World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter attended Papillion-La Vista South football practice Thursday. Here are his observations.
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Papillion-La Vista South had a trip to the playoffs and finished with a 4-6 record in 2017. The Titans return key contributors on both sides of the ball — A 1,000-yard rusher, starting quarterback and the team's leading tackler.
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Senior running back Chandler Cotton is one of the best backs in the state. Cotton rushed for 1,070 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017. Cotton has the speed, strength and power to be the focal point of the Titans' offense in 2018.
Senior quarterback David Foresman enters his third season as a starter. Foresman passed for 1,376 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017. He has a strong arm, complete control of the offense and can beat teams in the running game when needed.
Junior Dallas Rogers has natural instincts as a middle linebacker, evident by his team-leading 121 tackles in 2017. Rogers is the defensive leader and should easily surpass 100 tackles again in 2018.
The receiving corps, led by seniors Chase Norblade and Tony Nisotis, is strong. Norblade, also a starter at cornerback, has received four Division II scholarship offers after making the switch from linebacker and quarterback before the 2017 season.
Depth and size on the offensive line is a question for the Titans in 2018. Juniors Tom Rapaich (6-foot, 225 pounds) and Blake Sudbeck (6-1, 285) will anchor the interior of the offensive line.
On the defensive line, 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior Trajen Lineer looks to be a breakout performer in 2018. Lineer, a defensive end, was a bright spot Thursday, flashing speed and strength as both a pass rusher and run stopper. Lineer should get himself on the radar of college recruiters with a strong season.