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St. Charles, MO

The start of June in Missouri means two things: Hot Temperatures, and the Lindenwood Mega Camp. And this year was no exception.

A horde of De Smet Spartans were present at this years Mega Camp, and they were sizzling!

2024 LB Ashton Phillips looked lean and quick. He placed 4th at state wrestling this winter, and it showed at Lindenwood. he left with offers from Valparaiso and McKendree.

2024 WR Thomas Stewart displayed remarkable athleticism. Showing a 9'04 broad jump while being impressive during the 1v1's. Stewart drew attention from Dartmouth, Knox College, Illinois State and South Dakota State.

2024 LS Andrew McLaughlin was the cream-of-the-crop in the Specialist position group. He put on a clinic of accuracy and quickness during the snapping portion. McLaughlin drew attention from Illinois, Arkansas, Kent State, UNLV, and Quincy.

2025 TE Liam Russo flashed his size and speed. Fresh off an All-State performance in the 100 Hurdles, Russo was unstoppable in 1v1's. He walked away with offers from Miami OH and Eastern Michigan.

2025 QB Dillon Duff may have been the star of the camp. The Spartan signal caller showed off his quick release and accuracy making throws all over the field. He also walked away with offers from Miami OH and Kent State.

2025 LB Jason King was impressive as usual. The highly recruited linebacker already held offers from UNLV, Marshall, Illinois State, Kentucky, Iowa State, Toledo, Ball State, Kent State before attending the Mega Camp. His performance earned his Miami OH as well.

2025 OL Mike Cunningham measured in a 6'04, 274 lbs. The Spartans center was dominant during 1v1's, crushing his opponents on every rep. After running a 4.6 pro agility Cunningham drew interest from Ohio U, Missouri State, and Illinois State.

2025 DE Quincy Byas was unstoppable during the 1v1's. Quincy totaled 14 sacks in 2022 and seems on his way to continue that trend in '23. He was very polished in his drill work but it was his ability to win rep after rep that drew attention from Lindenwood and McKendree.

2025 DB Justin Terry put his blistering speed on display with a 4.6 laser 40 yard dash. He showed his versatility during 1v1's excelling at press and off coverage impressing coaches from Yale, SEMO and Millikin.

2025 WR Colin Griffin showed his speed and power. Colin was an All-State performer in the 300 Hurdles this spring and he proved to be far too fast and powerful for the DB's at the Mega Camp. Griffin earned the attention of Northern Iowa and Valparaiso.

2025 DB Josiah Houston was aggressive and tough at the Mega Camp. He showed an impressive 9'04 Broad Jump and then was a blur on the field during 1v1's. Houston drew attention from Lindenwood and Missouri Southern.

2025 WR Nathan Hatcher showcased his speed and athleticism. His Broad Jump was 9'06 and he won his reps in 1v1's repeatedly. Nathan just finished a tremendous campaign in Track & Field finishing 9th in the state in the Long Jump.

2025 LB Bryant Pool had an outstanding camp at Lindenwood. Pool was smooth and fast during then position drills after posting a 9'05 broad jump. He reported that it was exciting to showcase his skill set in such a competitive environment.

2025 WR AJ Byerley put his speed on display with a 4.6 laser 40 yard dash. He said that he felt comfortable and more confident in his abilities than he felt last summer at the Mega Camp. Byerley drew interest from Knox College and Millikin.

2026 RB Jayden McCaster sandwiched the Mega Camp between camp visits at Kansas and Vanderbilt. And the young RB was very impressive. He displayed quickness and agility in his footwork and position drills before dominating the 1v1's. McCaster drew interest from South Dakota State and Valparaiso.

2026 DB Amari Williams showed flashes of brilliance at the Mega Camp. The young DB was outstanding in position drills before utilizing an array of technique, speed and power during the 1v1's. Williams performance caught the attention of Mizzou.

*special thanks to JP Rock

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