Back for another week is the 11 in 11 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 Safeties:
1] Ian McSwain – Goddard 6’0” 160 lbs senior – When the Lions need a big play in the secondary, McSwain makes it whether it is an interception or sprinting to tackle a ball carrier for a loss. He had a break out year in 2016 with 71 tackles and seven interceptions.
2] Jack Wagner – Maize South 6’0” 175 lbs senior – Wagner is a hyperactive safety who loves to tackle. As a junior Wagner, muscled his way to 100 tackles and three interceptions. He also has the skills of a quality punt returner to help the Maverick offense get good field position.
3] Alex Barton – Central Plains 6’3” 180 lbs senior – Don’t bother to throw a short route on the Oilers, Alex Barton will fly in and make a big hit. He dominated the 8-man ranks in 2016 with 103 tackles and eight interceptions.
4] Cole Caraway – Goddard 5’8 175 lbs senior – Caraway and McSwain are a very powerful set of safeties for the Lions defense. When McSwain isn’t stepping in front of receivers, Caraway’s there to collect his own picks. As a junior, he recorded 64 tackles and three interceptions.
5] Drew Labertew – McPherson 6’3” 180 lbs senior – Labertew’s length is maximized while playing free safety for the Bullpups. He gets in great position to make a play with good vision from the snap. During his junior season, Labertew totaled 67 tackles and three interceptions.
6] Luke Evans – Bishop Carroll 6’2” 185 lbs senior – Evans is back to lead the Golden Eagle secondary after registering 54 tackles and three interceptions during his junior season.
7] Jake Burke – Chaparral 6’1” 180 lbs junior – Burke plays like he is on a mission to make every pass incomplete or intercepted. He recorded 65 tackles and five interceptions for the Roadrunners in just his sophomore season.
8] Quinton LaPointe 5’11” 180 lbs senior – Garden City – LaPointe is a top-notch defensive player who sees the field well and hits hard for the Buffaloes. As a junior, he racked up 52 tackles and three interceptions.
9] Carlin Springsteel – Wallace County 6’0” 160 lbs senior – Springsteel is not only a top 8-man football player, but he is among the top safeties in Kansas based on his ball-hawk skills. In 2016, he worked his way to 83 tackles and seven interceptions for the Wildcats.
10] Dalton Miller – Great Bend 5’10” 160 lbs sophomore – Miller is a young safety starving to make plays in the Panther secondary. Miller impressed the Great Bend coaching staff as a freshman on his way to 87 tackles and two interceptions.
11] Luke Reimer – Ashland 6’2” 165 lbs sophomore – While Reimer made headlines as a freshman for his basketball ability, his performance on the football field was nothing to scoff at. He tallied a total of 121 tackles for the Bluejays on the gridiron.
Others to Watch: Cody McNerney – Wichita Collegiate, Jacob Buchanan – Bishop Carroll, Kale Rishel – Andover, Brandon Payne – Wichita Southeast, Jashun Grant – Wichita South, Ben Driver – Salina Central, Trenton Jones – Conway Springs, Lakin Petz – Cheney, Nate Heneha – Hutch Central Christian, Peyton Lane – Clay Center, Seth Johnson – Wallace County