ShowMeMizzou.com and ShowMePreps.com were at the big season opener in Lee's Summit (MO) to watch the West Titans clash with the Staley Falcons.
The following are observations of the top prospects on each team.
Lee's Summit West
LB Nick Ramirez 6'2" 230 was outstanding on the day and played his role perfectly staying with Hosick, being physical and stopping the run. Of course, Ramirez has been doing this for the past three years. He flys to the ball and delivers punishing hits when he arrives. He also executes textbook tackling form along with lighting people up and covers sideline to sideline. Great on the blitz and pretty solid in pass coverage although he wasn;t asked to in this game. Committed to Missouri.
Jamone Boyd DE 6'4" 255 is athletic as they come for a defensive linemen. So athletic that he should be dominant on the field. Right now he isn't, but shows flashes of what could be down the road. When his desire and skill set catches up to his athleticism he could be great. Undecided. Considering Arkansas and Missouri.
CB/S Brandon Miller 6'1" 185 is one of the top defensive backs in the state. Miller possesses good speed, coverage ability and he is a physical hitter. He has run a sub 4.5 forty over the summer and is getting pursued by K-State among others. Undecided
CB Logan Cheadle 5'10" 165 had a big day with two picks and 3 passes defended. He could have possibly had another pick of two. Cheadle has superior cover and ball skills, and is more physical then his size might suggest against the run. With 4.4 speed and a 38" vertical jump he is one of the top cornerbacks in the state in any class.
DT/OG Evan Martin 6'3" 270 is the son of former Missouri Tiger and NFL defensive lineman Steve Martin. Evan had a great first game as a Titan on both sides of the ball. He transferred to LSW from Park Hill South last year. Martin was solid at DT and recorded a sack, and also provided solid play on the offensive line. Look for colleges to come calling as he continues to progress.
WR Monte Harrison 6'2" 185 was the Titans most explosive offensive weapon on the day. A superior athlete on the basketball court as well, Harrison did a great job using his quickness, speed and athleticism in hauling in a couple big passes, including one for a TD, and ran the Wildcat at QB at times. His over the shoulder catch for a long gain was very impressive.
OT Kevin Pendleton 6'5" 310 saw quite a bit of action splitting some time at RT for the Titans. Great size and mobility, Pendleton did a nice job playing in his first varsity game, and showed some potential that bares watching.
Others worth mentioning: 6'2" 200 LB Zach Rasmussen, 6'5" 225 TE Dale Brown, 5'9" 170 S Jack Richards.
RB Ryan Williams 5'11" 180 was a little banged up on the day, but still had a solid performance, and showed glimpses of what I think is to come that will have him be one of the top prospects in the state in his class by his senior year. Great athlete with good speed.
QB Trent Hosick 6'2" 225 did as much as he could on the day, but his team was overmatched at pretty much every other position. Hosick showed his toughness by playing is a badly injured broken pinky finger on his throwing hand. He threw the ball well for the most part, and gutted out some tough runs against a brutal defense. Committed to Missouri.