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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: IN Blog, Versatility Is Key — IHSAA football player power rankings (defensive hybrids)

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, February 26, 2021, 12:00 pm

The Top 15 IHSAA “Hybrid” Football Players On Defense (LB/S) — Winter 2021

1 Jeff Utzinger (Indianapolis Cathedral 6-2, 205 Jr.) — Power, intelligence, instinct, leadership ability, the epitome of a primetime performer.

2 Rowan Zolman (East Noble 6-5, 205 Jr.) — Raw potential personified, checks all the boxes.

3 Ebon Person (Ft. Wayne Wayne 6-3, 200 Jr.) — Everything you want in a prospect at the “Viper” spot, the total package of a football player.

4 David Jones (Marion 6-1, 190 Jr.) — One of the most underrated playmakers in the Class of ’22, a straight demon sideline to sideline.

5 Braxton Sampson (Northview 6-2, 200 Jr.) — Beast mode 24/7 and that’s about all you need to know about his game and his mindset.

6 Otto Kyler (Zionsville 6-2, 200 Jr.) — One of the most improved players in the Class of ‘22, possesses the will of a champion, plays with a chip on his shoulder.

7 Zion Woods (North Central 6-0, 175 Jr.) — Value grab for the D-IIs and Mid-Majors, this kid has a monster motor and mad wrap-up ability.

8 Jayden Childers (Indianapolis Brebeuf Jesuit 6-3, 220 Jr.) — Intriguing prospect, big, fast, light on his feet, lays the lumber like a Mack truck.

9 Cayden Madding (Avon 6-2, 190 Jr.) — Phenomenal upside as a recruit, ready to take his game next level in ’21.

10 Bryson Hoover (Westfield 6-1, 200 Jr) — Can’t be overlooked, has a presence that needs to be dealt with on every snap.

11 Samirion Ford (Lawrence North 6-0, 195 Soph.) — Just scratching the surface on what is to come and that’s downright scary.

12 Josh Noble (Lawrence North 6-0, 210 Jr.) — Has all the right moves wherever he lines up, always looking to gain an advantage on his opponent, both physically and mentally.

13 Reid Schroeder (Southridge 6-1, 200 Soph.) — Brings the pain every play, churn-and-burn type.

14 Sam Steinhofer (Noblesville 6-2, 205 Jr.) — The consummate battler on the gridiron.

15 Gavin Groves (Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger 6-0, 195 Jr.) — Plays with tremendous heart, soul, hustle and flow.