Several recievers and ends return after having big seasons in 2018. Check out who to watch in 2019. This lists main purpose is to represent the entire state from nearly every class. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will do this position by position. Chet Kuplen, CEO/Founder of Sports in Kansas, evaluates players every year based on performance from prior year, our all-state lists from last year and events (camps/combines) he sees players across the state with input from several coaches and media members. This is not a recruiting list or prospect list and players are not ranked or in any special order.This list is powered by Rack Performance, Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement and Kansas Turf. Be on the lookout for our postseason honors after the 2019 season on who will be the Top 100 seniors in Kansas and who will make the Sports in Kansas All Non-Senior Team. While its impossible for us to check out every player in the state, we have a pretty good track record at going into detail like no other outlet in the state. If you ever have a player that you think we should take a look at be sure to DM @sportsinkansas or firstname.lastname@example.org as tips coming in can always help out on who we should check out! If you are interested in a player evaluation contact Chet Kuplen by TEXT at 620-719-0283 or email email@example.com. Several player evaluations landed major offers over the last eight football seasons.
25 Wide Recievers/Tight Ends (WR/TE) To Watch for 2019
(LIST IS NOT RANKED)
Daniel Jackson, Miege, Sr. WR; Phillipe Wesley, Miege, Jr. WR; Connor Doble, Miege, Sr. TE
The top one-two punch as WRs in the state comes from 5-time defending state champion Miege. Jackson missed all of last year when he was injured in week one while Wesley had a breakout sophomore season. They both have multiple Division I FBS offers where Jackson has committed to Minnesota. Expect a huge year for the both of them. Stags are loaded. While the other two get the headlines as deserved Doble is a returning starter at TE that has great size at 6-foot-3 and 215-pounds.
Preven Christon, Maize, Sr. WR; K.J. Hampton, Maize, Sr. WR
Christon has nice size at the position at 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds. He also has nice speed as part of the state champion 4x100 relay team. Gone is Caleb Grill to Iowa State (basketball) but several pieces are back for Maize. While Christon and Caden Cox are getting a lot of the hype this season, Hampton is a player that isn’t. He does a lot of the things that don’t show up in the box score like excellent blocking at the position and also shines as a receiver. He has great size at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds.
Briggam McCurdy, Buhler, Sr.
McCurdy and Buhler could be ready for a breakout year in 2018 after a little bit of an off season last year. Several key pieces return and their record was a bit deceiving last season at 5-5 because they were in a lot of the losses.
Drayton Foster, Topeka Seaman, Jr. TE
Foster is a talented tight end that earned first team all Centennial League honors a season ago for Seaman. Expect a big senior season.
Zion Jones, Wichita Northwest, Sr. WR
Jones is a returning all-state selection last year in which he had over 600 yards last season as the Grizzlies captured 5A runner-up. They have one of the best offenses in the state under Steve Martin and that won’t change with Reagan Jones back at quarterback. Expect big numbers.
Alex Schremmer, Great Bend, Sr.
Schremmer doesn’t have huge size but he is one of the most productive multiple sport athletes in the state earning all-state honors in three sports last season. He had over 1,100 yards receiving for the Panthers (8-3) in 2018. Koy Brack is gone but the Panthers have a lot of talent back for 2018.
Sloan Hayden, Eudora, Sr. TE
Hayden transfers to Eudora from Ulysses to play for his older brother Sean, the head coach at EHS. He has committed to play for Missouri State at the FCS level and has great size at 6-foot-6 and 230-pounds. He could be a breakout player this season in the Frontier League.
Tyson Struber, Canton Galva, Soph.
Struber is one of the top two-way sophomore players in any class of Kansas. The 8M-I receiver is looking for a huge season after having nearly 600 yards receiving last year and 14 touchdowns. He can also be used in a variety of ways. Look out for CG as they also return Landon Everett. Struber also had 11 interceptions on defens and has great size at 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds. He also has speed in the 4.6 range of 40 and should be an emerging recruit within the next year.
Ty Garrett, Salina South, Sr. WR
Garrett is one of the most underrated players in the state and has great size at 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds. He is a four-year starter and should have a huge year for South who has struggled as of recent, going 1-8 last year.
Quinton Stewart, Salina Central, Sr. TE
Stewart is a big bodied tight end at 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds. He burst onto the recruiting scene last spring and ultimately committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He also doubles as a defensive end and has speed in the 4.6-4.7 handheld 40 range.
Conner DeLong, Olathe West, Sr. WR; Caden Barnard, Olathe West, Sr. WR Jackson Novacek, Olathe West, Sr. WR
This trio is back after a semifinal appearance in their first ever varsity football season as a school. Delong had 784 yards on 54 receptions a season ago while Barnard had 39 catches for 526 yards and Novacek had 14 catches for 190 yards.
Shawn Hendershot, BV North, Sr.; Ammon Thutmosei, BV North, Jr.; Theo Grabill, BV North, Jr.; Mekhi Miller, BV North, Soph.
North has a stable of receivers this season as they have under Andy Sims. Gone is Graham Mertz and in is Henry Martin. He will have a variety of options to pick from. Grabill and Miller are both transfers from Aquinas and Topeka High while Hendershot is the top returning receiver on the squad and earned all-league honors along with Thutmosei last season in 2018. North is going for their third straight season to play in a state title game. Pretty impressive what has happened here. North also has some high level defensive backs/aths to use in multiple spots they can use on the offense.
Xavier Bell, Andover Central, Sr. WR/TE
Bell, an all-state basetball player, has great size at 6-foot-4 and 185-pounds. He could be a breakout recruit if he chooses football and has the ability to be a mismatch on every play.
Kale Schroeder, Sedgwick, Sr. WR
Shroeder had a breakout season last year with over 700 yards receiving in 2018. Gone is his brother, Hooper, an all-state quarterback last season but you should expect him to be one of the top playmakers in Kansas. On another note, his father, Layne, led the state of Kansas in all classes of receiving yardage in Kansas 25 years ago (1994). It was recently featured in a Sports in Kansas “Looking Back” feature.
Vincent Palen, Beloit, Sr. WR; Drew Schmelze, Sabetha, Jr. TE
3A has some kids that could shine this season. Palen, an all-state basketball player, battled some injuries last year along with quarterback Hudson Gray. If the two are healthy along with running back Carson Cox, the Trojans have some big-time offensive weapons in 3A. Schmelze could be a breakout player this year for Sabetha and has great size at 6’4” and 190-pounds entering his junior season. He’s also all-state in baseball.
Ty Lindeman, SM Northwest, Sr.
Lindeman earned second team All-Sunflower League last season in a conference full of playmakers. With the return of 2,000+ yard junior quarterback Ty Black you should expect a big year in 2019.
Will Huggins, SM South, Sr. TE/WR
Huggins has great size at 6’6” and 235 pounds. He also has committed to Kansas at the next level. Jack Roberts is gone from the offense but you should still expect big things out of Huggins in 2019.
Brock West, Maranatha Christian Academy, Sr. WR; Rylee Whelchel, Rock Hills, Sr.; Kasen McKee, Pleasanton, Sr. WR; Javon Allen, Bennington, Sr.; Axtell Receivers Derek Buessing – Axtell, JJ. Hart- Axtell, George Volle – Axtell
8-man has several players that could be impact players this year and will look at some of them. West is one of the top small school receivers in the state coming from the 8-man level. With quarterback Nate Burdette back you should expect a big season for him once again in 2019 as he had over 1,200 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2018. Whelchel is a hybrid athlete that can play in a variety of sports. He has over 1,000 rushing yards, 700 plus receiving and over 500 return yards in his career. With the departure of Zane Colson, you should expect a lot of production out of Whelchel for 2019. McKee had 67 catches for 968 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. He is an explosive route runner that competes every down. He earned first team all-state honors last season. Allen is one of the fastest 8-man players in the state registering several sub 11 second 100 meter dashes in 2019. He is also an elusive return man. With Hunter Koch gone and Quinn Buessing returning, someone is going to have to step up. We know there will be production at the spot.
Carter Morrow, Goddard, Sr. WR; Kaeden Hoefer, Goddard, Sr. WR; Blake Mitchell, Goddard, Sr. TE; Jade Barrientos, Eisenhower, Sr. TWR
The city of Goddard has some playmakers at TE and WR. Morrow is a hybrid player that can play just about any skill spot on the field and the same can be said defensively. He is a freak athlete with great size at 6’3” and 210 pounds. He may not be the fastest guy on the field but he can jump with the best of them with a 36” vertical. He creates several mistmatches and could also carry the ball for the Lions. Hoefer is a two-way player as well that can also shine as a return man but earned second team all-league honors at receiver last fall. These two will be one of the better combo picks in the state this year with the return of Kyler Semrad for the third year. Mitchell, an accomplished baseball, player is looking for another big year after having nearly 600 yards receiving last season for the 2018 4A state runner-up Lions. Barrientos is a player that earned all-league second team last season in a league full of playmakers.
Cody Stufflebean, McPherson, Sr. TE
Stufflebean could be the top returning two-way tight end and defensive end in the state along with Quinton Stewart. They both blew up at the same time last spring and landed multiple Division I offers. Stufflebean was a first team all-league pick last season and a non-senior pick at Sports in Kansas. He has great size at 6’4” and 235 pounds while running in the 4.7 range of 40. He has committed to Kansas State.
Davin Simms, Derby, Jr. WR; Jacob Karsak, Derby, Sr. TE
Simms earned all-state honors on the non-senior team from Sports in Kansas last season as a sophomore. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound junior is looking for a big season with quarterback Grant Adler. Derby was hit by graduation but the pieces are certainly there for another repeat. Karsak is a returning all-league selection for the Panthers earning All-AVTCL I honors on the second team at TE as a junior.
Isaiah Gavin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sr. WR
Although Aquinas is a flexbone team that is run dominant they do have some weapons and one of those is senior receiver Isaiah Gavin who is an FBS prospect with his 6-foot-5 frame.
David Brown, Blue Valley West, Sr. WR
Brown is a rising reciever recruit in the KC area that had over 1,000 yards receiving last season. He also has speed in the 4.5 range of handheld 40 and is a state track and field champion. With his QB also returning, you can expect a big year for Brown.
Malakhi Kennon, KC Piper, Jr.; Dallas Bond, Tonganoxie, Jr; Elijah Tyner, Tonganoxie, Sr.
Frontier League has some solid players back at the position. Kennon had a breakout season last year with over 600 yards. He’s an explosive wide receiver looking for a huge season in 2019. Piper has quite the cast of players coming back from last season. Bond and Tyner of Tonganoxie each earned all-league honors last season along with Kennon.
Max Bullinger, Bishop Carroll, TE
Bullinger is primed for a big season at the position that is very utilized at Bishop Carroll. Clay Cundiff is gone after to Wisconsin but was injured a lot at Carroll so Bullinger has shined at the position in the past earning all-league honorable mention honors in 2018 as a junior.
Ethan Alcorn, Junction City, Sr. WR
Alcorn has great size at 6-foot-2 and 195-pounds. While the offense may go through Russell Wilkey first at the running back position, Alcorn should be one of the top recievers in the Centennial League this season. He was his teams offensive MVP in 2018.
A.J. Cooper, Basehor Linwood, Sr. WR
Cooper is primed for big year and is one of the top returning playmakers for the Bobcats. Cooper is 6-foot-0 and weighs 170 pounds.
Dorian Stephens, Blue Valley, Jr. WR; Mason Richman, Blue Valley, Sr. TE
Stephens had a breakout sophomore campaign with 487 receiving yards in the states best league. Look to Jake Wolff and him to have a big connection in 2019. Although Richman is going to Iowa as an offensive lineman, he plays tight end in high school. He is 6’5” and 255-pounds. Look for him to be one of the best blockers in the state this season and he can catch the ball if needed.
Kaden Smith, Topeka, Sr; Geivoni Williams, Topeka Jr.
Topeka will have athletes all over the field this season and these two are expected to make an impact at the receiver position. Ky Thomas is back at running back for the fourth year in a row and Davonshai Harden is back at the quarterback. Expect an explosive offense in 2019 in 6A.
Guys that can play everywhere….
These guys get a nod on the list Although some above can play mutltiple spots we felt it was needed to list some guys that could catch the ball if needed or may project to play WR or TE at the next level if needed. Basically, you could put these guys at any skill-spot and/or if they decide to play both ways they are going to be a breakout player. Hayden Brown – Hays, Mason Perez- Larned, Syris Dunlap-Liberal, TyQuez Agnew-Whitten- Miege, Taybor Vetter – Wamego, Teven McKelvey – Gardner Edgerton, Tayezahn Crough – Gardner Edgerton, Brison Cobbins – Miege, Jerred Bieberle – Central Plains, Dariq Williams – Parsons, Darrien Holloway – Osborne, Calvin Stapp – Oakley, Arland Bruce IV – Olathe North, Adam Albertini – St. Paul, Ky Thomas – Topeka, Caden Cox – Maize, Gabe Garber – Sabetha, Tony Friends III – SM East, Mikey Tujague – St. James Academy, Aaron Woods – Pittsburg, Quinn Neuenwander – Jefferson West
Other Sports in Kansas Top WR/TEs to Watch Across the State for 2019:
Gage Cantrell – South Barber, Emilio Perez- South Barber, Alex King – Wichita Southeast, D’ron Jacobs – Wichita East, Treyton Peterson – Ell Saline, Sayer Kramer – Ell-Saline, Luke Parks- Ell Saline, Zach Hare – Eureka, Evan Ranallo – BV Northwest, JJ Tylicki – St. James, Chris McGee – Lawrence, Varenzon Henderson – SM North, Charles Snyder – Emporia, Cortez Sanders – Washburn Rural, D’ron Jacobs – Wichita East, Alexander King – Wichita Southeast, Josh Edson – Newton, Harper Jonas – Andover, Cole Ely – Buhler, Ian Stubbs – Buhler, Justin Clausing – Augusta, Silas Popplewell – Wellington, Scotti Easter – Andale, Jacob Chugg – Collegiate, Jake Rausch – Clearwater, Eli Wiseman – Belle Plaine, Joshua Koester – Conway Springs, Mark Hedstrom – Trinity Academy, Brock Skelton – Larned, Mason Lacy – Sedgwick, Darius Bibbs – Olathe East, Kameron Byers – Olathe East, Hayden Henderson – De Soto, Braden Pfeifer – Maize South, , Kendall Brewer – Schlagle, Collin McCartney - Frontenac, Joshua Becton – Schlagle, Peyton Duvall – Great Bend, Michael Moreno – Hiawatha, Braxton Hammontree – Blue Valley, Grant May – Pratt, Jaren Kanak – Hays, John Johnson – Dodge City, A.J. Cooper – Basehor Linwood, Kaden Griffin – Minneapolis, Jack Robinson – Piper, Toby Curtis – Neodesha, Brody Arck – Pittsburg, Braydon Gibson – Russell, Nathan Smith – Labette County, C.J. Horton – Fort Scott, Logan Henderson – Galena, Isaiah Coronado – Humboldt, Chance Omli – Eisenhower, Mason Thrash – McPherson, Jude Putz – Bishop Miege, Mack Moeller – Bishop Miege, Conner Searcy – Tonganoxie, Caden Brinegar – Marysville, Henry Frahm – Jefferson West, Gavin Hooper – Cherryvale, Nic Allen – Riley County, Bo Reeves – Rossville, Cody Crawford – Plainville, Tee Preisner – Northern Heights, Gage Girk – South Central, Jerred Bieberle – Central Plains, Adam Hall – Hutch Central Christian, Trevor Zarybnicky – Wheatland/Grinnell, Ellis Slack – Oakley, Dylan Watson – Sublette, Cody Thomas – Hartford, J.J. Tylicki – St. James, Cobey Fiskey – Solomon, Trevor Whiteman – Udall, Jack Krueger – Wakefield, Dillon Dunn – Trego, Tyler Stanley – Bennington, Carter Minson – Trego, Joe Anderson – Jefferson West, Brandon Boyles – Kiowa Co., Devin Whitworth – Leavewnorth, Matthew Macy – Andover Central, Anthony Pousher – Parsons, Josh Bowman – Medicine Lodge, Emilio Perez – South Barber, Tyler Breeding – SE Saline, Brody McDowell – Hill City, Jonny Robles – South Central, Garrett Almond – Chanute, Sheldon Whalen – Leoti Wichita County, Jace Shoen – Lakeside, Tyler Shoen – Lakeside,