With the school year all but over, the focus has shifted to the summer camp circuit for St. Louis area high school football players, starting Thursday night with the University of Illinois satellite camp held at O’Fallon (IL) High School. The University of Missouri hosts a team camp starting Thursday, followed by two individual camp days in Columbia Sunday and Tuesday. Lindenwood University will host the University of Iowa staff on Tuesday and the University of Kansas staff next Thursday.
Here’s a small sample of who’s going where….
Rising CBC Senior CB Rashon Davis tells us he’s going to the Illini camp, in part to be able to take advantage of the chance to meet with coaches from other schools in attendance. He currently has offers from South Dakota State and North Dakota.
Rising Westminster Sophomore QB Chad Briden will be at the Mizzou camp.
Rising Parkway North Junior LB/TE/LS Ryan Newton will be busy, attending the Illinois, Mizzou and Kansas State camps. Illini and Wildcat coaches have made in-school visits to see him, and Newton cited North’s pipeline to the Missouri program as a factor in attending.
Rising St. Dominic Senior QB Konner Fitzgerald camped with Indiana State this week after a second straight year at the Elite 11 QB camp last weekend. As for his other camp targets and schools indicating the most interest so far, he lists Purdue, Old Dominion, Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin, Indiana State, Western Illinois and Southeast Missouri State.
Rising SLUH Junior QB Mitchell Batschelett was also at the Elite 11 camp, will attend an Elite Ole Miss camp Friday and has been invited to the Southern Elite 150 Combine in July, also in Mississippi.
On the commitment front, Howell Defensive End Dirion Hutchins has made quick work of the recruiting process, ahead of the start of his senior season. Only a few weeks after sharing word of his first offer, Hutchins has made a verbal pledge to attend Bowling Green, over Ball State and several FCS schools, including SIU, SEMO and Northern Iowa. He cited the family atmosphere, the campus environment and academics as all being a good fit at the MAC school.
College coaches from around the country have been beating down the door of Edwardsville rising Junior DE A.J. Epenesa, who now counts offers from more than a dozen schools, the most recent being from defending national champion Ohio State which came late last month. But coaches are also taking notice of an older teammate. In the last 10 days, rising Senior Defensive End Desmond Chapple has picked up offers from PITT, Ball State, Miami (OH), and Southern Illinois.
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