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Top 50 football players in Indiana for 2018

Top 50 football players in Indiana for 2018
BY: DALTON TINKLENBERG Oct 4, 3:50pm

1. Charlie Spegal, RB, 5-foot-10, 220, Class of 2020

New Palestine, Committed: N/A

Summary — There is not much to say against Spegal, as the junior from New Palestine has put up video game numbers through 2018. After seven games he holds a stat line of 1,509 yards and 37 touchdowns with zero fumbles.

2. Maximus Grimes, QB, 6-2, 200, Class of 2021

Lafayette Jeff, Committed: N/A

Summary — The young gunslinger from Lafayette Jeff has turned heads this season with a maturity far beyond his years to match his rapidly ascending talent. The 2018 campaign has seen Grimes toss 32 touchdowns to just three interceptions while also amassing 2,113 yards through the air.

3. Marion Lukes, RB, 5-8, 180, Class of 2020

Charlestown, Committed: N/A

Summary — The junior running back has quickly developed a reputation as a premier player throughout the state of Indiana. Through seven weeks he has racked up 1,757 yards on the ground, second best in the nation. He has also run for 18 touchdowns.

4. Cole Brevard, DT, 6-3, 280, Class of 2020

Carmel, Committed: N/A

Summary — Brevard is a nightmare for guards and centers everywhere. The junior is able to draw double- and occasionally even triple-teams while still possessing the ability to quickly detach from blockers to make plays.

5. George Karlaftis, Edge, 6-4, 260, Class of 2019

West Lafayette, Committed: Purdue

Summary — Karlaftis has 50 tackles and an astounding 21 tackles for loss to his credit this season alone. An absolute powerhouse, he brutalizes opposing lineman on his way to confronting quarterbacks and running backs alike.

6. Romeir Elliot, RB, 5-7, 173, Class of 2019

Warren Central, Committed: Southern Illinois

Summary — Elliot is one of many talented high schoolers on this list who hail from Warren Central. He has taken full advantage of his 134 carries this year with 1,321 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. While not as eye-popping as some of the numbers from other backs, the Warriors have one of the hardest schedules in the state.

7. Beau Robbins, Edge, 6-4, 238 Class of 2019

Carmel, Committed: Indiana

Summary — Robbins is able to routinely dominate the edge with elite speed and great use of his hands. He keeps his feet moving upfield while not allowing opposing blockers to get their hands inside.

8. Dawson Basinger, RB, 5-10, 200, Class of 2019

North Central (Farmersburg), Committed: N/A

Summary — Basinger is a shifty speedster capable of doing damage in a plethora of ways. He greatly benefits from the wishbone offense run by North Central, as evidenced by his 1,637 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in just six games.

9. Blake Fisher, OL, 6-6, 285, Class of 2021

Avon, Committed: N/A

Summary — Nasty, powerful, athletic — those are just a few of the adjectives that come to find when watching Fisher dominate on the field. The sophomore is only going to get better with experience and will undoubtedly be the gem to some team's recruiting haul.

10. Deontae Craig, Edge, 6-4, 240 Class of 2020

Culver Academies, Committed: N/A

Summary — Craig is an exceptional athlete who helped the Eagles claim a state title in basketball last season. A menace on the defensive line, he uses a high motor to blow up opposing backfields.

11. Jayden George, QB, 6-2, 185, Class of 2019

Warren Central, Committed: N/A

Summary — George is the quintessential field general for the Warren Central offense and a big reason for their perfect start to the season. Through seven games George has thrown for 1,772 yards, 26 touchdowns, and two interceptions.

12. David Bell, WR, 6-2, 185, Class of 2019

Warren Central, Committed: N/A

Summary — Bell is a lethal deep threat who can easily pull down a majority of the jump balls thrown in his direction. His 47 receptions for 994 yards and 14 touchdowns should vouch for that. Bell also occasionally makes an impact on the defensive side of things with both a sack and fumble recovery to his name.

13. Bryce Kirtz, WR, 6-0, 180, Class of 2019

Brownsburg, Committed: Northwestern

Summary — Kirtz has shown the ability to break games wide open this year and make big plays when they are needed most. With Brownsburg engaged in a tight contest against Westfield, Kirtz reeled in nine receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

14. Josh Fryar, OL, 6-4, 295, Class of 2020

Beech Grove, Committed: N/A

Summary — The 6-foot-4, 295-pound junior is a force in the center of Beech Grove offensive line. One look at the tape shows Fryar immediately eliminating most interior pressure from the jump.

15. Justin Britt, OL, 6-4, 286, Class of 2019

Warren Central, Committed: Iowa

Summary — Britt is a kid who excels at getting to the next level in order to throw blocks and seems to generally enjoy putting defenders into the dirt with force.

16. Jack Kiser, OLB, 6-2, 215, Class of 2019

Pioneer, Committed: Notre Dame

Summary — The Pioneer Panthers are on pace for their second consecutive undefeated season and Kiser is a big reason why. Through seven games Kiser has a stat line of 536 yards and seven touchdowns through the air, 837 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, 56 tackles, six interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

17. Sampson James, RB, 6-1, 211, Class of 2019

Avon, Committed: Indiana

Summary — An Indiana commit (after flipping from Ohio State), he has racked up an impressive 912 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground through seven games to add to an already stellar career. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound back is also solid with the football as he has fumbled only once in 152 carries.

18. Eli Pancol, WR, 6-4, 185, Class of 2019

Pendleton Heights, Committed: Duke

Summary — Pancol makes the deep ball look effortless as he uses his lengthy 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame to pick footballs out of the air at a height unreachable for many of the defenders he faces.

19. Donny Marcus, RB, 5-11, 170, Class of 2020

Brownsburg, Committed: N/A

Summary — Marcus has a low center of gravity that helps him stay on his feet as he cuts through holes in the defense. Not only can he leave an imprint on the running game but he is also a great receiver and blocker.

20. Craig Young, ATH, 6-4, 200, Class of 2019

Wayne, Committed: Ohio State

Summary — Young is one of the rare types of players who can contribute to his team from all areas. He has provided a boost for Fort Wayne Wayne this season in everything from the running game to the pass rush.

21. Sam Thomas, WR, 6-2, 185, Class of 2019

Mt. Vernon, Committed: N/A

Summary — Statistically the best wideout in the entire state through Week 7, Thomas has carved up defenses to the tune of 47 receptions for 1,028 yards and 18 touchdowns.

22. David Baker, WR, 6-2, 186, Class of 2020

Scecina Memorial, Committed: N/A

Summary — Baker is likely one of the best route runners on this list as he relies on technique more than pure speed to beat defenders.

23. Henry Hesson, QB, 6-1, 175, Class of 2021

Avon, Committed: N/A

Summary — Henry Hesson's place on this list is based more on intangibles than stats or current performances. A rare sophomore quarterback with great decision making, the future is bright with Hesson and Grimes slinging footballs.

24. Ty Wise, OLB, 6-2, 210, Class of 2020

Carmel, Committed: N/A

Summary — Wise is an exceptional linebacker with a knack for quickly analyzing what is unfolding in front of him. He is also elite when it comes to setting the edge.

25. Joe Tippmann, OL, 6-6, 283, Class of 2019

Bishop Dwenger, Committed: Wisconsin

Summary — Tippmann is again, a very strong young man with all the ability in the world to demolish defenders. The biggest difference between Tippmann and the lineman higher on this list is his tendency to stay near the line of scrimmage versus getting into the secondary to throw blocks.

26. Gus Hartwig, 6-5, 275, OL, Class of 2020

Zionsville, Committed: N/A

27. Larry Tracy, CB, 5-10, 175, Class of 2019

Decatur Central, Committed: Indiana

28. Damon Kaylor, OL, 6-6, 315, Class of 2019

Huntington North, Committed: Michigan State

29. Kitchel Gifford, RB, 5-10, 175, Class of 2019

Western, Committed: N/A

30. Joel DeCoursey, TE, 6-5, 220, Class of 2019

Zionsville, Committed: Vanderbilt

31. Ryan Brandt, S, 6-1, 202, Class of 2020

Angola, Committed: N/A

32. Nathaniel James, DT, 6-0, 250, Class of 2020

Avon, Committed: N/A

33. Dawand Jones, OL, 6-8, 360, Class of 2019

Ben Davis, Committed: N/A

34. Donivan Wright, WR, 6-0, 165, Class of 2019

Lawrence Central, Committed: N/A

35. Simon Dellinger, TE, 6-6, 225, Class of 2019

R Nelson Snider, Committed: Army

36. Delbert Mimms, RB, 5-11, 200, Class of 2019

Ben Davis, Committed: Vanderbilt

37. Tavion Woodard, 6-5, 215, Edge, Class of 2019

West Lafayette, Committed: Ball State

38. Braeton Vann, RB, 5-9, 175, Class of 2020

Boone Grove. Committed: N/A

39. Clayton Coll, OLB, 6-3, 219, Class of 2019

Franklin Community, Committed: Ball State

40. Dallas Culpepper, DT, 6-3, 250, Class of 2019

Beech Grove, Committed: Illinois State

41. Randy Holtz, OL, 6-6, 342, Class of 2020

R Nelson Snider, Committed: N/A

42. Luke Marley, MLB, Class of 2020

Carroll, Committed: N/A

43. Kody Sparks, QB, 6-5, 210, Class of 2020

Hamilton Southeastern, Committed: N/A

44. Caleb Shaffer, OL, 6-5, 315, Class of 2019

Carmel, Committed: Miami (OH)

45. Jack Gray, OLB, 5-8, 200, Class of 2021

Anderson, Committed: N/A

46. Liam Orcutt, DE, 6-1, 195, Class of 2021

Knightstown, Committed: N/A

47. Richie Hagarty, OLB, 6-3, 238, Class of 2019

Cathedral, Committed: Miami (OH)

48. Cameron Williams, WR, 6-3, 205, Class of 2019

Andrean, Committed: N/A

49. Brandon Berger, OLB, 6-4, 210, Class of 2019

Roncalli, Committed: N/A

50. Josh Gross, SS, 6-2, 180, Class of 2020

West Noble, Committed: N/A