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June 2, 2008

Tigers camp in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD--One day after holding their largest camp ever in St. Louis, the Missouri Tigers were in Springfield to hold the second of their three camps. On an unusually Mild day (by June standards), the Tigers welcomed their largest crowd to JFK Stadium and PowerMizzou.com was there to cover all the action.

Tiger Legacy continued

By now, it's no secrect that Tulsa (OK) Lincoln Christian LB Cody Wilson is the son of former Mizzou center Curtis Wilson. The younger Wilson was in attendance Monday for the camp and definitely stood out amongst the linebackers. While the players were going through drills, PowerMizzou.com had a chance to talk briefly with the elder Wilson about his son as well as his feelings on his alma mater.

"We didn't want to miss the chance to meet the coaches and work out for them," said Curtis Wilson. "I want to see Cody happy, so I'm going to let God set his path, wherever that is. It would be an incredible honor if Cody was able to play at Missouri. He was born there. It'd mean so much to everyone."

"Whatever happens, I couldn't be more excited for Missouri," said the elder Wilson. "Things weren't this good when I was there, but seeing the camp just shows how far things have come. Regardless of how things go with Cody, I'll always bleed black and gold."

Talent arrives from out of town

Along with Wilson, one of the more impressive prospects in attendance was Owasso, Oklahoma's Gavin Howard. The 6-foot-5, 276 pound Howard was happy with his camp and said he was in attendance to show his skills to the coaches in hopes of seeing more attention come from the Tigers.

Another prospect in town was Olathe (KS) North's Kevin Young. Young checked in at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. Young also said he was excited to have jumped 35 inches in his vertical and said that he hoped to add the Tigers to his offer list, which already sits at 6.

"I want to prove to the coaches that I'm worth an offer," said Young. "All I want to do is prove that I'm good enough to do anything I go after."

Young also plans to be in attendance again tomorrow in Kansas City at the Tigers next camp.

Local Talent steps up

Not to be outdone, Alex Sanders from Springfield's Glendale High School measured in at a solid 6-foot-4 and while listed at tight end, actually spent more time with the wide receivers. During receiving drills, Sanders put on a solid display of one of the better sets of hands in attendance. Sanders already has an offer from Missouri State and said that he hoped his performance would get even more colleges to notice his skills.

The Tigers had a Springfield record 115 prospects in attendance, nearly 20 more than their previous record. Following two record-setting days in St. Louis and Springfield, the Tigers move on to Kansas City for their third and final one day camp Tuesday. PowerMizzou.com will be in attendance once again to cover all the action of the camp.


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