Back by demand, the 11 in 11 football position rankings!
CatchitKansas ranks the top 11 players by position in Kansas every Friday until the first week of high school football.
This week is Defensive Linemen:
1] Marcus Hicks – Wichita Northwest 6’6” 230 lbs junior Defensive End – Throughout the offseason, Hicks’ name has been on the tongues of many NCAA Division I coaches thanks to his presence at many elite football camps across the country. As a result, Hicks holds scholarship offers from Iowa, Kansas, K-State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Toledo. Hicks is a 4-star recruit as rated by Scout and 247 Sports. When he's not working hard with the Grizzlies, he works with James Tabor of Premier Inspired Athletes.
2] Jaylen Pickle – Cimarron 6’5” 260 lbs senior Defensive Tackle – Pickle is a dominant force at out of southwest Kansas. He announced in May that he is “100%” committed to play football at K-State. Pickle is a 3-star recruit who holds scholarship offers from K-State, Wyoming, and Central Florida.
3] DeMarcus Elliott – Garden City 6’4” 285 lbs senior Nose Guard/Defensive End – Elliott is a threat to any offensive line in his way with his forceful bull-rushing ability. Pending on the offensive scheme, he can play nose guard or defensive end for the Buffaloes. Elliott does a good job of pushing his opponent into the backfield while keeping his head up to make a play on whoever has the ball.
4] Dalen Williams – Wichita Heights 6’4” 235 lbs senior Defensive End/Tackle – Williams registered 63 tackles and led the Falcons with ten sacks over the course of his junior season. His hard work paid off when he earned his first scholarship offer from Missouri State in May.
5] Isaiah Carter – Bishop Carroll 6’2” 220 lbs senior Defensive End – Whether on his feet or in a three-point stance, Carter is always pursuing the football. As a junior, Carter teamed up with linebacker Riggs Robben to be Bishop Carroll’s top tacklers and sack artists with a combined 133 tackles and seven sacks.
6] Collyn Auker – Norton 6’2” 250 lbs senior Defensive Tackle – One of the top linemen in the Mid-Continent League returns for another season to take out quarterbacks. During his junior year, Auker recorded 85 tackles and led the state in sacks among defensive tackles during his junior season with 12 sacks.
7] Mac Copeland – Wichita Collegiate 6’5” 250 lbs senior Defensive Tackle – Copeland’s strength translates to any position in the trenches on offense or defense. Amidst tough blocking schemes, Copeland can fight through and make a tackle using his length. The Spartan’s top returning tackler is already committed to play football at Kansas.
8] Wyatt Seidl – McPherson 6’3” 220 lbs senior Defensive End – Seidl is a very fundamentally sound defensive end and makes excellent reads on offenses who run the read option. He uses his hands to get good position to contain outside plays. Seidl racked up 65 tackles and eight sacks during his junior season.
9] Brendan Webb – Buhler 6’5” 210 lbs senior Defensive End – With his size and stature, Webb is the ideal strong-side defensive end. He recently was offered a scholarship to play football at Illinois State after attending the Redbird camp. His athletic ability is without question after being one of top Kansas track athletes to compete in the triple jump, discus, shot put, and javelin.
10] John Moses – Maize South 5’10” 200 lbs senior Defensive End – As soon as the ball is snapped, Moses is flying into the backfield. His presence off the edge forced many opponents to send multiple blockers his way in 2016. As a junior, Moses recorded 52 tackles, seven sacks, and one interception.
11] Luis “Louie” Ledesma – Goodland 6’0” 285 lbs senior Defensive Tackle – Ledesma is a beastly defensive lineman that bowls over any ball carrier that comes his way. As the top returning 285 lbs wrestler in Class 4A, he brings his grappling skills with him to the gridiron.
Others to Watch: Lawson Schultz – Buhler, Jacob Mondragon – Goddard, Hagen Henderson – Wichita Heights, Miles Emery – Blue Valley North, Austin Youngers – Garden Plain, Jackson Flower – Gardner Edgerton, Jasper Partin – Garden City, Antonio Espinoza – Maize, Cyle Gautschi – Newton, Christopher Cox – Oakley, Hayden Wiltfong – Norton, Isaac Torson – Dighton, Dylan Marks – Southeast of Saline, Miguel Gerber – Chaparral, Jarrod Dible – Hoxie, Tristan Lee – Burlingame