Back by demand, the 11 in 11 football position rankings! CatchitKansas ranks the top 11 players by position in Kansas every Friday starting today until the first week of high school football on September 1.
This week starts with the Quarterbacks:
1) Jace Ruder – Norton 6’3” 205 lbs senior – Ruder is a quarterback who has blown up this offseason to become the most recruited quarterback in the state. After initially receiving offers from Toledo, Ohio, Bowling Green, and Tulsa, the Bluejay signal-caller verbally committed to the Golden Hurricane in December, but has since re-opened his recruitment. Ruder now holds offers from Baylor, Florida State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, Georgia, and he seemingly gains a new offer each day. On June 19, Ruder verbally committed to North Carolina. Ruder is very athletic and has displayed solid decision making in the pocket. Statistically, in the past two seasons, he threw for 3,005 yards and 25 touchdowns with 16 interceptions and has rushed for 1,130 yards and 22 TDs.
2) Blake Sullivan – Goddard 6’0 187 lbs senior – Sullivan is a solid, balanced quarterback who threw for 1,629 yards 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,404 yards and 17 touchdowns on the Lions’ way to a 5A state runner-up finish. Sullivan’s tape showcases his running ability, but also highlights his skills throwing the touch pass.
3) Braden Howell – Bishop Carroll 6’2” 185 lbs senior – Howell has been on the radar ever since his sophomore season where he stepped up and helped the Golden Eagles win a playoff game against Wichita Heights. As a junior, Howell threw for 2,140 yards, completed 61% of passes for 24 touchdowns while rushing for 230 yards and four touchdowns. In the passing game, he hits his receivers right in stride well and displays good pocket awareness.
4) K’Vonte Baker – Wichita Heights 5’9” 160 lbs junior – Baker’s quickness and running ability are not to be questioned. The kid refuses to be brought down. When he throws the ball, Baker also has a nice touch pass off of play action. He rushed for 1,453 yards of an offense that rolled up 4,532 yards on the ground last season.
5) Austin Anderson – Wichita Northwest 5’11” 185 lbs senior – In his first full season as a starter for the Grizzlies, Anderson thrived. He displayed a quick release for quick-hitting routes and the ability to throw the downfield ball well. During his junior season, Anderson threw for 2,221 yards 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
6) Brody Flaming – Mill Valley 6’2” 204 lbs senior – Stepping into the shoes of Logan Koch appeared to be a natural fit for Flaming. The Jaguar signal-caller threw for 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns in his junior campaign that saw Mill Valley repeat as Class 5A state champions. Flaming rushed for 1,297 yards and six touchdowns during the 2016 season.
7) Carter Putz – Bishop Miege 6’0" 180 lbs senior – Putz has thrown for 3,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. As a junior, the Stags quarterback threw 50 touchdown passes with just three interceptions.
8) Jayden Price – Mulvane 6’1” 180 lbs senior – Price is arguably the fuel that drives the Wildcat offense. During the last two seasons, Price accounted for 3,111 yards passing, 2,486 yards rushing, and 69 touchdowns. Price has excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track at Mulvane High School. In May, Price attended the Nike Combine in Charlotte, NC and ran a 3.95 pro agility which was the fastest of any kid there and in the Top 10 nationally, according to Mulvane head football coach Dave Fennewald. Price hold college scholarship offers from South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
9) Trey Gilbert – Holcomb 6’2” 160 lbs senior – Going into last fall, replacing Trey Teeter, who threw for 7,578 yards and 90 touchdowns in his career, was not going to be easy. The 2016 season was Gilbert's first full year as the starting quarterback for the Longhorns. He threw for 1,888 yards and 24 touchdowns.
10) Wyatt Lange – Valley Center 6’1” 175 lbs senior – In a remarkable 9-2 season for the Hornets, Lange lead the offense throwing for 1,642 yards and 17 touchdowns, while rushing for 535 yards and eight touchdowns.
11) Levi Archer – Goodland 6’4” 190 lbs senior – In a season where the Cowboys went 3-6, a bright spot was the play of Levi Archer. During his junior campaign, Archer threw for 2,150 yards and 16 touchdowns with a completion rate of 54%.
Others to Watch: Eli Fahnestock - Andover, Andrew Clark - Chaparral, Micah Grover - Cheney, Dawson Williams - Dodge City, Cody McNerney – Collegiate, Colton Terhune - Conway Springs Sammy Hardin – Trinity, Devin Ryan – Central Plains, Jack Scheider - Marion, Brady Beougher – Stockton, Hooper Schroeder – Sedgwick, Hunter Igo – Derby, Will Swanson - Aquinas, Hayden Gibson - Winfield, Kaden Kleiner - Hillsboro, Landon Studer - Pratt, Jack Steiner - Andover Central, Koy Brack - Great Bend