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A look at some of the region’s top football players

Here is a look at some of the top high school football players in the region. Many have already chosen the college they want to attend. Others still hope to catch the attention of college recruiters.

All want to get back to the field and play.

Jakailin Johnson
Cornerback Jakailin Johnson is ranked No. 1 in Missouri and is the No. 43 recruit overall in the nation. The 6-foot, 168-pound De Smet Jesuit senior has committed to Ohio State. He is rated as the fourth-best corner in the nation. He went through at least 25 college offers before picking Ohio State over such schools as Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Johnson made 42 tackles and had seven interceptions last season. He was a Class 6 all-state, first-team choice by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and a Metro Catholic Conference first-team selection.

Gabriel Rubio
Gabriel Rubio is ranked No. 2 in Missouri. The Lutheran St. Charles senior is a 6-5.5, 290-pound defensive tackle from St. Peters. He has committed to Notre Dame. He is the son of former NFL defensive end Angel Rubio. Out of 20 college offers, he picked the Fighting Irish. Last fall, Rubio racked up 117 tackles, 46 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. He was the Archdiocesan Athletic Association small division defensive player of the year and a Class 3 all-state, first-team selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

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Brody Wisecarver
Brody Wisecarver, a 6-4, 317-pound offensive tackle for De Smet Jesuit has committed to Illinois. He picked Illinois over Arizona, Iowa State and Kentucky, among others. Wisecarver was crucial up front as the Spartans rushed for more than 3,800 yards and scored 55 touchdowns. He was a Class 6 first-team, all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and a first-team Metro Catholic Conference selection.

Taj Butts
Taj Butts is a 5-11, 205-pound running back who has committed to Missouri. Ranked the No. 41 running back in the country, the De Smet Jesuit senior has been very productive over two seasons with 2,008 rushing yards in just 228 carries to go along with 31 touchdowns. He picked the Tigers over Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State and Kentucky, among others. One of three running backs that shared duties, Butts finished with a team-high 1,279 yards rushing and scored 18 touchdowns. He was named to the Class 6 all-state, first team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

Rico Barfield
Running back Rico Barfield, who is 6-feet and 215 pounds, has committed to Ball State. He had several college offers including Kansas, Purdue, Iowa State, and Washington State. He rushed for 1,148 yards and 18 touchdowns last season for De Smet Jesuit.

Kaden McMullen
The 6-3, 182-pound Kaden McMullen is a quarterback for O’Fallon Christian. He remains undecided on his college choice. McMullen has been extremely productive, throwing for 4,784 yards and 43 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He has seven offers, including Alabama A&M, Idaho, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.r

Chevalier “Chevy” Brenson
Wide receiverrecevier Chevalier “Chevy” Brenson, of O’Fallon, has not committed to a college team yet. The 6-4, 195-pound CBC senior has Illinois as one of two Power Five Conference programs listed in his favorites along with Kansas State. Brenson’s other four choices are Memphis, Colorado State, Toledo and Ball State. A big and physical receiver, Brenson also has offers from Southern Illinois, Austin Peay, Missouri State and Army. He’s got 21 offers overall, including Western Michigan and Northern Iowa.

Mekhi Wingo
Mekhi Wingo is a 6-foot, 280-pound defensive tackle for De Smet Jesuit, who has committed to Missouri. He picked the Tigers over Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State. Wingo had a whopping 15 sacks to go along with 97 tackles for the state champion Spartans. He was named the Class 6 defensive player of the year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Metro Catholic Conference co-defensive player of the year.

Dakote Doyle-Robinson
Defensive tackle Dakote Doyle-Robinson of De Smet Jesuit has committed to Baylor. The 6-1, 270-pounder picked Baylor over offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Michigan State and Washington State.

Hutson Lillibridge
Offensive guard Hutson Lillibridge, of De Smet Jesuit, has cot committed yet. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Lillibridge was a key to the Spartans’ offensive attack in last year’s state championship season. He was a Metro Catholic Conference first-team selection.

Darez Snider
All-purpose back Darez Snider was the third running back in the Spartans’ attack last season. The 5-6, 176-pound De Smet Jesuit senior has committed to Miami of Ohio.

Chris Kreh
Chris Kreh is a 5-11 and 192-pound workhorse for the Mustangs. Kreh led the St. Louis region with 2,238 yards. That set a Marquette High single-season school record. Kreh scored 30 touchdowns and was named the Suburban West Conference American Division’s offensive player of the year. He also was a Class 6 first-team, all-state choice by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

Kalin Black
Kalin Black is a 6-2, 200-pound receiver for O’Fallon Christian. Black caught 53 passes for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns last fall. He averaged almost 22 yards per catch.

Connor Throneberry
Connor Throneberry is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tackle who helped open up holes for a ground attack that Chris Kreh took advantage of on the Marquette offensive line. He was a Class 6 all-state, second team choice by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and a first-team Suburban West Conference American Division selection. He is verbally committed to play baseball at Penn State.

Parker Monnig
Parker Monnig is a 6-foot, 195-pound edge rusher on defense for Fort Zumwalt North. Monnig led the St. Louis region last fall with 24 sacks. He also recorded 84 tackles.

Carter Edwards
The 6-1, 225-pound Carter Edwards made a team-high 126 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions playing linebacker for the state champion De Smet Jesuit. Edwards was a Class 6 first-team all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association. He also was named the Metro Catholic Conference co-defensive player of the year.

Myles Kee
Myles Kee is a 5-10, 170-pound all-purpose player for the Priory Rebels. Kee caught 72 passes for 1,107 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He rushed for three more touchdowns and scored two kick return touchdowns. Keel also kicked three field goals and 21 extra points. On defense, Kee made 31 tackles and two interceptions. Kee was a Class 3 all-state second-team selection at receiver by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

Amar Johnson
Amar Johnson is a 5-11, 175-pound running back for Chaminade. He rushed for 1,296 yards and scored a team-high 17 touchdowns. Johnson was a Class 5 all-state first-team selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association. He also was named as a first-team Metro Catholic Conference selection.

Arlen Harris
A 5-foot-11, 185-pound speed merchant, Arlen Harris rushed 168 times for 1,763 yards and scored 32 touchdowns for Lutheran St. Charles. He averaged more than 10 yards per carry last season. He also was named the Archdiocesan Athletic Association small division offensive player of the year.

Zach Hahn
Zach Hahn is a 6-foot and 175-pound wide receiver. He led CBC with 48 receptions for 738 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Hahn was named a Metro Catholic Conference first-team selection.

Josh Deal
Josh Deal will be a sophomore this season at Francis Howell. The 5-10, 170-pound kicker averaged nearly 57 yards per kickoff last fall. He converted 55 extra-point kicks and made five field goals.

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Carter Davis
Quarterback Carter Davis completed 121 of 207 passes for 2,272 yards last season for Eureka. The 6-2, 170-pounder threw for 22 touchdowns while being intercepted five times. As a sophomore starter, David passed for 1,954 yards with 23 touchdowns. He was intercepted four times. He has offers from Lindenwood University and Quincy University.

AJ Snow
Quarterback and defensive back AJ Snow has made his commitment to play for Navy. The Orchard Farm senior is a versatile athlete, who has recorded a laser-timed 4.5 40-yard dash and a 3.9 short shuttle. He can go eight reps on the bench at 225 pounds.

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