Republic County High School senior Eyann Zimmerman is one of the more unknown players in the state of Kansas.
It’s no secret that his high school struggled as a team last season as they went 0-9 in 2018. The good thing is that all starters return from a season of growing pains one year ago as they look for much improvement in 2019.
Zimmerman made headlines across the state last winter as he took second in 3-2-1A heavyweight wrestling. He also impressed at several camps and combines over the summer as an emerging lineman to watch in the small classes of Kansas.
The 6-foot-1, 270-pound, senior, offensive lineman and defensive lineman, has great strength and uses wrestling to his advantage in football. He went 39-5 last wrestling season and won a regional championship. He benches 345, squats 450 and cleans 290 pounds while running in the 5.1-5.2 range 40.
Zimmerman feels like this years team has a shot at improving off their winless record from one year ago and lists Kaleb Talkington, Hunter Hartner, Tate Lapo, and Jared Baxa as other key returnees on his team.
The Buffaloes, led by head coach Faron Kraft, open up the 2019 season at Minneappolis this Friday.
We caught up with Zimmerman below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
Chet Kuplen, CEO/Founder of Sports in Kansas, on Zimmerman
“I’ve got the chance to meet Eyann a few times this summer at camps and combines. First off, he’s a very respectful kid and fun to talk to. That is one of the best things about what I do is getting to meet all these great kids across the state. In addition to all of that, he has a shot to be a very good football player this season. There are hidden players out there because sometimes a program will have some down years. He is a great wrestler too, losing to Hadley Panzer (KSU commit) of Lakin in the state finals last year. He may not project as a Division I recruit because of height but hes worth a look for all of the small schools in Kansas.”
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Q&A w/ Zimmerman
How did you get involved in football?
I started flag football when i was in 2nd grade and I fell in lovlove with it. Then my dad got me into the youth tackle program.
What are your goals this season?
Work better as a team together and being able to finish a game without slowing down
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
We do have a chance for our team be better and have a better record .
What makes you such a force as a player?
I make sure I control the gap on defense, going hard. On offense, I'm always aware on where the defense is at.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
There's nothing like a small town Kansas on Friday night. Our crowd cheers up loud.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Again, any small town Kansas Friday night games are always the best
Who are other key players on your team?
Kaleb Talkington, Jr. RB/CB, a great wing. One of the best lightweight wrestler in 3-2-1. Hunter Hartner OL/LB. Tate Lapo QB/DB. Jared Baxa. RB/OLB
Favorite thing about football?
Playing the Friday night games and playing with my teamates. Nothing gets than that.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I'm a big time wrestler. I wrestle the heavyweight class in 3-2-1A.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Coach Kraft is probably the most motivating high school coach I've met! He believes in every single one of his players
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We lifted 3 times a week and 1 day of agilities. I went to some camps this summer to get better for this season
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I currently have 1 offer from Dodge City, but I also have been talking to a few more schools.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Working at my 2 jobs, helping my grandpa run the farm, and spending time with family and friends.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Graduated from college with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice. Probably working as a police officer
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you?
My favorite subject in school is science
Who is your role model?
My dad has always been the one I looked up to. He always strived for me to be my best.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
The Belvilla Cafe has always been my favorite spot to eat.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I run a feedlot with my grandpa.
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