Ahead of the 2021 high school football season, MaxPreps is breaking down the top senior prospects in the country state-by-state as rated by 247Sports. We continue the series with Indiana, which opens play Aug. 20.
With four selections, Center Grove (Greenwood) has the most top 25 players selected in the state which makes sense. The Trojans finished 14-0 last year, won the 6A state title and enter the 2021 season No. 18 in the MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings. Leading the four is 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive lineman Caden Curry, who is ranked the third-best senior prospect in the state.
line play dominated the list with nine on the defensive side and seven on the offensive side. Other positions represented on the Top 25 Indiana list were quarterback, athlete and linebacker (two each) and wide receiver, defensive back and tight end (one each).
As of July 22, 20 of the 25 had committed to
colleges, headlined by Purdue, Indiana and Miami (Ohio) with three each.
Indiana's top 25 football players from Class of 2022
1. Kiyaunta Goodwin | Charlestown
6-7 | 300 | OT | Kentucky commit
Wildcats were one of a remarkable 63 college offers, including Michigan State and Alabama. He's been compared to Atlanta Falcons' tackle Kaleb McGary.
2. Dasan McCullough | Bloomington South (Bloomington)
6-5 | 220 | DE | Indiana
Seventy-five tackles, four forced fumbles in 2020. Also played WR and CB for Overland Park (Kan.). 3. Caden Curry | Center Grove (Greenwood)
6-5 | 250 | DL | Undecided
Led Trojans to 14-0 record, 6A state title in 2020, with 61 tackles, 21.5 for loss, including eight sacks. Snagged 26 offers and is leaning toward either Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State or Oregon.4. Joey Tanona | Zionsville
6-5 | 295 | OT | Notre Dame
Nation's No. 17 tackle overall also has13 other offers included Arizona State, Indiana and Iowa. 5. Tayven Jackson | Center Grove (Greenwood)
6-4 | 195 | QB | Tennessee
Threw for 1,756 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2020 and is compared to Packers' backup QB Jordan Love.
6. Joe Strickland | Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory (Indianapolis)
6-4 | 250 | DL | Purdue
Versatile edge rusher had 21 offers but picked Boilermakers over 20 other schools, including Indiana, Penn State and Stanford. 7. Brady Allen | Gibson Southern (Fort Branch)
6-5 | 210 | QB | Purdue
A model of consistency, Allen has thrown for more than 7,000 yards and 91 touchdowns in three years as varsity quarterback. 8. Ashton Craig | Lawrenceburg
6-5 | 283 | OT | Notre Dame
Another in a long line of talented linemen headed to Notre Dame whose 25 offers also include Nebraska and Northwestern. 9. Omar Cooper | Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
6-1 | 185 | WR | Indiana
Has 91 catches for 2,215 yards and 27 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He picked Hoosiers over West Virginia and Arkansas. 10. Kenneth Grant | Merrillville
6-4 | 335 | DL | Undecided
Massive interior prospect is not just a gap-plugger. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan are strong suitors. 11. Popeye Williams | Westfield
6-3 | 230 | DE | Louisville
Had 44 tackles, 10 for loss and five sacks for 12-2 squad that lost in the 6A finals. He also had offers from Alabama and Arkansas. 12. Landen Livingston | Leo
6-4 | 280 | OL | West Virginia
Cincinnati, Indiana and Iowa among 13 other offers.
13. DJ Allen | Leo
6-7 | 225 | DL | Rutgers
Also basketball player, who will no doubt add mass to long frame. 14. Demon Moore | Fort Wayne Snider
6-5 | 315 | OL | Indiana
Visited Indiana and Purdue in June, picked the Hoosiers on July 12.
15. Kalen Carroll| Center Grove
6-1 | 170 | CB | Cincinnati
Committed to Bearcats on July 6, almost a month after visiting the campus on June 11.
16. Jeffrey Simmons | Fishers
6-6 | 203 | TE | Miami (Ohio)
Had 26 catches for 360 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. Also a top basketball talent (16.7 points per game). 17. Javon Tracy | Decatur Central (Indianapolis)
6-1 | 180 | ATH | Miami (Ohio)
Has 69 career catches, 1,351 yards, 16 touchdowns plus three interceptions at CB makes Tracy a big recruit. 18. Hunter Whitenack | New Prairie (New Carlisle)
6-7 | 290 | OT | Illinois
Growing into a big frame. Had eight other offers including Cincinnati and Central Michigan. 19. James Schott | Center Grove
6-4 | 215 | DE | Miami (Ohio)
Big play threat leads No. 18 Trojans, who went 14-0 in 2020. 20. Keylen Davis | Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
6-4 | 270 | OT | Undecided
Has eight offers, including Kentucky, Indiana and Cincinnati, but hasn't yet made a visit.21. Kiel Eldridge | Heritage (Monroeville)
6-5 | 230 | DE | Toledo
High ceiling for late-charging recruit who has other offers from Arizona State and Cincinnati. 22. Isaiah Street | Brownsburg
6-5 | 225 | DE | Western Michigan
Has 78 career tackles and six sacks for the Bulldogs, who have gone a combined 33-10 over the last four seasons. 23. Rowan Zolman | East Noble (Kendallville)
6-5 | 210 | ATH | Undecided
Air Force, Army, Bowling Green and Central Michigan among his eight offers. 24. Domanick Moon | Fort Wayne Snider
6-2 | 218 | LB | Purdue
Helped the Panthers to 21 wins combined the last three seasons. 25. Zaven Koltookian | Concord (Elkhart)
6-5 | 210 | LB | Undecided
Rapidly improving player has a single offer from Eastern Michigan.