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Was having a drunken New Year’s Eve debate with some folks regarding the history of football recruiting in Indiana and specifically, the MIC.  
 

Spurred a quick project where I took a look at the best MIC recruits of the “star era” and this was the list (in order) of the top 25 recruits in the conference based on 247 sports.

Just thought it was interesting and would spur some discussion.

Apologize if I missed anyone.

MIC Top 25:

  1. James Banks - BD (2002)
  2. Jerimy Finch - WC (2007)
  3. Caden Curry - CG (2022)
  4. Kiaro Holts - WC (2011)
  5. Sheldon Day - WC (2012)
  6. David Bell - WC (2019)
  7. Cam McGrone - LC (2018)
  8. Morgan Newton - CAR (2009)
  9. JB Paxson - CG (2005)
  10. Kris Harley - WC (2011)
  11. Austin Roberts - CAR (2014)
  12. Darrin Kirkland - LC (2015)
  13. Tim Kimbrough - WC (2013)
  14. Cole Brevard - CAR (2020)
  15. Asmar Bilal - BD (2015)
  16. Tayven Jackson - CG (2022)
  17. Joshua Mickens - LC (2023)
  18. MarQueis Gray - BD (2008)
  19. Darius Latham - NC (2013)
  20. Donaven McCulley - LN (2021)
  21. Dyjuan Lewis - PIKE (2010) (pre MIC)
  22. Dominique Booth - PIKE (2014)
  23. Beau Robbins - CAR (2019)
  24. Chris Graham - WC (2004)
  25. Brandon Lee - LC (2014)
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1 hour ago, temptation said:

Was having a drunken New Year’s Eve debate with some folks regarding the history of football recruiting in Indiana

Man, I want to party with you! 😂🤣😅

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6 hours ago, HHF said:

No Darren Evans?

Nope.  He, along with Chris Evans, Desmond Tardy and Jovan Swann were among the most surprising omissions.

You’ve got Mr. Football winners that failed to make this list.

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10 hours ago, HHF said:

No Darren Evans?

4 hours ago, temptation said:

Nope.  He, along with Chris Evans, Desmond Tardy and Jovan Swann were among the most surprising omissions.

You’ve got Mr. Football winners that failed to make this list.

That was the first name I was looking through on that list for and was shocked to not see him in the Top 25. Obviously a lot of great athletes there, but that one got me the most.

 

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5 minutes ago, NLCTigerFan07 said:

That was the first name I was looking through on that list for and was shocked to not see him in the Top 25. Obviously a lot of great athletes there, but that one got me the most.

 

I guess this should show you what a good job Beemer did,including assistants ,scouting talent for Va. Tech. 

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18 hours ago, temptation said:

Was having a drunken New Year’s Eve debate with some folks regarding the history of football recruiting in Indiana and specifically, the MIC.  
 

Spurred a quick project where I took a look at the best MIC recruits of the “star era” and this was the list (in order) of the top 25 recruits in the conference based on 247 sports.

Just thought it was interesting and would spur some discussion.

Apologize if I missed anyone.

MIC Top 25:

  1. James Banks - BD (2002)
  2. Jerimy Finch - WC (2007)
  3. Caden Curry - CG (2022)
  4. Kiaro Holts - WC (2011)
  5. Sheldon Day - WC (2012)
  6. David Bell - WC (2019)
  7. Cam McGrone - LC (2018)
  8. Morgan Newton - CAR (2009)
  9. JB Paxson - CG (2005)
  10. Kris Harley - WC (2011)
  11. Austin Roberts - CAR (2014)
  12. Darrin Kirkland - LC (2015)
  13. Tim Kimbrough - WC (2013)
  14. Cole Brevard - CAR (2020)
  15. Asmar Bilal - BD (2015)
  16. Tayven Jackson - CG (2022)
  17. Joshua Mickens - LC (2023)
  18. MarQueis Gray - BD (2008)
  19. Darius Latham - NC (2013)
  20. Donaven McCulley - LN (2021)
  21. Dyjuan Lewis - PIKE (2010) (pre MIC)
  22. Dominique Booth - PIKE (2014)
  23. Beau Robbins - CAR (2019)
  24. Chris Graham - WC (2004)
  25. Brandon Lee - LC (2014)

Some pretty big busts on this list at the next level if you ask me. Just goes to show that recruiting rankings aren't everything. 

Sheldon Day has had a nice NFL career. Bell had a fantastic college career and should be a decade long player in the NFL assuming he stays healthy. 

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4 hours ago, Footballking16 said:

Some pretty big busts on this list at the next level if you ask me. Just goes to show that recruiting rankings aren't everything. 

Sheldon Day has had a nice NFL career. Bell had a fantastic college career and should be a decade long player in the NFL assuming he stays healthy. 

GK???

22 hours ago, temptation said:

Was having a drunken New Year’s Eve debate with some folks regarding the history of football recruiting in Indiana and specifically, the MIC.  
 

Spurred a quick project where I took a look at the best MIC recruits of the “star era” and this was the list (in order) of the top 25 recruits in the conference based on 247 sports.

Just thought it was interesting and would spur some discussion.

Apologize if I missed anyone.

MIC Top 25:

  1. James Banks - BD (2002)
  2. Jerimy Finch - WC (2007)
  3. Caden Curry - CG (2022)
  4. Kiaro Holts - WC (2011)
  5. Sheldon Day - WC (2012)
  6. David Bell - WC (2019)
  7. Cam McGrone - LC (2018)
  8. Morgan Newton - CAR (2009)
  9. JB Paxson - CG (2005)
  10. Kris Harley - WC (2011)
  11. Austin Roberts - CAR (2014)
  12. Darrin Kirkland - LC (2015)
  13. Tim Kimbrough - WC (2013)
  14. Cole Brevard - CAR (2020)
  15. Asmar Bilal - BD (2015)
  16. Tayven Jackson - CG (2022)
  17. Joshua Mickens - LC (2023)
  18. MarQueis Gray - BD (2008)
  19. Darius Latham - NC (2013)
  20. Donaven McCulley - LN (2021)
  21. Dyjuan Lewis - PIKE (2010) (pre MIC)
  22. Dominique Booth - PIKE (2014)
  23. Beau Robbins - CAR (2019)
  24. Chris Graham - WC (2004)
  25. Brandon Lee - LC (2014)

If youre still bored, how about an HCC top 25 and DAC Top 25?

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No Russ Yeast from CG?  4 Star recruit.  Had a nice career at Louisville and now Kansas State.  (2nd team All Big 12 conference)

https://247sports.com/Player/Russ-Yeast-46877/

Had a heck of a senior year for the Trojans.  Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year.

https://247sports.com/college/louisville/Article/Russ-Yeast-Gatorade-Player-of-the-Year-49752184/

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Bash Riprock said:

No Russ Yeast from CG?  4 Star recruit.  Had a nice career at Louisville and now Kansas State.  (2nd team All Big 12 conference)

https://247sports.com/Player/Russ-Yeast-46877/

Had a heck of a senior year for the Trojans.

 

Yeast was also a 4 star but didn’t crack the top 25.

Lee was .9000.  Yeast was .8983.

 

22 minutes ago, HHF said:

GK???

If youre still bored, how about an HCC top 25 and DAC Top 25?

Consider it done.  Gimme the years on McCutcheon and Jeff in the HCC please.

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25 minutes ago, temptation said:

Yeast was also a 4 star but didn’t crack the top 25.

Lee was .9000.  Yeast was .8983.

 

Consider it done.  Gimme the years on McCutcheon and Jeff in the HCC please.

2004-2014

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When did the "star era" begin?  I notice that James Banks is on there (02).

I am struggling to come up with 25 D1 football players since 2002, from the DAC.

Lake Central-Gelen Robinson-Purdue, Ike Spearman Ole Miss/Eastern Michigan

Crown Point-Matt Ernest-IU, Kurt Wermers-Michigan/Ball St. , Andrew Krumweid-Army

Merrillville-James Aldridge-ND, Dexter and Riley Larrimore-Ball St. and Ohio St., Kenneth Grant-Michigan, Eugene Wilson-Illinois, Dolopo McCarthy-Purdue

Portage-Albert Evans-Purdue, Antoine Brown-Kentucjy

Valparaiso-Jeff Smardzija-ND, Mike Dorulla-Ball St., John Hofer-Western Michigan

Chesterton-Cartwright brothers (1 went to Miami Ohio and the other Western Michigan-don't know if they fall into the time frame)

Michigan City-Brandon Fiske-Western Michigan

LaPorte-?

***Players from each school, off the top of my head.***

Sorry if I missed anyone.

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1 hour ago, temptation said:

Yeast was also a 4 star but didn’t crack the top 25.

Lee was .9000.  Yeast was .8983.

 

Consider it done.  Gimme the years on McCutcheon and Jeff in the HCC please.

Oh...so you are just going straight 247 numbers regardless of their actual on-field play and accolades?  Gotcha.....

I thought you might have included some subjective criteria to include their actual on field performance.

Not disagreeing..just better understanding the criteria you used.

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33 minutes ago, DE said:

When did the "star era" begin?  I notice that James Banks is on there (02).

I am struggling to come up with 25 D1 football players since 2002, from the DAC.

Lake Central-Gelen Robinson-Purdue, Ike Spearman Ole Miss/Eastern Michigan

Crown Point-Matt Ernest-IU, Kurt Wermers-Michigan/Ball St. , Andrew Krumweid-Army

Merrillville-James Aldridge-ND, Dexter and Riley Larrimore-Ball St. and Ohio St., Kenneth Grant-Michigan, Eugene Wilson-Illinois, Dolopo McCarthy-Purdue

Portage-Albert Evans-Purdue, Antoine Brown-Kentucjy

Valparaiso-Jeff Smardzija-ND, Mike Dorulla-Ball St., John Hofer-Western Michigan

Chesterton-Cartwright brothers (1 went to Miami Ohio and the other Western Michigan-don't know if they fall into the time frame)

Michigan City-Brandon Fiske-Western Michigan

LaPorte-?

***Players from each school, off the top of my head.***

Sorry if I missed anyone.

Merrillville - Missed a couple dozen  LOL

https://merrillvillepirates.com/sports/2020/4/29/football-alumni.aspx?id=179

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2 hours ago, temptation said:

 

Consider it done.  Gimme the years on McCutcheon and Jeff in the HCC please.

 

2 hours ago, HHF said:

2004-2014

Actually, McCutcheon, along with Harrison, were among the founding members of the HCC in 2000.  Jeff then joined in 2004.

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8 minutes ago, foxbat said:

 

Actually, McCutcheon, along with Harrison, were among the founding members of the HCC in 2000.  Jeff then joined in 2004.

Thanks.  Betting Dustin Keller would have been up there had the star era began in the 90s.

Kid was an absolute STUD in football AND track.

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4 minutes ago, temptation said:

Thanks.  Betting Dustin Keller would have been up there had the star era began in the 90s.

Kid was an absolute STUD in football AND track.

2002 was an interesting year for the Lafayette area as Keller climbed into Indiana's Top 10 receivers for a season with his teammate, Vlahogeorge, clocking in at the all-time season passing record at #2 ... which he still holds.  That same year, Clayton Richard, from McCutcheon, took the Mr. Football title and the following year finished his career as the #3 career passer although, since then, he has settled down around #6.

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10 minutes ago, foxbat said:

2002 was an interesting year for the Lafayette area as Keller climbed into Indiana's Top 10 receivers for a season with his teammate, Vlahogeorge, clocking in at the all-time season passing record at #2 ... which he still holds.  That same year, Clayton Richard, from McCutcheon, took the Mr. Football title and the following year finished his career as the #3 career passer although, since then, he has settled down around #6.

Ah, so I was wrong?  Keller was in the star era.  Thought he was earlier than that for some reason.

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