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Sports in Kansas: 25 Offensive Lineman to Watch for 2020

Noah Bolticoff is one of the best lineman in the state. (photo courtesy of Bolticoff)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 10, 2020

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Several offensive lineman 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 Offensive Lineman to Watch for 2020 Season


Noah Bolticoff, Rose Hill, Sr. OL

Bolticoff is likely the states top offensive lineman and one of the strongest players in Kansas. The TCU commit blew up over the last year in recruiting and is looking for a huge year at 6-foot-5 and a half and 280 pounds. He was a first team Sports in Kansas Non-Senior pick last season as a junior. Bolticoff is looking for a big year for head coach Lee Weber. Bolticoff is best known for the way he transformed himself the last couple of off-seasons with former TCU all conference player Blaize Foltz, a Rose Hill assistant. It has been incredible to witness his progress over the last two football seasons. 

Sam Hecht, Mill Valley, Sr. OL, Ethan Kremer, Mill Valley, Sr. OL

Hecht and Kremer return after leading the Jaguars to the 5A state title last season. Kremer is perhaps the best two-way lineman returning in the state while Hecht has blown up as an FCS recruit on the offensive line. Expect another big year for Mill Valley and Joel Applebee who have won three state titles since 2015.

Ben Purvis, Bishop Carroll, Sr. OL, Gabe Havlovic, Bishop Carroll, Sr. OL

Purvis was a first team non-senior from Sports in Kansas and has nice size at 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds to be on the radar for FCS and MIAA programs this season. Havlovic is a returning 5A all-state honorable mention pick after a breakout junior year.

Danny Saili, Jefferson West, Jr. OL

Saili is one of the most dominating small school players in the state with his 6-foot-4 and 365-pound size. He will be one of the top juniors in Kansas this fall. His brother, Pene, is the SIK 3A DPOY last season and a senior this fall at LB.

Jonas Vickers, Derby, Jr. OL, Alex Key, Derby, Jr OL

A couple of sophomores helped the loaded Derby offensive line last season and will take a bigger role in replacing all-state seniors from last year. Expect a big year for the two to anchor the offensive line.

Doug Grider, Halstead, Sr. OL, Cole Herman, Halstead Sr. OL

These two will be two of the better 3A players in the state this season on both sides of the football. Grider doubles as one of the best linebackers in the state. Herman is also very under the radar as an offensive lineman. These two also get it done in the weight room.

Christien Hawks, Norton, Sr. OL

The KU commit doubles as one of the best two-way players in Kansas. He has great size at 6-foot-5 and 262-pounds as he enters his senior season. He was a first team Sports in Kansas Non-Senior pick last season for the Bluejays. Norton was the 2A state runner-up last fall.

Cade Wilson, Manhattan, Sr OL, Miles Wright, Topeka, Sr. OL

Wilson and Wright are the only two returnees in the league on the offensive line that earned all-conference first team last year on a loaded list that lost Riley Wagner (Emporia) and Division I signees (Sam Shields – Manhattan, Hayden Pauls – Emporia)

Oz Perez, Holcomb, Sr. OL, Trey Nuzum, Garden City, Sr. OL

Perez is 6-foot-2 and 280-pounds and will be one of the best two-way players in 3A football this season. He is very powerful and more importantly he is a finisher. Expect a big year for him under head coach Kent Teeter. Nuzum more known for his defensive play should also be one of the best offensive lineman in Kansas. He benched 225 pounds 19 times at the Sharp Combine while measuring in at at 6-foot-2 and 276 pounds with a 5.24 40 at the event. He holds an FBS offer from Akron and multiple offers at lower levels.

Rhett Brown, Goddard, Sr. OL, Drew Daniels, Andover Central, Sr. OL, Max Shannon, Ark City, Sr. OL

Brown is a powerful lineman with a bench of 225-pounds 16 times. He also carries a 34 ACT. He should be one of the best lineman in 5A this season for head coach Tommy Beason. Daniels is a returning All-AVTCL II pick last season after helping his team to a runner up finish. He helped lead the way for quarterback Shomari Parnell to lead the offensive attack. Shannon was also a first team All-AVTCL II pick last season.

Cruz Blair, Frontenac, Jr. OL, Tyler Little, Galena, Soph. OL/TE, Kody Schalk, Columbus, Jr OL, Brayden Dillow, Chanute, Sr. OL

Very good line play down in Southeast Kansas. Blair was a first team 3A all-state pick last season as well as a Non-Senior All-Classes Second Team pick from SIK after a breakout sophomore season. He also helped a Frontenac defensive line that was led by four sophomores that includes Blair, Landon Dean, Lane Franklin and Colin McCartney, all players that will make their own position lists. All four have the ability to be all-state caliber players in one position or the other throughout their careers. Little could fit into multiple spots and has a massive 6-foot-6 frame as he enters his sophomore year. He was an immediate impact all-league player as a freshman last fall and also earned all-state in 3A basketball as he helped his team to a final four. He weighs around 220-to-225 pounds and could blow up on the recruiting scene after this season in football. Schalk, who doubles as a defensive lineman, a very physical player that stands 6-foot-4 and 260-pounds. He was an all-league pick last season for the Titans. Dillow is a state wrestling champion and should expect a huge year on both sides of the ball. He will be one of the top players in 4A.

Austin Holthaus, Centralia, Jr. OL

Holthaus was an all-state pick las a junior last season in 1A on the way to leading his team to a 1A state title. HE earned Second Team All-Non Senior honors from Sports in Kansas, which honors the top players that aren’t seniors in all classes combined.

Austin Weiner, Gardner Edgerton, Sr.Luke Zegunis, Olathe West, Jr. OL, Easton Dubbert, SM Northwest, Sr. OL

Weiner transferred to GE this season from Georgia and will likely line up at Tight End even though hes being recruited to play on the offensive line. He has 6-foot-7 and 240-pound size. Zegunis was a second team All-Non Senior pick last season and has added a lot of weight and strength in the off-season. Expect a big year for him as one of the top returnees in the SFL.Dubbert is an under the radar player to take a look at SMNW this season to protect Ty Black. He is 6-foot-4 and 245-pounds with a 295 bench and 450 squat. Very tough and explosive player for HC Bo Black. 

Rocco Hicks, BV West, Sr. OL, Danny Carroll, Aquinas,Sr. OL, Gabe Peterson, BV Northwest, Jr. OL

Carroll has racked up some FCS offers and is one of the top returnees in the Eastern Kansas League for 2020.

Hicks was an All-EKL pick last season for the Jaguars and a second team Non-Senior pick from Sports in Kansas. Peterson is 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds with a 4.7 40-time. He's a very explosive player wieht a 330 bench and 450 swuat. 

Kenneth Fehrman, Wellington, Sr. OL, Jonah Scott, McPherson, Sr. OL,

A couple of under the radar 4A lineman. Fehrman is pound for pound one of the strongest players in all of Kansas. He is 6-foot-3 and 250-pounds with a 405 bench and 500 squat. He will be one of the best two-way lineman in 4A football. Scott is one of the best lineman in 4A and will look to lead Mac to another deep run after they’ve made the semis in each of the last three seasons. Scott was a first team all-league pick last season in AVTCL-III.

Chaylin Peine, Anderson County, JR. OL, Kale Hauserman, Clay Center, Sr. OL, Taylor Martin, Larned, Sr. OL, Logan Brown, Iola, Sr., 

A few underrated 3A lineman here. Peine is 6-foot-4 and a half with 265 pounds as a kid entering his junior season. He has a lot of potential to be one of the better lineman in 3A this season. His brother, Justin, is a former Sports in Kansas All-State pick now as a 6-6 305-pounder at OL for Northern Iowa. Hauserman is massive at 285 pounds and 6-foot-4. He is expecting to be one of the best lineman in 3A for 2020. Martin at At 6-foot-5 and 295-pounds he definitely passes the eye test as a recruit. He is also very strong, just putting up a 600-pound squat and benching 225-bench 22 times at the Sharp Performance Combine. Brown may be more known as a defensive tackle and a state wrestling champion in 4A but he can also double as one of the best lineman in the state on offense. At 6-foot-1 and 260-pounds, we expect him to be one of the best 3A players in Kansas this season. He also has a 4.0 GPA. He is very physical and very quick with a 4.8 handheld 40 time.

Gabe Bowers, Scott City, Sr. OL, Colten Kupp, Scott City, Sr. OL

Bowers is a retuning All-GWAC selection for the Beavers and will be one of the top OL/DL in 3A football. He features a 345-pound bench in the weight room. He also took 5th at 285 in state wrestling last year in 4A. Cupp is also a returning all-league selection last season and is 6-foot-2 and 250-pounds. Scott City should be very solid in the trenches.  

Noah Smith, Lawrence, Jr. OL, Porter Dannevik, Lawrence, Sr. OL

Smith is 6-foot-4 and 292-pounds entering his junior season for Lawrence High. He also has a 3.85 GPA. He will have one of the best backfields in Kansas to block for this season and returns with a solid cast of offensive lineman in 2020. Dannevik, who was a former youth league quarterback, has really grown over the last few years (6'3" 255), is very underrated and could emerge as one of the top SFL lineman this year along with Smith who is expected to be one of the top juniors in Kansas. It's much more than these two as the entire unit could get the nod on this list. 

Carter Stanchfield, Paola, Sr. OL

Stanchfield was an all-conference pick last season in paving the way for the Paola rushing attack. He was also a second team all-non senior pick from Sports in Kansas. Stancfhield is 6-foot-3 and 250-pounds. 

Harlan Obioha, Hoxie, Sr. OL

At 7-foot-0 and 300-pounds he is the tallest player in Kansas for the 2020 season. He has picked up several FBS football offers and was also an all-state pick in basketball from Sports in Kansas last season.

Nick Herzog, Blue Valley, Jr. OL

Herzog has great size at 6-foot-4 and 260-pounds entering his junior year. He has also picked up FBS offers this off-season. He will be a part of a loaded BV cast that returns to be a serious contender in 6A this season.

Levi Cooley, Basehor Linwood, Soph. OL, Drew French, Lansing, Sr. OL

Cooley earned 2nd team all-conference as a freshman starter, very rare to do at any level in Kansas let alone at the 4A/5A levels. Expect a big year with his 6-foot-4 and 290-pound size. French, who stands 6-foot-2 and 260-pounds is the lone returning first team selection all-league player in the United Kansas Conference.

Camden Beebe, Piper, Soph. OL

Beebe is one of the states top sophomores and is 6-foot-3 and 285-pounds. He was all-league honorable mention as a rare freshman starter last fall. Yes, this is the same Beebe family that has had two Division I football players at Piper, most recently Cooper, who is scheduled to be a starter for Kansas State this fall as a redshirt freshman. On the defensive side of the ball, Piper has another sophomore to look out for in Lance Bassett who also started as a freshman last season.

Sterling Harp, SE Saline, Sr.. OL, Dane Whalen, Osage City, Sr. OL, Keyon Baccus, Minneaoplis, Sr. OL

Not the tallest group but that doesn't matter in high school football because these kids are some players. 2A has some solid kids this season in addition to Hawks. Couple of wrestlers are flat out competitors are Harp and Whalen, also freaks in the weight room. Harp is a state runner-up in 220-pound wrestling last winter and will be one of the top two-way lineman in the state this season. Whalen is another wrestler earning state champion in 3A at 220-pounds. He is one of the strongest players in the state. Another player that isn't the biggest is Keyon Baccus but should be one of the better players in the class as an interior offensive lineman and defensive player this season. Baccus benches over 300 pounds. Whalen repped out 300 by five reps on bench just a few weeks ago while Harp did 225 x 21 times. These guys can throw around some weight and are all under 6-feet tall. 

Cayden Winter, Andale, Sr. OL

Winter is one of the best wrestlers in the state and also one of the best small school two-way football players. He will look to help Andale repeat in 3A.

Jesse Baxter, St. Francis, Colton Neitzel, St. Francis, Tyler Holmes, Central Plains, Jacob Klipp, Hanover, Isaac Miser, Madison, Tra Barrientes – Sylvan/Lucas

Several 8-man players return after having big seasons as juniors last season in addition to the highly recruited Harlan Obioha who is listed above. Baxter and Nietzel are back after all-state seasons along with Adam Krien who leads them defensively and two-way star skill player and linebacker Shaydron Blanka. Holmes earned honorable mention 8M-I honors last season while Klipp earned 8M-II first team, Miser all-league unamimonus pick and Barrientes is the defending 3-2-1A state wrestling champion while also earning all-state honors in 8-man football. 

Eastern Kansas League Lineman?

The league known for producing the best players graduated quite the talent at the offensive line position and loses more of it to the Sunflower League as 5A champ Mill Valley left the league. Rocco Hicks (BV West) and Danny Carroll (Aquinas) both on this list are the only two players that return that earned all-league honors second team or above last season on the offensive line. Time for some new names to talk about this season. Who will step up for Miege or Aquinas this season? Nick Herzog seems to be a name (also on the list) that many are talking about as he’s picked up FBS offers for Blue Valley.

Sunflower League Lineman?

Nine of the 10 all league spots graduated but back is Luke Zegunis (Olathe West) on this list and the addition of Mill Valley who has two players on this list in Ethan Kremer and Sam Hecht. We expect the Lawrence line to have a heck of a season with a few players that made this list.

Nate Harding, Maize, Sr. OL, Keyvan Stallings, Wichita Northwest, Jr. OL

Harding was a first team All-AVTCL-I pick last season as a junior for the Maize High Eagles. He is expected to be one of the better 5A lineman in Kansas. Stallings was a second team all-league pick last season for Wichita Northwest who graduated its two top offensive lineman in Javon Wheeler and Tristin Reasoner. Nate Carter (DT/OL) could also play both ways if needed and is one of the strongest players in the state and expected to be one of the best defensive lineman in the Wichita metro for 2020 along with the highly recruited Zach Daher (DE).

Anthony Hays, Garden Plain, Sr. OL

Hays is one of the top returning two-way players in 2A football for the 2020 season for the Owls. He was a unanimous all-league pick in the Central Plains League last season at offensive line and linebacker. He was also the CPL MVP on defense.

Other Top Lineman from Sports in Kansas to  Watch in 2020:

Tyler Bailey – Rock Creek, Dalton Owen – Concordia, Colton Hoyt – Pomona West Franklin, Colt Sell – Chapman, Logan Bolinger – Maize South, Jayden Oquendo – Maranatha, Zack Timberlake – Augusta, Nate Volkman – Augusta, Josh Stifter – Anderson Co., Gabe Peterson – Blue Valley Northwest, Easton Dubbert – SM Northwest, Alex Bonilla – Maize South, Sean Urban – Perry Lecompton, Aiden Kendall – Newton, Carson Zitlow – De Soto, De’Andre Hudson – Wichita Southeast, Sam Culp – Sedgwick, Michael Vernon – Olathe North, Jaret Brooks – Ark City, Antonio Cabaellero – Bonner Springs, Landon Ayres – Cheney, Colby Stephens – Wellsville, Owen O’Halloran – Hesston, Ethan Bohneblust – Riley Co., Efren Natividad – SW Heights, Blake Walker – Humboldt, Nolan Parker – Mission Valley, Mason Madanado – Silver Lake, Jared Williliand – Jayhawk Linn, Beau Baker – Lyndon, Austin Rempel – Hillsboro, Bryson Kenworthy – Valley Heights, Charlie Timmons – Smith Center, Lucas Webster – La Crosse, Colton Crook _ Valley Heights, Dairien Dawes – Inman, Colton Hasekamp – Centralia, Dalton Vogts – Moundridge, Cody Presley – Hill City, Isaac Miser – Madison, AC Hermosillo – Wichita County, Cooper Clark – Doniphan West, Dakota Dossey – W. Grinnell, Mark Ferguson – Thunder Ridge, Carson Hamby – Central Christian, Ethan Benne – Pike Valley, Nathan Carter – Wichita NW, Shae Lefort – Salina South, Jon Fan – Hutchinson, Beau Grant – Maize South, Raiden Stewart – Buhler, Savontez Collins – Wichita Independent, Chandler Blackwell – Hoisington, Eric Malecki – Nickerson, Caiden Webb – Sterling, Tristen Young – Bennington, Jordan Huntington – Holton, Tyrell Seinbach – Lyndon, Kristian Trujillo – Hartford, Caige Cromer – Silver Lake, Titus Tuiasasopo – Wamego, Karsen Loader – Abilene, Shane Sachse – Maur Hill, Taylor Wamego – Jackson Heights, Caleb McAfee – Jefferson North, Kolby Talbott – Axtell, Dee Wideman – Girard, Eli Tucker – Girard, Keyon Bacus – Minneaoplis,  Jonah Smith – Plainville, Dawson Alesna – Manhattan, Jordan Zahn – Seaman, Ewan Mills – Seaman,Uriel Soria – Washburn Rural, Hayden Thilges – Miege, David Sjoberg – BV North, Jackson Townsend – BV North, Hayden Porter – BV Southwest, Jared Patterson – BV West, Lane Luna – Lawrence, Easton Dubbert – SM Northwest, Andrew Jarvis – Piper, Jaxon Jarnigan – Indepdence, Brady White – Coffehyville, Grayson Quick – Fort Scott, Connor Koehn – Canton Galva, Carlos Teran – Dodge City, Kelvin Rico – Dodge City, Jason Scott – Great Bend, Caden Vinduska – Rock Creek, Nate Volkman - Augusta, Dawson Harrington - Olathe South, Tony Cobbs - Piper, Peyton Hays - Cheney, 

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