STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Burney’s fastest-rising line prospects in Indiana
Burney’s Top 5 Fastest-Rising Line Prospects In The IHSAA
1 Popeye Williams (Westfield 6-3, 235 DE ’22) — Closing power, closing speed, killer instinct off the edge.
2 Demon “D.J.” Moore (Ft. Wayne Snider 6-5, 295 OL ’22) — Pancake power personified, plenty of TNT at the point of attack.
3 Phil Gunn (Hammond Morton 6-3, 315 OL ’21) — Supersonic Sleeper Special, a true diamond in the ruff. Committed to Ball State in April.
4 Larry Harris (Lawrence North DL 6-5, 280 ’21) — Maybe the most upside on the line in the Circle City’s incoming senior class.
5 Tucker Keevers (New Palestine OL 6-5, 270 ’21) — Grind-to-shine type, makes boss moves in the trenches.
Bonus byte: Franklin Central’s Wright headed to Illinois St.
The Haitian Hurricane will be touching down in Illinois in 2021.
Franklin Central senior running back Wenkers Wright committed to Illinois State late last month. Wright (6-foot-2, 185) might be the most underrated playmaker in the Hoosier State. He rushed for 2,060 yards and 26 touchdowns last fall.
Illinois State competes out of the Missouri Valley Conference in Division I-AA and made the FCS quarterfinals in 2019 with a 10-5 record. Wright selected the Redbirds over bids from Indiana State and Bowling Green. His family is from Haiti and he runs like a tropical storm on the football field. The vision and burst he displays carrying the rock is FBS caliber and don’t be shocked to see FC’s Haitian Hurricane become a superstar at the next level and find his way to the next, next level some day in the not-so-distant future.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN