2. Travis Greer, Olathe North, 2002-2004
Greer was a legit 300-pound player, and he used every bit of his weight to dominate on the offensive line. During his senior year in 2004, he spearheaded and offensive attack than recorded over 3,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing. He was named a Top 11 player following that season.
3. Todd Haselhorst, Olathe East, 2001-2003
While many of the players on this list were tremendous talents that projected at the D2 level, it was Haselhorst who received more FBS offers than anyone. He chose to play at Kansas over offers from Kansas State, Arizona, Michigan State and Minnesota, among others. He was the top offensive lineman on Olathe East's explosive offensive attack in 2003 that featured players like Anthony Parks, Andre Jones and Derek Miller, and following the season he was awarded the Buch Buchanan Award as the metro's top lineman.
4. Adam Venegas, Olathe North, 2000-2002
I can rememer seeing Venegas in a game in 2002 and wondering how the heck a guy that size was still in high school. Venegas blocked for Darren Sproles, Maurice Mack and Jim Bouknight during his time with the Eagles, and as a senior he was named to the Kansas Top 11 team.
5. Michael Lisher, Free State, 2007-2009
At 6-foot-2, 275 pounds, Lisher was much larger than the typical center in the Sunflower League and he used the size advantage to lead one of the league's most exciting offensive attacks ever. The quarterback/running back duo of Camren Torneden and Chucky Hunter found much of their success running behind the talented head coach's son.
6. Brent Jepson, Olathe East, 2003-2005
If there was a prototype for what an offensive lineman should look like, it was Jepson. He stood 6-foot-4 and weighed 285 pounds, with shoulders that even the largest shoulder pads could barely contain. He was all-everything as a senior for the Hawks in 2005, clearing out defenders for Dee Bell while also pass blocking for Derek Miller.
7. Clint Benge, SM West, 2003-2005
Benge played his best football when his buttons were pushed. It was a quick temper on the football field that made him one of the best offensive lineman of the mid-2000s, and helped SM West to rush for over 2,500 yards in both 2004 and 2005. He was an all-state selection as a senior.
|Darion Hillman. Photo |
courtesy the Shawnee
10. Scott Gourley, Olathe South, 2009-2011