Here is a look at some of St. Louis County’s top high school football players. 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.
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.
Taj Butts is a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back who has committed to the University of Missouri. Ranked the No. 41 running back in the country, the De Smet Jesuit senior, over two seasons, has 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.
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.
Chevalier “Chevy” Brenson
Wide recevier Chevalier “Chevy” Brenson, has not committed to a college team yet. The 6-foot-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.
Mekhi Wingo is a 6-foot, 280-pound defensive tackle for De Smet Jesuit, who has committed to University of 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 Class 6 defensive player of the year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Metro Catholic Conference’s co-defensive player of the year.
Defensive tackle Dakote Doyle-Robinson of De Smet Jesuit has committed to Baylor. The 6-foot-1, 270-pounder picked Baylor over offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Michigan State and Washington State.
Offensive guard Hutson Lillibridge, of De Smet Jesuit, has not 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.
All-purpose back Darez Snider was the third running back in the Spartans’ attack last season. The 5-foot-6, 176-pound De Smet Jesuit senior has committed to Miami of Ohio.
Chris Kreh is a 5-foot-11, 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.
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.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Carter Edwards made a team-high 126 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions playing linebacker for 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’s co-defensive player of the year.
Myles Kee is a 5-foot-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. Kee 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 is a 5-foot-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.
Zach Hahn is a 6-foot, 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.
Quarterback Carter Davis completed 121 of 207 passes for 2,272 yards last season for Eureka. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder threw for 22 touchdowns while being intercepted five times. As a sophomore starter, Davis passed for 1,954 yards with 23 touchdowns. He was intercepted four times. He has offers from Lindenwood University and Quincy University.