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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Bell’s back, and top Indiana recruits Karlaftis, Brevard, Fisher get more elite offers

By: Scott Burnstein, January 18, 2019, 11:55 am

Warren Central’s David Bell, the best wide receiver in the state who recently committed to Purdue, just got back to action on the basketball court after finishing up his gridiron responsibilities in the All-American Bowl down in Texas earlier this month.

He’s one of the most prolific pass catchers the IHSAA has ever seen, ending his prep career with a 6A state title back in November. On the hardwood, Bell is a beast of a point guard. Last March, he went coast-to-coast to beat the buzzer in a semi-state classic versus New Albany and  joined 2018 Mr. Basketball Romeo Langford in helping propel Warren Central to a 4A state crown. Bell joins a 2019 Warren Central cage squad which is currently the No. 1 team in Hoosierland and gunning hard for a repeat.

 

• West Lafayette sophomore outside linebacker Yanni Karlaftis picked up an Ohio State offer last week. His big bro, George, is a high-motor defensive end and the top recruit in the state of Indiana this year, heading to Purdue in the fall. Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Purdue all have bids on the table for the younger Karlaftis.

 

• South Bend Adams junior quarterback Ira Armstead might be the fastest-rising field general in the state by winter’s end. The 6-foot-4 dual threat signal caller just scooped his first offer from Central Michigan. Don’t be shocked if Indiana and Purdue come into the picture next.

 

• Speaking of first offers, maybe the most devastating running back in state history, New Palestine junior juggernaut Charlie Spegal (pictured, 3,350 yards and 68 touchdowns in 2018) just landed his inaugural bid to the DI level when Army offered over last weekend. Spegal is tracking towards becoming the state’s all-time rushing king before he graduates.

 

• The No. sophomore prospect in the state, Avon offensive lineman Blake Fisher nabbed an Auburn offer, while the state’s No. 1 junior recruit, Carmel defensive lineman Cole Brevard collected an offer from National Champion Clemson in the wake of the Tigers taking out defending champ Alabama in a lopsided national title-tilt.

 

• Ben Davis behemoth senior offensive lineman Dawand Jones, whose recruiting status has absolutely exploded since the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, will be visiting Ohio State soon. Jones is the clear-cut "best on the board" in Hoosiernation’s Class of 2019.