Even before adding running back Dreamius Smith, Butler Community College probably would have been chosen to win the Jayhawk Conference.
With Smith (who signed originally with the Kansas Jayhawks) in the fold, it’s going to be a little tougher for the other seven teams to dethrone Butler.
The Grizzles were picked to win the conference at Jayhawk Conference Media Day today in Wichita. Hutchinson Community College was projected to finish second followed by Coffeyville and Independence.
Fort Scott, the 2009 conference champion, was picked fifth with Garden City next. Highland and Dodge City rounded out the list.
The rankings are basically the same as last year’s order of finish. Butler went undefeated and Hutch’s only loss was to Butler. Independence and Coffeyville tied for third, Fort Scott was fifth while Highland and Garden City tied for sixth.
KWCH in Wichita reported Smith visited both Butler and Hutchinson before opting for the Grizzles.
“We are very excited and happy to have him,” Butler coach Troy Morrel told KWCH. “I expect him to be a great addition to our team.”
Smith rushed for 1,837 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns to help lead Wichita Heights to the 6A state championship in 2010. He reportedly had good grades in high school but failed to meet the required ACT score.
After several unsuccessful attempts at getting the score required, it was determined Smith couldn’t enroll at KU. He decided to go the juco route for now.
Smith was a three-star player who was rated as the No. 44 running back in the country according to Rivals.com.
Smith joins a crowded and talented Grizzles backfield. Butler returns starting running backs Ben Axon and Jasper Sanders from last year’s squad. Axon ran for 908 yards and nine touchdowns. Sanders ran for 484 yards and seven touchdowns.