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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana football notebook — Carmel’s Dylan Downing jumps on UNLV offer

By: , January 19, 2020, 6:39 pm

Carmel’s Dylan Downing was patient in his college-recruiting process. Deliberate. Like the way he runs the football. But just as when he sees an opening on the field, he always pounces, he jumped at just the right opportunity Saturday by committing to UNLV. His running style and competitive spirit fits the new Rebels coaching staff.

The bruising 6-foot-0, 220-pound rusher had offers from most of the MAC and a bid from the Pac-12 by way of Washington State. UNLV plays out of the Mountain West. Marcus Arroyo was recently hired to head the Rebels program after serving as offensive coordinator at Oregon the past three years.

Downing helped lead his Carmel Greyhounds squad to a Class 6A state championship last fall, making a well-deserved name for himself as one of Hoosierland’s top power backs. Don’t let the muscular frame fool you though — kid’s got wheels. He ran for 1,125 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.

Last left for the taking

Decatur Central tailback Kenny Tracy is the last three-star prospect left on the board for the state’s senior class; he was the best all-purpose back in the state in 2019, scoring 32 touchdowns while rushing for 1,000 yards and tacking on 600 yards receiving.

Tracy (5-foot-11, 190) is also being recruited to be play basketball at the next level. Recruiting services report if he decides to remain on the gridiron and stays in the Midwest, Miami (OH) is his most likely landing spot, but if he goes east it will be West Virginia or Temple. Some scouts speculate he might be waiting for IU to come in and offer for both sports before he makes his final choice.

Indexing the offers

• Gibson Southern sophomore quarterback Brady Allen, the No. 1-rated signal caller in the state, nabbed a Wisconsin offer on a visit. Allen threw for 2,675 yards and 31 scores last fall.

• Elkhart Central junior defensive end Rodney McGraw got an offer from Michigan State. Michigan has been hot on his tail since the summer.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN