Indiana Varsity Scout's 2009 Top 25 Players

Rating players and teams is always a cause for consternation and invariably questions arise regarding the criteria for the choices made. The choices are taken directly out of the Scout database and at least 3 out of the 5 criteria must be met to make the top 25 list. I also had some help from three other Scout analysts who provided their opinions.

Multiple star players made the team due to their evaluation by film and in person. This is a prelude to the very first Indiana Varsity Scout All State Team to be published on Thanksgiving Day.

#25 Jimmy Graves (Indianapolis North Central)
6' 0" 215 lbs. (2010)

Graves has the size and strength to play a very physical safety. He played corner in 2008, mostly man to man, which gave him confidence to play the pass effectively. But he likes to be coming at someone with the ball and feels at home playing strong safety. He grew up playing on the offensive side of the ball, but was brought to the defensive side of the ball last season and liked it. He may get the opportunity to play both ways.

Graves is busy attending summer camps and is making a swing through Cincinnati, Ball State, and Iowa.

#24 Tyler Kiel (Fishers)
5' 11" 264 lbs. (2010)

Kiel is a hardnosed offensive lineman whose stock rose at the Scout Cincinnati combine. Although he has played across the offensive line, his best position would be at center. He has an excellent explosive first step and at center he is not hindered by a lack of height. He had several excellent games in 2008 against Warren Central and Hamilton Southeastern. He probably will not play center for Fishers his senior season. A very aggressive blocker and uses his skill with intelligence.

He is looking toward Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan

#23 Landon Feichter (Ft. Wayne Dwenger)
5' 11" 174 lbs. (2010)

Feichter brings a physical side of the game to defense and special teams. He also has proven speed. He could play free safety as he has ran 40's in the 4.5 range. He was at Cincinnati for the Scout Combine. During the 2008 state finals, he played with a hip injury, but has successfully rehabilitated and will be ready for his senior campaign. Feichter will probably play defense in college and has proven he can run back punts effectively, often breaking 30 or 40 yard returns on just speed and explosiveness. He can be an asset on offense as well as a receiver. Feichter has the ability to impact a game in several areas.

Feichter has hopes for offers from Purdue, Central Michigan and Ball State

#22 Michael Gegner (Warren Central)
6' 3" 251 lbs. (2010)

Gegner is one of several MIC linemen who pave the way for running backs and protect passers. Gegner has the size and quickness that is impressing college scouts. Listed as a center in the Scout database and capable of playing guard, he showed excellent quickness at the Scout Chicago Combine. Gegner is a 2 year starter going into his senior campaign. Multiple year offensive lineman starters are uncommon at the level of the MIC Conference.

He has recently garnered an offer from Eastern Michigan.

#21 Jake Zupancic (Indianapolis Cathedral)
5' 11" 195 lbs. (2010)

Zupancic is just another Cathedral athlete who has the discipline and athleticism to play at the college level and has been offered by Stanford. He brings that innate ability that so many coaches are looking for where his motor never stops. We have made much to do at IVS about the football and track connection. In recent years, lacrosse has become part of the spring scene in Indiana and has made some opportunities for several players to stay active during the spring. Zupancic not only has the physical tools, he is an exceptional student, carrying a 3.8 at a college prep school.

Stanford has already offered Jake Zupancic and don't be surprised after the summer camp season if several more offers come rolling in for the talented secondary player who had 95 tackles and 7 interceptions in 2008.
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