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Football Recruiting Notebook: Indy Area Class of ’23 Notes, Class of ’25 Watch List

By: SCOTT BURNSTEIN, January 2, 2023, 4:56 pm

The Indianapolis area prep gridiron recruiting radar — Winter 2023




Class of 2023 news & notes:

Warren Central senior defensive end Josh Mickens inked with Ohio State on December Signing Day. Mickens, the No. 1 overall player for Hoosierland in the Class of ’23, de-committed from LSU in October.

Warren Central senior wide receiver Joe Walker signed with Eastern Michigan after vacating his Western Michigan commitment back in the fall. The 6-foot-4 red-zone terror made 10 touchdown grabs in 2022.

Carmel senior offensive lineman Ethan Trent signed with Purdue last week. Trent, the definition of a workhorse at the point of attack, snared a late scholarship from the Boilermakers.

North Central senior wide receiver T.J. McWilliams flipped from Purdue to Minnesota after Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm bolted for his alma mater, Louisville following the 2022 season. McWilliams (6-2, 195) caught 475 yards and 4 touchdowns worth of balls last fall.

Class of 2025 Watch List:

Michael Thacker (New Palestine 6-3, 265 DL) — Big time player, doing big time things

Damian Shanklin (Warren Central 6-4, 240 DE) — Oozing with upside, think Josh Mickens 2:0

Frank Bertram (Ben Davis 6-2, 230 LB) — Ferocious competitor, locked and loaded for greatness

Cruz Williams (Westfield 6-1, 205 LB) — Only scratching the surface of what he will become

Tanner Aspeslet (Lawrence North 6-4, 200 QB) — We could have a situation on our hands here very very soon, as in fair warning; gunslinger alert