Indiana football's improved in-state recruiting efforts got a ringing endorsement by the Associated Press late last week, as four future Hoosiers earned first-team All-State accolades.
Bloomington South quarterback Ben Chappell, Elkhart Central defensive tackle Deonte Mack and Lawrence North linebacker William Patterson were named to the Associated Press' Class 5A All-State squad, while Hamilton Heights' offensive tackle Cody Faulkner earned Class 3A first-team All-State accolades.
The 6-2, 210-pound Chappell helped guide Bloomington South to a Conference Indiana championship by completing 165-of-282 passes for 2,359 yards and 27 touchdowns. Chappell, who shared the first-team Class 5A All-State quarterback honor with Warren Central signal caller Dexter Taylor, threw only five interceptions on the year and also ran for seven touchdowns for South, which went 7-3 on the year.
Patterson, meanwhile, was one of the state's most productive defenders. The 6-2, 210-pounder recorded 132 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions for a Lawrence North squad that went 9-3. He also scored three defensive touchdowns, returning a pair of interceptions for scores and one fumble as well.
The 6-5, 310-pound Faulkner, meanwhile, anchored the Hamilton Heights offense from his tackle position. He helped Hamilton Heights run for 2,465 yards on the season and compile an 8-5 record. Faulkner graded out at 92 percent on his blocking assignments.
In neighboring Illinois, two other IU verbal commits recently earned first-team All-State recognition as well. Both offensive lineman Alex Perry and running back/linebacker Matt Mayberry were first-team selections by the Chicago Tribune.
Mayberry, who is expected the play defense in college, earned the honor as a running back after running for 2,152 yards and 33 touchdowns, helping Hinsdale South to a quarterfinal berth in the Class 7A playoffs. The 6-5, 265-pound Perry, meanwhile, helped lead Morris H.S. to a perfect 14-0 season and a state championship. He was the leader of an offensive line that paved the way for tailback John Dergo, who rushed for 3,010 yards and a state record 52 touchdowns.
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