Prep Kickoff 2017: Five Class 3A Players to Watch




6-1, 215, SENIOR, RB/LB

A driving force behind Phillipsburg’s run to the 2015 Class 2-1A state title as a sophomore, Coomes had a coming out party in the title game that year rushing for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns in a thrilling win over Troy. It was merely an indication of what was in store and last year as a junior, the bruising back barrelled his way to 1,545 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s far from a one-way star, leading the Panther defense with 94 tackles and 5 tackles for loss last year from his linebacker spot.


6-3, 240, SENIOR, OT/DT

A fixture on Galena’s offensive and defensive lines each of the past two seasons, Little earned first-team All-Class 3A honors last year. Defensively, he had 40 tackles and eight sacks while offensively he helped clear the way for an attack which averaged 35.8 points per game.


6-5, 265, SENIOR, DE/RB

Kansas State tapped Cimarron once before for a standout defensive end, Ian Campbell, and the Wildcats hope they’ve struck gold again with Pickle, who is committed to the program. A four-year starter, Pickle has the size and athleticism college recruiters drool over and he’s earned first-team All-Hi-Plains League honors since his freshman year. A blocking tight end who may move to running back this year, Pickle’s presence is felt most defensively where he had 106 tackles, 13 sacks and 23 tackles for loss last year at defensive end.


6-3, 210, SENIOR, QB/DB

A starter from his first snap, Ruder burst onto the recruiting scene going into last year and only gained even more acclaim going into his senior season. Fielding a number of Division I offers after throwing for 1,598 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for another 746 yards and 16 touchdowns, Ruder committed to North Carolina. The strong-armed athlete who also stars in basketball is blessed with size and speed and a strong competitive desire.


6-0, 240, SENIOR, OL/DL

Relentless. That’s the best way Garden Plain coach Ken Dusenbury could describe Youngers, a returning unanimous two-way, first-team All-Central Plains League pick a year ago. With a combined squat, bench and clean of more than 1,000 pounds, Younger has built a work ethic that leads by example for the Owls. Youngers had 57 tackles and 8 tackles for loss a year ago while also powering a dynamic Garden Plain offense.



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