|The Tremendous Three
The same three have been atop the rankings all year and that held true to the end with Gunner Kiel, Sheldon Day and David Perkins finishing inside the Scout300. Kiel and Day are headed to Notre Dame and actually, are already enrolled, while Perkins, who was committed to Notre Dame is off to Ohio State. All three have opportunites to be impact players. Kiel, the nation's top quarterback, looks to follow past Indiana success stories under center like Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler and others. Day, with his explosive first step and relentless motor is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the Midwest, and Perkins has the athleticism and explosiveness to be a top flight edge rusher.
|Many Staying Home
Other than Notre Dame, who is set to sign three from the state, many of the state's top prospects will remain within the borders. Indiana, under head coach Kevin Wilson, has emphasized in-state recruiting, getting eight commitments from in-state prospects, including Warren Central wide receiver Kevin Davis (4), their highest ranked in-state commitment. 18 of the state's top 40 prospects will stay home. Purdue picked up four, with Warren Central safety Jordan Shine (9), as their highest rated Indiana commitment. Ball State has four as well, including North Central wide receiver Jordan Williams (33), a big, rangy 6'4 receiver with impressive ability.
|Diamonds in the Rough
The state's most productive player, wide receiver Gehrig Dieter (8), didn't pick up as many offers as his stats would lead some to believe. In the end, he found a good situation at SMU, where the sure handed pass catcher should have a chance to catch a lot of passes and move a lot of chains. After seeing him over the summer, I like Carmel's Shawn Heffern as a potential defensive end or even offensive lineman. He has a great frame and showed pass rush ability. His counterparts Langston Newton, committed to Kentucky and James Herman, committed to Purdue, both are under the radar nationally, but we expect them to be college contributors. Three Fort Wayne area quarterbacks, Zach Terrell (Western Michigan), James Knapke (Bowling Green) and Ozzie Mann (Ball State) will battle each other for MAC supremacy.
Four-Stars in Indiana: 3
BCS Commitments: 27
School With Most Commits: Indiana (8)
High Schools With Most on List: Warren Central (10), Ben Davis (4), Cathedral and Pike (3)
Highest Non-BCS Commit: Zach Terrell - Western Michigan (29)
Highest Non-D1 Commit: Kaleb Humphery - Southern Illinois (36)
1. Jerimy Finch - Warren Central (Indiana)
Committed to Michigan, then Indiana, then Florida, then went back to Indiana, playing several years before finishing his career at Marian.
2. Darren Evans - Warren Central (Virginia Tech)
Rushed for 1265 yards in '08 but missed '09 with an injury. Rushed for 854 in 2010 and is currently on the Colts roster.
3. Artis Chambers - Ft Wayne Snider(Michigan)
Ended up transferring to Ball State.
4. Max Dedmond - Evansville Central (Indiana)
Made 23 starts in his Indiana career and was team captain as a senior.
5. Adrien Robinson - Warren Central (Cincinnati)
Played four years for the Bearcats after converting to tight end from receiver and is projected as a free agent in this year's draft.
OTHER NOTABLES: Ryan Kerrigan (6)
1. John Goodman - Bishop Dwenger (Notre Dame)
Has made a handful of starts in his four years at Notre Dame and still has one year of eligibility.
2. Braxston Cave - Mishawaka Penn (Notre Dame)
Had 22 straight starts at one point before a season ending injury, but expects to be back in 2012.
3. Marquies Gray - Ben Davis (Minnesota)
Played significantly for the Gophers in 2011 and finished with 1495 yards and eight touchdowns.
4. Darius Willis - Franklin Central (Indiana)
Rushed for 607 yards in '09 and made the All-Freshman team, but injuries and legal issues derailed a promising career.
5. Kurt Wermers - Crown Point (Michigan)
Transferred to Ball State.
OTHER NOTABLES: Kawann Short (6), Tandon Doss (10)
1. Morgan Newton - Carmel (Kentucky)
Has been a part time starter for the Wildcats, passing for over 1500 yards last season.
2. Montez Robinson - Avon (Georgia)
Had a promising start to his career, but was suspended after two arrests.
3. Duwyce Wilson - Columbus East (Indiana)
In two seasons, he has 49 receptions for 705 yards and six touchdowns.
4. Zack Martin - Bishop Chatard (Notre Dame)
Has started every game the last two seasons for the Irish.
5. Jordan Luallen - Center Grove (Georgia Tech)
Redshirted at G-Tech, then transferred to UC, sat out a year and briefly saw the field in 2011
OTHER NOTABLES: Tyler Eifert (7), Edward Wright-Baker (9), Dusty Kiel (18)