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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Football Recruiting Notebook — McCulley makes it IU, Triton Central’s Miller to Army

By: , June 15, 2020, 1:29 pm

Indiana University might have just found its quarterback of the future.

Lawrence North dual-threat signal caller Donaven McCulley committed to the Hoosiers last week, giving coach Tom Allen and the Hoosiers a four-star field general that compares nicely to current IU starter Michael Penix, Jr. He had offers from Purdue, Wake Forest, Missouri, Iowa, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Michigan State.

Last season, McCulley (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) passed for 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for another 600 yards and five scores. He only threw one interception as a junior and is considered the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the state of Indiana’s Class of 2021.

247Sports Midwest Recruiting Coordinator Allen Trieu sees bright things on the horizon for McCulley in Bloomington.

“Donaven throws real well on the move, he’s got a big arm and a big frame,” he said. “He shows good touch on his deep balls and intermediate routes and has an all-around good feel for the position. If he gets more polished and keeps improving, he can probably play beyond college.”

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Score one for Uncle Sam 

Triton Central’s Jaxon Miller, the No. 1 long snapper in the nation, committed to Army earlier this month. Miller (6-4, 215 pounds) also plays outside linebacker and posted 36 tackles in six games last year as a junior. 

Army went 5-8 in 2019, but had double-digit-win campaigns and bowl wins in both the prior two seasons. Miller’s high school squad, Triton Central, advanced into the 2A semifinals last year sporting a 10-4 record.

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Best on the board for Hoosierland’s Class of ’21

1 Yanni Karlaftis (West Lafayette 6-3, 205 LB) —Beast Mode 24/7.

2 Kyran Montgomery (Indianapolis Pike 6-4, 220 DE) —Force of nature rushing the passer.                                         

3 Justin Pickett (Carmel 6-7, 315 OL) —Top recruit in his class in terms of value.

4 Duce Taylor (Ft. Wayne North Side 6-1, 175 QB) —Everything you want in a modern-era quarterback prospect.

5 (tie) Zach Vode (Hobart 6-3, 210 S/WR) —Has some serious star potential at the next level.

5 (tie) Mahamane Moussa (Indianapolis Pike 6-5, 270 OL) —Road grader, rugged competitor.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN