Sports in Kansas: 25 Offensive Lineman to Watch 2015

Amani Bledsoe of Lawrence is among the nations top recruits. (photo:Andrew Baker,6News TV- Lawrence)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 3, 2015

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Several offensive lineman return after having big seasons in 2014. Check out who to watch in 2015. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will do this position by position and release a full list of players to watch in Kansas. This list from Sports in Kansas is powered by Performance Spine and Sport in Pittsburg, offering full-body cryotheraphy

Jaden Abernathy, Buhler (6-3 275 Sr.)

Abernathy returns after earning all-state honors in 2014 for the Crusaders. He will help lead the way for Jace Williams and Dillon Engelland in one of the best returning backfields in Kansas. Abernathy doubles as one of the state’s best defensive lineman as well. He will have a big part in helping the Crusaders go after their second title in three years.

Amani Bledsoe, Lawrence (6-5 275 Sr.)

Although Bledsoe is one of the nation’s top defensive lineman in the Class of 2016, he will be depended on heavily on the offensive line in 2015. Bledsoe will help pave the way for all-state running back J.D. Woods. On paper it sure seems like Lawrence could have a shot to compete in 6A this season, however just getting through the Sunflower League is tough enough. Bledsoe and his teammate Trey Georgie, who will both make our DL list, will be two of the better lineman in Kansas this season that both have division one offers.

Austin Cook, Fort Scott (6-5 275 Sr.)

Cook was the lone junior on first or second team All-SEK teams last year and should be one of the premier lineman in the Southeast Kansas area for 2015. He features nice size and if he improves his speed he should attract some colleges.

Cort Enriquez, Salina Central (6-0 230 Sr.)

Enriquez earned first team All-AVCTL I honors last season as a junior. He helped pave the way for Dalton Peters, who will once again be a back to watch for in 5A.

Stephen Gill, SM East (6-2 265 Sr.)

Gill is the top returning offensive lineman off the Lancers 6A state championship team from 2014. He started every game for SME at offensive guard. Nine of the 10 All-Sunflower League (1st or 2nd Team) graduated from the 2014 season, with the exception of Lawrence’s Amani Bledsoe who is also on this list. Gill should be one to look for on that list in 2015.

Jacob Green, Norton (6-0 235 Jr.)

Green made all-state in 2014 as a sophomore for the Bluejays. He will be one of the premier lineman to watch on both sides of the football in smaller classes Kansas for 2015. Norton also returns Jace Ruder, who could be the top sophomore quarterback in all of Kansas for 2015.

Colin Grunhard, Miege (6-0 250 Jr.)

Grunhard shined as a sophomore center last year for the undefeated 4A state champion Stags. He will be relied on heavily once again in 2014. Football definitely runs in his genes, as his dad, Tim, was an All-Pro for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ian Hall, Topeka Seaman (6-3 280 Sr.)

Hall earned first team All-City honors last season in Topeka and will be one of the top lineman in Class 5A this season. Look for another big year for Hall. Hall also took third at 285 pounds in 5A wrestling this past school year.

Jake Hastings, Santa Fe Trail (6-2 285 Jr.)

Hastings was a big part of the reason Santa Fe Trail had more success than it has seen in years in 2014 and he was just a sophomore. Hastings is also one of the top wrestlers in Kansas, taking third at 285 pounds in 4A this past year.

Ben Hecht, Mill Valley (6-5 255 Sr.)

Hecht is one of the more underrated players in the state of Kansas, however college recruiters don’t seem to think so. He has committed to play at four-time defending FCS champion, North Dakota State. Most of the attention belonged to Evan Applegate last year, now an offensive lineman at Kansas State, but now it’s Hecht’s turn. Mill Valley also returns Logan Koch and Christian Jegen, forming a trio of premier players in 5A.

Aaron Hernandez, Holcomb (5-10 235 Jr.)

Hernandez earned all-state honors as a sophomore in 2014. Holcomb returns a cast of players that have them being a contender in 4A-II west this season.

Trevor Hudson, Derby (6-4 280 Sr.)

Last year may have been considered a rebuilding year for all the players Derby lost off its 2013 state championship team, but Hudson had a huge year earning All-AVCTL I honors as a junior last fall. Look for the senior to have another big year in the trenches.

Teven Jenkins, Topeka (6-6 305 Sr.)

Jenkins helped pave the way for Alec Beatty and Mike McCoy last year. He earned first team All Non-Senior from Sports in Kansas in 2014 and has committed to play at Oklahoma State. He was part of a state record breaking offense that averaged 530.2 yards per game in 2014.

Noah Johnson, Bishop Carroll (6-2 270 Sr.)

Johnson holds an Air Force offer and played on arguably the best team in Kansas in 2014. He helped paved the way for Denzel Goolsby and Colton Howell last season as they captured the 5A state title with an undefeated record.

Jeremy Luck, Maize South (6-5 290)

Not only is Luck one of the largest lineman in the state, he’s also one of the best. He earned first team all non-senior honors from Sports in Kansas in 2014. He will help pave the way for one of the top returning quarterbacks in Kansas in senior Korie Frausto.

Michael Majors, Jefferson West (6-1 265)

Majors earned first team All-Big 7 honors in 2014 as a junior and was a force on both sides of the ball. He also took third in the 4A shot put in 2015 with a toss of 52-04.50. He’s an athletic big guy with nice quickness for a lineman.

Tom Killilea, Aquinas (6-6 275 Sr.)

Killilea has over 10 division one offers and plans to make his decision before his first football game in 2015. He helped lead the way last year for an Aquinas team that made the state championship and wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs.

Isaiahh Loudermilk, West Elk (6-7 272 Sr.)

Loudermilk was really only known in the basketball and 8-man football world this time last year. Fast forward to now and every college recruiter in the country knows something on him. He enters his senior season with 12 FBS offers. He is being recruited at both offensive and defensive line. He has put on nearly 40 pounds since last football season and added strength.  He also doubles as one of the better basketball players in small classes Kansas, averaging over 14 rebounds per game. West Elk Coach Chris Haag can’t say enough good things about Loudermilk on and off of the field.

Zach Pfeifer, Aquinas (6-4 305 Sr.)

Pfeifer led the way on the line in the first year of Randy Dreiling’s flexbone attack at Aquinas. He will team with Tom Killilea on an offensive line that will look to get back to the 5A state title game in 2015.

Justin Rayburn, Madison (6-5 255 Sr.)

Although he is from one of the smallest schools on here, he definitely isn’t one of the smallest guys. Rayburn earned all-league honors on both offense and defense last year. He will be one of the premier 8-man lineman in all of Kansas for 2015.

Josh Rivas, Hutchinson (6-5 330 Jr.)

Rivas helped pave the way for an all-state season last year for Blaik Middleton. He is one of the biggest lineman in Kansas and will look to proves in 2015 that he’s also one of the best. Hutchinson experienced a lot of injuries and growing pains in 2015, but still ended up in the title game, a place they are very familiar with. Expect a big year for Rivas. Hutchinson would have two on the list but all-state offensive lineman from 2014, Austin Fletcher, is moving to tight end this season.

Dalton Roberts, Buhler (6-2 240 Sr.)

Buhler returns a lot of nice pieces to the puzzle for 2015. Roberts is the second Buhler lineman on the list and earned first team All-AVCTL III honors last season. Along with Abernathy, he will look to lead the way for Jace Williams and Dillon Engelland.

Konner Swenson, Maize (6-4 260 Jr.)

Swenson has started at the 5A/6A level since he has been a freshman in high school. He is also one of the best throwers in 6A, medaling in both the discus and shot at the 2015 state outdoor. He should start to pop up on recruiting radar in 2015. If Swenson sounds familiar, his sister Keiryn, now a basketball player and javelin thrower at Arkansas, was one of the top multi-sport athletes in Kansas over the past couple of seasons.

Dakota Williams, Topeka (6-2 275 Sr.)

Williams isn’t talked about as much because Topeka features one of the most recruited lineman in Kansas in Teven Jenkins, who has a big size advantage. Williams is one of Kansas’ strongest players and is the 6A state powerlifting champ. Mike McCoy will have some nice blockers this season.

Jason Zook, Chapman (6-4 275 Sr.)

Zook, who won the state heavyweight wrestling crown in 4A last season, also earned all 4A-II honors last season for the Irish. His coach, Dan Sell, expects him to once again have another big year and says he is athletic enough to attract the interest of college coaches this season.

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This list was compiled by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas and input from Ben Mitchum w/ SB Nation.