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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana football recruiting notebook — Football Recruiting Notebook >> Purdue plucks Moussa, Duke snags Pickett

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, August 21, 2020, 1:49 pm

The Mouse will be let loose in West Lafayette come 2021.

Indianapolis Pike senior offensive lineman Mahamane Moussa committed to Purdue last week, concluding a whirlwind offseason where he established himself a commodity in the recruiting game. Moussa (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is a left tackle who charged up the prospect charts in recent months. He has size, strength, mobility and intelligence. In other words, all the tools to succeed in the Big Ten.

Since the beginning of the year, Moussa has collected nearly two dozen offers. Besides the Boilermakers, that list includes Wake Forest, Boston College, Louisville, Kansas, Air Force and Army.

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The devil is in the details

Greyhounds have keen senses of smell. One Carmel gridiron gladiator sniffs gold at the next level for him in the ACC.

Carmel senior offensive lineman Justin Pickett committed to Duke last weekend, landing Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe a real sleeper. Picket (6-7, 315) is the prototype right guard on the line for an ACC squad like Duke.

Last fall, he helped lead his Greyhounds to a 6A state championship. In addition to Duke, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa State, Nevada, UCF, UNLV and West Virginia were all in pursuit of his services.

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Hoosierland welcome party

The Charlestown Pirates just picked up a Blue Chipper on the “transfer wire” from Kentucky in junior offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin.

The 6-foot-8, 320-pound left tackle currently has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and USC. He dropped close to 100 pounds in the past year and has upped the ante on his footwork and technique, sending the elite college programs flocking in his direction.

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About to get heated

Andrean sophomore Drayk Bowen might be the best linebacker prospect in the state’s Class of 2023 by the time Signing Day hits in two and half years. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is a complete menace sideline to sideline. He patrols the perimeter and defends the intermediate pass routes as well as any recruit in the whole state right now. On Andrean’s 2A state-finals club last season, he recorded 50 tackles and three sacks. Cincinnati offered during the summer.