Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunflower League Player Rankings by Position

AJ Verdini. KC Star.
The following is a completely subjective look at the top returning players in the Sunflower League, by position.  As is the usual disclaimer, top talents emerge every fall who were relative unknowns heading into the season.  Therefore exclusion from these lists really doesn't mean anything (see: Max Bullard).

1. Joe Dineen, Free State
2. AJ Verdini, SM West
3. Christian Blessen, SM East
4. Cole Dahlquist, Olathe Northwest
5. Cole Murphy, Olathe North

Running Backs
1. Jason Randall, Leavenworth
2. Venus Triplett, Olathe North
3. Cody Sestrich, Olathe Northwest
4. Jesse Patterson, SM North
5. Jalen Branson, Olathe East

Wide Receivers
1. Andre Maloney, SM West
2. Nathan Power, Olathe Northwest
3. Blake Winslow, Free State
4. Khadre Lane, Free State
5. Mauricio Chio, Olathe North

Tight Ends
1. Chase Gitlin, Olathe Northwest
2. Josh Moore, Olathe North
3. Nick Oliver, SM South

Offensive Lineman
1. Braden Smith, Olathe South
2. Austin Chambers, SM West
3. Kyle Wittman, Lawrence
4. Dametrious Berry, SM South
5. Sage Thompson, SM East

Defensive Lineman
1. Austin Chambers, SM West
2. Braden Smith, Olathe South
3. Lee Spight, SM West
4. Dominique Atkinson, SM East
5. Ariska Savior, SM Northwest
Joe Dineen. LJWorld.

1. Jimmie Swain, Olathe North
2. Jordan Donnelson, Leavenworth
3. Keith Loneker, Free State
4. Marquan Osbey, SM West
5. Jarred Donnelson, Leavenworth

Defensive Backs
1. Andre Maloney, SM West
2. Joe Dineen, Free State
3. Ra'Keim Abdul, SM South
4. Jake Hoskins, SM Northwest
5. Khalil Hattley, SM Northwest

Burners (the league's fastest players)
1. Andre Maloney, SM West
2. Jason Randall, Leavenworth
3. Dresden Wilbur, Olathe South
4. Isaiah Ross, Leavenworth
5. Joe Dineen, Free State

Honey Badgers (players with a knack for creating turnovers)
1. Blake Winslow, Free State
2. Cooper Arner, SM West
3. Rasheed Brady, SM South
4. Nathan Guthrie, Olathe East
5. Carson Bowen, Free State

Highlight Reels (players you'll be seeing on Metro Sports all season)
1. Venus Triplett, Olathe North
2. Joe Dineen, Free State
3. Jason Randall, Leavenworth
4. Andre Maloney, SM West
5. Chase Gitlin, Olathe Northwest

Potential Sleepers (Under the radar but could have a major impact in 2013)
1. Chiron Chappell, Olathe Northwest
2. Juanyae Stallings, SM West
3. Jake Seurer, Olathe South
4. Drew Green, Lawrence
5. Stan Skwarlo, Free State
6. Dainan Swoope, SM South
7. Thomas McCue, Olathe South
8. Adam Harter, Olathe Northwest
9. Landry Hodges, Leavenworth
10. Jake Horner, SM Northwest


SFFootball said...

Love the "Honey Badger" and "Burners" categories. However I think you left out some key players in the burner categories, Braxton Love (Olathe East), is a speedster on the track and is rumored to run sub 4.4 sec. Also the 6th fastest kid in the state, Kyle Evans of Olathe East will be playing defensive back for the Hawks. From what I remember from his days in Junior High and Frosh/Soph seasons, he is a ball hawk. Another sleeper you might want to include, Olathe North Junior Jeighlon Cornell was just invited to the US Army combine in San Antonio along with Maloney after showing incredible ball hawking skills up in Smithville's USAC tryouts. Als several SMNW skill players shower a nack for going up and making plays. Connor Alexander, who was also at the combine, showed aggressiveness to get the ball. Plus his two sacks on McFarland last season should be taken into account. Tom McCue (OS) should be in the defensive backs category, as a junior he flew around the field, some serious instincts there.
But all in all, great job Eli. Very entertaining!

Slugger said...

How do you leave Braden Smith off the highlight reel? I look forward to seeing him on ESPN. That list of offensive linemen is impressive. It's going to be a great year to watch high school football!

Who's Your Daddy said...

I love the Chappel kid. Hes going to be a star.

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Mr.Gridiron said...

I want everyone in the coubtry to know that Randal Byers Jr class of 2014at Olathe Northwest HS is the top defensive lineman in the sunflower league standing 6'6" 300 lbs.all muscle.He is truly the real deal. Pound for pound none of these people mentioned can stop him, or even tie his shoes. Check out RBJ, the Ravens, and Coach Sherman the best coach in the league period this season.

Mr.Gridiron said...

Number56 Randal Byers Jr.RBJ AKA Mr.Showtime for The Ravens at ONW is all D1 status.Check out you tube, hudl etc..Sherman's Ravens will be tough mentally this season than ever before.

Mr.Gridiron said...

Can't believe Randal Byers at Olathe Northwest helped Pioneer Trail the city football championship. HE will be on espn and all sports channels in his near future! He needs to be on all the elite list.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed this article but you left out Kyle Ball (SME) on the defensive lineman side. Granted he is only a junior this year but he did play some varsity as a sophomore. Otherwise great articel

Unknown said...

I enjoyed this article but you left out Kyle Ball (SME) on the defensive lineman side. Granted he is only a junior this year but he did play some varsity as a sophomore. Otherwise great articel