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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana FB recruiting notebook — Louisville pulls Floyd Central OT across the border

By: , April 29, 2020, 3:37 pm

The “zen” of Cardinals football just felt right for Floyd Central junior offensive lineman Zen Michalski, who committed to Louisville over the weekend. He’s on fire in 2020.

Michalski (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) plays left tackle and is considered a three-star prospect with four-star projections. His recruiting profile rocketed this offseason. He didn’t have a single offer at the beginning of February. As of this weekend, he was sifting through close to two dozen (20). Michigan State offered last week.

Louisville offered Michalski at the end of March, the same day Indiana and Kansas came in with bids. Boston College, Kansas State and Cincinnati entered the picture back in March as well. 

Michalski attacked the weight room with ferocity in recent months, adding 30 pounds to his frame and tightening up some patches of baby fat. The bulk up in muscle mass helped open the floodgates for his recruiting resume. Scouts love his footwork, explosive jump off the snap and ironclad work ethic.

Ready to fly

Merrillville defensive end Dierre Kelly committed to Bowling Green last week, giving the Falcons a true diamond in the ruff. Kelly (6-3, 245) is an undervalued gem in the pass rush department.

News and Notes

Brownsburg junior offensive lineman Joshua Sales has cut his list of offers down to a top five. The three-star right tackle is going to decide between Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Nebraska and Kansas. 

Michigan offered Indianapolis Brebeuf sophomore defensive end Joe Strickland earlier this month. Strickland is a four-star recruit and one of the state’s top underclassmen.

Three sticky-handed pass catchers to know about:

Nicky Flesher (Andrean) — Maybe the best hands on the NW side of the state.

Mason Piening (Westfield) — As steady as they come in the passing game.

Jack Beebe (Plainfield) — About to have a huge senior campaign.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN