I apologize for the lack of material on KCK Preps from me but I have been real busy with a new business that my wife will be leading in KCK. I will share more on this through other channels but I did not realize how much work and effort goes into starting a business. Like in sports, hard work does pay off and I look forward to what the future holds.
Outside of that work I was out and about this week in KCK is a big way. Early in the week I caught wind of a 7 on 7 game being organized at Washington high school. I couldn't turn down the chance to see some of the talent from Washington but got a real treat with who showed up to compete. Isiah Ming, Darrin Hawkins and Terrance Simmons. Simmons is still on the mend from an injury but was in attendance. Ming and Hawkins did not disappoint catching nice TD passes. Young Tyler Stanley got off to a slow start but really settled in late in the matchup.
If first impressions are everything then Washington made a tremendous hire with Coach Salsgiver. He is creating a family atmosphere at Washington and based on the numbers he had out practicing Wednesday night, it is paying off. I won't be scheduling a parade just yet but I was real encouraged with the spirit coming out of Washington.
Salsgiver was holding the practice and I believe got word out about 7 on 7 play. I will say that this is an incredible foot forward for KCK. I appreciate the effort but we will need to get better as the years go on because the KCAL schools we cover are coming up extremly short on this area. The only thing I have to base it on is what is going on out in Piper, Basehor and Bonner Springs which is an organized and professional atmosphere for kids to get better. 7 on 7, weight training and conditioning and unless you have a roster of endless talent you are going to get beat without these activities.
Thursday I found out that Rivals released its top 10 prospects in the state of Kansas. I am extremely happy to report 2 players from our local area made the cut. Ben Johnson out of Basehor who came in at number 4 and Tyler Howell at Bonner Springs was listed as number 10.
Who is Tyler Howell is a question I have been asked a few times since its release?
Howell has the gift of size and played primarily on the defensive line his Junior season. I understand he will be looking to play on both sides of the ball for the Braves this season. He will play left tackle and Wessel will move into the interior of the line. Coach Aslin is doing a fantastic job because this is an impressive line if Howell turns out to be a real prospect. Size is good but you must have desire and toughness. If Aslin is able to bring this out of Howell everyone else better watch out.
Speaking of Aslin I am calling my shot. Aslin is my preseason coach of the year. This means about as much as a hill of beans but it is the best way I know how to say he is doing a good job preparing his team for the upcoming season.
With the news of Howell playing on the offensive line, which will also feature returning starters Wessel and Dumler I am upgrading my Jared Knernshield stock. I would not be surprised to see Jordan Jackson also show off his wheels at the QB position. Hands down he will be the fastest starting QB in the city this year.
Austin Bennett and I held a workout with the KC Bulldawgs who is coached by Rjshad Mordsen and the overall program leader Marcus Blockmon. 13 kids from this team showed up for the session and it was a blast!
I got a good look at the future of KCK football and I will need to find out the young QB (Troy) last name but I think he showed a willingness to be coached and raw ability to have a future in football. Write down this name as well. Marcus Dotson is going to turn some heads for Northwest this upcoming season.
These are the type of programs that lay the foundation for football and deserve the support of the community. I will be sharing some fundraising events they will be holding in the coming months as they prepare for their season. Mordsen and Blockmon are dedicating a lot of hours into the children in this community and much like the team Nick Sloan is working with in basketball doesn't get enough credit.
Rest assured that the company my wife and I are starting will be contributing to programs like this in the future.
Before moving on I want to send a shout out to Thomas Fehlhafer who attended the workout and is from Bonner Springs. I don't know what is in the water in Bonner but there are some smart kids. One moment that stuck out to me was during our 3 of 3 sessions. Thomas comes to the line and is directing traffic. He is making sure his receivers are lined up on the right foot and showing some leadership on the field.
I really thought it was awesome that not only was he a hard working participant but he was paying attention to the details and learning.
We followed that workout Friday up with another at 7:30 AM with the high school players. I got my first upclose look at Tanner Garver (Basehor), Daryl Williams (Harmon), and Hugh Smith (Harmon) and each came ready to work. Garver I believe had a real good session with Austin and Spencer Bennett.
Hugh Smith definitely has some size and I am excited to see him line up at tight end. He could really be a difference maker and showed very good ability to snatch the ball out of the air. He is also on the defensive line so he is definitely a player to keep an eye on.
Trevon Wallace and J'Veyon Browning were also in attendance and working very hard. I have legitimate fear for opponents of Trevon Wallace. I wouldn't want to be in his way nor have the ball with him running at me.
I sent out a tweet and it is worth repeating here. J'Veyon Browning is putting in an incredible amount of work this offseason. I know I am not seeing what everyone else is doing but his work ethic is right up there with Vernon Vaughn.
We will be planning another workout for July 7th. I don't have anything planned for a youth session unless I get a lot of interest before then. I thought it was successful and if interest in it is going to pick up we are definitely interested in hosting. I have created a distribution list for the workouts. If you are interested send me an email. Tell your friends as well.
I would like to talk about the $15 dollar charge for the sessions. First it is my opinion that this is a very affordable price for training. I looked up some quarterback sessions here in the city that can be as much as $75. This unique opportunity to work with Austin (who in my opinion has soaked in more information about football through his experience in college than I will ever know) is building upon the foundation for the city.
Why is this experience unique? I honestly believe Austin is going to be a college coach. I watch how he controls the sessions and how the players respond. Trust me I am listening and watching his every move and learning myself. In the meantime the kids in the city have an opportunity to work with what amounts to a football personal trainer. The price is very fair and worth it and I am thankful for Austin partnering up with me on this idea.
About 99.5% (a man needs his quik trip pepsi) of the money that I take out of the sessions is going into my broadcast here on KCK Preps. I have two major upgrades I want to make before football starts to improve on the quality of the broadcast. If momentum really picks up it will contribute to the 2nd annual football award ceremony as well. I think 2nd annual has a very nice ring to it. Sponsors are welcome!
I am hearing of some speed and agility training taking place with in the city. I am planning to attend and see what is going on there. I will share the details soon.
If you made it this far I want to say thank you. KCK Preps is working to make our sports teams better day by day and your support makes all the difference.