Who Will Step Up and Stand Out From 2010 QB's

As I sit in front of my DVD player, watching the endless highlight and game videos, I don't see the dominating quarterback like 2008. Morgan Newton (Kentucky) and Jordan Luallen (Georgia Tech) battled one another in the Indiana Class 5A state championship at Lucas Oil stadium.

However, we are now well on our way with thoughts aimed at the 2009 season. I knew the two aforementioned players would not disappoint us in their senior seasons. So, as we gaze through the myriad of entries poised to claim individual greatness in 2009, who is on the cusp of the next great high school quarterback from Indiana high school football? No one yet rises to the top.

That may be disappointing, but actually it makes the 2009 "7 on 7" season and the actual football season extremely fascinating. Someone will rise above the crowd and capture the attention of Indiana. Right now there is a crowd gathered at the fifty yard line, all clamoring for the status of being called the best. There are former state champions represented from class 1A and 2A. The class 4A quarterback is hoping as well to repeat. But no one has staked a claim on being the best.

The stage is being set. Here are the quarterbacks and their resumes, but not one has received an offer. The one who rises to the expectations of great Indiana high school quarterbacks will usually go to college free.

  • Austin Aherns, Jasper (sophomore and junior starter for Jasper) has the ability, and is a multiple sport athlete;
  • Kofi Hughes, Cathedral (led Cathedral to a state championship) always a running threat, can get much better;
  • Justin Clemens, Warsaw (started playing QB late for Warsaw) excellent athlete, getting solid interest;
  • Derek Hart, Warren Central (Big, Tall and seasoned) has a year in the MIC behind him;
  • Ross Hendrickson, Cardinal Ritter (led Ritter to 1A state championship) excellent arm, will play in 2A;
  • Chris Mills, Lafayette Central Catholic (pure passer and athlete) LCC favored to win 1A '09;
  • Alex Hines, Fishers (strong QB candidate) capable of being the leader of the pack;
  • Bryn Schwartz, Terre Haute South (athlete and will probably play DB in college);
  • Jackson Kirtley, Heritage Christian (good arm, makes good decisions) extremely capable;
  • Connor Kelley, Batesville (good athlete, wants to play in the IVY) and can;
  • Grant Gribbins, Evansville Memorial (3A runner up in 08) can throw and has ability for the next level;
  • Who will develop the confidence and step to the forefront? Last year during the 7 on 7 season and at the combines and camps, confidence began to build and it made a difference in Newton and Luallen. The best passer of the lot was Dusty Kiel (now at Indiana University).

    Is the trend to blend the running and passing? Kofi Hughes could be the best rushing quarterback of the lot and watching Austin Ahrens you can see touch in his passing attack. Justin Clemens can throw and run the option, and needs this season to develop better quarterback instincts. Small school bias can be a real mistake this season in watching Hendrickson, Mills and Kirtley play for their teams. When you watch Hines on film, another year at this position could make him the strongest candidate of all. And that's just it, none of this may shake out until November. One thing you can count on, we will keep you posted on Indiana Varsity Scout.


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