Big-play WRs, RBs gaining yards and recruiting interest

Andy Hamilton
Creston-Oriant-Macksburg running back Chase Shiltz (24) has rushed for 209, 212 and 205 yards in his last three games.

Trey Burt and Dom Flemister rocketed up the state receiving charts last week with record-setting performances.

Michael Santi, Coy Roussell and Chase Shiltz have stayed at the top of the Iowa high school football’s rushing list with clock-like consistency.

All five have captured the attention of opposing defensive coordinators. They’re beginning to make college football coaches pay notice as well.

Trey Burt, Waterloo West: The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver smashed his school’s single-game record for receiving yards when he hauled in eight passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns on Friday in a 34-12 win against Mason City.

The performance highlighted an element Burt has added to his game this year when he became a bigger threat in the vertical passing game.

“Every year he’s gotten better,” Waterloo West coach Lonnie Moore said. “His sophomore year, he was more of a possession receiver. Last year, he was a possession receiver with a little bit more speed. This year, he’s the whole package.”

It certainly doesn’t hurt that Burt has a Division I prospect throwing him passes. Waterloo West quarterback Devon Moore has been offered scholarships by Iowa State, Toledo and Illinois State.

Interest from FCS programs is beginning to pick up for Burt, too.

“I really believe he’s an FCS player,” Lonnie Moore said. “Just looking at some of the receivers I’ve seen go to that level through my years of coaching, I believe he’s one of those guys.”

Dom Flemister, Sioux City East: The Black Raiders expected Flemister to increase his production as a senior. They didn’t expect him to increase it this much.

Most of the Sioux City East passes last year went to Austin Ahrendt, who set a Class 4A record with 98 receptions. Flemister pulled in 20 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

He’s already gone well past those figures this season. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior caught six passes for 259 yards — a 43.2-yard average — and four touchdowns in the first half Friday during a 56-7 win against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln.

“We’ve had some pretty good receivers the last five years and he ranks right there with all of them,” Sioux City East coach Bob Goodvin said. “He’s got very good speed, he understands how to run a route and he understands leverage. He’s worked really hard in the weight room in the offseason. Two years ago he weighed 140 pounds.”

Michael Santi, Madrid: The junior running back continues to pick up yards at pace fast enough to wear out the chain gang. Santi averaged 14.4 yards per carry as a sophomore when he finished with 1,660 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s averaging 14.3 this season.

His lowest per-carry average in a game this season came Friday when he picked up 284 yards on 21 carries — a 13.5-yard clip — and scored five touchdowns in a 44-28 win against Ogden.

Coy Roussell, West Delaware: The 5-11, 190-pound senior has been one of the state’s steadiest running backs throughout the past three seasons. He’s closing in on the 4,000-yard mark for his career.

Roussell leads Class 3A in rushing this season, piling up 86 carries for 892 yards and 12 touchdowns during the first four weeks for the second-ranked Hawks. His slowest night of the season came in the opener when he carried 22 times for 186 yards and two scores in a 50-12 win against Western Dubuque.

In the three weeks since, Roussell has gone for 203, 270 and 233 yards.

Chase Shiltz, Creston: Shiltz is a state champion wrestler who will likely have Division I opportunities on the mat. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back could be playing himself into scholarship opportunities in football as well.

“He’s going to start getting looks, no doubt about it,” Creston coach Brian Morrison said. “He could play a lot of different positions. He has good hands. He could play a slot receiver position. Defensively, he could play numerous positions. I guess it just depends on the makeup of the program and what they run offensively and defensively. He’s a good football player.”

Shiltz is fourth on the team in tackles and tied for the squad lead in interceptions and fumble recoveries. He leads Class 3A in rushing touchdowns (14) and he’s third in rushing yards (726).

How’s this for consistency? In his last three outings, he ran for 209, 212 and 205 yards.

“He’s a physical runner for his size,” Morrison said. “He’s shifty. He gets out in the open and not a lot of people are going to catch him. He has all the elements of a good running back.”

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