COLUMBIA, Mo. – At every NIKE Training Camp there emerges at least one sleeper that was off the radar screen and by the end of the camp, they're somebody that's definitely worthy of Division I attention. At this past Friday's camp at the University of Missouri, that player was Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Shawnee Mission North safety Aaron Sawyer.
Sawyer, who is 6-foot and 180 pounds, worked out with the receivers at the camp and had a very good day. He more than passed the eyeball test, plus he was very good in drill work.
"I felt like it was a good camp," he said. "Right at the end of the camp, toward the one-on-ones, my hamstrings started to tighten up some. But I felt like I did well in the drills, improved and learned stuff.
"I wanted to come to get my name out and let people see me more than on paper."
He accomplished his mission.
But still, Sawyer, remains a virtual unknown to those that have been following recruiting in Kansas City this year.
"My junior season, I played mostly free safety," he said. "Toward the mid and the end of the season, I started playing more on offense. I had five touchdowns and about 250 yards receiving, but I was more like a role player at receiver. At safety, I started and I'm hoping I can find a spot at receiver in college."
Even though he's a little under the radar, Sawyer does have serious interest from schools.
"Wyoming offered me as a receiver, so right now I'm looking at receiver," he said. "I'm talking to Westport, which is Army, and they said 'we'd like to see you at free safety.' So you know, I'm open to anything.
"Those are were the only two I talked to, but Ball State, Illinois, Missouri, KU and K-State have been sending me stuff. I might camp at some places and see where I can fit in. I definitely want to go somewhere where I know I will be playing and get a good education, too."