Sharp Performance Kansas High School Football Combine

2017 Results

Sharp Performance Kansas High School Football Combine

By Ben Mitchum

 

 

More than 600 participants came out to the Sharp Performance facilities on Saturday, April 29th, for the third annual Sharp Performance Kansas High School Football Combine. 

 

The free combine provided athletes the opportunity to record an accurate measurement in the 40-yard dash, pro agility drill, vertical jump, standing broad jump, and bench press, along with accurate height and weight measurements, all key measurables that college recruiters rely on to make better decisions about a high school player's ability to play at the next level. "While our goal is to help kids get exposure to colleges who might want to offer them football scholarships, what this is really about is helping kids better understand the combine process, how to perform the tests under pressure, and to give them a good baseline measurement as they head into summer workouts,” explained combine organizer Jake Sharp.  

 

Through generous sponsors, Sharp Performance was able to provide individual and team awards to worthy participants and schools.  

 

The Overall MVP of the combine was RB/LB Cole Strickler (Pike Valley).  

 

Other top award winners were CB/WR Ben Nikkel (McPherson) who took home the Kansas National Guard Most Outstanding Senior award and RB Ontario Russell  (Wichita Heights) who was awarded the Salina Regional Health Center Most Outstanding Junior award.  

 

Top performers in individual testing were Tyler Halstead (4.51) in the Salina regional 40-yard dash, Carlos Emanuel (19 reps of 225-pounds) in the Kansas National Guard bench press, Drew Labertew (4.06) in the Briggs Auto pro agility, Tyler Halstead/Cole Strickler (10.005) in the Kansas Pregame Magazine broad jump and, lastly, Dante Jackson (41.6 inches) in the Sharp Performance vertical jump. 

 

Gridiron Tech also awarded both large and small school merchandise credits with the winners being the Hutchinson Salthawks (large) and the Bucklin Red Aces (small).  Both schools were awarded $750 for bringing the most participants to the combine.  Presenting the award on the behalf for Gridiron Tech was former Kansas State linebacker and Kapaun Mt. Carmel graduate Jonathan Truman. 

 

Each positional grouping was supervised by a former or current Football Bowl Subdivision college athlete from various regional universities or Sharp Performance staff: 

 

Jesse Ertz (Kansas State) & Carter Stanley (Kansas) - QB’s 

Tanner Wood (Kansas State/Conway Springs) - D-Line

Ryan Schadler (Kansas/Hesston) - WR

Deron Thompson- (Kansas/Wichita Northwest) RB 

Jake Lattimer (Iowa State/Ft. Scott) - LB

Kendrick Harper (Kansas) - DB

Blaize Foltz (Texas Christian/Rose Hill) - O-Line 

 

Running the individual testing stations were:

 

Julia “Who” Hernandez - Vertical Jump

Cale Sharp & David Leonard (Wyoming/Shawnee Mission West) - 40-yard Dash

Blaize Foltz - Bench Press

Clint Vancuren - Pro Agility Drill

 

A special thank you to Jackie and Rick Sharp, John Baetz with Kansas Pregame, Chet Kuplen with Sports In Kansas, and numerous other volunteers who helped make this year’s combine a great success. 

 

A closer look at several of the individuals making an impact on the powers-that-be follows. 

 

QB:

 

Levi Archer (Goodland) - The 6’4”, 185-pounder had a great day overall with some good marks (4.92 forty, 9.03 broad jump, and 30.1 inch vertical) and looked good with his height and build.  He also showed impressive arm strength, but sometimes floated the ball a bit when he could have driven the ball.  Archer is already getting many FBS/FCS looks this spring. (2018)

 

Cody McNerney (Wichita Collegiate) - McNerney is an honorable mention 4A-I all-state quarterback that is yet another very good all-around athlete clocking a 4.84 forty, 9.065 broad jump, 4.31 pro agility, 31.2 vertical jump, and 6 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  The 6’1”, 187-pounder passed for 1876 yards (2496 all-purpose) and had 25 touchdowns this past fall. (2018)

 

Colton Terhune (Conway Springs) - Terhune may not look like your typical quarterback, but don’t let his 5’11”, 167-pound frame fool you as this single-wing signal caller looked very good throwing the football during 1-on-1’s but also had himself quite a day in testing (4.76 forty, 9.045 broad jump, and 19 reps of 185-pounds on the bench).  Regardless of where you put the honorable mention 3A all-state Terhune on the field, he is going to produce. (2018)

 

Blake Sullivan (Goddard)  -  Sullivan helped lead Goddard to the state title game this past season in class 5A and is a back-to-back 1,000 yard plus passer and rusher for the Lions.  The honorable mention 5A all-state signal caller has all the tools (4.86 forty) to make a very good D-II/FCS quarterback but may lack the desired height (6’0”) that many FBS schools are looking for.  (2018)

 

Nick Davenport (Ell-Saline) -  Davenport is an impressive 2019 kid. Very solid build and a big arm.  The 6’0”, 205-pounder is also a very good defender and may project more so as a linebacker at the next level.  Ran a solid 5.28 forty at the combine. (2019)

 

Austin Anderson (Wichita Northwest) - The 5’10”, 187-pound Anderson may not possess ideal height the bigger colleges are looking for but no one can deny his production this past season as he threw for 2221 yards enroute to an honorable mention 6A all-state selection.  Definitely keep your eye on him as he still has two more years to grow and develop. (2019) 

 

RB: 

 

Ontario Russell (Wichita Heights) -  There is no denying Russell already looks the part of a FBS prospect.  The 5’11”, 182-pound running back possesses the physical measurables colleges look for.  He brought home the 2019 MVP after having himself quite the combine where he posted a 4.79 forty, 9.095 broad jump, 4.19 pro agility, 35.3 vertical jump, and had 11 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  (2019) 

 

Nick Channel (Kapaun Mt. Carmel) -  Channel is a well put together prospect that excels on both sides of the ball for the Crusaders.  The 6’0”, 191-pound running back/safety brings good speed (4.83) and explosive athletic ability (9.1 broad jump and 34.3 vertical jump).  This past season he was honorable mention 5A all-state. (2018)

 

Brody Smith (Hutchinson) - The 5’9”, 169-pound Smith may not be the biggest when it comes to the running back position but has more than suitable size when it comes to being a cornerback at the next level.  The honorable mention 6A all-state performer for the Salthawks posted a 4.88 forty, 8.05 broad jump, and 4.25 pro agility. (2018)

 

Dante Jackson (Lawrence) - Jackson does not have the size many bigger colleges are looking for but the 5’7”, 140-pound Chesty Lion more than makes up for his size by being an extremely gifted athlete.  Son of a college strength and conditioning coach, Dante showcased his tremendous athletic measurables by posting a 4.65 forty, 9.09 broad jump, 4.16 pro agility, and an amazing vertical jump of 41.6 inches. (2018)

 

Tyler Ladson (Washburn Rural) - Ladson looks the part of a future college running back or linebacker  but still has two more years to further fill out his frame.  The 6’0”, 197-pound Junior Blue looks to follow in the footsteps of his brother Cody (Emporia State signee) when it comes to playing in college and his combine did not hurt those chances at all. Ladson posted quality combine numbers with a 5.13 forty, 9.03 broad jump, 30.9 vertical jump, and 6 reps of 225-pounds on the bench. (2019)

 

Taylon Peters (Salina Central) - Peters is a well put together running back (5’9”, 194-pounds) and showed off his explosive ability in positing a 4.9 forty, 4.25 pro agility, and 33.3 vertical jump.  The Mustang ball carrier was honorable mention 5A all-state as a sophomore after rushing for 1053 yards and will look to carry on the stellar running back tradition at Central. (2019)

 

WR:

 

Jordan Schippers (Colby) - Schippers is a all-around very good athlete that will continue to impress as he continues to grow physically.  The 6’1”, 184-pound honorable mention 4A-II all-state athlete had 1734 total yards this past season excelling at both wide receiver and running back.  He showcased very good combine numbers after posting a 4.78 forty, 9.045 broad jump, 4.4 pro agility, and 30.9 vertical jump.  Still has two more seasons before he makes one lucky college very happy. (2019)

 

Dexton Swinehart (Lyndon) - Swinehart is Lyndon’s swiss army knife.  He is asked to do a lot for the Tigers offensively and defensively with 2345 all-purpose yards, 28 total touchdowns, and 80 tackles.  Though he is only 5’9”, 155-pounds, his play-making ability is second to none at the smaller school level.  The 1st team 2A all-state jitterbug posted high quality combine numbers with a 4.88 forty, 9.015 broad jump, and a 4.2 pro agility. (2018)

 

Jace Sprague (Gardner-Edgerton) - The 5’10”, 162-pound Sprague had 52 catches for 815 yards this past season garnering honorable mention 6A all-state honors.  He brings suitable speed to the field (5.016 forty) and shows pretty good explosive numbers with an 9.03 broad jump, 4.5 pro agility & 29.9 vertical jump.  Sprague needs to continue to get stronger and faster to garner colleges’ attentions but his production is already top notch. (2018)

 

Alex Barton (Claflin-Central Plains) - Barton is a long lean athlete that is a long strider that must improve top end speed (5.21) but excels on both sides of the ball (wide receiver and safety).  Level of competition overall playing 8-Man is a concern to some but his production this past season was undeniable.  The 6’2’, 176-pound Oiler had 47 catches for 815 yards, 21 total touchdowns, 103 tackles, and 8 interceptions on the season enroute to 1st team 8-Man I all-state honors.

Ekow Boye-Doe (Lawrence) - Boye-Doe is a very explosive athlete that excels at receiver, cornerback, and as a return man for the Chesty Lions.  He will definitely need to further fill out his frame (5’11”, 163-pounds) in time, but his overall athletic ability is legit.  The Lawrence speedster turned in a big time performance with a 4.84 forty, 9.015 broad jump, a cat quick 4.07 pro agility, and a 34.1 vertical jump. (2018)

Jalen Dudley (Lawrence) - Dudley is one of the multiple athletic and talented playmakers for Lawrence High.  The 6’0”, 186-pounder looks to pair with Ekow Boye-Doe this coming fall as a highly skilled receiving duo.  Dudley had some of the best testing numbers during the combine with a 4.8 forty, 9.075 broad jump, a 4.08 pro agility, and a big time leap of 36.7 in vertical jump.  Dudley will definitely be on college coaches’ radars come fall. (2018) 

 

OL/DL:

 

Carlos Emanuel (Hanover) - One look at Emanuel and it is easy to see why people drool over his college potential.  The 6’4”, 305-pound honorable mention 8-Man II all-state defensive lineman possesses very good strength already and it showed with his combine-leading 19 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  Emanuel does need to improve on his overall testing numbers but when you watch him play he is an explosive player with definite FBS/FCS potential.  Level of competition is a concern coming from the 8-Man ranks, but he comes from a very well run program in Hanover.  (2018)

 

Justin Finnigan (Shawnee Mission East) - The 6’2”, 260-pound Finnigan is one of those players you turn on the tape and he dominates with good technique and strength.  He did not disappoint in 1-on-1’s during individual competition.  There is a reason the 1st team 6A all-state performer is getting heavy FBS/FCS attention; he posted good combine numbers for an offensive lineman with a 4.75 pro agility, 8.025 broad jump, and 12 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  Overall size may be a concern for FBS programs currently, but would make a tremendous FCS/D-II lineman. (2018)

 

Aaron Clark (Great Bend) - Clark has one thing all larger colleges look for, an untapped massive 6’6”, 292-pound frame that has plenty of molding left to be done.  Clark may not have tested the best at this combine, but his best days are ahead of him if he continues to work hard in the weightroom.  In 1-on-1 drills the honorable mention 5A all-state lineman actually showed fluid feet, good hands, and wingspan.   (2018)

 

James Morrow (Salina Central) - Yet another bear of a lineman prospect.  The 6’6”, 290-pound Mustang has a good frame already and will continue to get bigger as time goes by.  He has the potential to be an FBS prospect, but a definite FCS/D-II kid.  At his size he posted a very respectable 5.57 forty, 4.87 pro agility, and 15 reps of 225-pounds on the bench. (2018)

 

Logan Lingg (Dighton) - The honorable mention 8-Man II all-state lineman excels on both sides of the line for the Hornets.  He carries his 6’1”, 228-pound body very nicely, moves quite well for a kid his size, and posted a very respectable 5.34 forty and 4.72 pro agility.  Lingg could make a NAIA or D-II program very happy in the future. (2018) 

 

Refujio Chairez (Garden City) -  Though only a sophomore this coming season, the 6’1”, 310-pound Chairez is definitely a name to keep an eye on after hoisting 16 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  He definitely already looks the part, but one would expect him to continue to get bigger. (2020)

 

Dylan Marks (SE Saline) - Marks plays a lot of defensive line for his high school team, but could make a very good defensive end or linebacker.  The 6’1”, 209-pounder already has an impressive build, but is an, overall, very good athlete.  He showed off his all-around explosiveness by posting a 5.08 forty, 8.105 broad jump, 4.6 pro agility, 31.3 vertical jump, and 13 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  Marks will only be a junior and is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on. (2019)

 

Luis Sotelo (Salina Central) -  Sotelo is a barrell-chested 6’1”, 275-pound lineman that looks the part but actually moves very nicely.  He posted a 5.53 forty, 4.42 pro agility, and 17 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  Definitely a sleeper lineman to keep an eye on for the upcoming season. (2018) 

 

TE:

 

Jackson Heath (Blue Valley Northwest) -  The 6’4”, 211-pound honorable mention 6A all-state Heath comes from good bloodlines. Two older brothers played FBS football for Kansas and Nebraska.  Though on his own merits he is a good player, he has plenty of room to fill out when he gets to a college strength and conditioning program.  He posted good numbers with a 4.9 forty, 9.01 broad jump, 4.56 pro agility, and 30 inch vertical jump at the combine.  He already has two FBS offers, from Army and Ball State, and plenty of FCS offers.  Look for that list to continue to grow as we head for next season. (2018)

 

Brendan Webb (Buhler) - Webb is one of those kids that one watches and realizes the sky's the limit at either TE or DE.  If he continues to build upon his 6’4”, 206-pound frame, the 1st team 4A-I all-state selection could end up at an FBS program or, at least, make a very good player at the FCS/D-II level.  He logged a 4.88 forty and 9.03 broad jump at the combine, but his best days are still ahead. (2018)

 

Mason Fairchild (Andale) - An intriguing tight end prospect to keep any eye on in the next couple of years.  Fairchild is a 6’4”, 215-pounder who posted quality combine numbers with a 5.11 forty and an impressive 9.0 broad jump.  Look for big things from this Indian this coming season. (2019) 

 

Luke Jennings (Gardner-Edgerton) - Yet another incoming junior tight end to keep an eye on.  Jennings plays both tight end and left tackle for the Trailblazers.  The 6’3”, 201-pound end has the athletic ability and it showed by him posting a 5.05 forty and 30.5 vertical jump.  On film he proves himself to be a quality blocker, making him an intriguing in-line tight end prospect with further strength and conditioning development. (2019)

 

LB:

 

Kollin Goering (McPherson) - Goering is one of two high-quality linebackers for the Bullpups, joining Jayse Alexander.  Goering has a very nice frame and brings very good athletic ability to the field.  With his agility and speed, he makes for a prospect that can play sideline to sideline and be very effective in pass coverage.  The  6’1”, 197-pound Goering posted an 4.99 forty, 8.09 broad jump, and an excellent 4.08 pro agility.  He had 76 tackles this past season.  Definitely a kid to keep an eye on for FCS/D-II programs. (2018) 

 

Jayse Alexander (McPherson) - One of two very good linebackers for McPherson, the 5’10”, 188-pound Alexander is an honorable mention 4A-I all-state selection that shows better than adequate numbers with a 5.02 forty, 8.07 broad jump, and a 4.40 pro agility.  He had 71 tackles this past season. His height might be seen as an issue for some, but he will make someone a fine college player in a year. (2018)

 

Nikolaus Grubbs (Manhattan) - 6’1”, 202-pound Grubbs is a very interesting college prospect due to his playing and athletic ability.  Grubbs had an impressive day, posting a 5.07 forty, 8.09 broad jump, 4.25 pro agility, and 30.6 vertical jump.  He had 65 tackles and 3 sacks this past seasons. (2018) 

 

Sam Edwards (Manhattan) - The Manhattan coaches expect big things this coming fall from this 6’1”, 185-pounder.  Joining forces with Grubbs will make quite the linebacking corps for the Indians.  Edwards had himself quite the day, posting a 5.0 forty, 9.05 broad jump, and a 32.8 vertical jump.  (2018)

 

Cole Strickler (Pike Valley) - Even though he hails from the 8-Man ranks, don’t let the level of play fool you with 5’11”, 184-pound Strickler.  The 2017 Sharp Performance Combine Overall MVP had himself a memorable day with a 4.69 forty, 10.005 broad jump, and a 37.0 vertical jump.  The honorable mention 8-Man II all-state selection had 932 all-purpose yards, 16 total touchdowns, and 86 tackles this past season on a loaded Pike Valley squad.  Strickler will make some lucky college very happy in the end, on either side of the ball. (2018) 

 

Josh Carter (Wichita Northwest) - A highly productive linebacker throughout his young high school career.  The 5’10”, 205-pound honorable mention 6A all-state selection may not have the desired height colleges are looking for, but he has been stellar on the playing field.  He had 131 tackles and 2 forced fumbles this past season for the Grizzlies.  He showed his athletic ability and toughness by posting a 5.14 forty and 18 reps of 225-pounds on the bench. (2019)

 

Tyler Henry (Gardner-Edgerton) - Henry is coming off an injury-riddled junior campaign (playing only six games), but no one can question the 5’8”, 192-pounder’s toughness and playing ability.  Even with the injury-shortened season, he still had 60 tackles on the year after having 94 tackles as a sophomore.  The honorable mention 6A all-state player showed off his athletic ability by posting a 5.02 forty, 8.02 broad jump, and 20 reps of 185-pounds on the bench (shoulder issue withstanding).  Henry may be nothing more than a NAIA player due to his height, but he will be a very good one for someone. (2018)

 

Brayden Lock (Buhler) - The 1st team 4A-I all-state performer showed himself to be a prospect for all to keep an eye on this coming fall after running a 5.07 forty, 8.095 broad jump, 4.5 pro agility, 31.1 vertical jump, and putting up 8 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  The 5’11”, 202-pound Lock has really developed nicely in the weight room and looks to build further on his big junior season.  Look for his college interest to pick up as we head for the fall. (2018)

 

Jhet Burkhart (Buhler) - The 5’11”, 192-pound Burkhart is one of two players that make up a talented backfield duo with Dalton Brown for the Buhler Crusaders.  He plays fullback, but could make for a very good feature back himself. It is as a linebacker that he makes most of his noise, however.  Jhet had himself a very good day where he posted quality numbers with a 4.97 forty, 4.44 pro agility, and 30.8 vertical jump. (2018)

 

Brooks Nichols (Russell) - Nichols is an intriguing college prospect with his 6’1”, 233-pound frame that still has plenty of room to develop.  He looks to be a quality linebacker now, but could project as a defensive end at the next level.  He performed quite well in 1-on-1’s, showing the ability to stay with receivers in the open field.  Also showed very well in testing with a 5.16 forty, 8.045 broad jump, 4.51 pro agility, and 29.7 vertical jump.  (2018)

 

Brent Peavler (Topeka Hayden) -  The 1st team 4A-II all-state selection is a linebacker for college recruiters to definitely keep an eye on.  He has a very nice 6’1”, 193-pound frame to go with his impressive athletic ability shown through testing. He posted a 4.89 forty, 9.035 broad jump, 4.43 pro agility, and 30.1 vertical jump.  His older brother, Brooks, is currently at Washburn, so the bloodlines are there for the Peavlers. (2018)

 

Tanner King (Goddard-Eisenhower) - A long, rangy linebacker that at 6’2”, 185-pounds still needs development in the strength/size department, but plays bigger than his long 185-pound frame shows.  Ran a good 4.92 forty, but also showed off his quickness with a 8.11 broad jump and 4.37 pro agility.  King is definitely someone that projects well for the future. (2018)

 

 

DE:

 

Jackson Flowers (Gardner-Edgerton) - Has tremendous upside.  He was a 4th place finisher at 195 pounds in wrestling.  Tall, big frame, athletic, this is a 6’4”, 203-pounder who ran a 5.19 forty, 9.035 broad jump, 4.61 pro agility, and 32.4 vertical jump. Needs to continue to add size and strength. (2018)

 

Hayden Gillum (Plainville) - 1st team 2A all-state selection this past season for runner-up Plainville.  Can play any number of positions on both sides of the ball.  Currently is 6’3”, 246-pounds but still has plenty of room to grow physically.  Played linebacker this past season, but projects as a defensive end at the next level.  Also could make a very good offensive guard in college.  Needs to continue to get faster and stronger, but showed very well with a 5.3 forty, 9.0 broad jump, and 4.57 pro agility.  Already getting plenty of FBS/FCS looks.  Gillum had 97 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception this past season at linebacker.  With further development this off-season, could be one of the best prospects to come out of western Kansas in years. (2018)

 

Dalton Kuhn (Smith Center) - A 6’2”, 220-pound 1st team 2A all-state performer for the Redmen, Kuhn is an athletic edge-rusher that is also a very good wrestler.  Had 80 tackles, with 15 of them being tackles for a loss. Definitely has the frame to fill out even further while in college.  Ran a very good 5.05 forty, but also had a quality 8.095 broad jump and 4.76 pro agility. Yet another prospect where the sky's the limit for him.  Comes from the same always tough, small school league as Hayden Gillam (Mid-Continent League). (2018)

 

Matthew Lange (Conway Springs) - Physically imposing prospect at 6’0”, 233-pounds.  Very good athlete, but one questions whether his height might hinder him at the highest levels.  Has all the athletic measurables to be a FBS/FCS prospect since he ran a 4.98 forty, 8.04 broad jump, 31.0 vertical jump, and 14 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  Even if he doesn’t go FBS, the honorable mention 3A all-state performer will make some FCS/D-II program very happy.  Also a very good offensive lineman.  (2018)

 

Branden Rose (Buhler) - Honorable mention 4A-I all-stater plays defensive end for Buhler, but could be an effective linebacker as well.  At 6’1”, 220-pounds he performed with a 4.81 forty, 9.025 broad jump, 4.62 pro agility, 32.3 vertical jump, and had 11 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  His strength numbers are off the chart with a 300-pound bench, 335-pound clean and 515-pound squat at the 4A state powerlifting meet.  Also a javelin state qualifier. (2018)

 

Wyatt Seidel (McPherson) - Another end with good athletic ability and a 6’2”, 220-pound frame that is able to add plenty of good weight through a college strength and conditioning program.  Ran a 5.16 forty, 8.115 broad jump, and a 4.5 pro agility at the combine.  The honorable mention 4A-I all-state Bullpup had 57 tackles this past season. (2018)

 

Dalen Williams (Wichita Heights) - Dalen definitely looks the part of a high-caliber college athlete.  At 6’1”, 212-pounds, Williams is already garnering many FBS/FCS looks.  The 1st team 5A all-state and all-city standout ran a 4.99 forty, 9.05 broad jump, 4.63 pro agility, 30.5 vertical jump, and had 10 reps of 225-pounds on the bench.  Williams should have no problem adding the needed size at the next level.   (2018)

Isaiah Carter (Bishop Carroll) - Carter possess the ideal size (6'1”, 217-pounds) one looks for in a playmaking edge rusher.  His speed (4.96) makes him a terror on the outside against most offensive tackles.  Further proving his explosiveness, he posted a 8.055 broad jump and a 4.56 pro agility.  Once he gets to a college weight program, he will further fill out his already impressive frame.  (2018)

 

DB:

 

Tyler Halstead (Riley County) -  The school that brought us Jordy Nelson and Jon McGraw has another very impressive athlete in Halstead.  At 5’10”, 176-pound, he has the ideal size of a college cornerback, but what stands out about him is his elite-level athletic attributes.  He ran a blistering 4.51 forty, in addition to a impressive 10.005 broad jump. He also had excellent 4.26 pro agility and 35.4 vertical jump scores.  At all four testing stations he performed extremely well regardless of where you put him in the country.  Though still a bit of an unknown on the gridiron, I’m sure things will change this coming fall.  Definitely a prospect to keep an eye on. (2018)

 

Keyshawn Howell (Wichita Heights) - At 5’10”, 170-pounds, Howell fits the mold of a college cornerback.  His speed may only be an adequate 5.07 forty, but when put his film on he definitely stands out in his coverage ability.  Howell does have some good explosive attributes to him and it showed with his 9.03 broad jump and 31.3 vertical jump.  He teams up with DeJuan Scott to form quite the cornerback duo.  He could end up being a very good college player with further development, but definitely someone to keep an eye on this coming fall. (2018)

 

Tre’Vaughn Jones (Hutchinson) - Jones is yet another good athlete that colleges should be monitoring.  He will team up with Davian Vigil and Brody Smith to form quite the athletic secondary.  At 6’1”, 172-pounds, Jones has the length and athletic ability to catch anyone’s attention.  He had a very good combine with a 4.91 forty, 8.105 broad jump, and a 4.49 pro agility. (2018)

 

Drew Labertew (McPherson) - Labertew may not have elite top end speed currently (5.04) but makes up for it with this agility and explosive measurables (9.055 broad jump, 4.06 pro agility and 31.5 vertical jump).  His pro agility was the best of the combine and will not go unnoticed by coaches.  The honorable mention 4A-I all-state free safety has good size at 6’2”, 182-pounds and definitely someone colleges will have an eye on this coming fall. (2018)

 

Philip Landrum (Wichita South) - Landrum is a uber-athlete that has all the measurables to catch college coaches’ attentions.  At 6’0”, 177-pounds, he has the height to be able to defend taller receivers but also the speed (4.58 forty) to cover shorter ones.  He also showed his all-around athletic ability posting a 9.05 broad jump, 4.25 pro agility, and 30.6 vertical jump.  (2018)

 

Ian McSwain (Goddard) - The 1st team 5A all-state selection has ideal height (5’10”) and suitable size (160-pounds) currently, but will only become a more viable college prospect as he further gains strength/size.  His 5.04 forty, 9.0 broad jump, and 4.38 pro agility are all quality numbers, but the college level he will play at depends greatly on his improved measurables.  This past fall he had 71 tackles and 7 interceptions for the Lions. (2018) 

 

CJ Lowery (Manhattan) - Though diminutive, the 5’5”, 154-pound Lowery may not have the size to play at the highest level, but he could convince a college to fall in love with his 4.87 forty, 9.055 broad jump, 4.43 pro agility, and 33.6 vertical jump.  He definitely performed quite well at the combine.  (2018)

 

Ben Nikkel (McPherson) - The 6’0”, 172-pound Nikkel is a tremendous athlete that, much like Halstead, has his best football days ahead.  Nikkel’s all-around combine is something that will have college coaches talking about after displaying an impressive 4.75 forty, 10.03 broad jump, 4.44 pro agility, and 36.1 vertical jump.  Nikkel brought home the Outstanding Senior MVP award.  He definitely has the size/speed currently to garner a lot of college attention. (2018)

 

Jamison Phelps (Olathe South) - At 5’10”, 158-pounds, Phelps will need to continue to get stronger, but his overall athletic ability is extremely high.  He definitely had a combine to remember after posting a 4.67 forty, 9.04 broad jump, 4.29 pro agility, and a 34.0 vertical jump.  This past season he had 33 tackles and 3 interceptions. (2018) 

 

Davian Vigil (Hutchinson) - Vigil is a definite future junior to watch.  The 6’2”, 172-pound cornerback  is a very long and lean athlete that ran an impressive 4.6 forty, added to a 10.01 broad jump, 4.44 pro agility, and had a very good 35.8 vertical jump.  Definitely a quick-twitch athlete that the Salthawks will rely on this coming fall. (2019)