Transfers expected to impact their new teams

By: Matt Gilmore, Kpreps Editor
Sep 2, 2013

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Here’s a quick look at some notable kids that are playing for a different school this fall. This is by no means a complete list, but instead just a handful of guys that we think will have an impact for their new team.

Caleb Arnold, LB/S, Garden Plain to Derby

A starting quarterback at Garden Plain last fall, Arnold (6-2, 200) left the Owls to join one of the most talented teams in Kansas at Derby.  He will reportedly play primarily at linebacker or strong safety for Derby.

Heath Davidson, FB/DL/LB, Buhler to Hutchinson

Davidson is a strong fullback/defensive lineman/linebacker that spent his first two seasons at Buhler before transferring to Hutchinson.  Davidson (6-1, 235) earned honorable mention All-Area recognition by the Hutchinson News as a sophomore last season. He was also named honorable mention All Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League as a fullback/linebacker.

Kyler Ehm, OL/DL, Towanda-Circle to Wichita Collegiate

Ehm (6-3, 255) was an honorable mention All AVCTL-IV selection at Towanda-Circle last season.  He is expected to help Collegiate out on the offensive and defensive lines.

Drake Markley, OL/DL, Pittsburg to Girard

Markley (6-2, 230) earned All Southeast Kansas League honors as a defensive end as a sophomore last season at Pittsburg High.  He should immediately help the Trojans which took a large hit to graduation, but do return Kevin Rowe and Devin Vail on the offensive line.

Jordan Reed, QB/S, Rose Hill to Wichita Independent

Reed (6-3, 185) is a senior quarterback with a good deal of potential.  He spent the last season as a back-up at Rose Hill, but should be an impact addition under center for Independent.  He has a good arm and the agility to get out of the pocket if needed.

Jimmie Swain, LB, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) to Olathe North

Swain (6-3, 215) is an imposing linebacker that transferred back to Olathe North after spending his junior season at Lee’s Summit (Mo.).  Swain, who has verbally committed to TCU, played his sophomore season at Olathe North.  He should help anchor the defense on a talented team that looks to improve upon a 3-7 season in coach Gene Weir’s second season back with the Eagles.

Bret Waddell, WR, Rose Hill to Wichita Collegiate

Waddell was the primary receiving threat for the Rockets during the 2012 season.  He caught 54 passes for 967 yards and 11 touchdowns, including a 210-yard, three-touchdown effort against El Dorado.  Waddell will be a welcome addition to the Spartans and quarterback Landon Root who has verbally committed to Northern Illinois.  Also of note, Waddell’s younger brother Austin, a quarterback, also transferred to Collegiate.

Josh Watson, RB, Liberty (Mo.) to Olathe South

Watson is a speedy running back that may get the pleasure of running behind Braden Smith after transferring from Liberty (Mo.).  Just a sophomore, Watson could also be a factor in the return game for the Falcons for years to come.

Ryan Willis, QB, Olathe East to Bishop Miege

Junior quarterback Ryan Willis will try and be the third consecutive Division I quarterback to play at Bishop Miege.  The Stags graduated Montell Cozart (Kansas) last season and Max Shortell (Minnesota/Jacksonville State) in 2010. Willis (6-4, 195) transferred from Olathe East where he never started at the varsity level.  Regardless, Willis has already received a scholarship offer from Kansas State.

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