Indiana's Top 25 Football Players #20 - #16

We continue our countdown of the top high school players in Indiana. The next five include two players from the same team. Indiana's penchant for large schools with enrollment measuring in the 3000 plus area has a tendency to provide schools with multiple star players. Pike High School will have two players featured in this grouping #21 through # 16.


#20 Anthony McClung (Indianapolis Pike HS)
6-0 165lbs (2010)

Anthony McClung is part of a tandem that includes two of the state's best receivers on the same team. While his physical presence is a little smaller than his running mate, Dejuan Lewis, his speed is just as devastating. All that is missing in this possible banner year for McClung is a quarterback that can deliver the ball. The nice aspect of all this is teams cannot double team a receiver the whole game. Teams will have to respect Pike's dynamic duo.

McClung has several offers in the coffer. One from Illinois State and he just picked one up from in state MAC school, Ball State.


#19 Kenny Mullens (Ft. Wyane Bishop Luers HS)
5-9 158lbs (2011)

Mullen is the first junior to make our top 25. He is a multiple sport athlete who has distinguished himself on the basketball floor and on the gridiron. Mullen has caught the attention of several early in his football career. He is part of that Ft. Wayne connection in the SAC football conference that produces excellent football players regardless of class. Luers plays class 2A football, but competes in a conference that has much larger teams.

Mullen is on the radar of Indiana University and Michigan State. As he enters his junior season, he has the opportunity to be one of the highly touted class of 2011, who has a tremendous head start in being recruited by multiple schools


#18 Steffon Martin (Indianapolis Pike HS)
6-0 215lbs (2010) )

Steffon Martin is a standout linebacker for Pike High School. He is one of the 3 Pike players featured in Indiana's top 25. Of the three, he is probably the one you will not hear as much about, but he does make his presence felt on the defensive side of the football for the Pike Red Devils.

Martin is has stated an interest in Ball State, Central Michigan, Indiana, and Purdue.


#17 Shakir Bell (Warren Central HS)
5-7 175lbs (2010) )

Shakir Bell is not shy about the competition he faces in the MIC or about his ability to run the ball. He knows that if he gets his opportunities he can deliver. He is also hoping that his Warren Central team can deliver another state championship to the Warrior faithful. He is hoping that he can prove that he has what it takes to play at a BCS school. He is the ultimate "Warrior," being the strongest athlete in the weight room pound per pound, in which he takes great pride.

Bell is looking hard at Central Michigan and Ball State. It's not like Ball State isn't used to small, powerful running backs and the MAC may be just the place for Shakir to ring a few victory bells.


#16 Jeff Ponder (Center Grove HS)
6-2 253lbs (2010)

Jeff Ponder plays offensive guard at Center Grove High School. Head Coach Eric Moore has told Indiana Varsity Scout several times that his guards use to be old fullbacks. Center Grove's guards must be able to pull in Center Grove's wing-t offense to be effective. Ponder is one of the reasons for Center Grove being Indiana's defending 5A state champions - he can run and block.

Ponder is rated as the 50th best guard in the Scout's rating system and has not listed any schools that he is seriously looking at on his Scout.com profile.

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