Sports in Kansas: Defensive Lineman to Watch for 2022

Grady Seyfert was last seasons SIK DPOY in 2A.

By CONOR NICHOLL and CHET KUPLEN

Next up in Sports In Kansas’ positional lists: Defensive Line

Defensive line is extremely elite at the top with two returning classification defensive player of the years, three top-15 all-class Class of 2023 recruits, possibly the two-best 2024 recruits for all positions, likely the top 2023 6-man recruit and eight-man players with college offers. Talent is dispersed across the state. If you’re interested in a premium player evaluation – contact Chet Kuplen at [email protected] as we’ve helped hundreds of football athletes over the last 10 years with our service.

Returning DPOYs:

Wade Spencer, St. James (4A)

Grady Seyfert, Beloit (2A)

Top-2023 Recruits:

Jordan Allen, Olathe South

Camden Beebe, KC Piper (OL/DL)

Jaden Hamm, Eudora (TE/DE)

Sam Same, Derby

Tyler Little, Galena (TE/DL/LB/OL)

Top-2024 Recruits:

BJ Canady, Topeka High

Truman Griffith, Mill Valley

Brody McManamon, Blue Valley West

Key 8/6M:

Kaleb Wagenblast, Thunder Ridge (multiple offers)

Brock Woolf, Triplains-Brewster (Northwest Missouri, Butler CC, Bethel offers)

Additionally, attrition and transfers have affected this group. First, Cal Kohlmeier transferred from Emporia to Chase County before last season and will likely finish as CC’s all-time sack leader. Kaleb Green, a 2A DPOY finalist from Wellsville, transferred to Gardner-Edgerton. St. Thomas Aquinas standout Sa’o Siavi’I has moved to Missouri. Victoria all-state OL/DL Tanis Brungardt is expected not play in 2022.

As always, team defense rankings come from Conor Nicholl, Sports In Kansas with databases from KPreps, Kansas Pregame/Prep Power Index and MaxPreps.

This list is not ranked.

Wade Spencer, St. James Academy

St. James Academy’s Wade Spencer is the reigning 4A Defensive Player of the Year for the two-time defending champion Thunder. Spencer is 6-foot-2, 220 and is returning first team all-state and Top 11 all classes. Spencer has multiple offers, including William Jewell, Missouri Southern and Central Missouri. SJA opened 0-4, and then won nine straight contests. Spencer collected 79 tackles, 23 for loss and 13.5 sacks. He has 128 tackles, 18.5 for loss in the last two seasons. Spencer has two older brothers with the Naval Academy and a sister in the Marines. In the last nine games, SJA permitted 16.7 points a game. Spencer is a terrific player in the Eastern Kansas League, the state’s best conference. SJA permitted 23.6 points a contest.

Grady Seyfert, Beloit

Beloit’s Grady Seyfert is the reigning 2A Defensive Player of the Year. He is 6-2, 270 with a 355-pound bench and offers from Emporia State and Butler. Seyfert’s dad, Casey, was a former star athlete at Fort Hays, one of Kansas’ top all-time throwers in track and field, and is Beloit’s longtime principal and assistant coach. Beloit had a highly anticipated 2021 season with its experienced offensive line. Beloit was the 2A runner-up to Rossville. Seyfert enjoyed a big sophomore season and was all-league first team on both sides of the ball last year. Beloit went 9-4 and allowed 14.9 points a game, against the No. 4 strength of schedule in 2A. Beloit was eighth in 2A in scoring defense. Seyfert was consistently double and triple teamed and finished with 67 tackles, 23 TFLs and five sacks. Seyfert is a multiple-time all-state thrower, including second place in the shot put and discus last season. His sister, Tatum, is also a terrific athlete with sixth at state in the shot put and second in the discus as a freshman last spring.

Caden Miranda, Maize

Maize’s Caden Miranda is on the state’s top defensive linemen list for a second straight season. The 6-foot, 260-pound Miranda has a 485-pound squat and 345-pound bench. Miranda helped Maize to a 5A state runner-up, the school’s best finish in school annals. A 5A SIK defensive player of the year finalist, Miranda finished with 130 tackles and 27 TFLs. Miranda has offers from Missouri Baptist and Benedictine. Maize finished 10-3 and was No. 12 in 5A with 21.8 points per game.

Camden Beebe, Piper

Although he is one of the states top prospects on the offensive line, Beebe doubles as one of the top defensive tackles in the state for KC Piper. We feel the Pirates have a lot of upside and could be a breakout team on the 4A East this season.

Dagen Dean, Chanute

Chanute’s Dagen Dean, a first team all-league player, earned recognition on both sides of the ball in SIK’s preseason list. Dean is part of Chanute’s extremely talented team. The Blue Comets are part of 4A East’s quartet that includes St. James, Aquinas and Bishop Miege. Chanute paced 4A, 5A and 6A with 8.8 points allowed a contest. Chanute finished 8-2. Dean is 6-3, 210 and is a two-time 400-meter relay champion. He is listed as an Athlete for colleges with offers from North Dakota, Pittsburg State and Emporia State.

Riley Marx, Andale Jonah Meyer, Andale Noah Bruce, Andale, Kelby Eck, Andale, Jack Kraus, Andale

Andale is the three-time undefeated 3A state champion. Andale is loaded, especially on defense with Jonah Meyer and Riley Marx. Marx may be the most underrated player in the state and is one of the top multiple sport athletes in all of Kansas. He will be a major contender for the states defensive player of the year this season in all classes of Kansas. Andale led 11-man football with 53.4 points a game and 5.3 points allowed a contest. Marx and Meyer finished 1-2 at state javelin and helped Andale boys easily cruise to a 4A state title. Marx also won the discus. Marx (6-1, 215) has cleared 200 feet in javelin. Marx, a two-time state javelin champion, has posted 340 in bench, 385 clean and 470 in squat. Meyer, who is 5-11, 170, took fourth place at wrestling state, has cleared 190 feet in javelin. Andale has won 38 straight games and is 61-2 under coach Dylan Schmidt. Marx has three Division I football offers, including UTEP, Southeast Missouri and Old Dominion, and has a Wichita State track offer. Bruce is one of the states top tight ends, listed on our watch list just a few weeks back, and could be an impact on both sides of the ball if needed on a loaded Andale squad. Kraus is one of the best lineman in the class and is a 60-foot shot put thrower this last spring. He will be a force no matter where you put him on the line. This defense should be one of the best in Kansas, regardless of what classification.

Holden Bass, Nemaha Central/Connor Deters, Nemaha Central

Nemaha Central junior Holden Bass is 6-4, 276 and was a 2A SIK defensive player of the year finalist as a sophomore. Bass performed well at multiple camps this summer, including Kansas State, Oklahoma and Washburn. NC finished 7-3 and fourth in 2A with 12.7 points a game in the first season with coach Michael Glatczak, a former Centralia Shrine Bowler. Nemaha Central opens against Holton, part of a remarkable slate of Week 1 contests. Bass is second with 52 tackles and paced the Thunder with 11 TFLs, four more than any teammate. Deters is 6’6” and 280 pounds and returns as a two way starter. NC had eight players with at least two TFLs – seven return. The Thunder are a legit state contender.

Jaden Hamm, Eudora

Hamm, a four star tight end going to Arkansas next season, is also an elite edge if needed. We first discovered tape of him two years ago dominating at the spot and he quickly blew up on the national recruiting scene after. He has elite size at 6’7” and 235 pounds with a great first step. He’s an all-state first team caliber player on both sides.

Christian McAfee, Sabetha

A player many may not now about to a statewide audience but they will. He has great size at 6’4” and 205 pounds. He is a hybrid defensive end and outside linebacker that can shine at either spot with his hand in the ground or not. He was a first team all-league selection last season in the always loaded Big 7. And he’s just a junior this season. A lot of upside for the junior out of Sabetha.

Sam Same, Derby

Per 24/7, Derby’s Sam Same is the No. 14 recruit in Kansas at 6-5, 215 and has committed to Iowa State. Same is part of a talented Derby group that includes RB Derby Edwards. Same earned offers from Iowa State, Oregon State, Houston, Illinois, Utah, Kansas and Minnesota. Derby is ranked as a top-100 edge rusher nationally. Derby finished 11-1 and was 6A state runner-up with 22.3 points allowed a contest. Same finished with 37 tackles, six for loss in nine games.

Joe Otting, Hayden, Ben Evans, Hayden

Otting is likely the states best offensive lineman, a Notre Dame commit, that is a multiple time all-state selection. He could double as a very solid defensive lineman. Ben Evans is another player that is very under the radar for the Wildcats. These two should be one of the better duos on the lines in 3A football this season.

Jacob Carver, Rossville

Carver is one of the most underrated players in 2A football for the Rossville dynasty. He has great size at 6’2” and 290 pounds and will be one of the best two-way lineman in Kansas this season.

Truman Griffith/Grant Rutkowski, Mill Valley

Last summer, Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee expected Truman Griffith to enjoy a breakout sophomore season. Griffith has grown up powerlifting and is well advanced. Griffith delivered 45 tackles with 10.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. Additionally, Grant Rutkowski enjoyed a strong season with 51 stops, seven for loss. Mill Valley, in somewhat of a transition year, won its third consecutive 5A state championship. The Jaguars return six of its top-eight tacklers, including Griffith and Rutkowski. Griffith is the only junior of that group. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Griffith has a 515-pound squat, 270-bench and 365-pound bench. In the team’s spring combine, Griffith led all defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (4.82), broad jump (9-10), vertical (34 inches) and powerball throw (51-3). Griffith was MV’s top defensive performer at the combine. Mill Valley finished 12-1 with 13.8 points allowed per game, second-best in 5A. MV and Maize are the significant 5A favorites.

Jordan Allen, Olathe South/Devan Lowe, Olathe North

Olathe South’s Jordan Allen is ranked as Kansas’ No. 11 prospect and tops among defensive linemen. Allen, listed as an Edge rusher, is 6-4, 240 and has offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State. Both Allen and Olathe North’s Devan Lowe are first team all-league selections. In seven games, Allen delivered 56 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and four sacks in seven games. Olathe South finished 5-5. ON was 8-3 and finished second in 6A with 15.5 points a contest. Lowe finished with 68 tackles, 10 for loss and a pair of sacks. Lowe is 6-3, 350 and delivered six sacks as a sophomore. Olathe North returns highly athletic brothers Josh and Jason Parrish at defensive back. Both won a state hurdle title this spring.

Eastern Kansas League first team selections: St. Thomas Aquinas’ Dylan Elmore; St. James Academy’s Jayden Mabion; Blue Valley West’s Brody McManamon; Blue Valley North’s Adam Parks; St. Thomas Aquinas’ Kian Payne

Dylan Elmore has committed to Navy wrestling. He was a freestyle Fargo wrestling All-American and nationally ranked fourth at 160 pounds. Elmore delivered 50 tackles, 13.5 sacks and a pair of passes deflected.

Brody McManamon is considered a top-10 prospect in the Class of 2024 and the No. 1 defensive lineman. He is 6-1, 240 with a 4.48 shuttle, 300 bench and 410 squat. Blue Valley West went 7-5 and advanced to the 6A state semifinals. Payne is 6-4, 250 with interest from Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State and Nebraska.

Kaleb Green, Wellsville/Gardner-Edgerton

Wellsville’s Kaleb Green is a returning first team all-conference player and a 2A defensive player of the year finalist. Green paced 2A in sacks, per MaxPreps. Wellsville permitted 8.8 points a contest, second-best in 2A. The Eagles finished 11-1. Green finished with 43 tackles, 17 for loss, 16 quarterback hurries and 13.5 sacks. Green has transferred to nearby Gardner-Edgerton. Green has Bethel College and Nebraska Wesleyan offers. We will see how big of an adjustment it is for Green from 2A to 6A as one of the better players in 2A last season.

Walt Gray, Bishop Carroll

Gray is an explosive player that made his transition in the the City League last season. He’s a very athletic defensive lineman that could be one of the best in the city this season. He runs a 4.56 HH 40 with 6’3” and 215 pound size.

Caden Ross, Wichita Northwest

Wichita Northwest’s defense has consistently been much better since Marc Marinelli took over as defensive coordinator. Northwest finished 8-3 and delivered 24.2 points per game, No. 17 out of 32 squads in 5A. Ross finished with 38 tackles, 13 for loss and two sacks.

Cortez Velasco, SM West

Shawnee Mission West’s Cortez Velasco delivered 72 tackles, 11 for loss. He is the only one of the top-eight SM West tacklers back. Velasco was second on the squad in stops and TFLs. The 6-2, 265-pound Velasco plays nose guard, tight end, along with wrestling and baseball. Velasco was a state wrestling qualifier. Velasco was second team all-conference and already has a NAIA Peru State offer.

Bradyn Rodriguez, Hutchinson

Hutchinson’s Bradyn Rodriguez stands at 6-1, 205 and picked up AVCTL Division I honors as a DE/OLB. Rodriguez performed well at the Sharp Combine this year. Hutchinson finished 4-5 with 23.2 points permitted a game, No. 15 in the 32-team 5A.

Sam Becker, McPherson

McPherson’s Sam Becker is a terrific TE/DE and will help the Bullpups on both sides. McPherson finished 6-3 with 21.4 points a game allowed, ninth-best in 4A. Becker easily paced the Bullpups with 88 tackles. In the last two seasons, Becker delivered 14 catches for 220 yards and five scores.

Bryce Salmans, Hays

Although Salmans earned first team all-league honors at tight end last season, he could likely be the best defensive lineman in the league this season if needed on both sides of the ball. Zero all-league players return in the WAC on the defensive line. Salmans is one of the most explosive players in the state.

Lance Bassett, Lawrence

Bassett played in his first season of the Sunflower League last season after leaving Piper. He has a lot of upside on either side of the ball if needed as a blocking TE but was an All-SFL HM pick last season at defensive line. The league lost many headline players last year so expect him to be one of the best in the league this season.

Jackson Turnbull, Pittsburg

Turnbull is a versatile player that can play many spots on both sides of the ball including TE and DE. He also played QB earlier in his career. The two-time all-state baseball player in 5A is looking to step up and make a name for himself in football this season. He has great size at 6’5” and 225 pounds. He also features a 31” vertical.  He’s shown great explosion getting off the ball with his hand in the ground as well as the ability to throw off blockers. Keep an eye on the SEK area product in 2022.

Mason Charbonneau, Wichita Collegiate

Wichita Collegiate’s Mason Charbonneau was an honorable mention all-league selection. The Spartans finished 8-2 and permitted 15 points a contest.

Ethan Irvine, Mulvane

Mulvane enjoyed one of the best turnarounds for all classes last season. After a one-win season in 2020, Mulvane bumped to 8-3 and finished third in 4A with 12.7 points allowed a contest. Mulvane opened 0-2 with competitive losses to Andale and Wichita Collegiate. Irvine was honorable mention all-conference with 19 tackles, six TFLs and 2.5 sacks.

BJ Canady, Topeka High

Topeka High’s BJ Canady is the state’s No. 1 recruit for the Class of 2024. He has offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Missouri, among others. Canady is a defensive lineman and listed as an Athlete at 6-5, 240. His sister, Nija, was the state’s back-to-back Gatorade softball player of the year, an All-American and signed with Stanford.

Aidan Behymer, Blue Valley Northwest

Behymer has the ability to be a star on either side of the ball and has great size at 6’5” and 225 pounds. Northwest was last years 6A state champion but return only a few starters on each side of the ball.

Isaiah Dunaway/Tyler Little/Koby Meyrs, Galena

Tyler Little is Kansas’ No. 13 prospect at 6-4, 240. Little, also an outstanding basketball player that can figure in as a linebacker if needed as well, has football offers from Arkansas State, Eastern Michigan and New Mexico State including multiple others. Galena’s Isaiah Dunaway was a first team all-league selection. Galena finished 8-2 and ranked No. 14 out of 48 3A teams with 18.5 points allowed a contest. Galena also has 6’7” 230 Ty Hall who could factor in on both sides of the ball. Meyrs was a first team all league pick on offense last season and a second team pick on defense. We think the Galena Bulldogs have a shot to be really good up front on both sides of the ball. Having the ability to have Hall and Little play line spots on either side could really benefit the team.

Elijah Clarke-Boyd, Junction City

Clarke-Boyd was a first team All-Centennial League pick last season in a league that is known for very solid defensive line play. He will look to headline the JC group on the defensive side of the football after the graduation of Rudy Vargas, Keghan McConnell, and Chaz Ruffin.

Cole Gilliland, Hoisington

Two seasons ago, Hoisington’s Cole Gilliland suffered injury and missed a big chunk of the Cardinals’ state runner-up season. Last year, Gilliland was healthy and earned first team all-league on both sides. Gilliland is among the top players at the 2A ranks. Gilliland is 6-2, 253. Last season, he delivered 41 tackles, five for loss. He finished fifth at 285 at 3-2-1A state. Gilliland’s brother is Wyatt Pedigo, Hoisington’s all-time leading rusher, Top 11 all-classes and currently at North Dakota. Hoisington was No. 19 out 48 2A teams with 21.1 points allowed a contest.

Mid Continent League: Kendall Walker/Kolton Hagans, TMP; Oakley’s Josiah Annis and Phillipsburg’s Caden Seems

Thomas More Prep-Marian has gained significant attention for its big turnaround the last two seasons. While TMP has enjoyed talented skill players, such as QB Kade Harris, the Monarchs easily have their best linemen in years. Kendall Walker was first team all-Mid-Continent League and a 2A Defensive Player of the Year finalist. Kolton Hagans also returns after two productive seasons. Both are juniors. Walker is 5-10, 245 and delivered 49 tackles, 10 for loss. Hagans is 6-3, 250 and has 61 tackles, eight for loss in the last two falls. TMP was sixth in 2A in defense with 13 points allowed with an 8-2 season. Oakley’s Josiah Annis was first team all-conference, while Phillipsburg’s Caden Seems was second team all-league. Annis delivered 61 tackles.

Louis Tragila, Kapaun

He has great size at 6’4”and 215 pounds at the defensive end spot. He registered seven sacks a year ago and should be one of the better defensive lineman in the Wichita Metro for 2022.

Mark Debiak, Spring Hill

Spring Hill junior Mark Debiak collected first team all-Frontier League. Spring Hill finished 8-2 and was fifth in 5A with 16.3 points a contest. SH doubled its wins from a 4-4 season in 2020. The Broncos posted its first winning season since 2016 and its most victories since 1990, per Kansas Football History. Debiak easily paced SH with 13 TFLs and tied for the team high with four sacks.

Kaden Kirkpatrick, Osage City

Kirkpatrick has great size at 6’3” and 220 pounds and is more known as a tight end but could double as a very good two way player. Very athletic at the spot and could be one of the best in his classification this season as a hybrid DE/OLB. Keep an eye on OC after going 17-4 over the last two seasons combined. He’s also a standout basketball player.

DJ Messerly, Chapman

Chapman’s DJ Messerly was first team all-conference North Central Kansas League as a sophomore. Messerly stands 6-1, 225 after 33 tackles, nine for loss and two sacks.

Garrett Cole, Olpe

Cole earned all-state first team honors in 1A last season on the line but could see a role at linebacker this season after registering over 80 tackles last year. Gone are several headline all-state players so Cole would be looked upon heavily to lead the defensive front of the two-time defending state champion Eagles under HC Chris Schmidt.

Central Plains League

(All first teamers): Kingman’s Jake Fischer, Medicine Lodge’s Harlem Miller, Douglass’ Wade Morgan, Conway Springs’ Zane Zoglmann

Second team CPL selections: Chaparral’s Eli Gates and Ely Jackson, Garden Plain’s Luke Hillman

In a league known for lower scoring, the Central Plains League returns a significant amount of key defensive linemen. Jake Fischer helped Kingman to the 2A state semifinals, and the Eagles’ best finish since the ‘70s. Kingman went 10-2 and ranked fourth defensively in the 48-team 2A with 10.3 points per game with its well-known Havoc defense. Fischer was well-known for taking on double teams. Fischer was part of a Kingman defense that had one key player over 200 pounds last season. Medicine Lodge moves back to the 11-man ranks after multiple years at eight-man. Chaparral was No. 11 and Garden Plain was No. 12 in 2A with 15.8 and 16.3 points permitted a contest, respectively. Conway Springs is third in 1A with 11.2 points permitted a contest.

Preston Christenson & Kemper Clary, Troy

Kemper Clary earned first team all-league and all-state while Preston Christenson earned second team all-league. Troy finished 5-5 with 20.8 points allowed a contest and was No. 11 in 1A in defense. Troy enjoyed a three-win improvement from a 2-7 season where it permitted 38.3 points a contest. Troy enjoyed one of the best statistical defensive turnarounds for all classes last year.

8-Man/6-Man:

Brock Woolf, Triplains-Brewster

Triplains-Brewster’s Brock Woolf’s dad is former Quinter head coach Greg Woolf, who led the Bulldogs to its last state championship in 2009. Brock grew up going to Quinter practices. Greg Woolf also played college football. Brock has similar stature to its father at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds. Brock was top-5 all classes in rebounding last winter. He has picked up an offer from Division II longtime national power Northwest Missouri State, along with Butler County and Bethel. Woolf is listed mainly as an offensive player for colleges, though has started at nose guard on defense. He delivered 63 carries for 230 yards and two TDs, along with 10 catches for 141 yards and a TD. In eight games, Woolf finished with 41 tackles, a team-high 10 for loss and blocked a punt. Woolf finished second in the discus and seventh in the 1A shot put at state track. Brewster bumps down to six-man for the first time.

Kaleb Wagenblast, Thunder Ridge

Thunder Ridge’s Kaleb Wagenblast is part of an eight-plus Longhorn senior class. Five, including Wagenblast, played as freshmen, in a key high-profile district loss to Osborne. Wagenblast, twins Dylan and Dalton Bice, Bryan Shaw and Jace Randall are part of TR’s experienced group. Thunder Ridge is likely top-3 in preseason Eight-Man, Division II. Wagenblast and Dylan Bice both have Bethel offers. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound Wagenblast has a 290 clean, 265 bench and 405 squat. In three seasons, Wagenblast has 53 pancake blocks, 1,021 all-purpose yards, 243 tackles, 21.5 sacks and 16 for loss. TR lost to eventual state champion Axtell and finished third in the final KPreps rankings.

Austin Bailey, Lebo

Lebo’s Austin Bailey helped the Wolves to a No. 5 final ranking in Eight-Man, Division II. Lebo went 9-2. Lebo was fourth in the classification with 13.8 points allowed. TR was fifth with 15.8 points permitted a contest. Bailey finished with 36 tackles, nine for loss.

Ryan Kuckelman, Macksville

Kuckelman is an all-state caliber QB but with his size and speed he will be getting looks at multiple other spots. The 6’5” and 210 pound senior also stands out at DE.

Owen Strathman, Axtell/Grant Buessing, Axtell

Strathman earned first team all-state honors for the state champion Axtell team last season. He has great size at 6’4” and 215 pounds. Expect Axtell to be the heavy favorite to repeat in the classification (8M-II). Buessing was an all-state honorable mention pick as a sophomore last fall.

Seth LeClair, Clifton-Clyde

Clifton-Clyde’s Seth LeClair helped C-C take third in Division I with 14.4 points permitted a contest. LeClair is among eight-man’s top players after 51 tackles.

T.J. Koehn, Canton-Galva

Canton-Galva’s T.J. Koehn is part of the Eagles’ loaded and experienced group including QB Garrett Maltbie, WR/FS Jett Vincent, and a backfield with Ryder Norstrom and Cason Mastre. Axtell, Canton-Galva and Thunder Ridge are the likely top-three Division II squads. Koehn enjoyed a huge year with 102 total tackles and 15.5 TFLs. C-G finished 9-2 and finished No. 11 in Division I in scoring defense with 25.8 points a contest. Canton-Galva will switch from Division I to Division II.

Dylan Haselhorst, Kinsley

Kinsley is expected to have a breakout season behind a large junior class that includes Dylan Haselhorst. The Coyotes will drop down to Division II this season. Kinsley went 5-4 and allowed 27.4 points a contest, No. 13 in Division I. Coach Corey Dunlap has done a great job turning around the Coyotes. This could be Kinsley’s best team since the ‘90s. Kinsley opens at Victoria, believed to be the first time the two teams have played. Haselhorst is a returning first team all-league player. Haselhorst delivered 47 total tackles and two sacks.

Cal Kohlmeier, Chase County

Chase County’s Cal Kohlmeier transferred from Emporia before last season and helped CC to an 8-2 record and permitted 24.2 points a contest, No. 9 in Division I. Chase County is likely a top-five preseason team. Kohlmeier is expected to finish as Chase County’s all-time sack leader.

Other Top DLs to Watch:

Elijah Cunningham – Maize, Ricky Parga – Newton, Mason Hopper – Derby, Gavit Patton – Buhler, Gabe Kant – Augusta, Mason Charbonneau – Collegiate, Garrett Casto – Jefferson West, Brayton Leochner – Perry Lecompton, Ashton Wood – Royal Valley, Kelonnie Patterson – Manhattan, Packson Bettis – Wasbhurn Rural, Kasen Hasenkamp – Seaman, Thai Iverson – Emporia, Rodney Coleman – Junction City, Adam Shireman – Girard, Cooper McCormick – Hesston, Jake Fischer – Kingman, Harlem Miller – Medicine Lodge, Zane Zoglman – Conway Springs, Wade Morgan – Douglass, Luke Hillman – Garden Plain, Dylan Haselhorst – Kinsley, Jayden Mabion – St. James, Brody NcNanamon – BV West, Adam Parks – BV North, Kian Payne – Aquinas, Lamar Lynch – Piper, Tre Birch – Wichita NW, Julian Butto – Jackson Heights, Jake Skahan – Iola, Tyler Cowell – Olathe West, Ozzy Pague – Gardner Edgerton, Cody Nolan – Crest, Christian Gonzalez – Shawnee Heights, Jamale Williams – Lansing, Jackson Rooney – Louisburg, Chase Williamson – Rose Hill, Kainen White – Coffeyville, Charlie Gilliland – Holton, Carson Gates – Chaparral, River Kaufman – Humboldt, Chris Beard – Parsons, Kolby Hebb – Bluestem, Canyon Tull – Atchison County, Zane Zoglmann – Conway Springs, Maverick Havenstein – Wabaunsee, Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen – Inman, Carson Wood – Central Heights, Cade Howell – Conway Springs, Miles Baalman – Hoxie, Cody Blick – A&A, Lane Carbo – Madison, Solomon Drinkard – Valley Falls, Damion Woods – Herington, Wyatt Dolezal – Bucklin, Matrix Eames – South Sumner, Brian Shaw – Thunder Ridge, Eli Wilkinson – Dighton, Leshaon Davis – Derby, Darris Comeaux – SM North, Romello Goston – Wichita NW, Christian Snipes – Andover, Kooper Tichenor – Holcomb, Sam Joyce – Maur Hill, Cole Gilliland -Hoisington, Caiden Hoffman – Hoisington, Kaleb Scripsick – SW Heights, Jefferson Otter – Norton, Barrett Lietz – Rossville, Kaden Walker – Silver Lake, Atticus Martin – St. Marys, Roy Aguilar – Syracuse, Angel Lopez – Remington, Lane Runkle – Elkhart, Kaedin Massey – Lyndon, Josh Hildebrand – Stafford

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