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Defending 6A champ Center Grove is loaded with returning talent for the 2021 high school football season. Four of the Top 25 players in the state, according to the 247Sports.com Composite Rankings wear Trojan red and white.

For 2020 Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Year Eric Moore, it all starts with quarterback Tayven Jackson, who will leave the school as a three-year starter. Last year, Moore and Jackson led Center Grove to a No. 15 ranking in the High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football, the NFL’s initiative to provide fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels.

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Jackson, who has given his verbal to Tennessee, is the No. 8 ranked recruit in the state.

On the other side of the ball, CG will be strong with defensive lineman Caden Curry at No. 4, cornerback Kallen Carroll at No. 14 and EDGE rusher James Schott at No. 20.

Curry led the Trojans with 61 tackles, 21.5 of them were for loss with eight sacks. He has 30 college scholarship offers with Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State all interested in the 6-5, 250-pounder.

The Hoosier State’s top recruit will be staying in-state to be a Hoosier at Indiana University. Bloomington South linebacker Dasan McCullough originally committed to Ohio State. However, when Indiana hired former Kansas City Chiefs running back coach Deland McCullough as its associate head coach and running backs coach, Dasan decided to team-up with his dad in Bloomington.

The state’s No. 2 recruit, Kiyaunta Goodwin of Charlestown has given his verbal to Kentucky. The 4-star offensive tackle was 6-foot-6, 330-pounds at 12-years old. He’s currently listed at 6-7, 300-pounds.

Notre Dame will be getting Zionsville offensive tackle Joey Tanona, who is currently ranked as the fourth best college football prospect in the state.

247Sports.com Composite Rankings Indiana Class of 2022

Rank, Name, Position, High School, College Verbal Commitment

No. 1 Dasan McCullough, ATH – Bloomington South – Indiana

No. 2 Kiyaunta Goodwin, OT – Charlestown – Kentucky

No. 3 Caden Curry, DL – Center Grove – Uncommitted

No. 4 Joey Tanona, OT – Zionsville – Notre Dame

No. 5 Joe Strickland, DL – Brebeuf Jesuit – Uncommitted

No. 6 Brady Allen, QB – Gibson Southern – Purdue

No. 7 Omar Cooper, WR – Lawrence North – Indiana

No. 8 Tayven Jackson, QB – Center Grove – Tennessee

No. 9 Popeye Williams, EDGE – Westfield – Louisville

No. 10 Demon Moore, IOL – Fort Wayne Snider – Uncommitted

No. 11 Ashton Craig, OT – Lawrenceburg – Notre Dame

No. 12 DJ Allen, DL – Leo – Rutgers

No. 13 Landen Livingston, IOL – Leo – Uncommitted

No. 14 Kalen Carroll, CB – Center Grove – Cincinnati

No. 15 Hunter Whitenack, OT – New Prairie – Illinois

No. 16 Keylen Davis, OT – Ben Davis – Uncommitted

No. 17 Jeffrey Simmons, TE – Fishers – Miami (Ohio)

No. 18 Javon Tracy, ATH – Decatur Central – Miami (Ohio)

No. 19 Kiel Eldridge, EDGE – Heritage – Toledo

No. 20 James Schott, EDGE – Center Grove – Miami (Ohio)

No. 21 Domanick Moon, LB – Fort Wayne Snider – Purdue

No. 22 Isaiah Street, EDGE – Brownsburg – Western Michigan

No. 23 Rashon Myles, Jr., S – Brownsburg – Northern Illinois

No. 24 Dillon Moore, ATH – Ben Davis – Western Michigan

No. 25 Sam Secrest, IOL – Roncalli – Central Michigan

247Sports.com Composite Rankings Indiana Class of 2023

No. 1 Drayk Bowen, LB – Andrean – Uncommitted

No. 2 Daeh McCullough, S – Bloomington South – Indiana

No. 3 Joshua Mickens, EDGE – Lawrence Central – Uncommitted

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