Player Spotlight: Devante Bausby

At Hogan Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, Devante Bausby recruitment is gaining steam heading into his senior season with some recent strong performances at summer camps. The very athletic prospect is being looked at by colleges on both sides of the ball having played well at both cornerback and wide receiver.

In a stand-out junior year, Bausby made 1st team All-State (Division 2) at wide receiver in the coach's poll and AP 1st team All-State at cornerback. He also picked up an All-Metro honorable mention at cornerback. Bausby, 6-2, 165, has 4.5 speed in the 40, features a 35-inch vertical leap, and a 9-10 in the broad jump.

"So far I've been to few camps this summer," said Bausby. "There was a 7-on-7 camp in Kansas City, another 7-on-7 at K-State which we made it to the final four. Then next week we go to an Under Amour camp in Duncanville, Texas outside of Dallas."

Although Bausby has yet to receive an offer he's been garnering heavy interest from Kansas State, Missouri State, Maryville, and North Dakota State, as well as attention from Vanderbilt and Nebraska.

"They love me at Kansas State and Missouri State," said Bausby. "Those are my top two. Getting to tour Kansas State was nice. I got a chance to meet the legendary coach, Bill Snyder. I loved the position coach, Michael Smith. He's a great guy. They have a storied tradition and great fans."

Bausby made 34 catches as a junior for 992 yards with eight touchdowns in Missouri's Freelance League. He made six interceptions on the defensive side of the ball as a corner. In one of his best games against East (Kansas City) High School, Bausby had five catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns while taking in a couple of picks on the other side of the ball.

"I play with a go-and-get-it mentality," Bausby said of his game. "If it's up for grabs I'm going to be the one coming down with it. With my speed I can create separation on deep routes. I catch anything that comes my way. I had only three drops all year, and those came at the beginning of the season."

Hogan made a good playoff run last season making it to the state semi-finals. Even though they lost 12 starters from that team, Bausby feels there won't be much of a drop off if any.

"I'm going to need to step up as a vocal leader to pump this team up," said Bausby. "Even though we lost all those guys this team is still contenders and may be even better because we're more focused, dedicated, and are working hard on the field and in the weight room.

"Individually, I like to get over 1,000 yards receiving, came close last year, and double digits in touchdowns. On defense I want to continue to prove myself and have more interceptions than I had last year."

Bausby knows with a big showing as a senior a lot of the college attention he's been receiving could very well turn into offers.

"I'd like to go somewhere with a winning tradition, with great fans, great coaches, and that offers a good education," Bausby said of a college choice. "I'm not sure what I'd like to major in, but I'm looking at either Communications or Business."

Devante Bausby wears No. 84 for the Hogan Rams. They open their season against Mountain View Liberty on August 28th.

Bausby has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the classroom with an 18 scored on the ACT. He also runs track at the school where he helped his team to a second place finish in state in the 4x1 and 4x2 relay.

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