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The 50 best high school football players in Kentucky this year ... and a few more

Belfry running back Derek Wellman ran for 74 yards in the first half. The Lexington Catholic Knights played the Belfry Pirates in the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, Class 3A Championship, Sunday, Dec. 06, 2015 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
Belfry running back Derek Wellman ran for 74 yards in the first half. The Lexington Catholic Knights played the Belfry Pirates in the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, Class 3A Championship, Sunday, Dec. 06, 2015 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

In terms of the level of talent it yields from Paducah to Pikeville, Kentucky is a football state. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The following is a preseason list of the Herald-Leader’s top 50 football players in the state, as selected by coaches and sportswriter Josh Moore and presented in alphabetical order.

(Click each player’s name for his Hudl highlights.)

Player

School

Grade

Position

Ht./Wt.

Beau Allen

Lexington Catholic

So.

QB

6-2/180

Charles Allen

Doss

Sr.

OG

6-3/290

Tyrese Allen

Paintsville

Sr.

TE/DL

6-4/285

Ethan Bingham

Johnson Central

Sr.

OL

6-6/300

Parker Bisek

Ryle

Sr.

OL

6-3/295

Shannon Bishop

Pleasure Ridge Park

Sr.

CB

5-9/160

Tanner Bowles

Glasgow

Jr.

OL

6-5/280

Will Bramel

Boyle County

Sr.

OL

6-6/280

Jairus Brents

Waggener

Sr.

CB

5-10/178

Kameron Butler

Covington Catholic

Sr.

DE/LB

6-3/233

Jared Casey

Ballard

Jr.

LB

6-3/220

Jake Chisholm

Ryle

Sr.

RB

5-9/185

Justice Dingle

Bowling Green

Sr.

LB

6-2/243

Zack Ferris

Pulaski County

Sr.

OL

6-5/311

Trevon Faulkner

Mercer County

Sr.

CB/WR

6-4/195

Cameron Garrett

St. Xavier

Sr.

WR

6-2/185

Don Harris

Danville

Sr.

LB/RB

5-9/180

Dayveon Higgs

Male

Sr.

LB/RB

6-0/205

Stephen Herron

Trinity

Jr.

DE

6-4/235

Bryan Hudson

Scott County

Jr.

OL/DL

6-4/285

Shawnkel Knight-Goff

Doss

Jr.

DE

6-4/210

Ziyon Kenner

Bowling Green

Sr.

WR

5-9/160

Jacob Lacey

South Warren

Jr.

DT

6-2/300

Kolbe Langhi

Christian County

Sr.

QB

6-5/220

Dayton LeBlanc

Frederick Douglass

Sr.

DL

6-1/280

Josh Lifson

Kentucky Country Day

Sr.

TE

6-4/210

Trey Livingood

Madison Southern

Sr.

OL

6-3/290

AJ Mayer

Covington Catholic

Sr.

QB

6-3/200

Rondale Moore

Trinity

Sr.

WR

5-9/174

Walker Parks

Lexington Christian

So.

OL/DL

6-6/225

Mitchell Paycheck

Boyle County

Sr.

DL

5-11/245

Tahj Rice

Waggener

Sr.

DE

6-4/287

Trel Riley

Caldwell County

Jr.

CB

6-0/169

Wandale Robinson

Western Hills

Jr.

WR/RB

5-8/160

Ean Shaw

Lafayette

Sr.

LB

6-1/210

Wyatt Smock

St. Xavier

Sr.

OL

6-4/282

Corey Smith

Hazard

Sr.

RB/LB

5-11/217

Kadin Smith

Spencer County

Sr.

LB/RB

6-0/190

Reese Smith

Boyle County

So.

WR/DB

5-11/175

Dawson Stalker

Johnson Central

Sr.

DL

6-4/300

Vito Tisdale

Bowling Green

So.

RB

6-1/185

Dalton Tucker

Bourbon County

Sr.

OL/DE

6-6/295

Terez Traynor-x

Doss

Sr.

Athlete

6-3/167

Cory Trice

Christian County

Sr.

S

6-2/163

JP Vaught

Southwestern

Jr.

WR/DB

5-10/150

JJ Weaver

Moore

Jr.

WR/DE

6-6/220

Derek Wellman

Belfry

Sr.

RB/LB

6-2/210

Dillon Wheatley

Lexington Christian

Sr.

RB/DE

6-0/197

Milton Wright

Louisville Christian

Jr.

CB/WR

6-3/190

Drew Zaubi

South Oldham

Sr.

QB

6-4/195

x-expected to miss season with a broken leg

Five more from Lexington: Alex Bard, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Ramond Jackson, Henry Clay; Chris Jones, Bryan Station; Dameon Jones, Lexington Catholic; Cam Workman, Tates Creek.

Five more from Louisville area: Ricky Barber, Doss; Luke Bowman, Central; J.R. Lucas, Collins; Nick Olsofka, Christian Academy-Louisville; Rae’Von Vaden, Moore.

Five more from eastern Kentucky: Peyton Blackburn, Shelby Valley; Cameron Jones, Knott County Central; Braxton Ratliff, Ashland Blazer; Cameron Sizemore, Corbin; Noah West, Lawrence County.

Five more from central Kentucky: Glenn Covington, Scott County; Ethan Hahn, Madison Central; Titus Ransom, Bourbon County; Cooper Robb, Scott County; Carter Smith, Madison Southern.

Five more from northern Kentucky: Brayden Burch, Beechwood; Tad Fisher, Bracken County; Austin Hoeh, Campbell County; Dalton Kindt, Mason County; Mason Smith, Walton-Verona.

Five more from western Kentucky: Jackson Adams, Greenwood; Imonte Owsley, Owensboro; Heath Simmons, Ohio County; Will Warren, Owensboro Catholic; Von Williams, Owensboro Catholic.

Five more from everywhere else: Jay Becherer, Elizabethtown; Wiley Cain, Pulaski County; Patric Edwards, Southwestern; Mason Sullivan, Marion County; Preston Tucker, Casey County.

Bryan Station football head coach Frank Parks, who's in his sixth season with the team, spoke with the reporter Josh Moore and news assistant Rick Childress about the 2017 season.

Frederick Douglass High School football players Montaveon Bean, Dayton LeBlanc and Jake O'Buck spoke with Josh Moore about the program's inaugural season.

Lafayette football head coach Eric Shaw spoke with sportswriter Josh Moore ahead of the start of the 2017 high school football season in Kentucky.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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