PREVIEW 2014: CARMEL GREYHOUNDS
The Greyhounds came within a whisker of winning the school’s 8th state title. Carmel came up short losing 7-6 to Warren Central. The good news for Coach Kevin Wright and Greyhound fans is the return of seven offensive starters.
Isaac James is being recruited by schools across the country. Some of the schools are looking at him as CB, some as a WR. None of them are probably recruiting for what James does at Carmel. That is play QB for the high powered Carmel offense.
Look for big TE Jake Herr to become a weapon as a receiver as well as blocker.
This honor is a battle between outstanding juniors Noah Burks at OLB and CB Alex Akins. Both started as sophomores and both figure to end up D1 recruits.
SCOUTING THE: GREYHOUNDS POSITION BY POSITION
James leads a backfield that could start reminding observers of Wright’s backfield at Warren Central led by Desmond Tardy. James ran for 940 yards last season. The Greyhounds have two promising underclassmen waiting in the wings in junior Michael Viktrup and sophomore Thomas Stone.
You would be hard pressed to find a better high school duo than Shakir Paschall and Chris Perkins. Last season Paschall rushed for 1078 yards and Perkins added 720 yards. Junior Tobias Watkins and sophomore Jalen Walker are future standouts.
The biggest loss for Carmel is that of WR Austin Roberts. The UCLA recruit was also that state’s 100 Meter State Champion. This will be the least experienced group for Carmel. Senior Collin Pearson and sophomore Ethan Merriweather could be the key.
Talk about an embarrassment of riches as four starters return led by Senior Matt Anton (6-4, 260) at left tackle. Nate Thompson is back at center with juniors Chase Krauter and Simon Pachciarz also are back.
The Greyhounds will have to replace standout Vic Roe up front. A young group will be led by Senior Kendall Hume
Junior standout Noah Burks will develop into the star of this defense. Senior Richard Torres will also need to step up.
Junior standout corner Alex Akins leads the Greyhound secondary.
The Greyhounds will once again be right in the thick of the MIC and State Title hunt. If some youngsters step up on defense this will be the team to beat.