KANSAS CITY SHOWCASE: DL in the ’23 & ’24 that are making big names – A ton of major talent showed up among ’23 class DL, some of those were players like Washburn Rural’s Bettis, a 6-3 long and lean big timer and 260 pound Cheadle of Center High in KC, a good example of of both speed and power that showed out at the 6Star Football Showcase in Olathe, Kansas.
Packson Bettis, 6-3, 190, DE, 2024, Washburn Rural @pbettis40
A very lean and athletic looking DE that we think could become of one of the next big time defensive play makers for Washburn Rural, no doubt a team that has had some nice defensive standouts. Already at 6-3, Bettis has that longer frame that could prove to be a major headache for OL to try and block off the edge and we look forward to see his unlimited potential to be a top notch up and coming prospect in the Topeka area. Bettis has some impressive things going for him and don’t be surprised is he becomes one of the tops in his area.
Rodney Cheadle, 6-0, 260, DL, 2024, Center @big_boo_cheadle
No doubt 6-0, 260 Rodney Cheadle is one of he big men in the trenches that Center will look to for some big toughness and aggressive play in the coming three seasons, a very impressive big man that is aggressive and tough. An excellent footwork and mover, Cheadle can get to the next level on many blocks, and does a great job of getting out in front of plays and making key blocks for his runners, no doubt an impressive looking 2024 OL and DL that can make it happen.
Cartez Burkhalter, 5’9, 270, DL/DE, 270, 2023, Ray-Pec @CartezBurkhalt1
Burkhalter is a strong player who looks to use his frame and overall ability to his advantage. He can get low and push up on opponents and work his way inside and also has some speed and improving footwork and hand skills as well. He reports a 450 squat and a 230 bench.
Elijah Clarke-Boyd, 6-1, 215, DL/DE, 2023, Junction City @Eclarkeboyd
A guy that has a very solid 6-1 inch and 215 pound frame from the DE spot for Junction City, no doubt with two big years left Clarke-Boyd will be looking for a huge junior year and could be one of the class of 2023 play makers that really has a huge breakout year, a name to know in the Kansas class of 2023 and a player that is one with unlimited potential as well. Good one climbing the ranks at Junction City. Also a player that has gained a lot of power and strength and should be very tough to handle one on one for the upcoming 2021 season.
Ben Evans, 6-2, 250, DL/DE, 2023, Topeka Hayden @BenEvans2023
Size is there for big time career ahead and this big time super sophomore had 46 combined tackles with 14 solos, and 8.5 tackles for losses along with two sacks while being named an All City Hon Mention selection. A player that was already thrown in the mix as a true freshman due to his athletic skills and skills as a big man up front, at 6-2, 240 as a true freshman Evans is starting what looks like a very good career at Hayden. He benches 300 and squats 465 so a big time power guy already also. Had 9 tackles and 3 sacks on varsity in 2019 and started on special teams as well while being a varsity backup on the DL. Evans has a huge future ahead of him and is one big timer to know in Topeka.
Kaleb Green, 6’1, 215, DE/DL, 2023, Wellsville @kalebgreen58
Green makes the most of every pound on his 6-0, 215 pound frame and is pound for pound one of the most impressive and dominant men in the trenches you will find. Only a class of ’23 Green is already playing like a veteran and was named the only sophomore OL for his league. Named a 2A All State HM and a for sure hot one in the Kansas ‘23, and one of those guys that is really making a big time name for himself very fast.
Hadley Holmes, 6’1, 185, DE/DL, 2024, Blue Valley West @whats_upholmes
Holmes is one of the class of 2024 play makers for Blue Valley West that has a big upside, a younger player on a team that has had some impressive players in their class of ‘22 that will look to continue some power and speed in the trenches with upcoming prospects like the 6-1, 185 pound Holmes. A player that can make some things happen and a guy that may end up becoming one of the speed ends to keep an eye on for Blue Valley West.
Ethan Husmann, 6’3, 230, DL/DE, 2023, Aurora @EthanHusmann
Another extremely underrated prospect in Southwest Missouri who has good upside and power. He is a mobile prospect who can outrun opponents on the edge but also physical and aggressive and he is capable of blowing up plays both up the middle and from the outside. He is a well-built player who has good length and a balanced frame, capable of using leverage and his size to his advantage but also his speed and overall athleticism. A constant thorn for offensive lineman as he has an ability to get to the backfield and is constantly applying strong pressure to the pocket.
Lee Jensen, 6-2, 250, DE/DL, 2023, Davenport West (IA) @LeeJens60687262
Jensen is a big man wit a great upside out of Davenport West High School in Iowa, this 6-2, 250 pound junior to be for the 2021 season is for sure a hard working and impressive man in the trenches that can really bring the some nice pressure and is a guy that we could see having a big year in 2021. No doubt impressive and a player that has a nice power game and good hand work on the line. Big things in store for Jensen.
London Lewis, 6’0, 250, DL/DE, 2023, Rockhurst @LondonLewis52
Lewis is a hard-nosed prospect who does a bit of everything on both sides of the ball seeing most of his time as a defensive tackle but can also make moves as an offensive guard. He is a strong prospect who has a lot of power and fight to his game. A versatile player who has good balance and can use his upper body strength to his advantage in a variety of situations. He is constantly pushing himself in the weight room and reports a 240 bench, 405 squat and a 415 deadlift.
Lonnie Reed, 6-2, 355, DL, 2023, Bishop Miege @Lonnie_R_99
You have to love the big men of Bishop Miege, so many next level college big men have come out of Miege in recent years, Reed has a huge frame that could be a dominant force up front at 6-2, 355 pounds, a player that can overpower guys and one of the juniors to be that will be a key big men for the Stags and one of those guys that we think could emerge into a nice big man in the KC OL watch list.
Jacob Stockard, 6’4, 218, DL/DE, 2023, Liberty North @JacobStockard
A player who brings a nice combination of size and power to the field. He has good hands and can push opponents back and is all so capable of operating as a tight end, due to his blocking ability and underrated ability to move things as a ball carrier. He has shown improvement over the years and is expected to take his game up a notch. A tough-minded, hard-nosed prospect has seen improvement and continues to showcase his athleticism and overall strength.
Caden Wiest, 6’3, 240, DL/DE, 2023 Reeds Spring @cadenwiest
Wiest is a prospect to a scene action on both sides of the field. He has a big frame and strong quickness off the line, capable of handling himself in one-on-one situations and is likely to come out ahead. He has good hands and good footwork and is a multiple sport standout with a lot of speed and unteachable intangibles as a prospect. Also an offensive threat over the top who can get up and pull down passes with ease and he has the strength to pull down ball carriers and QBs as well. A big stock riser and a physical prospect on the move. He currently holds an offer from Missouri State University.
William Young, 5-10,215, DL/DE, 2023, Free State @Steamboat_64
One of the hardest playing young defensive lineman in the state, Young gets after it and is a powerful and punishing hitter. Young with two big years left is a player that can both cover the field from side line to line and make plays on both the outside and the middle. A run stuffer that can make huge plays and a guy that’s good at blowing up plays against the run.