Defense was the name of the game in Indiana this year, as the state had the top overall player in the Midwest and several other defensive standouts at the top of the list.
1 | Jaylon Smith | OLB | Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers Committed to Notre Dame
Smith is one of the highest ranked guys to ever come out of Indiana, and deservedly so. His combination of length, speed, fluid athleticism and change of direction makes him an elite athlete. He has done it all. He has played tailback, he's rushed the passer, intercepted passes, even played cornerback at some camps. He has a chance to play early at Notre Dame and be a next level type guy.
Since his sophomore year, Kimbrough has been catching the eye of recruiters. A physical kid, he's a big hitter who does a good job of taking on blockers. He runs to the football well and his work in the weight room has showed from when we first saw him as a youngster until now. He pulled in offers from across the country, but is headed down to Georgia, where he looks to continue their recent tradition of linebackers.
Daniel has been on the radar since his freshman season, and has always been one of the best pure athletes the state has to offer. All of the physical tools are there. He's quick and explosive, and showed at the Under Armour All-American Game that he can do it against the best of the best. He's currently committed to Mississippi, but is taking a late look at Auburn.
4 | Darius Latham | DT | Indianapolis North Central Committed to Indiana
An impressive physical specimen, Latham has made the transition from basketball player to legitimate Division-1 football prospect. He has imposing physical size to go along with the athleticism that allowed him to be succesful in hoops. Used at end a lot of the time, he will have to learn to play the interior, where he's likely headed at Indiana. Originally a Wisconsin commit, he was a big flip for Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers as his best football is ahead of him.
Responsible for a lot of "wow" hits and de-cleaters over the last few years, I'm sure Ben Davis opponents are happy to not have to be hit by Allen anymore. I've had some question his measureables. He's not the biggest guy, he may not have track star speed, but he has football instincts, football speed, and plays the game as hard and as fast as he can all the time. A one time Mississippi commit, he flipped to Indiana, another big grab for the Hoosiers.
Able to play guard or tackle, looking at Michigan's class, it may be inside for Samuelson, but he has the versatility and natural strength you'd expect in a Midwestern lineman. Flipped from Pittsburgh to Nebraska and then to Michigan.
7 | David Kenney | DE | Indianapolis Pike Committed to Indiana
Yet another in-state four-star who switched to the Hoosiers. Kenney is a good pass rusher with a good motor. He has the type of build that could keep him at end or maybe even move him inside as he's a thicker kid. He made a lot of plays for Pike and should do the same at IU.
8 | Danny Etling | QB | Terre Haute South Vigo Committed to Purdue
There's a lot to like about Etling. He has good size, a solid arm and good touch. He played in a system that allowed him to spread it around and throw the ball quite a bit. He'll be in a similar system at Purdue and it appears as though the future in West Lafayette is his.
9 | Tim Gardner | OG | Lawrence Central Committed to Ohio State
Gardner earned himself an Ohio State offer after dropping some weight and performing well at their summer camp. He carried that into the season where he had a good senior year. He's a powerful kid and his improved movement showed this year.
Played on the edge for Carmel and was productive the last two seasons. Has a nose for the football and can rush the passer as well as play the run. He offers some possibilities for the Hawkeyes because he can do some different things out there on the field.
Dutra made a move up after a good senior year. He can play either side of the ball and has played both. The way he played on defense as a senior leads us to think he's more likely to be there than on offense, but the door is open for either.
12 | Tyvel Jemison | CB | Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers Committed to Purdue
Jemison is a pure cover man with good feet and instincts. He had a couple of strong camp performances last summer. Committed to the Boilermakers since the summer, he may have to go the JUCO route before he ends up in West Lafayette.
13 | Dwayne Brown | OG | Warren Central Committed to Eastern Michigan
Brown is a good fit for the Eagles as they like to run the ball and he is a powerful road grader in that department. At last year's best of the Midwest, he took on guys above him on this list and won, and we think EMU may have stolen one.
14 | Skylar Lacy | OT | Center Grove Committed to Louisville
He has a big frame and a tough, blue collar style. Lacy will likely be a right tackle for the Cardinals. He will definitely bring some intensity to the field. With his style of play, once he's able to add more weight and strength, he should be a real mauler.
15 | Thomas Shoaf | OT | Columbus North Committed to BYU
Shoaf chose the Cougars over offers from Iowa, Indiana, and Ball State. Still on the light side at 265-lbs, so adding weight and strength will be important for him, but he has nice feet, plays to the whistle and has that long frame that coaches like.