KANSAS CITY SHOWCASE: Big men ’24 & 25’s that are making names – A look at some of the top young talent in Missouri and Kansas for big men and OL, no doubt players like 255 pound Bartolome of Junction City and 280 pound Carver of Shawnee Heights could be names to watch out for in the upcoming season.
Petren Bartolome, 6-0,255, OL, 2025, Junction City @PetrenB
Big man and up and coming trench warrior that is already at 255 pounds, Bartolome could be one of the next impressive big men they have and is a tough guy that should be an impressive physical presence. One of the younger and more promising big men at the combine this year, no doubt Bartolome is a name that should be known for many years at Junction City.
Rykan Carver, 6-1, 280, OL, 2024, Shawnee Heights @RykanCarver
Carver for sure has the next level frame and power already going at 6-1, 280, only a freshman Carver has the potential to be a good one for Shawnee Heights and with three years left his 280 pound frame could end up becoming a major force in the coming years. Have to have him on the Kansas class of 2024 big man list for must see players in the trenches and a player that has the skills and size to be a good one. ‘24 big man must see radar maker for sure.
Braden Gifford, 6-5, 250, OL, 2024, Liberty North @braden_gifford
The big man from Liberty North is one for the future to know and a 6-5, 250 big man that has that elite size already with three big years left ahead to show out what he can do. Gifford, 6-5 and great size for sure is one of those great looking size guys. We like Braden’s movement and leverage skills to dominate his man and use his power as a nice young finisher in the trenches with a very bright future.
Daivion Hartley, 5’9, 366, OL, 2024, Winnetonka @Daivionhartley
He is working on his strength training and conditioning and he can use his frame to push forward and create holes for the run game but can also play as a DT on occasion. He sees time as a center and guard and has the ability to use his size and weight in head-on situations. A player putting in the time and ready to improve his game.
Jaxson Lewis, 5-10, 220, OL, 2024, Lincoln College Prep @jaxsonlewis11
Lincoln Prep up front will look to many younger plays to step into key roles for the upcoming 2021 season and sophomore to be Jaxson Lewis at 220 pounds has the skills to be one of their key class of 24 impact makers, no doubt a big man for Prep that could really be a major impact maker, a player that is a relentless worker and one of the guys to keep on that hot ‘24 list for big men.
Samuel Lough, 6’3, 225, OL, 2024 Basehor Linwood @samlough1
The 6-3 class of 2024 Freshman this year, Samuel Lough is one of the up and coming OL that Basehor Linwood likes a lot, no doubt with his length already at 6-3, Lough has the potential to be a big man to watch out for and one of the better lineman they have had in recent years. No doubt has that frame that could be capable of becoming a big timer in the trenches for Basehor and is a player that should be fun to watch in 2021 as a super sophomore.
Alex McHardie, 6’0, 265, OL, 2024, Shawnee Heights @AlexMcHardie
Shawnee Heights has some big men coming up in their 2024 class that could be very good in the trenches and one of those names to know is Alex McHardie, at 6-0, 265 pounds already, McHardie is one of the younger and bigger men coming up for Heights and should be a good player to watch out for among the teams big movers. McHardie could get bigger and bigger and stronger and stronger to be a guy that will be a dominator.
Derrick Vargas, 5’10 219, OL, 2024, Salina South @derrick_vargas
No doubt Salina South has had some impressive men in the trenches on both sides of the pigskin in recent years and one of the players to keep an eye on in the up and coming Salina South class of 2024 is Derrick Vargas, a 5-10, 219 pound offensive lineman that we think as the power and hand work to be a good one to know in the coming seasons. Vargas will be a player in the Kansas OL class of ‘24 that will be on the radar in the coming years and be a big man to watch out for.