At the 7-on-7 competition held at Hickman High, which featured Chillicothe, Mexico, and Vianney, in addition to the host school, ShowMeMizzou spoke with a trio of 2012 Kewpie prospects, and a 2011 prospect from Mexico.
From Hickman, in addition to 2011 WR and Missouri commit, Wesley Leftwich, and 2012 D-1 prospect, DE Alex Keith, there are a couple of other players who may develop into D-1 prospects. RB Will Owens 6'0" 205 4.6 plays both ways for Hickman, but may project as a RB in college. He plays LB on defense, but Coach Wright indicated that he may move Owens to DE, opposite Keith, giving him a pair of book ends up front.
Owens is just beginning to hear from several schools, and will likely draw more attention after his junior season.
QB Logan Fitch 6'1" 190 4.8 is a left-handed thrower with a strong arm, excellent mechanics, and very good touch on all of his throws. He does a real good job of leading receivers away from the defense and hitting them right in stride. He just needs to gain experience reading defenses and making decisions with the ball. He is surrounded by a plethora of quality skill position players.
Like Owens, Fitch is just getting started as far as recruiting goes, and is starting to hear from several schools. He too, will draw a lot more attention after this season. He reports a 4.0 G.P.A. in his core classes, and talked about the increased responsibility that goes along with being the starting QB.
"I've got a lot of responsibility," said Fitch. "Everybody's looking to me. I've always got to be up and working hard."
After working for the past several months with Skip Stitzell of QB's Edge, Fitch says that his footwork and mechanics have become second nature.
"I'm a lot more accurate," said Fitch, "A lot more comfortable. Everything just seems a lot smoother, and I know what I'm doing a lot better. I just have to read the defense, cover two, cover three. Just find the open man."
Hickman coach Jason Wright talked about his team.
"That's what we're working at, is our big boys up front," said Coach Wright. "We're trying to get them tougher. We've got a lot of guys back. We're pretty big, but we're not as tough as I want us to be. Maybe we'll get there."
"We just want to get better," said Coach wright, of his team's performance in the 7-on-7 competition. "(We need to) do a better job of playing with our eyes."
A 2011 LB/RB from Mexico caught my eye. Haylen Jacobs 6'0" 230 4.6 36" vertical Mexico (MO) showed good cover and receiving skills during the 7-on-7 competition. He said that he's heard from Iowa State, among others, and is hopeful of receiving a scholarship offer to play football beyond high school.