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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana football recruiting notebook — Big Ten commitment bonanza in IHSAA

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, November 26, 2021, 2:44 pm

Three of the IHSAA’s top senior gridiron gladiators committed to Big Ten programs in recent weeks. Below is a recap of the recruiting action;

Cael Vanderbush (Plainfield 6-foot-6, 205-pound TE) — Committed to Iowa, Vanderbush might be the best two-sport athlete in the Indianapolis area (he’s good for 20-to-25 a night on the basketball court, too) and is the ultimate new-era hybrid tight end prospect. This past fall, Vanderbush caught 35 balls for 747 yards and eight touchdowns.

James Schott (Center Grove 6-6, 225 DE) — Committed to Michigan State, Schott is a blunt-force trauma specialist coming off the edge. Providing much of the heart and soul for his nationally-ranked CG club on the defensive side of the rock, Schott has posted 50 tackles and five sacks this season. His deadly combination of technique and tenacity set him apart from his peers at the D-end spot.

Mariere Omonode (West Lafayette 6-1, 265 DL) — Committed to Purdue, the undersized Omonode exhibits a power-conference level motor, football IQ and closing speed on his tackles that make him the ultimate diamond in the ruff recruit for Hammer&Rails Nation. Just a winner and leader in every way.

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Other notable commitments across Hoosierland:

Keyshaun Pipkin (North Central 6-3, 195 WR) — Committed to Northern Illinois, Pipkin hauled in 45 catches during his senior campaign and showed tremendous next-level upside.

Ebon Person (Homestead 6-3, 225 S/LB) — Committed to Valparaiso, Person is a DI-caliber steal for the Beacons. This kid hits hard, sprints fast to wherever the ball is and embodies versatility.

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Enter The Sandman — Up & Coming Sleepers 

Two late-rising prospects to watch in the Class of ‘22:

Joe Jefferson (Indianapolis Pike 6-2, 190 S) — Quickness and instinct in spades, 

Jackson Carver (Culver Academies 6-6, 225 TE) — Force of nature in the making as a dual-threat at the position. He’s showing flashes of brilliance stretching the field on passing down and can pancake block on rushing downs.