In-State FB Recruiting: The Best of the Rest

Lawrence Barnett

Last week, HoosierNation.com ranked the top 10 in-state football recruits for 2009 - but those aren't the only homegrown talents who will get serious Division I looks. Today, we look at 13 more players to keep an eye on...

BLOOMINGTON – Last week, HoosierNation.com listed its top 10 in-state recruits for the 2009 class. It's a group loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball, particularly at quarterback.

HoosierNation.com's Top 10 In-State Prospects

But those aren't the only players from Indiana with the potential to help at the Division I level. Here's a look at 13 more homegrown talents who figure to get some long looks from the IU program and many others…

Lawrence Barnett
Cornerback, 5-10, 180
Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers)


It can't get much better for Barnett, who helped lead Luers to state championships in both football and basketball this past season. In basketball he plays alongside coveted Class of 2010 recruit Deshaun Thomas, and Barnett scored 18 points and added eight assists in the team's 69-67 state title game win over Winchester. In football, his 28-yard interception return in the state title game helped lead Luers to a 21-6 win over Heritage Christian. A high school football teammate of coverted linebacker Ty Hammock, Barnett already has a scholarship offer from Bowling Green and other MAC teams are looking as well.

Xavier Carr
Defensive Back, 6-3, 180
Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Harding)


A DB with excellent size, Carr totaled 75 tackles and a pair of interceptions last season for Harding. He was also a dangerous threat on returns, scoring three times while averaging 29.2 yards on 13 kickoff returns and 46.2 yards on five punt returns. He's also a good basketball player, having started alongside future IU signee Marquelo Suel on Harding's hoops team that advanced to the Class 3A state final where they lost to Tyler Zeller's Washington squad.

Griffin Dahlstrom
Linebacker, 6-3, 218
North Putnam, Ind. (North Putnam)


Dahlstrom is a do-it-all type for Coach Dave Pasch's team, playing quarterback and linebacker on a squad that went 12-1 in the fall. On defense Dahlstrom earned first-team Class 2A All-State honors after finishing with 102 tackles, five tackles for loss and three passes broken up. On offense he completed 57-of-104 passes for 1,145 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he also rushed for another 843 yards and 12 scores to lead his team to an unbeaten regular season. Dahlstrom is also the top-ranked student in his class and he's getting recruiting interest from Big Ten programs such as IU and Ivy League schools such as Harvard.

Desmond Kenner
OL/DL, 6-3, 330
Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Elmhurst)


Kenner is a mountain of a man who played on both sides of the ball this past fall for Elmhurst, the same program that gave IU James Hardy four years ago. He earned All-Conference honors and honorable mention All-State accolades as a defensive tackle, although he is a candidate for either side of the ball at the next level.

Dusty Kiel
Quarterback, 6-3, 220
Columbus, Ind. (East)


The latest in a long line of Kiels to go through the Columbus school system, Dusty completed 158-of-262 passes for 2,591 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns last fall. He guided Columbus East to an 11-2 record, and he returns along with wide receiver Duwyce Wilson to give Coach Bob Gaddis one of the state' best pitch-and-catch combinations. Kiel played safety as a sophomore and has the size to even play linebacker, so someone could be intrigued by the versatility that he offers.

Demory Lawshe
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 188
Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North)


Lawshe has 4.49 speed in the 40 and is one of the state top wide receivers in the '09 class. As a junior Lawshe caught 25 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, and he added 192 yards rushing and two scores on 10 carries.

Dolapo Macarthy
Quarterback, 6-6, 195
Merrillville, Ind. (Merrillville)


McCarthy is a big, athletic quarterback who has shown his ability to beat teams with his arm or his legs. He led Merrillville to a 12-2 record and a berth in the semistate, where they lost to eventual state champion Carmel. Macarthy completed 94-of-218 passes for 1,684 yards and 11 touchdowns and was picked off only twice on the season. He added another 516 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, and had a 14-carry, 155-yard, two-touchdown effort during the state playoffs to key a big win over Penn.

Montez Robinson
Defensive End, 6-5, 225
Avon, Ind. (Avon)


Robinson is an athletic defensive end who earned honorable mention All-State honors after ranking as one of the Indianapolis area leaders with 12 sacks as a junior. He's already been making the rounds with unofficials at IU, Purdue and Cincinnati, among others.

Will Saddler
S/TE, 6-5, 220
Columbus, Ind. (East)


Cincinnati was the first to offer Saddler, and it paid off with a verbal commitment earlier this spring. Saddler is listed by most recruiting services as a safety, but his unusual size makes him a candidate to play a handful of other positions, most notably tight end.

Pat Serak
Linebacker, 6-2, 215
Avon, Ind. (Avon)


A high school teammate of Montez Robinson, Serak totaled 113 tackles, eight sacks, and three interceptions as a junior. Avon finished the season 8-3, tying with Hamilton Southeastern H.S. for the Hoosier Crossroads conference title. Avon made a quick exit from the state playoffs, though, as IU-bound running back Darius Willis ran for 187 yards on 26 carries in a 30-14 first-round playoff win.

Jordan Stepp
OL/DL, 6-0, 280
Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)


Stepp is ranked as Scout.com's ninth-ranked offensive guard nationally, but he could very well wind up on the defensive side of the ball. While his height isn't ideal, he's as strong as an ox and recently posted an Army Combine best 41 reps on the bench press. Among the schools showing interest are Minnesota (where his high school teammate MarQueis Gray signed), Northern Illinois and Iowa.

Dakotah Tyler
QB/DB, 6-2, 205
Indianapolis, Ind. (Pike)


Tyler was the back-up quarterback last fall for the Red Devils, but it's as a safety where many college coaches think Tyler has a bright future. He totaled 81 tackles as a junior, helpoing Pike to a 14-1 record and a runner-up finish in the state playoffs. He could get a chance to show off his abilities as a quarterback next fall, but the secondary remains the spot where he'll likely wind up at the next level.

Nick Zachery
Athlete, 6-1, 196
Sheridan, Ind. (Sheridan)


Zachery was Mr. Everything for Sheridan H.S. As the team's quarterback he was among the state's leaders in rushing with 239 carries for 2,182 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also completed 39-of-87 passes for another 835 yards and five touchdowns, and on defense he totaled 114 tackles and seven interceptions for a Sheridan team that went 15-0 and won the Class A state title. In case his offensive and defensive contributions weren't enough, Zachery also averaged 37.9 yards/punt and kicked a pair of field goals. The secondary is likely where he'll play at the collegiate level.

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