2017 11 in 11: Offensive Linemen

Wichita Collegiate Spartan Juston Flowers (#1) scores a touchdown as Hoisington Cardinal Ben Schneider (#65) tries to tackle him. The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Wichita Collegiate Spartans 31 to 22 at Elton Brown Field in Hoisington, Kansas on September 9, 2016. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

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 features the Offensive Linemen:

1] Evan Clark – Derby 6’3” 270 lbs senior Guard/Tackle – Clark is back and better than ever for the Panthers. The senior is a two time All-AVCTL-I first-team selection who picked up all-state credentials in 2016. Currently, he holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, Western Illinois, South Dakota State, and North Dakota.

2] AJ Vang – Goddard 6’3” 270 lbs senior Center - Physical, dominant and experienced. Goddard head coach Scott Vang has endless compliments for his offensive line and the senior is at the front of the conversation. Vang returns to lead a solid phalanx in the middle of the Lions offensive line.

3] Mac Copeland – Wichita Collegiate 6’5” 255 lbs senior Tackle – Copeland has the size and physical ability to dominate the line of scrimmage. He made a verbal commitment to play football for the University of Kansas in April.

4] Lawson Schultz – Buhler 6’0” 230 lbs senior Guard – Schultz is back to lead the Crusaders in the trenches after ending their season in the 4A Division I state championship game in 2016. Head Coach Steve Warner says Schultz is probably his best offensive lineman and is “very, very physical” and works extremely hard.

5] Aaron Clark – Great Bend – 6’8 300 lbs senior Tackle – Clark towers over opposing linemen and has showcased his ability to protect his quarterback from the left tackle position.

6] Hayden Gillum – Plainville 6’3” 245 lbs senior Guard – Hayden Gillum was a strong part of the Cardinal’s 2-1A State Runner-up team and is getting the attention of NCAA Division I institutions as the summer goes.

7] Chod Morrow – Goddard 6’6” 245 lbs senior Tackle – The Lions once again have a strong offensive line. With Morrow, Vang, and Aaron Valentine returning, Goddard has its sights on settling some unfinished business coming into the 2017 football season.

8] James Morrow – Salina Central 6’6” 295 lbs senior Guard/Tackle – Morrow and fellow lineman Luis Sotelo are ready to pave the way for running back Taylon Peters again this season.

9] Refujio Chairez – Garden City 6’1 300 lbs sophomore Guard – Chairez worked his way into the Buffaloes offensive line as just a freshman, which is an impressive feat at the Class 6A level. He is a young player who thrives in the art of a pancake block.

10] Collyn Auker – Norton 6’2” 250 lbs senior Tackle – Auker shows great awareness from the tackle position. If a passing play is busted, knows how to effectively switch from pass blocking and lead the way downfield for quarterback Jace Ruder. He is a tenacious player on defense too.

11] Dylan Jensen – Hutchinson 6’0” 220 lbs senior Guard – Josh Rivas led an inexperienced offensive line in 2016, but Jensen was among the players who emerged to help the Salthawks from the front. He may be undersized, but his motor runs on the same diesel as the big boys.

Others to Watch: Matthew Lange – Conway Springs, Isaac Helms – Chaparral, Austin Youngers – Garden Plain, Dalton Kuhn – Smith Center, JT Duree – Hutch Central Christian, Luis Sotelo – Salina Central, Dylan Marks – SE of Saline, Justin Finnigan – SM East, Cade Holmes – Shawnee Heights, Cooper Beebe – KC Piper, Seth Falley – Campus, Aaron Valentine – Goddard, Louie Ledesma – Goodland, Payton Stoffel – Valley Center Braden Rose – Buhler, Earon Garcia – Wichita Northwest, Jordan Renard – Derby, Terry Jenkins – Wichita Heights, Nick Lowe – Kapaun, Jordan Denison – Hutchinson