The Class of 2022 in Indiana is arguably the strongest one the state has produced with several recruits already committed and ready to sign with Power 5 programs. As early as two years ago college coaches from around the country were already excited about its top prospects. The Class of 2024, with players already holding several college offers, will be just as strong, may be even better.
The class is headlined by Brauntae “Tae” Johnson from Fort Wayne North Side HS. Johnson excelled for Traction during the 2021 spring and really shines on the field. He has excellent ball skills, dynamic speed and playmaking ability. He already holds offers from Purdue, Iowa State, Central Michigan, Indiana and Kansas.
It will also feature a strong group of quarterbacks sure to garner college attention. Cathedral QB Danny O’Neill picked up his first offer from Toledo last spring and he will be in high-demand. The 6’1 180 signal caller has a quick release, strong arm and tremendous accuracy. He trains with Anthony Morelli at X-Factor QB, who also trains Tennessee commit Tayven Jackson and several other top quarterbacks in the Hoosier State. Warren Central QB Malachi Allen holds a Ball State offer. Other names to know are Bloomington South QB Jarrin Alley and Avon QB Mason Reynolds. Another intriguing dual-threat prospect is Lawrence North QB Montez Jones who performed well in the Wildcats’ recent close loss to Center Grove.
Michigan City RB Jaden Hart already holds four Power 5 offers (Syracuse, Purdue, Minnesota, and Iowa State) and is sure to get more. Jaiven Sharp (Elkhart), Glenn Patterson (Lafayette Jefferson), Jalen Alexander (Hamilton SE), Braylen Gillard (Franklin Central) and Josh Ringer (East Central) are other top names.
Along with Johnson, the class boasts an impressive receiving corps with Pat Clacks III (Andrean), DJ Morton (Lawrence Central), Dandre Black (Bloomington South), and Christian Peterson (Pike). Clacks picked up his first offer from Pittsburgh and is sure to get more offers in the coming months. Keep an eye on Ben Davis WR David Carnell, brother of Missouri player Daylan Carnell. Mason Riggins (Zionsville), Aiden Amick (Avon), Terrell Caldwell (Calumet), Landen Delich (Crown Point), Donovan Hamilton (Hamilton SE) and Dontrez Fuller (Anderson) will be other must-see names. Tight end Ransom McDermott from Noblesville is 6’7 250 as a sophomore and should grow even more. Bloomington North High has a Tight End prospect in Aidan Steinfeldt, younger brother of Indiana University football player Aaron Steinfeldt. Bloomington South’s Tysen Smith holds an early FCS offer and is a player that could blossom into a Power Five recruit.
Up front, perennial power Brownsburg has a strong OL thanks to sophomore Santana Alo-Tupuola. Carmel OT Abraham Ramirez is already 6’5 260 and flashes tremendous upside. Ian Moore (New Palestine), Auden Jones (Adams-South Bend), Javian Jones (Decatur Central) and Roland Tremble Jr. (Mount Vernon-Fortville) are other prospects who colleges will want to get to know. On the defensive side, Brownsburg DT Jayden Jackson is a top sophomore. Jackson was a top performer during the Showcase Ball event during the 2021 spring and comes ready to play on Fridays. Merrillville DE Roshaun McGee, Northrop DE Julante Hinton, Fishers DE Brady Wolf, Center Grove DL Elijah Chandler are other top prospects. Andrean, producing linebackers like Notre Dame commit Drayk Bowen, has another prospect in LB Trey Stephens. Ben Davis has a pair of strong ‘backers led by Nylan Brown and Nehemiah Dau. Keep an eye on Halbert Aguirre (Decatur Central) and Lucas Rohrbacher (Snider). Center Grove High LB Owen Bright made the key interception to clinch the Trojans second straight state championship.
At defensive back, Franklin Central DB Hudauri Hines already holds an offer from Ball State. The Flashes have another safety prospect in Jayon Harvey. Marques Ballard from Boonville is a top prospect who performed well last year at the Indiana Winter Showcase. Austin Ganaway (Snider) is a tall, long-limbed corner prospect who should turn heads, as will JoZiah Edmond from Warren Central. Ben Davis has a pair of prospects in Drew Evans and Toreeq Oyesigi. Keep an eye on Caden Vanderbush (Plainfield) and Donovan Rhodes (Hamilton SE).
Small schools big on talent include Adams Central’s Zachary Wurm (6’3 250-DE), Scottsburg’s Langdon Holbrook (5’8 160-ATH). Fishers High has a pair of prospects worth keeping an eye on their development in Khobie Martin and Joe Syrus.