Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

Barron will bolster Coffeyville defense

March 15, 2007

Former Lansing High football player Ryan Robbins was one of the most feared and most noticeable presences on the field during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

His replacement in the starting lineup was a pretty good player, too.

Robbins' replacement at defensive end - Angelo Barron - was so good, in fact, that he earned the opportunity to play football next year at Coffeyville Community College.

Barron is one of four seniors on the 2006 football squad who will play college football. His demeanor may have been the most quiet out of the four, but his presence was large.

"He was able to step in and do that job as a junior when Robbins was off the field, and he did a good job for us," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said. "And this year he steps right into that role, and it was like we didn't miss a beat there."

Barron tallied 40 tackles, good for seventh on the team, and also recovered a fumble. His presence on Lansing's strongest side forced opponents to alter their game plan, Pekarek said.

"They actually ran away from him this past year because we had Joe Kohl on that side, we had Justin Smith on that side and we had Angelo on that side," Pekarek said, noting that three of the team's top seven tacklers were on that side.

Barron's season was solid enough to capture the attention of a number of junior colleges. Of those schools, Coffeyville ultimately won his heart.

"Coffeyville is a pretty good team, so that means a lot to me just being able to go to Coffeyville," he said. "When I took my visit I thought it was pretty cool because it seemed like the team was a big family, like around here. That's how it felt."

Coffeyville is one of the traditional powers of the Jayhawk Conference, arguably the top junior college football conference in the country. The Red Ravens posted a 7-4 record this season and finished the year ranked No. 13 nationally.

Barron will play defensive end at Coffeyville, but he said he needs to get bigger and stronger before then.

"The coaches kept telling me to eat at the buffet," Barron said with a laugh. "So I guess they want me to gain more weight."

After his playing days at Coffeyville are done, Barron said he plans to attend the Virginia Military Institute and become a marine. If football is included in those plans, he said he'd embrace it.

Coffeyville has a history of placing players at four-year schools. Twenty-four players from this year's team have signed with four-year programs. Among those programs are Kansas State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Baylor, Bowling Green, New Mexico, Indiana, Washington State and Pittsburgh.

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