti
2012 WR Durron Neal was the top prospect at camp among the underclassmen. We will have a full underclassmen report coming soon.