ShowMeMizzou.com and ShowMePreps.com gets out every weekend to scout the top talent in the state of Missouri. We will be bringing you a look at the top prospects at each game every week.
This week we start with the Kansas City (MO)Rockhurst vs East St. Louis (IL) game witnessed this past Friday which the Hawklets won at home.
Rockhurst DE Jordan Willis
Here are some observations, analysis and a look at the top prospects on each team to watch for this season and beyond.
DE Jordan Willis 6'5" 265 has had a busy off-season in the weight room from the looks of things. Willis is about 40lbs heavier, but has kept his speed and athleticism. He exhibited a good first step and was in the Flyers backfield most of the night. He also plays the run very well. Committed to K-State, but continues to be recruited by numerous teams.
LB Tony Lashley 6'2" 225 was possibly the second best senior on the field for the Hawklets against the Flyers. Lashley was all over the field against the run and in pass coverage. He displays good speed and a physical play that will make some college very happy. Undecided.
OG Zach Hannon 6'4" 300 did his usual nice job helping lead the Hawklets running game with his strong blocking ability. Great size and was playing against a very athletic DE in this game which kept him on his toes. Committed Nebraska.
DE Jason Nix 6'2" 220 caused a lot of trouble opposite Willis at his defensive end position. Nix is very good off the edge harassing the QB and making plays against running backs. He is also athletic enough to play tailback, and the Hawklets used him there late in the game for some power running. Undecided.
2014 MLB Luke Arbanas 6'2" 215 was the defensive player of the game in my opinion. Arbanas made play after play both against the run and in pass coverage. He showed sideline to sideline range and big hitting ability that separated opponents from the ball. Also a TE on offense, he made some big plays and caught a couple of TD passes. You could tell his ability as a receiver carries over to his linebacker play in understanding the passing game and being able to cover.
TE/DE Jayke Simsheuser 6'4" 245 looks like the proto-type TE schools look for. Great size, blocking ability, can run and has good hands. The Hawklets were able to line him up as a traditional TE or flex him out. He also saw some time at DE. Definitely a player to keep an eye on over the next two years.
East St. Louis
OT/OG Luther Wright 6'4" 270 looks bigger then 270, but shows good feet, quickness and the strong ability to both pass protect and run block. He performed well against Rockhurst's tough pass rush.
DE Terry Beckner 6'4" 265 is a future star along the defensive line. Great size, long arms, good quickness and explosion off the line and just makes plays. He gave Hannon a real battle and wound up being double and triple teamed at times. No telling how good he can become over the next three years as he develops. Really high upside.
RB Natereace Strong 6'0"200 had a nice game overall. He is a bigger back but has really good speed and picks up nice yardage once he gets in the secondary. Ran hard and showed very good hands and ability to run after the catch. Only a sophomore, but expect a ton of big time schools to come calling in another year or two.