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Posted On: 07/21/20 12:31 PM

The state of Missouri is loaded with football talent in the graduating class of 2021. The lack of spring/summer camps put a hold on recruiting but 2019 film doesn’t lie. Throw on any game of the following five players and you will be surprised none of them have a Power Five offer…YET!

LB Carter EdwardsCarterEdwards6'0" | LBDeSmet Jesuit | 2021StateMO, DeSmet Jesuit (6’, 225) Edwards, in his first year as a linebacker, played with reckless abandon and made plays all over the

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field. His leadership was the main reason DeSmet Jesuit won the 6A state championship. Edwards collected just about every high-end postseason award possible garnering 1st team All-Conference, All-State, All-District, and Co-Defensive 6A Player of Year. Edwards holds offers from South Alabama, Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, and a handful of D-2 schools. Edwards is still waiting on that ever-elusive P5 offer but with another strong campaign, he shouldn’t wait long.

 

S Jordan MarshallJordanMarshall6'1" | DBChristian Brothers | 2021StateMO, Christian Brothers (6’1, 200) Marshall is a speedy, rangy player who can play close to the line of scrimmage or deep in coverage. The summer between his sophomore and junior year was a lightning rod for Marshall as he gained size and strength. That growth stood out on the field in 2019. Marshall has numerous offers from MAC schools like Bowling Green, Ohio and Ball State. The CBC product also holds multiple offers from FCS programs. Marshall has the skills to garner a Power Five offer and should receive a few in the coming months.

 

QB Conrad HawleyConradHawley6'6" | QBRaypec | 2021StateMO, Raymore-Peculiar (6’5, 218) Hawley’s stock continues to rise as his weight and strength have grown over the course of a year. At the Jed Stugart Showcase at Lindenwood University in 2019, Hawley weighed in at 174 lbs. Now, the once-lanky right-hander has filled out and added arm strength. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the QB position the hardest since most college offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches only take one per class. The coaches want to ’feel’ the player throw as well as the player’s command for the route tree and progressions. Hawley, who holds offers from Akron, Tennessee-Martin, Northern Iowa, Missouri State, and South Dakota, will lock up a P5 spot with an impressive senior year.

 

ATH Marzion CosbyMarzionCosby5'11" | DBLadue Horton | 2021StateMO, Ladue Horton (5’11, 180) Cosby lines up at wide receiver and defensive back. The colleges that have offered him, Western Illinois, Tennessee-Martin, Eastern Illinois, and Southeast Missouri State among others, are looking at him as a wideout. Cosby is a Power 5 defensive back. One of the smartest players in the area, Cosby uses the knowledge he gains as a WR to put himself in proper positions as a defensive back. College personnel departments that know how to recruit will see the short-area quickness, the closing speed and ball skills needed to play at the highest level of college football.

 

 

DE Aden BirdwellAdenBirdwell6'4" | DLBlue Springs | 2021StateMO, Blue Springs (6’4, 250) Birdwell is a player that will see his stock continue to rise with a strong senior season. Possessing strong hands and the ability to shed with force, Birdwell will make a big-time defensive end with added strength and weight. Birdwell holds offers from Army, Navy, and some D-2 schools. If he can capitalize and use the momentum from a strong offseason, Birdwell will gain FCS and eventually P5 looks.