PREVIEW 2015: CARMEL GREYHOUNDS
The Greyhounds perfect season fell just short as Carmel lost to MIC rival Ben Davis in the Class 6A State Title Game. The biggest off-season news was that Head Coach Kevin Wright left to take the head coaching job at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. New Coach John Hebert, A Carmel alum and former Purdue player, takes over for Wright. He will have some key holes to fill in ATH Isaac James, RB Chris Perkins, RB Shakir Paschall, OL Matt Anton, D Kendall Hune and DB Landon Sinnis. This addition will return four starters on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
DB Alex Akins (113 tackles) and LB Noah Burks (118 tackles) are two of the state’s best defenders. Burks has offers from a plethora of Big Ten Schools.
Jalen Walker, who caught 22 passes last season, could move to running back and put up huge numbers replacing Paschall and Perkins.
Jalen Walker will compete with WR Ethan Merriweather (12 receptions 189 yards) for this honor, Both wll be top level D1 prospects.
BEST POSITION BATTLE
At running back Jalen Walker will not necessarily battle senior Tobias Watkins for carries, but more look to complement each other as replacements for two 1,000 yards rushers in Perkins an Paschall.
SCOUTING THE: GREYHOUNDS POSITION BY POSITION
Michael Viktrup spilt time with Isaac James as the QB last season. A lot of this was caused by injuries to Viktrup. Last season Viktrup threw for 627 yards and 6 tds. He has offers from several of the service academies. He will be backed by talented junior Thomas Stone.
The Greyhounds run happy offense will need Jalen Walker and Tobias Watkins to have big seasons. Seniors C.J. Williams and Stephen Watts will look for carries as well.
Ethan Merriweather is a top prospects after starting last season. Tony Vitirotto is bak as the H-back. Huge 6-7 TE Kurt Rafdal could also figure into the equation.
Tackle Simon Pachciarz (6-3, 255) and guard Chase Krauter are the lone returning starters up front. Looking to make their mark are Jack Lorson, Deshawn Williams, James Stewart, and Harley Frey.
AN underrated strength on this team will be the defensive front 3. Nose tackle Andrew Verhulst is as tough as they get. Junior DE Britt Beery (6-6, 225) is one college recruiters need to watch.
Seniors Noah Burks and Cameron Hunt form a great one-two punch at linebacker. Juniors Austin Newland, Justin Fleck join senior Justin Schumann and sophomore Jack Van Remortel as key newcomers at linebacker.
Alex Akins is in his third year as a starter. There may not be a better football player in the state than Akins. Junior Nick Mazza will look to join Akins.
The Greyhounds will look for their eight state title. If newcomers step up at running back the Greyhounds have all the capabilities of finding their GPS to Lucas Oil Stadium yet again.