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Mitchell Appleton, 6’5, 265, OL, 2020, DeSoto
He has terrific size at 6’5, 270-pounds and a frame that will likely add good weight in the future with age. Guys like him are great pickups for programs as he has the tools needed and shows a ton of promise to come. He was a standout at right tackle last season for DeSoto and especially impressed with his run blocking ability. Appleton has opened his recruitment after a coaching change at Eastern Kentucky.
Will Austin, 6’0,170, WR, 2020, St. Joe Central
An underrated prospect with a high ceiling and versatility. Austin is a player college coaches need to keep an eye on. He has good quickness and has the ability to come down with big plays and passes that are a little overthrown. He is a high percentage receiver quarterbacks can count on to make big plays.
Kevin Boswell, 6’2, 287, OL, 2020, Staley
Boswell is a standout guard prospect who is coming off a strong junior season for the Class 5 powerhouse Staley. Boswell is also a fine team leader and is good at paving the way for the run game. He is a technical player and has good footwork and strength off the line and can do some damage in open space. He recently picked up an offer from Missouri Baptist. Also impressive in the classroom, Boswell reports a 3.7 GPA.
Offers: Missouri Baptist
Brant Bowers, 6’3, 175, WR, 2020, Rock Bridge
Bowers is a promising athlete who has experience and the tools colleges often look for. At 6’3, 175-pounds, Bowers brings a near perfect package of physical tools and shows strong hands as well. Also a standout in baseball and basketball, Bowers is coming off an active summer and is looking to continue his trend of last season. He does not yet report any offers, but had heard from several college programs and drawn significant interest.
Jackson Bram, 6’3, 210, TE/OL, 2020, Maryville
One of the top prospects in the state for TE, Bram has made a name for himself as a smart player who brings strength and stamina to the field. He plays well in a variety of positions and can catch passes, operate as a blocker and shed coverage in tight spots. At the first Six Star Camp & Combine, Bram impressed with terrific numbers across the board, recording a 4.82 40, a 9’7 broad, a 4.44 short shuttle time and a 36’3 power ball throw. He recently committed to play at FCS power North Dakota State and was recruited as a tight end.
Offers: North Dakota State (commit)
Max Conard, 6’3, 185, QB, 2020, Blue Springs South
An academic all-state performer last season, Conrad brings a nice combination of size, speed and agility to the field. He has a nice arm and showed this summer his improvement at throwing outside the numbers and leading his receivers. His interest is growing in college circles and has picked up offers from Missouri S&T, Missouri Baptist and Benedictine. Conrad is due for a big senior season at Blue Springs South.
Offers: Missouri S&T, Missouri Baptist, Benedictine
Sammy Cooper, 5’11, 175, QB/WR, 2020, Lee’s Summit West
A player among the KC area’s top all-around players and has made an impact at WR over the past few years. He is quick and is almost certain to be among the KC area’s top athletes who can play several positions and play them all well. He’ll have a lot of weapons to throw the ball to and appears poised for a big season in 2019. Cooper has committed to play baseball at Notre Dame.
Offers: Notre Dame (baseball, commit)
Reece Dawson, 6’4, 195, QB, 2020, Willard
Dawson has a strong summer attending a host of camps and combines and excelling as he has opened eyes with his physical tools, strong right arm and work ethic. Dawson has terrific size at 6’4, 200-pounds, good athleticism and the ability to move around in the pocket and make plays. Dawson has had a lot of pressure on his shoulders and sometimes is asked to make plays with his feet instead of his arm. And he handled the pressure well and he finds ways to move the chain.
Paxton DeLaurent, QB, 2020, Camdenton
He’s coming off one of the best individual seasons put together throwing the ball in recent years in SWMO and the word has now spread across the state. He threw for 3,858 yards and 43 TDs, completing 64 percent of pass attempts and threw just nine INTs. DeLaurent is a playmaker in the moment. Simple camp drills don’t do him justice as he’s at his best with the full getup and a blitz coming for his head. He has an elusiveness and ability to keep a play alive as it breaks down. A scrambler with an improvisational rhythm. He currently holds an offer from Missouri Southern and Evangel, and has received a great deal of interest from several other schools.
Offers: Missouri Southern, Evangel
LJ Fortune, RB, 2020, Chaminade
Despite missing several games last season due to injury, Chaminade’s LJ Fortune established himself as one of the city’s bright running back prospects, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and seven TDs while averaging better than 9 yards per carry. He is a polished player who has good size, strength and an overall toughness to him that makes him hard to stop. He currently holds offers from Eastern Illinois, Northwest Missouri State and the University of South Dakota.
Offers: Eastern Illinois, Northwest Missouri State, South Dakota
Luke Grimm, 6’0, 175, WR, 2020, Kansas
One of the state’s top receivers and a recent commit to the University of Kansas, Grimm is an impressive athlete poised for a terrific season. He is a tough as nails competitor who just makes plays. He is a dynamic player who understands his role and goes out of his way to make plays and highlights. Grimm held a host of offers from FCS schools before announcing his decision to stay close to home at KU.
Offers: Kansas (commit)
Grant Hajicek, 6’5, 205, QB, 2020, Rock Bridge
A promising prospect on the rise who is getting attention at the right time. He has elite size at 6’5 and shows good instincts and a strong arm when he’s needed to make important plays with his arm. An athletic performer who has good vision and will have a lot of eyes on him this upcoming season due to his size, confidence with the ball and leadership. He currently holds offers from Butler and Quincy and has received interest from a host of other FCS programs.
Offers: Butler, Quincy
Brock Ivy, 6’2, 225, TE, 2020, Park Hill South
Ivy is a solid option for Park Hill South when they need some extra yards. He can make waves as a blocker in the run game and shows speed and the ability to bring down catches in open field. He gets a lot of looks as a receiver as he is good at finding clear separation and shows the ability to gain yards after the catch. Park Hill’s leading reviver a season ago, he proved to be a reliable pass catching threat whenever he was asked to make a play.
Henry McIntosh, 6’3, 170, QB, 2020, Ladue
One of the top QBs in the state, McIntosh helped lead Ladue to a Class 4 state championship last season and has a lot of tools that college programs looks for as he has good size at 6’3, a strong, accurate arm, and brings a calm, steady hand to the field. He can stay in the pocket and make throws but also has the ability to throw on the move and move the chains with his feet. He’s extremely reliable and shows leadership and a high football IQ. He has gone 30-1 as the Rams’ starting QB and threw for 2,429 yards, 27 TDs, 11 INTs and completed 61 percent of his pass attempts. Mclntosh has received a lot of interest and has taken several visits to FCS schools, but reports no offers as of yet. Also a standout in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA.
Christian Meyer, 5’10, 165,WR, 2020, Washington
Meyer continued to grind this summer as he impressed at several college camps including Missouri S&T and Harding shortly after receiving an offer from Rose-Hulman. He has good speed after the snap and strong hands and the strength to fight off coverage and create space. Some of his camp highlights showcased his ability to lose defenders and finish plays.
Isaac Miller, 5’11, 195, RB, 2020, Smithville
One of the most productive players in the Kansas City area, Miller is a strong, physical runner who can power his way through contact and continue driving with several opponents attempting to wrap him up. He has a great feel for his position and finds openings and is quick to make his first step. We were impressed with his summer work ethic hitting up camps and putting in the time on his own. Miller reports a 4.53 40-yard dash time and is also a standout student, reporting a 3.67 GPA and 22 ACT. He holds an offer from Dordt University and has drawn interest from South Dakota State, Iowa State and others.
Tavian Miller, 5’10, 175, WR, 2020, Battle
Miller is an underrated receiver who brings strength, physicality and speed to the field. He has a strong frame and has solid gains after the catch. Miller also has good hands and the ability to come up with big plays in the right moment. He is a seasoned player with good instincts and can adjust his game well. Miller put together a strong junior season at Battle, hauling in 57 passes for 852 yards and six TDs. Miller recently picked up an offer from Valparaiso University.
Gabe Milliron, 6’2, 260, OL, Lee’s Summit North
Milliron is a strong, physical athlete who brings a lot of important tools to the field. He has an ability to block opponents and he stands his ground regardless of the matchup. He has good footwork for his position and is constantly improving the technical side of his game. Milliron started last season at right guard and also brought some quickness to the line.
Jake Murphy, 5’11, 185, QB, 2020, Fort Zumwalt West
An athletic left-handed QB prospect who can do a variety of things well, Murphy has good vision for a player his size as he is confident looking for the long ball option. Murphy is confident making dangerous throws and is good at timing his throws as well. He can runs well for himself and reports a 4.75 40-yard dash. A strong build and a player who can take a hit.
Tim Nesslage, 6’3, 200, WR, 2020, Fort Zumwalt North
An interesting prospect who shows a collection of physical tools that colleges look for. He has terrific size at 6’3 and has good leaping ability which seems to add to his height in person. He’s a clear mis-match for most DBs and has the ability to great the ball up top. A nice player to have outside the numbers. Also a terrific student, Nesslage was an academic all-state performer last season and reports a 4.0 GPA and a 33 ACT score.
Hayden Page, 6’3, 250, OL, 2020, Kearney
Page is strong lineman for Kearney who brings strength, drive and a good motor to the field. He is a physical player and can hold his ground well and create openings for the run game and help block down field. An all-conference player last season, Page continued to be involved this summer and had several strong showings at camps and combines. He picked up an offer from Culver-Stockton and has received interest from South Dakota State, Quincy, Augustana and Benedicte and others.
Dawson Parks, 6’1, 195, QB, 2020, Staley
One of the Kansas City area’s top dual threat quarterback prospects, Parks opened the season strong on Friday, throwing for 155 yards, two TDs and running for 22 yards on three carries. He features terrific speed and quickness and has shown the ability to put together big runs and put pressure on a defense with his legs. Parks has a good arm and can get outside the pocket and throw on the run and does a good job keeping his eyes trained downfield waiting for things to open. He has drawn offers from Friends University and Missouri Baptist and has drawn interest from Navy, Emporia State, Tulsa and others.
Offers: Friends University, Missouri Baptist
Nick Plattner, 6’0, 240, OL, 2020, Eureka
Plattner is an interesting prospect who has a high football IQ and the ability to play up and beyond his listed height. He is big on the details of the game and his position and has quick hands, feet that can keep defenders in their place. At 6’0, 240-pounds, Plattner’s speed and grit make him stand out despite being a little undersized. Plattner had a strong showing at several camps and combines and has received some interest from Millikin, Coe among others.
Evan Robertson, 6’2, 190, QB, 2020, Mehlville
Robertson is an athletic quarterback prospect who appears poised for a breakout senior season after suffering a hip injury a year ago. He has good size at 6’2, 190-pounds and terrific quickness as a runner, brings good athleticism to the field and plays with poise and moxie. Robertson throws a nice deep ball, moves well in the pocket and can make plays on the run as he shows the ability to throw on the move and hit a receiver in stride. Robertson is a two-time all-conference and all-metro selection as a punter. He has taken several unofficial visits, including Drake, Harding, Illinois State and others.
Connor Rackley, 6’0, 160, QB, 2020, West Plains
A talented and productive quarterback who has been receiving attention for his accuracy, strength and athleticism. Rackley completed nearly 70 percent of his pass attempts for 19 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. Rackley has great pocket awareness and is capable of extending plays and moving the chains with his feet. A standout athlete in multiple sports, Rackley has received offers from SBU and Southern Nazarene and is drawing interest from Central Missouri, Emporia State, Tennessee-Martin, Washburn and others.
Offers: SBU (commit)
Cobe Rees, 6’1, 250, OL, 2020, Lee’s Summit West
A back-to-back all-conference performer who sees playing time as a center and guard. Rees handles himself well for his size and has a solid combination of quickness and strength. He moves quickly after the snap and is well balanced and knows how to overtake opponents and stay on his feet. Rees had a productive spring and summer and his hard work proves to be paying off as he received his first offer from Missouri Baptist.
Offers: Missouri Baptist
Myles Shaw, 5’10, 178, ATH, Lee’s Summit North
The ultimate do-anything athlete who can play either side of the ball. He has excellent speed and is quite elusive as a receiver. He is a bouncy player who is smart with his steps and can make simple routes difficult for defenders to stay on top of. He plays well for special teams and can hit hard, block, and shed contact and stay on his feet. Shaw was a standout at the Opening Regionals last spring reports a 4.65 40, a 37.5 inch vertical and a 37’0 power ball throw. He has started to draw interest from a host of college programs, including South Dakota, South Dakota State, Memphis, Tulsa and others.
Jake Seidel, 6’5, 290, OL, 2020, Seckman
Seidel is a physical presence on the line who is extremely aggressive and technically sound. He has great stature at 6’5, 290-pounds and showcases great footwork and impressive strength. Seidel moves well vertically and is a great blocker for Seckman in the run game but ultimately shows productivity in any situation. He was active this summer attending camps at Purdue, Memphis, Illinois among others and received interest from a host of programs. Seidel has committed to play for Missouri State.
Offers: Missouri State (commit)
Jacob Stevens, 6’3, 185, WR, 2020, Kearney
A productive player who can come up big in a variety of ways during a game. Stevens is a strong, well built athlete who sees time as a receiver and punter. He has great size at 6’3, 185-pounds for a receiver and has solid athleticism and great hops and the ability to pull down throws through contact. A season ago he caught 49 passes for 881 yards and nine TDs and several highlight moments. Stevens has drawn interest from several college programs and recently received his first offers from Morningside College and Nebraska Wesleyan.
Offers: Morningside College, Nebraska Wesleyan
Kaia Tupinio, 5’11, 215, ATH, 2020, Lee’s Summit
A strong, well built player for Lee’s Summit who can make noise as a runner and find openings and zip through contact. Tupinio is a nice athlete with good size at 5’11, 215-pounds and has seen time as a QB, WR and RB. He can find success wherever he’s placed but was most productive as a combo RB who can run between the line and also catch passes and move the chain. He rushed for 561 yards and two TDs last season, but the numbers don’t do him justice.
Mason Urick, 6’3, 280, OL, 2020, Lee’s Summit North
One of the top returning offensive linemen in the KC area who is an important piece to Lee’s Summit North offense. At 6’3, 280-pounds Urick has good size and he has been making a name as one of the more reliable linemen in the 2020 class. He moves well in the running game and can take hits and hold his ground and protect his QB well. He’s an intelligent player and is a leader by example. Urick has committed to play for Air Force.
Offers: Air Force (committed)
Zach Valentine, 5’11, 180, WR/ATH, 2020, Eureka
A seasoned player for Eureka who is great at getting to the ball, Valentine has great speed and can outrun DBs and have a clean look to the end zone. He is also strong and has a lot of fight to him and can handle himself well when DBs are playing him physical and can come away with the ball regardless. Valentine has had some injuries in the past and it’s good to see him fill up a stat sheet and see a lot of targets. He’s currently leading his team with 549 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 19 yards per catch.
Wyett Wallingford, 6’5, 290, OL, 2020, Platte County
A fundamentally sound offensive lineman for Platte County who has great size at 6’5, 290 pounds. He doesn’t give his opponents any breaks and stand strong and looks to open room for his RBs and protect his QB at all costs. A Suburban Blue All-Conference selection last season, Wallingford has drawn interest from a variety of college programs, and picked up an offer to play at Culver-Stockton in early July.
Mitchell Walters, 6’8, 280, OL, Mehlville
The recent Mizzou commit had a tremendous spring and summer racking in offers and interest from several large program schools including TCU, Purdue, Baylor, Indiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Arizona, SMU and many others. This was no surprise as Walters brings an elite frame to the field at 6’8, 280-pounds. That size never goes to waste as Walters is one of the most active and productive Missouri players in his position. He knows how to protect his quarterback and shows good footwork, agility, and a great deal of power and drive. He has a frame which will be easy for him to gain good weight and muscle mass as his career continues.
Offers: Missouri (commit)