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June 2, 2011

Camp recap: Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri football team kicked off the latest incarnation of its yearly recruiting camps, drawing a record 343-recruits to Springfield's JFK Stadium.

Nation's top recruit in attendance: A year ago, Springfield (MO) Hillcrest receiver Dorial Green-Beckham missed Missouri's camp in his hometown because of make-up tests he missed while away at the track and field state championships. This year, however, Green-Beckham attended after missing the track championships because of an injured hamstring.

The 6'6", 220-pound athlete showed up with cleats, gloves and a towel, looking ready and eager to participate in drills. However, the coaching staff at Hillcrest managed to convince him to take it easy and sit out the majority of the workout, in order to let his injury heal appropriately. For the majority of the camp, Green-Beckham chatted with Missouri coaches and his Hillcrest teammates, who showed up in droves to work out in front of Missouri's coaching staff, and other coaches from Wyoming, Missouri S&T and Lincoln, among others.

We'll have a full profile on Green-Beckham published later this week. He also briefly talked about his recent trip to Missouri. You can read the full article here..

Quarterbacks look to impress: Perhaps the most competitive -- and talented -- position group on Wednesday was the quarterbacks. Ramsey Hamilton, from Beggs, Okla., and Darrack Harger, from Sand Springs, Okla., made the trip as expected, and each displayed fluid mechanics. Hamilton, who has long been on Missouri's radar, especially stood out. The 6'2", 185-pound lefty showed a quick release, and during agility drills, his athleticism stood out. The Tigers are also interested in Hamilton as a receiver, but he did not work out with that position group.

Two in-state quarterbacks also attended and looked good. Nick Jones, from Kansas City, Mo., and Dalton Demos, from St. Louis, made the trip from their respective cities and consistently worked with the final group of quarterbacks -- the unofficial "best of the best." Demos is coming off a very impressive camp performance at Ohio State, where he graded out in the top 10 for quarterbacks, going against some of the nation's best. He's a lanky 6'4", 185-pounds, and is receiving interest from schools all around the Midwest. If he develops more consistency at these camps, offers could be on his way.

The previous four quarterbacks are all 2012 recruits, but the action wasn't limited to rising seniors. One surprise visitor was Brayden Scott from Tahlequah, Okla. He's beginning to earn the reputation as a contender for the best quarterback in the Sooner State for 2013. He's receiving serious interest from schools across the nation, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona and UCLA. Right now, Scott might be considered undersized at 6'2", 185-pounds, but there's plenty of time for him to grow another inch or two -- after all, he just ended his sophomore year. He also has great bloodlines -- his father (and coach), Brent Scott, is a former Oklahoma State quarterback, and his grandfather, Bill Scott is a former two-time All-American and had an eight-year NFL career. At Tahlequah-Seqouyah, the youngest Scott runs a hybrid offense, a mash-up between the Wing-T and Spread that he dubs "the Sling-T", an offense pioneered by his grandfather. He's also developed a close friendship, and friendly rivalry, with Ramsey Hamilton. I'll have a full story on both players up later this weekend.

Scott brings friends: A big reason for Scott's attendance was to throw to his teammates, which included 2012 athlete Zack Robinson. Robinson is receiving heavy interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Arkansas, along with Missouri. The Tigers coaching staff, however, wanted to see which position the 6'2", 195-pound athlete would fit best. Robinson looked solid on both sides of the ball, but his future may be as a safety or defensive back. He said he received positive feed-back from the coaches, but is unsure if an offer would materialize.

Oklahoma keeps bringing the talent: If it seems like the state of Oklahoma is dominating this notebook, it's because players from the West dominated the camp. In addition to Harger, Hamilton, Scott and Robinson, Cole Swayze, from Purcell, excelled with the skill groups. Swayze is a quarterback in high school, but is widely regarded as one of the best athletes in Oklahoma. He worked out with the wide receivers and defensive backs on Wednesday, and said he believes he'll end up at safety or receiver in college. He holds an offer from Oklahoma State, but OU, Tulsa and Missouri are showing interest.

We'll have a full story on him later.

Oklahoma's presence wasn't just limited to the skill groups, however. Offensive guard/center Brandon Dewitt, from Lawton, was easily the most impressive lineman on the day. At 6'2", 270-pounds, Dewitt isn't the biggest guy, but he isn't exactly small. Still, during agility drills with the linemen, Dewitt showed impressive lateral movement, quick fit and flexibile hips. He's receiving interest from Big 12 schools, and Ivy League schools. He's also a 3.9-GPA student, and hopes to bump that up to a 4.0 by the end of his senior year.

Once again, we'll have a full story on Dewitt later.

Recruits from all-over: In addition to Missouri and Oklahoma, recruits from Indiana, New Mexico and Texas made the trek to Springfield. Two of the Texans were Hayden Lambert, from Aledo, and Rance Layton, from Seminole. Both are offensive linemen with the ability to play guard or tackle.

Other recruits of note: Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst RB Jordan Walker (will also attend the KC camp)... Springfield (MO) Hillcrest athlete Donovan Mathis (ran a 4.41 40-yard dash)... Springfield (MO) Hillcrest RB Juwan Johnson (a 2014 recruit)... Broken Arrow (OK) TE Zac Veatch

Missouri's one-day recruiting camp season resumes on Sunday, when the Tigers' coaching staff hosts a work-out at DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis. PowerMizzou.com will be on-hand for the action in an event that will be attended by Durron Neal, Michael Scherer, Brandon Sheperd and other top recruits in the St. Louis area.


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