2015 Preview: LAWRENCE NORTH WILDCATS

Ball State verbal Brandon Martin and massive junior lineman Caleb Jones lead Wildcat revival.

p>PREVIEW 2015: LAWRENCE NORTH WILDCATS

Coach Patrick Mallory and the Lawrence North Wildcats are inching their way back to respectability. The Wildcats return 18 of 22 players on their offensive depth chart and welcome back 9 defensive starters. The biggest challenge is playing in the Metropolitan Conference with the likes of Warren Central, Carmel, Ben Davis, Center Grove, Pike and Lawrence Central. Throw in non-conference tilts with Noblesville and Brownsburg and the sledding gets tougher.

STANDOUT

Running Back-linebacker Brandon Martin made an early summer pledge to Coach Pete Lembo and the Ball Stat Cardinals. Martin is part of a great class headed to Muncie.

BREAKOUT PLAYER

Damon Watts has been a fixture on the Wildcats defense for the past few seasons. Look for him to have a solid senior season.

TOP UNDERCLASSMEN

Mammoth Offensive tackle Caleb Jones is developing into a top 2017 prospect. The Indiana Hoosiers recently offered the rising talent.

SCOUTING THE: WILDCATS POSITION BY POSITION

QUARTERBACK

Junior Jackson Hamerlsy was the starter last season and again have senior Trent Minter as a backup.

RUNNING BACK

Senior Brandon Martin, junior Al McKeller, junior Addison Brown, junior Martell Williams and senior DuShawn Tunstall make up a deep and talented backfield.

RECEIVERS

Seniors Gano Williams and Adrian Schumpert lead the Wildcat receivers. Senior tight end Keivan Rahimi (6-1, 215) is also back.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Senior Marcus Taylor (6-3, 290) is back at right tackle, senior Justin Pennington (6-1, 270) at right guard, senior Stephen Majors (6-1, 270) at center, and junior Caleb Jones (6-7, 335) at left tackle. Also returning are junior Robb Brown (6-1, 335), junior Robert Samuels (6-2, 225) and senior Antonio Trabue (6-1, 230).

DEFENSIVE LINE

The Wildcats return three starters up front. Back are junior Myles McClendon (5-11, 260), senior Cameron Taylor (6-1, 230) and junior Josh Ervin (6-2, 225). Some other possibilities are: senior Valentino Smith (6-1, 230), senior Kemontie Johnson (6-1, 230), senior Eric Almeida (5-10, 200), senior Alex Ovispo (5-10, 210) and senior Imani Gadis (6-3, 215).

LINEBACKERS

There are plenty of experienced players on hand. Senior Damon Watts (6-0, 200), junior Trevon Carson (5-6, 180), junior Tahji Irving (6-0, 210), junior Cheitric Reid (5-9, 170), senior Brandon Martin (6-2, 230), sophomore Maliq Carr (6-3, 200) and junior Jerome Harsell (5-9, 190).

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Look for senior Connor Perkins, junior Tanner Higgins, senior William Clay, senior Adrian Schumpert, senior Kivhani Myers and junior Jordan Holder

OUTLOOK:

The Wildcats improvement will be hard to show record wise. Playing in the toughest conference in the state will be a huge challenge. Look for this Lawrence North team to pull off some surprises in 2015.


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