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May 31, 2010

Camp preview: Springfield

Missouri kicks off its camp season on Tuesday with a one-day recruiting camp in Springfield, followed by a similar workout in Kansas City, St. Louis and then two team-camp sessions over the next two weeks. Before PowerMizzou.com brings you all the action live from the camps, we're giving in-depth previews -- the top recruits attending, and what they need to show to the Tigers' staff. Today, we'll start in Springfield.

Kentrell Brothers, LB, 6-foot/ 207 pounds, Guthrie (OK)

Why he's big: Brothers has held an offer from the Tigers since January, and has arguably been one of their top recruits for 2011. He visited Columbia for Missouri's spring game, and now gets to show the coaching staff his skills in person.

What does he need to show the coaches?: Brothers has an offer, so not much. However, people in Oklahoma rave about his motor. It will be interesting to see just how much his competitive nature takes over on Tuesday. Rivals.com has his 40-time list at five seconds, which may not be accurate any more. Still, it will be interesting to see what time he clocks, and how it translates to the field.

Dylan Laurens, OG/C, 6-foot-4/ 280-pounds, Duncan (OK)

Why he's big: His teammate, Dylan Dismuke, may grab the attention in Duncan, but Laurens is starting to strike out on his own. Missouri's coaches have challenged him to earn an offer at the camp. While no offers can be handed out on Tuesday, a strong performance could turn Laurens into the Tigers newest interior line recruit.

What does he need to show the coaches?: Missouri wants athletes all across the offensive line. These aren't your granddaddy's big uglies -- you need to be strong, explosive and agile in Pinkel's offense, at all positions. Laurens needs to show he has those qualities. He plays tackle in high school, but the coaches are looking at him for the interior line. Can he show that he'll make the transition easily?

Dorial Green, WR, 6-foot-5/ 220-pounds, Springfield (MO)

Why he's big: If you don't know the answer to this question, you need to start subscribing to PowerMizzou.com. Green will easily be the top-rated player in Missouri for 2012 -- heck, he might just be the nation's No. 1-player, as well. He's everything you want in a wide receiver, and his path to the NFL seems pre-ordained. The in-state recruiting rejuvenation that begin when Blaine Gabbert made the switch might reach its high point in Green, should he choose the Tigers.

What does he need to show the coaches? In the immortal words of Edwin Starr -- "Absolutely nothin'!". Green has a verbal offer already, and as soon as official offers can be sent out, he'll have one from the Tigers. Missouri knows what they'd get in Green. A bad camp (doubtful as that may seem) wouldn't change a thing.

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