- Todd Kelly unofficially visits Alabama for its game against Auburn.
- Joey Duckworth unofficially visits Bowling Green for the Kent State game.
- Darius West unofficially visits Cincinnati
- Northwestern offers Derek Kief
- Cincinnati offers Kyle Berger
The #1 Prospect in 2014 is down to 10, his finalists are:
The Lawrence Central High School football team can score points in bunches. Long drives, short drives, defensive touchdowns and kick returns.
But Tim Gardner's favorite drive of the season -- a 14-play, eight-minute slobberknocker -- ended without any points. It was a drive that gassed the Center Grove defense and salted away last week's 28-15 semistate victory.
"That was probably my favorite moment of the season," said Gardner, a 6-5, 315-pound right tackle who is committed to Ohio State. "There's just something unexplainable about that."
Something unexplainable about a drive that ended in no points? OK, maybe offensive linemen are wired a little differently. Or maybe they just appreciate the little things more, because they are so rarely singled out (except for the negatives, such as holding calls, false starts and allowing a sack).
They may not have the ball in their hands for the dazzling touchdown plays, but take a look at the local teams playing in the five football championship games this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium and you'll find a common denominator to their success: strong line play.
And it's not just this season. The metropolitan area has produced a bountiful crop of linemen in recent years, including Notre Dame junior Zach Martin (Bishop Chatard), a three-year starter at left tackle who could be a second- or third-round draft pick if he leaves after this season.
Chatard, which plays for a third consecutive Class 3A title on Saturday against Hamilton Heights, is a program known for its physical offensive line play. Matt McCann, a 6-5, 275-pound sophomore left tackle, may be the most promising player on this year's line.
"He's a Division I prospect right now," Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano said. "When you are (that size) and love the weight room like he does, that's a good sign. He's going to be a pretty dangerous cat. (Martin) was the best technique blocker that will ever come out of our school. He was a technician of the game and one mean dude, that combination has carried him to where he is now."
Offensive line was a bit of a question mark coming into the season at Cathedral, which will play for its third consecutive 4A title Saturday against Mishawaka. But that group, which struggled as the team started 1-3, has continued to improve throughout the season, led by Air Force recruit Colin Sandor at center.