Takeaways from Kansas City scouting trip
The high school season is well underway throughout the nation and Midwest National Recruiting Analyst Clint Cosgrove continues to see a number of the top players in the Midwest region. His latest stop was Kansas City where he was on hand to see a number of current and future RIvals250 recruits. Here are his takeaways from the Kansas City area:
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Lee's Summit North has national talent
Current four-star defensive end recruit Williams Nwaneri is a name poised to make national headlines in the coming years as he will likely be one of the most sought after players in the 2024 class. The 6-foot-5, 255 pound defensive end already has offers from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, but even with an impressive offer list it could be argued that he is flying under-the-radar in terms of how much of an elite talent he really is. Nwaneri has the speed of an edge rusher, the size of a strong-side defensive end and the athletic ability of a bigger skill player. He has great bend, is explosive off the ball and as a prospect still growing into his frame - his overall body control is off the charts. Even at 255 Nwaneri looks slim and he has a rare and special type of frame capable of holding plenty additional weight while retaining his athleticism. I knew he was a solid player going into the visit, but I left seeing him as a bonafide prospect with five-star potential written all over him. Nwaneri could very well end up being the next big thing out of the Kansas City area.
In addition to Nwaneri, North has multiple underclassmen who already have Power Five offers and an additional group that have a chance to be FBS caliber players. The 2025 class in particular has some serious upside. Defensive tackle Ka'Mori Moore may not have the prototypical size, but he can flat out play, and has already received offers from Miami (OH), Iowa State and Nebraska. Linebacker Chase Pearsall plays fast, physical and has the frame to be a special player at the next level. The standout linebacker's size and skill has led to early offers from both Missouri and Nebraska.
While Moore and Pearsall have a chance to be great, talented wide receiver Isaiah Mozee could end up being the most sought after recruit out of the 2025 group.
Mozee's ability to be a difference maker with the ball in space is what makes him special and odds are that he debuts in our initial top 100 for the 2025 class as a result. Mozee has a lot going in his favor as he has experienced an impressive amount of physical and athletic growth over the past year. This development has resulted in 20+ offers with many coming form the nation's elite. Mozee is also the son of Lee's Summit North head coach Jamar Mozee who starred at Oklahoma and played on Bob Stoops first national championship team.
Chandavian Bradley is a weapon
I've seen some impressive performances from elite players early this season and Bradley's showing on Friday night ranks towards the top. The Tennessee edge rusher commit looked spectacular throughout much of the night and although his ability to rush the passer is special, it was his ability to impact the game in all three phases that really stood out. Bradley is an athlete in every sense of the word and backed that up by scoring on both sides of the ball with some impressive sack-fumbles to boot.
Bradley is a little thin right now and I understand that some may worry about his ability to hold up as a three-down end in the SEC where he will encounter mammoth and athletic offensive tackles, but his frame leads me to believe that he will be able to put on the mass required to be a multi-tool and lethal pass rusher at the next level. Tennessee is getting a good one and we may have him rated a little too low right now.
Missouri strikes gold with Logan Reichert
I've said it a million times - In order for Missouri to compete for championships they must keep their top talent at home. That is exactly what they did when Logan Reichert announced that he is staying home to play for the Tigers in college during an announcement ceremony on Thursday. Reichert is a mammoth offensive lineman with the tools to play at multiple spots across the offensive line and his upside should enable him to develop into a punishing blocker in the SEC. He is powerful, plays a nasty brand of football and comes with bad intentions every snap. This is the way for Missouri, and if they can keep the elite local talent at home like they have shown capable of with players like Luther Burden and Reichert, the Tigers will have a chance to be extremely competitive in the SEC.
North Kansas City has two big time DL and a couple under-the-radar
You rarely see a high school team strut a pair of defenders that look like Alabama defensive tackle commit Edric Hill and Oklahoma defensive end commit Adepoju Adebawore onto the field at the same time. Although different in skill-set and stature, they are both extremely impressive from a physical and athletic standpoint
Hill has gotten bigger, has thick lowers, skinny ankles and a very solid build. He is extremely light on his feet and moves even better in person than what you see on film. He has an explosive first step, can fight through double teams and provides an interior pass rush to boot. With continued development in the Alabama program, he will have a chance to be a very good player at the next level.
Adebawore on the other hand is your prototypical defensive end with the frame, length, athleticism and upside to give him a good shot at playing on Sundays. He does a great job of using his length to keep the hands of offensive lineman away from him, but that is rarely an issue at the high school level because he is so fast and explosive off the ball. When you combine those traits with his motor the chances of him becoming a lethal pass rusher in college is quite likely. Adebawore was a little banged up and didn't play the previous week, but you could see a special type of upside even when he wasn't at full strength. Look for him to wreak havoc on passing downs at the college level.
Along with the two stars of the team, there were a couple of additional players that caught my attention do not have much going on in terms of their recruitment.
Chase Porter, a 2023 athlete recruit, was a big play waiting to happen on the night and I left wondering why he isn't a scholarship player at some level.
Eltoum Murgus is another name that should begin to garner some recruiting interest if the upside he showed on Friday night is any indication of his potential. The 6-foot-3 and 190 pound linebacker has a phenomenal frame along with some eye opening straight-line speed for a player his size. As Murgus develops physically, and as a football player, his level of recruitment could potentially heat up.