|Free State's Scott Frantz. Photo LJWorld.
Lawrence Free State
Position: Offensive Tackle
Weight: 285 lbs.
Brent Jepson, Olathe East (2003-2005); Austin Chambers, SM West (2011-2013)
During the offseason, Frantz became quite the coveted prospect on the recruiting trail. He received offers from Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Marshall, Miami (Fl.), Minnesota, Missouri and Purdue, and ultimately selected Kansas State, committing to the Wildcats several weeks ago. If you had a chance to watch Frantz last fall, the recruiting attention should come as no surprise. Frantz dominated along the offensive line and was a unanimous First Team All-Sunflower League selection by the coaches.
Aside from his tremendous size, Frantz is very active and fleet of foot for an offensive lineman. He also maintains the "nasty streak" you love to see from your interior players. Another thing you'll notice is that he's just as good of a run blocker as he is a pass blocker. This is rare for a high school kid, as most tend to develop run blocking abilities first. With Frantz, he appears as comfortable pass protecting as he does blocking on running plays.
These abilities, combined with this tremendous height and weight, help to explain why so many FBS programs spent the past six months knocking on his door. But putting his collegiate future to the side for a moment, Frantz and Free State's other returning players have big shoes to fill, hoping to replicate the successes of the Firebirds' talented class of 2014. It won't be an easy task, but having a guy like Frantz in the trenches certainly gives the program optimism heading into the season.