Prep Kickoff 2017: Five Class 4A Division II Players to Watch

FIVE STATE PLAYERS TO WATCH: CLASS 4A DIVISION II

 

KYLE ANDERSON, SMOKY VALLEY

6-2, 200, SENIOR, RB/LB

Smoky Valley was a surprise team in Class 4A division II and Anderson was a big reason why. After a modest sophomore season where he ran for 371 yards, Anderson became the focal point of the Vikings’ offense and responded with a huge junior season, rushing for 1,436 yards and 16 touchdowns highlighted by a school-record 339-yard effort against Haven. He’s also had 113 tackles in the last two seasons.

MAC COPELAND, WICHITA COLLEGIATE

6-4, 245, SENIOR, OL/DL

One of the state’s top lineman recruits, Copeland has already committed to Kansas. A two-way first-team All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League pick last year, Copeland has been a top blocker for a potent Spartan offense, helping the 2015 team to a runner-up finish in Class 3A. Defensively, he made 29 tackles while drawing double teams up the middle. With a max bench of 335 and squat of 415, Copeland combines strength with explosiveness and great feet.

SAM EDDINGTON, COLUMBUS

6-0, 250, SENIOR, RT/DT

Columbus had to virtually start over a year ago after graduating a steller senior class which produced a state runner-up finish in 2014 and semifinal showing in 2015. The rock the Titans built around a year ago was Eddington, who will be a four-year starter and was a first-team All-Class 4A Division II pick last year. A 4.0 student in the classroom, Eddington was runner-up in the 242-pound class at the 4A state powerlifting meet and is a two-time All-CNC first-team selection..

JORDAN SCHIPPERS, COLBY

6-1, 185, JUNIOR, RB/OLB

Whether lined up in the backfield or split out wide, Schippers is a dangerous threat once he gets the ball in his hand. Emerging as Colby’s primary playmaker last year as a sophomore, Schippers averaged 11.1 yards every time he touched the ball, finishing with 919 yards rushing and 784 receiving with a total of 27 touchdowns. The 4.0 student was a first-team All-Great West Activities Conference selection and is poised for an even bigger junior year after being the Eagles’ lifter of the year in the offseason.

TRAVIS THEIS, PRATT

5-10, 180, JUNIOR, RB

Thrust into action at quarterback as a freshman, Theis found a home in the Pratt backfield at tailback as a sophomore and exploded onto the state scene in a big way. He fueled Pratt’s run to the Class 4A Division II state championship, rushing for 1,975 yards and 27 touchdowns — a season punctuated with dominating 270-yard, 4-touchdown effort in the championship game against Hayden. Powerful (515 squad, 335 clean) and explosive, Theis already has established himself as one of the best backs in Greenback history.

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