After Further Review: Cole Young 7/6

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: July 6, 2015 - 8:53 AM



Every year around the 4th of July my wife, who is a teacher, starts talking about the school year starting in just a little over a month.

And while she’s not necessarily excited about that, we can all be excited about the fact that with the new school year starting means a new football season is starting too.  What’s even crazier is jamborees for Missouri teams are only six weeks away.

Until then, there’s a lot of weight lifting, running and time to analyze and ponder.

Since I don’t have to be ready to play in August I’ll skip the weight lifting and running and instead do some pondering.

Here are three things I’m interested in about the upcoming season.

Jabril Cox- His season was cut short due to injury and before getting hurt led one of the most high-octane offenses in the city at Raytown South. Back for his senior year, I think he’s a guy that is going to surprise some teams and scouts.  Right now he has three offers, all from FCS schools. He’ll have more than that by the end of the year.

Cox is the under-the-radar guy for me but there’s a lot of other stars to watching this year too, including A.J.Taylor who has a laundry list of offers and Skylar Thompson who has verbally committed to Kansas State.

Blue Valley North- I had a chance to watch the Mustangs play in the 7-on-7 tournament at Lee’s Summit North. And yes, I realize it’s 7-on-7, but I think they gained a lot from the success they had there. In the semifinals they defeated Kearney and lost in overtime to Bishop Miege, two of the areas proudest programs.

Success, no matter when or where you get it, breeds success. Sure they haven’t had a lot of success the last few years, but you could tell watching them compete even in shorts that there is confidence now.

Lots of new faces- There are new coaches from Eudora to Clinton. Which coaches will find success early?

The obvious pick for biggest shoes to fill is Chris McCartney replacing Gene Wier. As a longtime assistant you would think it would be business as usual for Olathe North.

It’s going to be a fun season, but let’s try and enjoy these last few weeks of summer first.