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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Booker & Carnell commit to Power 5s, small-school QB spotlight

By: , June 2, 2020, 1:11 pm

The Indy area is a treasure trove of recruiting talent on the defensive side of the football. Two of the Circle City’s best and brightest on ‘D’ firmed up plans for the next level earlier this week when Center Grove defensive end Austin Booker committed to Minnesota and Ben Davis defensive back Daylan Carnell committed to Missouri.

Booker (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) and Carnell (6-2, 195) are both versatile, three-star prospects in the Class of 2021 and considered Top 10 grabs in the state’s recruiting pool. Last season, Booker recorded 72 tackles and eight sacks. Carnell made 35 tackles in a hybrid cornerback-safety role, came away with five picks and eight pass deflections on the campaign.

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The final half-dozen 

Pike defensive end Kyran Montgomery cut his scholarship list to six possible choices this week, leaving Minnesota, Penn State, Missouri, Purdue, Boston College and Arizona State all still in the running for his services. The 6-5, 210 pound pass rush specialist and overall backfield disrupter registered 100 tackles and six sacks in 2019 as a junior.

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Tigers roar with offer to Zionsville Blue-Chipper in the trenches

Zionsville offensive lineman Joey Tanona collected an SEC offer last week with LSU putting an offer on the table. Tanona (6-6, 290) will be entering his junior year in the fall and is already a 4-star recruit with a dozen Power 5 offers.

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Burney’s Top 12 small-school QB recruits in the Class of ‘21

1 Maddix Bogunia (Mishawka Marian 6-2, 175) — Eleccccccctric!!!

2019 stat line: 1,275 yards, 20 touchdowns, 13 rushing touchdowns.

2 Blake White (Indianapolis Lutheran 6-0, 175) — Small-school Tom Brady.

2019 stat line: 2,532 yards, 27 touchdowns.

3 Riley Stone (South Putnam 6-1, 170) — As cool as the other side of the pillow in the pocket.

2019 stat line: 2,195 yards, 21 touchdowns.

4 Trey Goodman (Linton-Stockton 6-2, 180) — A total gamer, decisive in his throws, inspires confidence in his teammates .

2019 stat line: 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns.

5 Alex Farr (Southwood 6-0, 170) — Fierce competitor, underrated touch.

2019 stat line: 1,150 yards, 13 touchdowns.

6 Max Milton (Heritage Christian 5-10, 170) — Maybe the most under-appreciated field general in the state.

2019 stat line: 2,426 yards , 32 touchdowns.

7 Hayden Nern (Bluffton 6-3, 195) — Mega upside, much improved.

2019 stat line: 1,600 yards, 13 touchdowns

8 Jordan Roth (Delphi 5-10, 170) — Thrives on being overlooked, makes all the right decisions distributing the football.

2019 stat line: 1,725 yards, 20 touchdowns.

9 Ryan Bond (East Central 5-10, 165) — Gritty signal caller with a great gridiron IQ.

2019 stat line: 1,390 yards, 18 touchdowns.

10 Kade Osborn (Clinton Prairie 6-0, 180) — Steady as they come, fast on the trigger.

2019 stat line: 1,500 yards, 15 touchdowns.

11 Austin Frazier (Covenant Christian 6-2, 175) — Plenty of firepower in that arm of his.

2019 stat line: 1575 yards, 15 touchdowns.

12 Blaze Kano (Hanover Central 5-9, 165) — Look for another huge jump in his game in ’20.

2019 stat line: 1,380 yards, 17 touchdowns.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN