As we get ready for the 2009 football signing period, there are four Indiana high school quarterbacks who are poised to sign D1 commitments on February 4th. Two of them are going to Indiana University and two are headed south. I could include Nick Zachery as one of those quarterbacks making a total of 5, but it is well known that Nick will be playing in the defensive backfield at Indiana University.
I am listing these young men in alphabetical order (so don't read anything into this arrangement of names) and I will give you some information about each.
Edward Wright-Baker (committed to Indiana University) Ht. 6'-2"; 205 lbs.
Edward played his high school football at Jeffersonville High School under Coach Steve Cooley. Wright-Baker's strengths are his ability to be that new wave of quarterback. He threatens the flank with his running ability and exhibits a strong arm in throwing. Scout.com suggested that working on accuracy will be strategic in his passing game at the college level. The truth is, not too many high school quarterbacks come from high school ready to step into a starting role at quarterback for a major university. Wright-Baker's career stats are impressive. He set 12 Jeffersonville H.S. records. He threw for a total of 6,558 total yards and set a career record of 271 completions, while he had a record of 511 attempts. In his final game, playing for a sectional championship against Castle H.S., he scored five touchdowns. He does not shy away from contact and, in this age of the multiple attacking quarterbacks, Edward Wright-Baker fits the mold.
Dustin Kiel (committed to Indiana University) Ht.6'-3"; 220 lbs.
Dustin (Dusty) played his high school football at Columbus East under Coach Bob Gaddis. Dusty was rated by the Indiana Football Coaches Association as one of the top 50 players in the state at the end of the season. With one of the most famous football names in the state of Indiana, he lived up to the hype with his arm and his toughness. In an early interview with Bob Gaddis, he admitted that on goal line defense situations, Dusty came in to play middle linebacker. During last summer's 7 on 7 season, Dusty displayed great touch and the ability to thread the needle. In his senior season, he attempted 218 passes and completed 145 passes. Completing 65% of his passes, he may be the best pure passer among the 4 D1 quarterback candidates from Indiana. He averaged 232.5 yards per game passing in his senior campaign.
Jordan Luallen (committed to Georgia Tech) Ht.6'3"; 192 lbs.
I saw every game Jordan played in his state championship year at 5A Center Grove. Jordan was coached by Eric Moore. He is headed for the right school with the right offense suited for his abilities. Jordan is an excellent athlete; he is a hurdler in track. In an offense (wing-t) where he passed mostly out of a bootleg action, he was always a threat to run, but was extremely accurate when he threw, only throwing 2 interceptions. He puts the defense in a bind, and Georgia Tech's option-oriented offense will use Jordan's talents to its fullest. Jordan's throwing stats have to be considered with regard to Center Grove's run oriented offense. Jordan attempted 129 passes, completed 79 of them, and threw for 15 touchdowns. He threw for a total 1119 yards, add his rushing yards for the 2008 season, amassing 638 yards out of 97 rushing attempts, and he rushed for 19 touchdowns.
Morgan Newton (committed to Kentucky) Ht. 6'5"; 215 lbs.
Morgan Newton won Mr. Indiana as the best football player in Indiana. Mo Morarity is Morgan's football coach at Carmel. Morgan was recently named an All-American in Parade Magazine's 46th annual All-American High School Football Team. He led his team to the 2007 Indiana class 5A state football championship. He then brought them back to the state finals in 2008. In truth, this was the third consecutive appearance for Carmel in the state finals and Morgan played a large role in his sophomore year (2006). His senior stats definitely show us why the awards keep coming and why the Wildcats of Kentucky are excited he is coming to the Bluegrass. Morgan completed 170-of-261 passes for 1,938 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 1,664 yards and 26 touchdowns. Morgan Newton is an excellent athlete, playing basketball for the Greyhounds as he finished his high school athletic career.