Signing on Wednesday of Kansas High School football athletes to schools in the Division I category for football exceeded all expectations going into the season by Hovpen Sports for the class of 2013 with 19 athletes receiving scholarships for next season at that level.
In addition, at least three of our nation's top junior college schools, Butler, Hutchinson and Coffeyville placed another 15 athletes who graduated from Kansas High Schools at that level.
I would say without a doubt that would be a successful season for the state of Kansas.
While it remains to be seen if they will eventually be offered scholarships, several additional athletes received preferred walk on status at the two major universities in Kansas who play the sport of football and at least two we know of were grey shirted and should receive scholarships after the fall season.
In addition, a good number of athletes whom we feel could have played at the Division I level have opted to go to junior college in an effort to get better and improve their status and chances of getting to a higher level of ball.
Next season should be an even better year for high school signings looking at the junior class coming up.
Here is a listing of the athletes whom we know of and where they signed to play.
High School Signings to Division I Teams
J'Veyon Browning, (RB), Schlagle - Northern Iowa Montell Cozart (QB), Bishop Miege - Kansas Jordan Darling (QB), SM East - Kansas Parker Davis (RB), Dodge City - Air Force Matt Denning, (WR), Bishop Carroll - Drake Gabe Guild, (RB), SM South - Holy Cross Davontae Harris (DB), Wichita South - Illinois State Ben Johnson, (TE), Basheor-Linwood - Kansas Coleman McCann, (OL), Mill Valley - Northern Colorado Jett Moreland, (DB), Wichita Heights - South Dakota Dan Morin, (OL), Aquinas - Cornell Jerrell Morrow, (WR/DB), Emporia - Oklahoma State Markus Phox, (Athlete), Wichita Collegiate - Princeton Matt Plank, (LB), Gardner-Edgerton - North Dakota State Drew Potter, (FB), Basheor-Linwood - South Dakota Aaron Ramsey, (QB), Blue Valley SW - South Dakota Clay Rhodes, (OL), Blue Valley - Missouri Chandler Schantz, (QB), Derby - Southern Illinois Tanner Wood, (DE/LB), Conway Springs - Kansas State
Junior College athletes who signed with D-1 Schools after two years.
Josh Kirkland, St. Mary, Syracuse Blake Bean, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Buffalo John McClure, Wichita Heights, Arkansas Torrel Safford, Topeka High, South Florida Dreamius Smith, Wichita Heights, West Virginia Tate Omli, Ell Saline, Northern Iowa Max Martinez, Bishop Carroll, Stony Brook
Kody Cook, Louisburg, Kansas State Michael Mesh, Hutchinson, Kansas Terrell Lane, Norton, East Carolina Solomon Normore, Wichita, New Mexico Miguel Johns, Indiana State
Coffeyville: Justice Berry, Gardner Edgerton, Indiana State Brandon Willingham, Olathe East, Southern Illinois Cameron McLain, Gardner Edgerton, Missouri State
Dodge City: Information not available online
Garden City: Keith Curran, Garden City, Lamar University
Fort Scott: Chris Mayer, Shawnee, Lamar University Devyn McPhaull, Lansing, Missouri Southern Bradley Hefley, Riverton, Oklahoma