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Sports in Kansas: 25 Quarterbacks to Watch for 2020

Andrew Khoury is among the states best quarterbacks. (photo: Kelly Krueger Clark)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 10, 2020

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Several quarterbacks return after having big seasons in 2019. Check out who to watch in 2020 from the most complete list in Kansas by the most trusted source in sports information in Kansas. This lists main purpose is to represent the entire state from 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 Sign Brothers, Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement and Mammoth Sports Consturction. Be on the lookout for our postseason honors after the 2020 season on who will be the Top 100 seniors in Kansas and who will make the Sports in Kansas All Non-Senior Team, Player of the Year honors etc. 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 and don't rank players just to sell a subscription to an online service that cost, WE ARE FREE and a trusted source. If you ever have a player that you think we should take a look at be sure to DM @sportsinkansas or sportsinkansas@gmail.com 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 sportsinkansas@gmail.com. Several player evaluations landed major offers over the last nine football seasons. 

25 Quarterbacks To Watch for 2020

(LIST IS NOT RANKED) 

Ty Black, SM Northwest, Sr. QB

The son of head coach Bo Black turned a lot of heads as a sophomore and junior in 2018 & 2019. He passed for 2,695 yards with 24 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior year also with over 2,000 yards . Look for him to be one of the top playmakers in the KC metro and Kansas for 2020. He has committed to Air Force.

Arland Bruce IV, Olathe North, Sr. ATH/QB

Bruce IV, an Iowa commit at athlete, can play about every position besides offensive line, tight end and defensive line. No matter where he lines up he will be a threat and helped his team to a 6A runner-up finish last season. No matter if he lines up at quarterback, running back or receiver he is going to be the best of the best.

Jackson Miller, De Soto, Sr. QB

Miller has nearly a 40-inch vertical jump and has recorded sub 4.5 handheld speed entering his senior year. The De Soto program is on the rise and Miller should be one of the best dual threats in Kansas. We should also see his recruiting heating up soon.

William Welch, Perry Lecompton, Sr. QB

Welch helped his team to a state runner-up finish in 3A last season by passing for over 2,300 yards with 27 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He also completed nearly 63 percent of his passes. He will look to be one of the best quarterbacks in all classes this season as he earned SIK Non-Senior honors last season.

Cooper Marsh, Mill Valley, Sr. QB

Marsh passed for over 2,000 yards last season in leading the Jaguars to the 5A state title. He earned Sports in Kansas Non-Senior honors for his efforts last season. Mill Valley has won three state football titles since 2015 under head coach Joel Applebee.

Tanner Curry, Blue Valley SW, Sr. QB

Curry emerged as a playmaker last season in which he passed for over 1,800 yards for the Timberwolves in 5A. He will look to limit his interceptions in 2020 but should be one of the top 5A QBs for 2020.

Henry Martin, Blue Valley North, Jr. QB

Martin has been an immediate impact player in the state since throwing for over 2,000 yards last season as a sophomore and seeing reps when Graham Mertz went down two years ago. Expect him to be one of the best playmakers in Kansas with the cast of receivers BVN returns.

Mikey Pauley, Blue Valley NW, Jr. QB

Pauley impressed us last spring when we did an evaluation on him and is a QB to circle over the next two seasons as he thre for over 1,800 yards last season. He has great size at 6-foot-4 and has committed to play catcher for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in baseball. He makes great throws on the run and across his body with his big-time arm.

Jake Wolff, Blue Valley, Sr. QB

Wolff emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in KC as a first-year starter last season on his way to passing for over 2,000 yards in leading the Tigers to an 8-4 mark. He returns with several key weapons on offense to make a deep run in 6A. He also holds an FBS offer from Akron. Wolff is a 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds.

Colin Shields, Maize South Sr. Kyler Semrad, Goddard, Sr.

Shields and Semrad have been around forever and seem to always go together when talking about Wichita area quarterbacks. They are also good friends and we met them together at the same time at a combine a few years back. They should be two of the best playmakers in Wichita again this season. Shields is under the radar and could be a legitimate MIAA prospect this season as he has really gotten strong in the weight room. He has a big arm and very accurate. Semrad missed most of last year with injury but was on pace to have a big-time season. Expect big things from a couple of very good high school quarterbacks.

Blake Poje, Tonganoxie, Sr. QB, Garrett Williams, Paola, Sr. QB

Frontier League always has talent at the position and its no different this year. Tongie had a breakout year last season in which Poje threw for 1,743 yards over 11 games. He threw 18 touchdowns last fall for the Chieftains.

Blake Anderson, Aquinas, Sr. QB

Anderson doesn’t get to use his big arm a lot but when he does he has had success for the Saints. He passed for over 1,300 yards last season on the way to leading his team to the 5A semis. He threw 18 touchdowns to just three interceptions while completing 64 percent of his passes. He’s also a standout baseball player.

Tanner Cash, Clearwater, Sr. QB/ATH, Noah Meyer, Andale, Sr. QB

Cash has 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds size with 4.63 speed at the position. He has earned Non-Senior all-state honors as well as all league ,all-district honors for the Indians. Meyer is a speedster playmaker that will have a bigger role this season after starting five games at the position last season. He can fit into multiple spots but should be one of the better playmakers in 3A this season as Andale looks to repeat.

8-Man QBs; Isaac Salmans, Hodgeman County, Sr., Kayde Rietzke, Wichita County, Soph., Graham Stephens, Little River, Sr., Jayden Garrison, Little River Sr., Isaac Detweiler, Soph., Axtell, Jacob Jueneman, Hanover, Sr., Deven McEwen, Lebo Sr., Grant Schoenrock, Victoria, Jr. 

There’s quite the talent in 8-man this season. Gone is Quinn Buessing who headlined this group last year along with Landon Everett (Canton-Galva) and Brady Dinkel (St. Francis). There’s not shortage of talent this year with a loaded cast of players back. All of the above have an opportunity to compete for all-state honors and the list goes much deeper to several listed below on others to watch.

Jaxson Gebhardt, SE Saline, Sr. QB

Gebhardt is a playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Trojans. He racked up nearly 2,000 yards of offense last season while passing for over 1,200 yards. He also had six interceptions on defense. Expect him to be one of the best two-way players in 2A.

Colton McCarty, Cheylin, Sr. QB/ATH

McCarty plays 6-man football but his stats have been off the charts. Although primarily he could be considered a running back he also passed for over 1,000 yards last season in earning 6-Man POY. He has also racked up some small college offers this off-season. He rushed for over 2,100 yards last season.

Torrey Horak, Rossville, Jr. QB/ATH

Horrak rushed for over 900 yards last season while passing for 1,000 more as a sophomore. He also had six interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. He will look to be one of the top playmakers in 2A football this season.

Cory Macon, KC Washington, Sr. QB

Macon has the size, speed and athleticism to turn heads there’s no question if you’ve ever seen him in person. He had over 1,100 yards of offense last year. He also has great size at 6-1 and 190 pounds. Very under the radar player in KC.

Aiden Niedens, Bishop Carroll, Sr. QB, Mason Ross, Wichita Northwest, Sr. QB/TE

Niedens is a true dual threat that should have a big year in 5A this season. He passed for nearly 1,000 yards in limited time last season and has also shown the ability to get the job done with his legs. With Reagan Jones (Wichita NW) gone to graduation it could be Niedens time to shine in the league. Ross is expected to be the replacement for Reagan Jones but there is still a lot of unknown on him. However he has great size at nearly 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds. He can make plays happen with his legs and is a great athlete at the position for the size. We expect NW offense to be like it always is and if he’s at QB he’s going to put up big numbers.

Andrew Khoury, Junction City,Sr. QB, Trevor Erickson, Chapman, Sr. QB, Dayne Aschenbrenner, Manhattan, Sr. QB

Khoury burst onto the scene last season in leading Junction City to a very solid 8-3 campaign in which he threw for over 2,000 yards. He also led a upset win over highly regarded and ranked Topeka last season that was one to remember. Also an all state baseball player, he is expected to be one of the best in all classes of Kansas this season. Erickson has 4.55 speed and may be a little under the radar as he played on a struggling team last season. He has the capability to be a breakout player this year and had 1,500 yards of offense last season as a dual-threat. Aschenbrener enters year number three as the Manhattan signal caller and passed for nearly 1,000 yards last season. Manhattan has also had a lot of solid running back play in recent memory. The area is quite loaded at the QB position in 2020.

Dylan Dreiling, Hays, Jr. QB

Dreiling, a Tennesse baseball commit, is also ready to prove he is one of the top QBs in Western Kansas. Hays has got quite the attention this off-season, specifically with some of their players blowing up in recruiting. The defense has had a ton of hype, but how about the offense? Dreiling will look to lead that unit and has some big-time talent at WR in Jaren Kanak and in the backfield with Roy Moroni. He should be a breakout player this season in 5A.

Kobe Davis, Riverside, Jr. QB

Davis threw for over 1,500 yards last season as a sophomore and led a big turnaround with the program. We expect him to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NEK area this season. Several of the state’s top playmakers were from the Big 7 and NE Kansas last season but several of those are all graduated. Will be interesting to see who steps up from Nemaha Central, Sabetha, Centralia, etc. this season??

Lem Wash, Derby, Sr. QB

Perhaps the most exciting player in Kansas returning and can play multiple spots. Derby is an absolute powerhouse and Wash is their main weapon. Look for another huge year after he earned All-Non Senior honors from Sports in Kansas last season.

Timothy Dorsey, Bishop Miege, Sr. QB

A repeat selection on the list from last year and he showed us why as he passed for over 3,000 yards in his first year as a starter for the Stags in leading them to a 4A state title. He has also committed to Illinois State.

Jackson Dooley, Lawrence, Sr. QB

Along with Devin Neal, they should form one of the best backfields in 6A football for 2020. Dooley earned Non-Senior honors last season from Sports in Kansas. Steve Rampy has done great work here and expect LHS to be a heavy contender on 6A West. Another QB in the city limits to keep an eye on that we considered for the 25 to Watch that made the others to watch is Jet Dineen (Free State). The name says it all on what we could expect from him this season.

Sawyer Harper, Hugoton, Sr. QB, Leyton Cure, Goodland, Sr. QB

Harper passed for over 1,800 yards last season and is expected to be one of the top playmakers in Western Kansas this fall. Cure is a rising prospect in Western Kansas with 6-foot-3 and 215=pound size with a 35” vertical. He is very underrated and could turn heads this season.

Lance Hoffsommer, Sedgwick, Jr. QB, Cameron Beardsley, Valley Heights, Sr. QB

Gone is Kamble Haverkamp but these two should be two of the top QBs in the class again for 2020. Hoffsommer passed for over 2,000 yards last season in being one of the best quarterbacks in 1A football. Hoffsommer threw for 2,754 yards last season with 33 touchdown passes with a 63 percent completion percentage. He led his team to a 9-1 record last season. He has also gained 30 pounds over the last year after hitting a growth spurt. Beardsley accounted for over 1,200 yards last season in 1A as VH looks to be one of the top teams to beat this season in the classification. They could be a favorite to some to be the east rep for the 1A title however that’s easier said than done with normal powers Centralia and Olpe sitting in the way.

Mason Haxton, Hoisington, Sr. QB

We expect big numbers out of Haxton this year after over 1,100 yards last season and the graduation of All-Everything Wyatt Pedigo. He could be the breakout player in the CKL this year after earning all-state honors in basketball from Sports in Kansas last season.

Caden Crawford, Lansing, Jr. QB

Although Crawford will be recruited on the defensive side of the ball as he holds multiple FBS offers we can’t not look at him as a quarterback to watch this season. He is 6’4.5” and 230-pounds and has 4.7 speed with a big-time arm. He enters year one as a starter on offense at the quarterback and he passes the eye test as well as any player in Kansas in street clothes as a Division I football prospect. Definitely one to watch for 2020.

Southeast Kansas QBs: Ethan Houk, Parsons, Brett Sarwinski, Galena, Colin McCartney, Frontenac, Cooper Hayden, Pittsburg, Bo Dilliner, Anderson County, Colgan QB?

Gone are several of the big playmakers from last season in this area but we will expect some major production and breakout players from an area that is very good in football over the years. Houk passed for over 1,700 yards last season for the Vikings despite just two wins. However, with improved line play this season he could even have a bigger year as a dual-threat for first year HC Jeff Schibi. Sarwinski passed for over 1,500 yards in his first season as a starter last year as a sophomore. He is also a first team 3A all-state selection in basketball after leading Bulldogs to state semifinals before cancellation of season. McCartney is expected to be one of the top two-way players in 3A this season as he makes the move to quarterback for the Raiders. If you know anything about what Mark Smith does with quarterbacks look out for McCartney who will be a very physical runner that can also get it done through the air. Hayden enters year two as the starter for Pittsburg as a sophomore and will look to make more of an impact this season. Hayden and Caiden Barber will be names to remember for the Dragons over the next couple of years, however Pitt High loses a talented cast of two-way lineman. Although Anderson Co. isn’t really in Southeast Kansas, it can be considered it to some but Dilliner will be one of the top returnees in 3A this season after an injury ended his season mid-way last year. Anderson County district and regular season schedule aligns with several Southeast Kansas area opponrents so they’ll be familiar with Dilliner. Expect a nice season for the Bulldogs and second year HC Logan Pegram. We don’t know much about the Colgan spot but they always have solid production from the position their rich tradition and history. We expect to see Gianni Piccini and Jake Wright, a transfer from Ohio and the son of Pitt State HC Brian Wright, to battle for the job.  Both could really be bright spots for the Panthers this year.

Question Marks?

Silver Lake, McPherson, Great Bend, Free State, Topeka, Maize etc. have had solid production at the position it seems nearly every single year since we’ve been around the last 8.5 years and for some schools even goes deeper. There are several first year starting quarterbacks that will have the opportunity to blow up this season that we don’t yet know much on.

Other Top Quarterbacks in Kansas to Watch from Sports in Kansas:

Josh Bowman – Medicine Lodge,  Fabian Flores – Pawnee Heights, Terran Galloway – Salina South, Reed Smith – Olathe South, Charlie Killingsworth – Rock Creek, Alex Birge – Olathe West, Kobi Shubert – Trego, Ashton Dowell – Hoxie, Tegan Cain – Ellis, John Dutton – Fredonia, Andrew Gimino – Kapaun, Zane Burns – Garden City, Harrison Voth – Cheney, Jett Dineen – Free State, Dillan Smith – Larned, Geremiah Moore – Wichita West, Ben Schmidt – Newton, Bradley Neill – Buhler, Matthew Potucek – Hillsboro, Lakin Farmer – Halstead, Darian Massey – Lyndon, Ryan Wolgram – Madison, Conner Gibson – Pleasant Ridge, Gavin Cornelison – Frankfort, Damian Foster – Waverly, Bryson Evans – Rose Hill, Dale Gillespie – Pleasanton, Austin Berggren - Olathe East, Daeonte Mitchell – Wichita East, Troy Vincent – W.Grinnell, Dylan VanLaeys – Logan/Palco, Eric Cain – Oakley, Kahliek Rainey – Schlagle, Isaac Stanton – Basehor Linwood, Ayden Price – Marysville,  Shayden Sull – Hartford, Avery Johnson – Maize, Dylan Rinker – McPherson, Jace Duerkson – Inman, Aiden Rudolph – Clifton Clyde, Parker Kavanagh – Salina Central, Zaden Hendricks – Southeast Cherokee, Alex Herbel – Solomon, Devin Loudermilk – West Elk, Hever Mercado – SW Heights, Hadyn Bieling – Council Grove, Xander Newberry – A&A, Kade Harris – TMP, Kaleb Harden – Valley Center, Ryan Myers – Colby, Evan Letellier – Spring Hill (WR/QB), Dakota Burritt – SJA


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