Posted On: 07/18/20 4:24 PM

As defensive schemes evolve defensive ends and linebackers fill the up the highlight reels.

Kansas, a proud beef-producing state, has backers and ends scattered all over the Preseason Class of 2021 Top 200. This scouting report focuses on some of the best defensive stars from the smaller schools in Kansas.

DL, Christien HawksChristienHawks6'5" | DLNorton County | 2021StateKS, 6’6”, 250, Norton Community (Ranked No. 10) – Hawks is a beast and fast off the line. He could play on the defensive line or linebacker. He also plays tackle of offense and has serious run blocking skills. He was an honorable mention player for the 2019 Class 2A All-State Team.

DL, Colton CrookColtonCrook6'2" | DLValley Heights | 2021StateKS, 6’2”, 240, Valley Heights (Ranked No. 136) – Crook plays low and with balance. He knows how to fill a gap and finish tackles. He could be a game-changer for a defense at the next level.

LB, Gerardo RathburnGerardoRathburn5'5" | LBBelle Plaine | 2021StateKS, 5’5”, 150, Belle Plain (Ranked No. 146) – Rathburn also plays running back for Belle Plain, however, his college future more than likely will be at linebacker. He flows to the football well and has great closing speed.

LB, Evan HainesEvanHaines6'1" | LBValley Hieghts | 2021StateKS, 6’1”, 170, Valley Heights (Ranked

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