Scout Sneak Peak: 2013 in Kansas

It's never too early to take a look ahead in recruiting, and the state of Kansas has a handful of talented juniors doing some serious damage on Friday nights. While the list will continue to change and grow throughout the 12 months, Scout.com details a few prospects recruitniks may want to keep an eye on from the Sunflower State.

Quarterbacks

Two signal-callers stand out right now in the Class of 2013 - Skyler Windmiller of Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley and Chandler Shantz of Buhler (KS) High.

Windmiller looks to have all the tools as a pro-style quarterback prospect. With good height (6-foot-2) and an already solid frame (180 pounds), he's got a strong, accurate arm and has shown the ability to make virtually any throw a coach could want. His touch on the deep ball can be spotty - at times hitting his man in stride and putting too much air under it at others. He loses steam on his throws when he breaks the pocket, and is much more polished with his feet set.

Windmiller is a decent athlete as well, and has shown an ability to keep plays alive with his feet and do some damage on the ground. Through four games, he has completed 59.3-percent of his pass attempts and is averaging more than 250 yards a game, with 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions. The Jaguars are currently undefeated.

Shantz is a very intriguing prospect. His numbers really aren't going to stand out in the run-heavy offense of Buhler head coach Steve Warner. Heck, through four games senior tailback Tanner Fisher has racked up 677 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 46 carries - a staggering 14.72 yards per carry average. The Crusaders have already broken the 1,000 yards mark as a team on the ground this season, and are undefeated at 4-0. So, as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, why fix it?

It's hard to ignore Shantz's physical attributes, however. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he's a fine athlete and extremely mobile for his size. He's got a live arm, too, and his film shows he's capable of powering it in to tight spots when needed.

His mechanics, however need serious work. Not only are they inconsistent but he throws with a sidearm sling at times. But he throws well on the run - losing very little velocity in the process - and when he does set his feet in the pocket, maintaining that high and quick release, he shows a great deal of promise.

Athletes

Wichita (KS) Collegiate is used to fielding deep, talented teams, and though they're off to an uncharacteristically rocky start in 2011 with a 2-2 record, there's still plenty of talent on the roster.

Two of the more exciting juniors are the backfield duo of Markus Phox and Isaiah Franklin. Neither has the look of a quarterback (Phox) or tailback (Franklin) at the D-1 level right now, but both have the athleticism that will earn them looks from programs, once attention shifts to the junior class in the spring.

Though somewhat undersized, Franklin is a long-strider in the open field who possesses deceptive speed and good instincts with the ball in his hands. He's a potential slot receiver at the next level.

While pulling double-duty for the Spartans in the defensive backfield as well as at quarterback, Phox is a total playmaker. At 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds he's got excellent size, speed, and short-area athleticism. He's not afraid to stick his nose in on the run game as well, and could have a bright future at corner - or potentially at receiver with his shiftiness and speed.

Running Backs

The numbers Dodge City (KS) High running back Parker Davis is putting up are like something out of a video game. Through four games, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound tailback is averaging 216 yards per game on the ground, racking up 867 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Parker isn't a guy who will wow onlookers with his speed in the open field, but he powers through arm tackles and shows excellent quickness and vision in the hole, as well as cutback ability downfield. Strong, more quick than fast, and tough, if he continues to grow he'll really be a load to handle.

Kansas City (KS) Schlagle tailback J'Veyon Browning isn't far behind. In fact, he's averaging more yards per carry (9.48 to 9.22) than Parker, though fewer carries and fewer yards per game, as well as significantly fewer scores.

We haven't had a chance to scout Browning in person and the film available on him is limited, but what is out there shows a back with a nice blend of power and speed who doesn't always bounce everything outside - as so many athletes are prone to do at this level. We look forward to getting a chance to see him live this year, and following his development.

Tight End

Anthony Miller is something of a utility man as a collegiate prospect - which isn't a bad thing in the least. The Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley Southwest prospect has a big frame at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds and is an excellent athlete for his size. He's a powerful blocker in the running game as a tight end for Southwest, shows good burst off the edge and strength as a pass rusher at defensive end, and depending on how quickly he grows could become an offensive tackle at the next level.

At this point, our guess is as a defensive end. There's such a premium placed on pass rushers, and with his length, quickness and strength he could develop into an excellent one.

Offensive Tackle

If one were building a prototypical left tackle prospect, it would probably come out looking a lot like Clay Rhodes. The junior from Stilwell (KS) Blue Valley needs to pack on some weight - as he currently tips the scales at 245 pounds - but he's got plenty of time in which to do so, and he has tantalizing measurables everywhere else. Standing 6-foot-6 with a condor-esque wingspan, he's exceptionally quick for a lineman and an excellent pass blocker in Blue Valley's spread offense.

While he could stand to be a little more aggressive while drive blocking in the running game, he still collects his share of pancakes and that prowess will come with additional weight, strength and time. It's no coincidence Rhodes is already on the radar of several big-time programs, including the likes of Oklahoma State and TCU.


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