High School Sports

High school football: KC-area FBS scholarship signings

Rockhurst’s A.J. Taylor will play at Wisconsin.
Rockhurst’s A.J. Taylor will play at Wisconsin. along@kcstar.com

KANSAS CITY-AREA FBS SCHOLARSHIP SIGNINGS

Amani Bledsoe

Lawrence

DE

Oklahoma

Bledsoe, the No. 1 recruit in Kansas according to Scout.com, is a 6-foot-5, 272-pound strongside defensive end who recorded 89 tackles and 11 sacks during the fall with the Lions. He won the Buck Buchanan Award as the most outstanding lineman or linebacker in the top two classifications in the Kansas City area.

William Bradley-King

Hogan Prep

DE

Arkansas State

He is only the second player from Hogan Prep to sign a Division I football scholarship. Bradley-King (6-4, 235) had 108 tackles, 13 sacks and two forced fumbles during his senior season.

Charles Carter

Belton

OL

Missouri State

A left tackle, Carter (6-5, 265) was the top lineman on a Pirates team that rushed for nearly 4,000 yards last season. He was on The Star’s All-Metro second team.

Ryan Dorian

Staley

OLB

Northern Colorado

A pass-rushing outside linebacker, Dorian (6-1, 210) recorded 12 sacks during his senior season. He also had 72 total tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Cale Garrett

Kearney

LB

Missouri

A two-time Missouri Class 4 defensive player of the year, Garrett (6-3, 225) flipped his commitment from Navy to Missouri over the weekend. He is Kearney's all-time leading tackler and helped the Bulldogs to the Missouri Class 4 state championship.

Trey Georgie

Lawrence

DT

Illinois State

Georgie (6-5, 270) was a Sunflower League first-team selection on the offensive and defensive lines for the Chesty Lions, who won their first Sunflower title since 1993. They finished the season 10-1 and advanced to the Kansas Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Price Morgan

Lawrence

LB

Air Force Academy

Morgan, a 6-4, 212-pound linebacker, recorded a team-best 123 tackles last season. He also played tight end and finished the season with 265 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 14 receptions. He will play inside linebacker at the Air Force Academy.

Rickey Nichols

Blue Springs South

WR/CB

Missouri State

As a two-way player for the Missouri Class 6 state-champion Jaguars, Nichols (6-2, 175) totaled 1,035 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he had nine pass deflections and an interception.

Josh Pederson

Blue Valley North

TE

Louisiana-Monroe

Pederson (6-5, 210), the son of former Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, led the Mustangs to the Kansas Class 6A regionals with 48 receptions for 677 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also placed second in the golf state tournament as a junior.

Isaiah Simmons

Olathe North

DB

Clemson

Simmons (6-3, 185), who played wide receiver and defensive back, had 82 receptions for 815 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 95 tackles on defense and helped the Eagles advance to the Kansas Class 6A state semifinals.

Greg Sloan

Schlagle

LB

Missouri State

Sloan (6-2, 210) led the Stallions to a winning record for the first time since 2012, with 93 tackles in nine games this season. He had six tackles for a loss, two sacks and a blocked field goal.

A.J. Taylor

Rockhurst

WR

Wisconsin

The top-ranked prospect in Missouri, Taylor (6-0, 190) finished his senior season with 2,560 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 1,721 yards and 16 touchdowns but will move to wide receiver with the Badgers.

Bryce Torneden

Lawrence Free State

QB

Kansas

Torneden (5-10, 185), the Firebirds’ quarterback, embraced his role as a dual threat with 1,129 yards on the ground and 1,323 yards through the air. He had a combined 13 touchdowns on offense and recorded 84 tackles and four interceptions at free safety.

Boe Wilson

Lee's Summit West

OL

Nebraska

Injuries disrupted the junior and seniors seasons for Wilson (6-3, 295), who was voted into the Under Armour All-American game last month.

  Comments