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June 2, 2009
Kansas City Camp Notebook
While the theme of Monday's Black and Gold camp in Springfield seemed to be underclassman, Tuesday's camp held at William Jewell College in Liberty was definitely dominated by upperclassman. In total, offensive coordinator David Yost said around 250 recruits showed up, which was easily a record for Missouri's Kansas City-area camp.
The overall talent level was higher as well. Shawnee (KS) four-star ATH Justin McCay and Liberty four-star WR Marcus Lucas both showed up, as well as three-star Missouri commit, Olathe (KS) DE Lucas Vincent. Vincent wore his Tigers gear proudly, and had some great stories to tell PowerMizzou.com about the grief he's received for being a Kansan committed to Missouri. We'll have stories on those three later in the week.
The structure of the camp was exactly the same as it was in Springfield, with warm-ups followed by testing for the first part. A lunch break ensued, and when the players returned to the field, they participated in offensive drills with their position group. Unlike Springfield, however, the threat of rain caused the coaches to move the defensive position drills up ahead of the agility stations. While it began to rain, the athletes in attendance weren't shorted, and camp was able to finish.
Vincent accused Yost of jinxing the camp.
"He told us that it hadn't rained at a Mizzou camp in eight years," Vincent said. "I guess he spoke too soon."
CAMP QUICK HITS
- Obviously, the story of the day was Lucas and McCay in attendance. Both players were excited to be there, and for the last hour and a half of the camp, they never left each other's side. They're good friends, and it would be a major haul if a team could haul in both receivers. As was stated earlier, we'll have a story about their thoughts up tomorrow.
- McCay came with one of his teammates, WR/DB Devin Love. We'll have a story up on him later as well, but he just arrived at Bishop Miege from Hoover, Ala. He had to sit out last season at Hoover, but was able to practice with the team everyday, and he said that helped him develop tremendously.
- 2011 QB Cameron Coffman was also in attendance, and spoke about what his brothers have taught him about the importance of camps. Once again, we'll have an article on him.
- Another intriguing storyline seemed to be a group of four defensive backs who were obviously receiving lots of interest from all the coaches in attendance. The group included University Academy's Darrenn White, Ft. Osage's E.J. Gaines, Rockhurst's Dexter McDonald and Edmond North's (OK) Xavier Smith. All ran their 40s in under 4.6-seconds, with most of them finishing sub 4.50.
Smith is actually a teammate of Qua'Don Henderson. Articles will be up on all of those players.
- An underclassman to look out for is Olathe North's MLB Kyle Swartz. He's got perfect size and good speed, and is still young. He'll be a junior this year, and his teammate, Lucas Vincent, told us to keep him in our minds. He said he'll blow up big time this year.
- The next camp is Sunday at De Smet in St. Louis. That is always Missouri's largest attended camp, and Pinkel said he's expecting over 500 recruits there. PowerMizzou.com will be on hand to bring all the action home.