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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana summer football notebook >> Tanona takes his talents to South Bend

By: , July 27, 2020, 5:17 pm

Zionsville junior four-star offensive lineman Joey Tanona is the first recruit to join the Fighting Irish for 2022. Tanona, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound left tackle, committed to Notre Dame over the weekend, becoming the program’s first snag of the ’22 prospecting crop. 

Scouts love Tanona’s interior tenacity, his superior footwork and flawless technique in combatting edge rushers. He choice Notre Dame over Ohio State, Penn State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Tennessee.

Notre Dame is feasting on line recruits from Hoosierland lately. Brian Kelly and his staff snared Avon defensive lineman Blake Fisher, the No. 1 player in the state’s incoming senior class, for the Golden Domers’ Class of 2021.


Redbird ready to go

Hobart senior linebacker Bobby Babcock committed to Illinois State last week. Babcock (6-0, 200) bagged 65 tackles and six sacks in 2019 on a Class 4A semistate squad. He is quite the handful sideline to sideline: think bull in a china shop, high motor, high intensity, high intelligence. The ISU Redbirds compete in the NCAA DI-AA ranks out of the Missouri Valley Conference.


Chi-Town surprise

Fishers welcomes Syracuse-commit Landon Morris (6-6, 215) into the fold this fall for his senior campaign. The hybrid wide receiver-tight end has played at Illinois state power Nazareth Academy near Chicago the last three years. The Fishers Tigers went 7-3 last season. 

Morris picked the ‘Cuse over Michigan, Boston College and Iowa State. His mom, Lori Meinerding, was Miss Basketball in the state of Indiana in 1987 and lettered at IU at the college level. Last year at Nazareth Academy, Morris collected 32 catches for 550 yards and 5 touchdowns.


Martin leaving Brebeuf for Pike

Rising senior running back Isaiah Martin announced on Twitter Monday that he was leaving Indianapolis Brebeuf Jesuit, transferring to Pike High School for his final season of high school ball. 

“The past 3 years at Brebeuf have been great and I appreciate everything they’ve given me and the bonds I’ve made (there),” he tweeted. “I thank the people that made me, and one ones that claimed me.”

Martin has run for 1,481 yards and 19 touchdowns through his first three years of high school. 


The defensive end report

Westfield junior defensive end Popeye Williams continued his hot streak on the recruiting trail and picked up offers from Alabama and Boston College.

Indianapolis Brebeuf junior defensive end Joe Strickland took home Virginia Tech and Kentucky offers in the first two weeks of July.

Pike senior defensive end Kyran Montgomery has narrowed his choices down to Missouri, Minnesota or Florida State.


The prodigy

Indianapolis Cathedral incoming freshman Danny O’Neil is a quarterback ready to set the Circle City on fire. Wait for it……….