The Missouri Tigers second team camp got underway on Thursday with fourteen schools represented, in addition to a number of individuals from in and out of state, who were assigned to two varsity level renegade teams. Highlights from Thursday included an unofficial visitor in 2011 offer, RB Kody Walker, and several other Division 1 prospects in camp.
Killian vs Robinson in 1 on 1's
The top 2011 in-state offensive lineman, Matt Killian 6'6" 285 from O'Fallon (MO) and Francis Howell, is clearly the best lineman at this camp, and in our opinion, the best 2011 offensive lineman we've seen at any of the Missouri camps this year. He has been hitting the weight room since the end of basketball season, and has really improved his body, to go along with his impressive feet and long arms. He moves very well, and did well in one on ones against DL Tony Robinson St. Louis (MO) Lindbergh. It's going to be very interesting to see if he ends up with the highly coveted Missouri offer.
Other notables observed at the camp included:
2012 WR/DB Aron Gaines 6'2" 180 Oklahoma City (OK) Northeast Academy. This athletic player stood out at safety for the Renegade team. Gaines averaged over 19 yards per catch as a soph and was a track standout as well.
A quartet of players from St. Joseph (MO) Central, OL/DT Mike Meinert 6'3" 260, RB/DB Malkaam Muhammad 6'0" 210 4.55, 2011 DE Brett Donaldson 6'2" 210 4.75, and 2012 LB/RB Tyrese Huskey 6'3" 200 each made solid early impressions during the 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s.
Meinert is an impressive young lineman who has played varsity since he was a frosh and uses his size,strength and quickness well. He looks good at OT and DT but would likely move inside on the o-line.
Malkaam is the younger brother of Wyoming signee Ghaali Muhammad and is a strong player in his own right at RB and LB. He possesses good vision,power and burst when he runs.
Huskey is a good looking young athlete who could grow into a DE or be a solid LB prospect. He is a rangy kid who runs well and looked good coming off the edge a few times.
Donaldson is the brother of current Missouri DT Brendan Donaldson, and had the opportunity to showcase his considerable pass-rushing skills in one-on-ones on Friday as he was matched up against Killian, 2011 OL Zach Johnson Norman (OK), and 2011 OL Colby Mitchell Bartlesville (OK). Johnson and Mitchell had camped at Springfield last week, and were in camp on Friday for a closer look.
Johnson showed well again, as he had in Springfield. He plays tackle in high school, but after seeing him again on Friday, I'd say he's more of a guard prospect. He has good feet and good hands, but had trouble in space against the quicker Donaldson. Killian was the only one to effectively block Donaldson on Friday, as he did so repeatedly in pass-rush situations. Coach Walker was observed demonstrating to Killian how to keep his hands inside, and I could hear Josh Henson telling him to stay low, an exhortation encouraging him to keep his rear end lower as he moved his feet. For such a big guy, Killian really moves his feet well.
Along with Connor McGovern, of Fargo (ND) Shanley, who was in camp last week, Johnson and Killian are the cream of the crop among the 2011 offensive linemen that we've seen in the Missouri camps over the past two weeks. We'll be talking to all three to discover whether or not they receive Missouri offers.
A couple of Missouri offer-holders, 2011 TE Dan Tapko, and 2011 safety Ian Simon were both in attendance on Friday as unofficial visitors. Simon and his family were all smiles as they toured the facilities. Tapko spent some time visiting with former Missouri TE, and current Rock Bridge Coach A.J. Ofodile.
Rock Bridge's best player is 2012 TE Austin Ray 6'5" 225 4.72 forty. Ray is a big target that runs well and has good hands, something he also displays playing basetball. He hopes to play DE this season fro the Bruins. He looks like he'll play college ball if he continues to develop.
Francis Howell features a couple of prospects, in addition to Killian. 2011 OL Jake Lasater 6'5" 300 is a big guy who will probably move inside we he plays at the next level, and 2012 QB Eric Siebenshuh 6"3" 190 4.8 is possibly the top QB prospect seen at the camps, with the exception of Gunner Kiel. Howell also has a young athlete in 2013 OL/DL Harneet Gill 6'5" 220, who is big and raw, but very talented.
Siebenshuh was under the watchful eye of coaches who appeared to like what they saw. The funny thing is that Siebenshuh may not be the starting QB at the start of the season for the Vikings who return a vet at the position. Eric has very good mechanics, footwork and a strong, accurate arm. Some receivers had a hard time catching his passes.
2011 LB Cole Rogers 6'2" 220 Warrensburg (MO), OL Michael Clifton 6'5" 280 Sweeney (TX), 2012 OL Zach Hilsabeck 6'7" 260 Nottaway (MO) South, and 2011 DL Rufus Sullivan 6'4" 230 Lebanon (MO) also caught our attention.
Sullivan did not play football last year but is a good looking athlete with size.
QB/ATH Demarco Billups 6'2" 190 and LB Christian Hoffman 6'1" 205 4.62 forty both showed up on the Renegade team on Friday to workout and display their skiils.
Hoffman was a standout at the Springfield camp where he excelled in agility,RB and LB drills and showed his speed. He is comparable to Videl Nelson in our opinion.
Billups was a standout at the St. Louis camp and is considered a possible S or WR on the next level if not QB. Very smooth athlete that can play mulitple positions.
Athlete Thomas Lott 6'1" 190 4.43 forty Roosevelt was impressive at camp. Lott is interesting because of his speed and reported 42" vertical jump. He worked out at DB and receiver drills a bit.