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Stock is rising for Knott, Sheperd

In this week's edition of the Missouri All-State Football Stock Watch, offense reigns supreme as we highlight the quarterback of the state's second-ranked team and a talented wide receiver with a tough college decision on his hands.

UP — Luke Knott, Lee's Summit West QB

The defending Class 5 champs have rolled to a 3-0 start and Knott has been a big reason why. The senior quarterback threw two touchdown strikes in last week's 42-7 win against North Kansas City. Knott now has eight total scores on the season for the No. 2 Titans, who are averaging more than 45 points per contest.

DOWN — KeVonn Mabon, DeSmet LB

It's been a rough last couple of weeks for Mabon. The senior defender missed most of the second half with cramps during the Spartans' 14-12 victory against Hazelwood East. Then in last Friday's 52-22 loss to No. 3 CBC, the Spartans D was picked apart by Cadets quarterback Dalton Demos, who led his team to six straight scores during its second-half comeback. Of course, in Mabon's defense, the Missouri heat has been scorching of late and Demos has put up similar numbers against just about every defense he's faced this year, including Fort Zumwalt West.

UP— Brandon Sheperd, Parkway Central WR

Sheperd has been a beast so far this season, which is no surprise to most. The senior wideout has not only caught 17 passes for 265 yards and five touchdowns but he's also scored five other times on running plays. The better that Sheperd plays, the more difficult his college decision could become, as Big 12 programs Missouri and Oklahoma State are vying hard for his services.

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.