The State's Ten Most Wanted?

It's a special year in the state of Indiana for quarterbacks, with the likes of Carmel's Morgan Newton (pictured), Center Grove's Jordan Luallen and Jeffersonville's Edward Wright-Baker, among others. Where do these three rank among the state's best players? HoosierNation.com compiles its list of the 10 most wanted recruits in Indiana...

BLOOMINGTON – Is this the year of the quarterback in the state of Indiana?

A year ago the talk was about a handful of talented running backs that were grabbing headlines in the state of Indiana. Darius Willis (signed with Indiana), Albert Evans (Purdue), Bryan Schroeder (Central Michigan) and Aaron King (unsigned) were among the ball carriers who were attracting college recruiters.

But as the 2009 recruiting season hits its stride, it's the state of Indiana's quarterbacks that are getting top billing. Topping the list of signal callers is Carmel's Morgan Newton and Center Grove's Jordan Luallen.

Both Newton and Luallen have caught the eye of recruiters near and far. Indiana was one of the first to offer scholarships, doing so before the start of their junior seasons. Since that time many have followed suit. The seventh-ranked quarterback in the nation according to Scout, Newton was recently offered by Penn State and South Carolina. Luallen, meanwhile, is the nation's 16th-ranked quarterback and has offers from the likes of Georgia Tech, Stanford and Iowa.

Those two are clearly among the top quarterbacks in the state, but there are plenty of others. From Jeffersonville's Edward Wright-Baker to Columbus East's Dusty Kiel to Merrillville's Dolapo McCarthy, the state has a handful of promising quarterbacks in the '09 class. Where do some of those players rank among all of the state's best players in '09? Who are the other elite prospects in the state's 2009 class? HoosierNation.com introduces its "Ten Most Wanted" recruits for the upcoming class…

1. Morgan Newton
Quarterback, 6-5, 215
Carmel (Ind.) H.S.


Newton has anything you'd want in a quarterback – he has excellent size, great athleticism and a strong arm. He completed 124-of-213 passes for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, leading Carmel H.S. to the state championship. He added another 750 yards and 11 more scores on the ground, making him the sort of dual-threat quarterback Indiana covets in its spread formation. Indiana will have to win a recruiting battle royale to get Newton, since he has double-digit scholarship offers and that number continues to rise.

2. Jordan Luallen
Quarterback, 6-3, 205
Center Grove (Ind.) H.S.


Like Newton, Luallen is an excellent athlete who is a dual-threat quarterback. Luallen didn't put up huge numbers since Center Grove ran the Wing-T, but he's shown off his skills at a variety of camps that has him ranked as the nation's No. 16 quarterback according to Scout. Luallen completed 52-of-5 passes for 740 yards 13 touchdowns last season and added 65 carries for 465 yards and another 13 scores.

3. Tyquan Hammock
Linebacker, 6-1, 215
Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers


Hammock is coming off a monstrous year for Luers, leading the Class 2A school to a state title b totaling 164 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles on the year. Indiana offered him a scholarship in February, and he also has offers from Minnesota, Northern Illinois and a handful of other MAC schools. Some big names such as Notre Dame and Boston College are also keeping a close eye on Hammock as well and could offer as the summer months arrive.

4. Kyle Koehne
Offensive Line, 6-6, 300
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral H.S.


Cathedral Coach Jim O'Hara compared Koehne to former Cathedral star and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jeremy Trueblood, so it's clear Koehne is one of the elite offensive linemen available in the Midwest. He's the 31st-ranked offensive tackle in the country according to Scout.com, and he's a two-year starter for a team that's gone 24-5 over the last two seasons and won a state title in 2006. Indiana, Iowa, Cincinnati and North Carolina State have already offered, while the likes of Ohio State, Boston College and Notre Dame are also contemplating doing the same.

5. Zach Martin
Offensive Line, 6-5, 260
Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard H.S.


If Koehne isn't the best lineman in the state, then it's probably Martin, who was also offered by Indiana back in January. A two-way starter at Chatard, Martin has been a big part of leading his team to back-to-back Class 3A state championships. While he's not as big as Koehne right now, Chatard Coach Vince Lorenzano said he expects him to blossom into a 6-7, 300-pounder in college. He also runs a 5.0 in the 40 and is athletic enough to play defensive end in high school. Kentucky figures to be a tough team to beat in this recruiting battle since his father played his college ball for the Wildcats.

6. Duwyce Wilson
Wide Receiver, 6-4, 185
Columbus (Ind.) East H.S.


Wilson combines track caliber speed with excellent size, and he appears to be the top pass catcher in the state this year. He caught 48 passes for 961 yards (20.0/catch) and scored 12 times. His recruitment has picked up a great deal as of late, with Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Cincinnati all offering scholarships.

7. Tyler Eifert
Tight End 6-5, 217
Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger H.S.


Eifert caught 30 passes for 594 yards as a junior wideout, and added 40 tackles and three interceptions as a cornerback this past season. But many think this versatile athlete will end up at another position in college. He's Scout.com's fifth-ranked tight end nationally, and he could also wind up as a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. He already has scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Purdue and Indiana, and the Boilermakers figure to be tough to beat here since Tyler's father, Greg, played basketball at Purdue in the 1980s.

8. Edward Wright-Baker
Quarterback, 6-2, 205
Jeffersonville (Ind.) H.S.


Wright-Baker got his first chance to be a starting quarterback this past season and made quite an impression. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 15 scores and added another 1,300 yards passing and 13 more touchdowns. He's a terrific athlete, someone who likely wants to play quarterback in college but is also versatile enough to play another position such as safety. But he's an intriguing candidate under center, someone who could blossom into a special player. Indiana has offered, making him one of three in-state quarterbacks who has a scholarship on the table along with Luallen and Newton.

9. Jordan Barnes
Linebacker, 6-0, 220
Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)


The son of former Purdue player Roosevelt Barnes, Jordan has already said he's landed scholarship offers from Alabama, Purdue, Wisconsin, Baylor, Iowa State and Houston. He is a very gifted athlete, having run a 4.5 in the 40 and recording a 38-inch vertical jump. He's coming off a junior season that included 61 tackles and five tackles for loss.

10. Eric Williams
Running Back, 5-11, 195
Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central


Williams saw limited opportunities last season while splitting time with Jewel Hampton, but should get a chance to show off his skills in a big way this upcoming season. Williams, who rushed for 292 yards on 37 carries as a junior, had to sit out his entire sophomore season after transferring from Ft. Wayne Snider H.S.

Coming Up: The best of the rest…HoosierNation.com examines some of the other top in-state prospects who figure to get plenty of recruiting interest from Indiana and others…

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