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Sports in Kansas: 25 Wide Receiver/TEs to Watch for 2020

Mack Moeller is looking for a huge 2020 for Miege. (photo: Kenneth Daniel)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 11, 2020

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Several WR/TEs 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 subsription 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. 

Sports in Kansas: 25 WR/TEs to Watch for 2020

(List is Not Ranked in Any Order) 

Dallas Bond, Tonganoxie, Sr. TE

Bond is a first team all-state Non-Senior pick from Sports in Kansas last season as he had a breakout season for the Chieftains. Bond had 660 yards and six touchdowns in the 10-1 season last year.

Mack Moeller, Miege, Sr. TE/WR, Trey Ausler, Bishop Miege, Sr. WR

Moeller is a hybrid at the end and receiver position and should be the main target this year for Tim Dorsey who graduated several top playmakers that were all-state selections. Miege goes for seven titles in a row this year. Ausler is expected to take a big role this season after Phillipe Wesley transferred to California and the graduation of all-state receiver Daniel Jackson. Timothy Dorsey threw for over 3,000 yards last year and these should be his two big playmakers in 2020.

Evan Kammerer, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sr. WR/ATH

Aquinas won’t throw a ton but when they do they’ve had a lot of success. If they do throw some more, an overlooked player is Kammerer. Expect a big year for him as they also return QB Blake Anderson. All eyes may be on Tank Young but Aquinas certainly has several more key pieces.

Tyson Struber, Canton Galva, Jr. WR

Struber is one of the best two-way players in the state. He also showed sub 4.5 HH speed at a combine earlier this summer. He has picked up offers from both Kansas State and KU. He was last seasons 8M-I DPOY from Sports in Kansas as he lead C-G to their first ever state title. He also played injured last season. He is one of the best regardless of classification.

L.J. Butcher, Pittsburg, Sr. WR

Butcher has 4.5 handheld speed and is more known as a defensive back but could be expecting a big year at the receiver position with Cooper Hayden at the quarterback spot. The Dragons also have Caiden Barber at running back. They have some big-time playmakers but will have to develop some depth within their offensive line to get their passing game going in 2020.

Dorian Stephens, Blue Valley, Sr. WR, Sterling Lockett, Blue Valley, Jr. WR

This will be two of the best players in 6A this season and will be huge weapons for Jake Wolff at the QB position. Both have FBS offers from Kansas State and Stephens has committed there. Both made SIK Non-Senior teams last season. Stephens had 667 yards receiving with six touchdown catches last season. Lockett had 516 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.

Bo Reeves, Rossville, Trey Harmison, Riley County, Sr. WR/RB, Brooks Whaley, Rock Creek, Sr. WR

Reeves, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 205, features speed in the 4.5-4.6 range handheld and had a huge junior year with 512 yards with eight touchdowns. The more and more you look at who they return, including Torrey Horak, Woodrow Rezac, Tyree Sowers, Rossville will be a major contender in 2A this season. Reeves is a rising prospect that the MIAA and FCS should be all over. Harmison could see time at receiver and running back both this season but we do know hes productive with the ball in his hands as he had 716 yards receiving last season. Whaley, like Harmison and and Reeves, was also a first team all-league MEL selection last season. Expect a big year for him with the return of Charlie Killingsworth at QB.

Kyun Jackson, Sumner Academy, Sr. WR

Jackson is a rising prospect that earned Second Team Sports in Kansas Non-Senior honors last season for the Sabres. He had 796 yards last season along with seven touchdowns. 

Aaron Powell, McPherson, Sr. WR

Powell was a second team Sports in Kansas Non-Senior pick. Expect a big year for him at McPherson as a senior in 2020. Powell had 694 yards receiving along with six touchdowns in just nine games last year.

Griffin Kugler, Smith Center, Sr. WR, Luke Detweiler, Lyndon, Sr. WR

Kugler is one of the top small school two-way players in the state. He is a returning Non-Senior pick at receiver after helping SC to a state runner-up finish last season. Kugler, who plays in a run heavy offense, had 684 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for SC. Detweiler is one of the top returning 1A players in the state and should expect a big year after earning Unanimous All-League last season.

Drew Schmelzle, Sabetha, Sr. TE, Dawson Williams, Perry Lecompton, WR, Tyler Gerety, Nemaha Central, Sr. WR/ATH/QB

Schmelzle, who doubles as one of the states top linebackers, could see the ball in a variety of ways if needed with his sub 4.6 HH speed in the 40. He can line up at receiver, tight end or even if they needed him I’m sure they could make room for him in the backfield. He has added over 20 pounds since last season and has two FBS offers to Akron and Tulane. Williams, who plays in the same league, had 682 yards receiving last year with six touchdowns. Gerety, a KU baseball commit, could figure into multiple spots on both sides of the ball including quarterback but he had 558 yards receiving last season on the way to leading his team to 2A state title. He should also be one of the best 2A safetys in the state this season.

Charles Snyder, Emporia, Sr. TE

Snyder was a Sports in Kansas Non-Senior pick last season for Emporia and is expecting a big senior year. Emporia will need Snyder to have a big season in 2020. He’s also a very solid basketball player.  

Matt Friess, Dodge City, Sr. WR

Friess had a big year on his way to earning All-WAC last season as a junior. He was also a 6A all-state honorable mention pick. Gone are several key pieces but he returns along with senior Alden Knedler to led the Red Demons.

Daylan Jones, Wichita East, Sr. WR, Oscar Gallardo, Bishop Carroll, Sr. WR

Jones has multiple FCS offers and is expecting a big year for the Blue Aces. He was a 6A honorable mention all-state pick last season. Gallardo was also a first team all-conference pick in the City League last season for Bishop Carroll and returns his QB Aiden Niedens. Wichita East has also added A.J. King from Wichita Southeast and Caquoy Patterson was a second team all-league pick last season. Kamarion Hart is also a tight end to look at.

Jaren Kanak, Hays, Jr. WR, Carson Kieffer, Hays, Jr. WR

While Kanak is the Division I prospect that put himself on the radar at the Sharp Combine with a 4.41 handheld 40 earlier this summer they have another junior that will be a big-time playmaker as well in Carson Kieffer. Kanak has offers from KU and Kansas State and could double as a big-time defender if needed on a loaded defense that features Division I prospects including Gavin Meyers and Gaven Haselhorst. Kieffer is more known for basketball after leading his team to a Final Four appearance last year. These are two huge weapons for Dreiling at the quarterback position. Trey Adams is a 6-foot-6 and 230-pound defensive end that could play some tight end if needed as well.

Landon Dean, Frontenac, Jr.

Dean, who has five FBS offers entering junior year, could fit into a variety of spots at the next level. He could play TE, DE, OL if needed and has great size at 6-4.5 and 230-pounds. Expect him to be a big-time blocker for the Raiders this season as well as a weapon in the passing-game if needed. He will also double as one of the top returning defensive lineman in the state as he earned All-Non senior honors from SIK at DE last year.

Jordan Brown, Basehor Linwood, Jr., Ethan Huber, Basehor Linwood, Sr., Malik Benson, Lansing, Sr.

Brown, who is more known as a basketball player, is also a breakout WR to look for in the KC metro this season. He was a 4A all-state honorable mention pick last season. Brown was all-state from Sports in Kansas in basketball as a sophomore last March. Huber had 701 yards receiving and nine touchdowns last season for the Bobcats. Benson is a track star (10.6 100 meters, 23’7” long jump) that you would’ve heard a lot about last spring but you didn’t because of COVID-19. Expect a big season for him after a nearly 400 yards season as a junior last year.

Joe Hall III, Manhattan, Jr. WR

Expect a big year for Hall who has looked very good at a few showcases this summer. He should be a big weapon this season for Dayne Aschenbrenner.

Jonah Ruder, Norton, Sr., Kagan Keeten, Phillipsburg Sr.

A couple of 2A MCL guys here. Norton had a great season last year earning state runner-up. They lost some key pieces including Kade Melvin at the QB but have some really bright spots back this season once again in one of the best small school leagues in Kansas (MCL). Ruder features a vertical of 37+ inches and is looking to be a big weapon once again in 2020. Ruder had 653 yards and three scores last season. He averaged 16.3 yards per catch. Keeten was a first team all-league pick, unanimously, last season for the Panthers. 

Ty Reishus, Mill Valley, Sr., Jacob Hartman, Mill Valley, Sr., Kendrick Jones, Mill Valley, Jr

One guy isn’t going to get the job done here it will be multiple players. Reishus will look to be the primary target for Cooper Marsh this year as the two were a great duo last season on the way to a 5A state title. Reishus earned all-state honorable mention last season. He had 493 yards with six touchdowns last fall. Hartman had a big year as well with 452 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Kendrick Jones started his career at Yates Center a couple years ago and has been a great surprise to the football team as he had 377 yards last season. He was also expected to be an all-state caliber baseball player last season. He has great size at 6-foot-4- and 190-pounds.

Sheldon Whalen, Wichita County, Sr. TE/WR

Whalen had 1,063 yards receiving from quarterback Kayde Rietzke last season along with 17 touchdowns. Wichita County is a serious contender in 8M-I.

Colin Jueneman, Hanover, Sr.

Jueneman is looking to be one of the top 8-man players in the state after a huge junior season on his way to earning all-state honors in 8M-II. He is also an exception return man. He had 791 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns last season.

Peyton Wahlmeier, Colby, Sr. TE

Wahlmeier is an under the radar player that blocks very well at 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds. His size alone should generate some interest.

Arland Bruce IV, Olathe North, Sr. ATH

Although he may see limited reps split out at all we know that his future could be at WR for Iowa. He does everything but drive the bus to the away games and could line up at QB, RB or WR this season. He is the returning SIK Non-Senior POY on offense as well as the Simone Award Winner, honoring KC Top Metro football player.

Mason Ross, Wichita Northwest, Sr. TE/QB, Jacob Hannah, Maize, Sr. WR, Davin Simms, Wichita Northwest, Sr., Deshawn Wright, Derby, Sr.

Ross is a playmaker that could be the Wichita NW quarterback this season but if that doesn’t work out he can play tight end where he was an all-conference pick last season. Hanna, also a known basketball player that can jump out of the gym, is expecting a huge year with his 6-foot-3 size in 2020. Simms has several offers and could be a big-time playmaker for Northwest this season. Wright is expected to be a big-time playmaker for Derby this season on a cast of loaded weapons for Lem Wash.

Wesley Fair, Wichita Collegiate, Soph. WR

Fair, also a known basketball player, had a breakout freshman season last year earning second team all-league honors for Collegiate. Expect a big sophomore season for him in 2020. Fair has a 6-foot-3 frame at the position.

Cameron Wise, West Franklin, Sr. TE/WR

At 6-foot-5 and 220-pounds he is very under the radar. He played running back last year but could figure into multiple spots this season. He has great size to land some offers. 

Ben Bollinger, Hesston, Sr. WR, Brady Cox, Hesston, WR

Bollinger was an all-state honorable mention pick last season as well as a first team CKL pick. Expect a big season for him. Cox was also an all-league pick and the two should be one of the better duos in 3A football for WRs in 2020.

Silas Etter, Eudora, Jr. WR,

A name we’ve been hearing a lot about is 2022 WR/DB Silas Etter. He has great size at 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds. We expect him to emerge as a recruit this season.

Henry Burns, Sedgwick, Sr. WR

Burns, more known for his defense, is expected to take a bigger role on offense this season with skill spots hit heavy by graduation. However, one spot that isn’t gone is QB Lance Hoffsommer and Burns could be his main weapon. Expect big year after Hoffsommer threw for over 2,700 yards last season.

Chas Carlgren, Concorida, Sr. TE/FB, Hunter Renick, Cimarron, Sr. TE/FB, Trevor Zarybnicky, Wheatland/Grinnell, Sr. TE/FB

These three can play multiple spots and have both performed very well at several combines we’ve been to over the last couple of seasons. Primarily blockers they are big-bodied and physical.

Darrell Jones, Coffeyville Field Kindley, Sr.

A few months ago nobody across Kansas knew who he was until a 40-video of him started circulating around at Sports in Kansas and then a week later running a sub 4.4 at the Sharp Performance Combine. He has a 40.7 inch vertical and benched 225 pounds 11 times. The KSU Commit had 845 yards on 45 receptions with eight touchdowns last year. First year HC Deonta Wade has a big-time weapon in Jones.

Blue Valley North

Theo Grabill has multiple Division I offers and is in his second year with the program after transferring from Aquinas. Mekhi Miller is also into the program after sitting out last year after transferring from Topeka, he has multiple FBS offers. McCullough brothers, Dasan and Dae, could also play some on offense if needed but should be two of the best defenders in the state. It has also added Jordan Riles, who has transferred from a California school, and is a 6'4" 190-pound three-star reciever in 2021. Henry Martin has some major weapons in 2020. This program has produced some big time talent under head coach Andy Sims in recent memory and what’s crazy Is when we started SIK in 2012, they were a program rarely talked about in the same sentence as football.

Tre’Sean Jackson, Lawrence, Sr. WR, Preston Reynolds, SM East, Sr. WR, Mario Sanchez, Olathe North, Sr. WR, Dale Stout, Olathe North, Sr. WR

Jackson isn’t the biggest guy at 5-foot-10 and 150-pounds but is expected to have a big senior season at receiver for the Chesty Lions. All the talk has been on Devin Neal at RB and Jackson Dooley at QB but Jackson could be that playmaker to step up with some big-time plays in the air in 2020. Another receiver to look at in the SFL this season is Preston Reynolds who has great size at 6-foot-4 and 185-pounds. He earned second team all-league last season. Five of the six spots on the first or second team for all-league receiver graduated. Look for some new names to make some big plays in 2020. Olathe North has a lot of fire power in the backfield but also have an option at receiver with Mario Sanchez and Dale Stout. The Eagles will look to get back to the title game in 6A. The Eagles played with a lot of juniors on both sides of the ball last season.

Gus Davis, Gardner Edgerton, Sr. TE, Austin Weiner, Gardner Edgerton, Sr. TE/OL, Max Close, SM South, Sr. TE

Davis was a second team all-league pick and is 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds while Weiner is a transfer that has committed to Kansas State with 6-foot-7 and 235-pound size. He can play TE/DE and is projected to possibly play offensive line in college. His brother, Ashton, is an incoming freshman QB that you will hear a lot about in future seasons. Close may be more known as a DE but he could also be a TE. He has 6-foot-4 and 225-pound size with a 4.4 GPA in the clasrrom. He also has 4.80 40 speed and nearly a 30 inch vertical.

Geivonnii Williams, Topeka, Sr. WR/RB

Williams is expected to make the move to RB this season to carry more of the load gone by Ky Thomas. He was a first team all-state pick at WR last season at Sports in Kansas.

Ely Wilcox, Augusta, Sr. WR/TE/ATH

Wilcox is very under the radar with 6-foot-5 and 210 pound dize. He is very under the radar and could be an all-state caliber of basketball player. His team made the Final Four in 2020 after taking runner-up in 2019.

Sports in Kansas 25 Others Top Players to Watch

WR

Caquoy Patterson – Wichtia East, A.J. King – Wichita East, Dale Stout – Olathe North, AJ King – Wichita East, Peyton Maxwell – Newton, Tyson Priddy – De Soto, Tyler Claiborne – St. James Academy, Tristen Everard – BV Southwest, Zack Baker – SFT, Brooks Whaley – Rock Creek, Dawson Williams – Perry Lecompton, Ben Bollinger – Hesston, Tanner Barcus – Parsons, Avery Holle – Riley County, Austin Hilton – Belle Plaine, Landon Gray – Hutch Trinity, Luke Detweiler – Lyndon, Hunter Schaaf – Uniontown, Jonny Robles – South Central, Kyle Reese – Lebo, Adreono Ibarra – Central Christian, Emmit Jueneman – Hanover, Emilio Perez – South Barber, Jace Schoen – Lakeside, Andrew Schields – Cheylin, Parker Stone – Perry Lecompton, Mitchell Buessing – Axtell, Layne Mayeske – Fredonia, Grant Kocour – Maur Hill-MA, Mario Sanchez – Olathe North, Zach Knolton – Spring Hill, Jake Shope – Goddard, Mason Turney – Eisenhower, Nathan Boyden – Silver Lake, Trey Koezler – Silver Lake, Duke Henke – SM Northwest, Trey Buckbee -McPherson, Garrett Robinson – Burlingame, Tate Gillen – Blue Valley, Ben Hansen – Plainville, A.J. King – Wichita Southeast, Kaleb Coleman – Wichita NW, Camden Aldrich – Wichita NW, Reid Liston -Derby, Tate Rico – Campus, Jake Johnson – Maize South, Mason Ellis – Mulvane, Lane Pierce – Clearwater, Hunter Seier-  Mulvane, Luke Grace – Cheney, Theron Wedel – Medicine Lodge, Skylar Shington – Haven, Ryan Stucky – Sedgwick, Greyson Holbert – Blue Valley, Darius Bibbs – Olathe East, Javon Roach – KC Washington, Caden Brinegar – Marysville, Hayden Henderson – De Soto, Gavin Pieschl – Marysville, Byron Fitchpatrick – Maize South, Lynn Shallenburger – Columbus, Joe Hall – Manahttan, Landon O’Hare – Lincoln, Braden Ledford – Winfield, Noah Ferguson – Carroll, Luke Grace – Cheney, Braydon Gibson – Russell, Carter Hiebert – Halstead, Scott Riddle – BV West, Kameron Byers – Olathe East, Gavin Lang – Baldwin, Brayden Zirkle – Shawnee Heights, Hayden Henderson – De Soto, Jordan Zahn – Seaman, Jeremy Kendrick – Highland Park, Jason Bosley – Jackson Heights, Landon Gutschenritter – Jefferson North, Drew Caudle – Maur Hill, Tyler Heinen – Centralia, Evan Haines – Valley Heights, Jalen Van Becelaere – Colgan, Kaiden Harrison – Girard, Peyton Maxwell – Newton, Trey Strand – Caldwell, Haiden McCoy – Pittsburg, Earl McDowell – SM West, Bray Davies – Riverside, Evan Letellier – Spring Hill WR/QB,

TE’s

Brennan Waker – Beloit, Kain McCully – Baxter, Garrett Almond – Chanute, Spencer Davidson – Minneaoplis, Torin Cavanaugh – Chapman, Kameron Hart – Wichita East, Jakobi Livingston – Wichita SE, Bo VanBruggen – Buhler, Caden Parthemer – Andale, Braden Esau – Hesston, Josh Ball – Hoisington, Jared Napoli – Mill Valley, Ethan Camp – Coffeyville, Miles Bowman – Fort Scott


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