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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Bishop Dwenger’s Fiacable and Valpo’s Jones stay home, commit to IU; East Central’s Collinsworth picks Cincinnati

By: , April 7, 2020, 10:14 am

Indiana University recently nailed down commitments from in-state prospects Valparaiso defensive end Cooper Jones and Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger’s Vinny Fiacable. Both Jones and Fiacable are in the Class of 2021.

Jones (6-foot-6, 255 pounds) is the No. 1 recruit on the defensive line in the Hoosier State. He committed last week and chose IU over Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Iowa. Jones joins Elkhart Central defensive end Rodney McGraw, who jumped on board the Bloomington Baller Train back in January, to give Tom Allen the state’s two most highly-touted pass rushers coming into the fold this fall. In 2019, Jones recorded 60 tackles and six sacks and helped lead his Valparaiso club to a spot in the 5A state championship game, getting past Fiacable and Bishop Dwenger in semi-states, 10-7.

Fiacable (6-5, 295) was in the midst of a surge in his recruiting this past month and committed to Team Allen Monday. His offers started to pour in during the final week of March, when he received bids from Louisville, Cincinnati and Western Michigan. IU entered the picture less than a week ago, coming in with an offer on April 1.

The Cincinnati Kid

East Central offensive lineman Luke Collinsworth shunned the Big Ten and the Big 12 for the American Athletic Conference. Collinsworth (6-6, 300) committed to Cincinnati last week over offers from Indiana, Purdue and Kansas. Collinsworth is a four-star prospect and considered a top-five recruit in Hoosierland’s junior class. 247Sports slots him at No. 3 overall in its Class of 2021 rankings for the state of Indiana.

“I know the future at UC is bright and I want to be a part of it,” Collinsworth told 247Sports’ Midwest recruiting coordinator Allen Trieu of his choice.

Former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell took the reins of the Bearcats program in 2017 and has posted back-to-back 11-win seasons and bowl victories the past two years. Fickell was named Coach of the Year in the AAC for the 2018 campaign.

Trio of options

Ben Davis junior defensive back Daylan Carnell has declared Purdue, Missouri and West Virginia as the favorites for his services at the next level. Scouting services had been projecting Notre Dame as his frontrunner. Carnell (6-2, 195) is the No. 1 secondary prospect in the state’s Class of 2021. He also plays wide receiver at Ben Davis.

Myers gets Northwood offer

Whiteland’s Ethan Myers (2021) picked up an offer from Division II Northwood University in Michigan on Tuesday. The 6-4, 300-pound Myers was a first-team all-stater as a junior.  

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN