Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Stock is rising for Day, Dieter
By By Mike Grimala
In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch (aka the first edition of All-State Stock Watch), we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the summer. A player could have performed well at a camp, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.
UP — Gehrig Dieter, South Bend Washington WR I put Dieter on the list of "Other Top Players" in the preseason All-State team, but he made a case to be a first-teamer with his performance in Week 1. The senior wideout set a state record with 373 receiving yards in a 46-23 win over Bloomington North, reeling in five touchdown catches in the process. And the TDs weren't cheap, either — they went for 80, 44, 88, 64 and 47 yards. If that kind of performance on opening night doesn't make your stock rise, nothing will.
DOWN — Gunner Kiel, Columbus East QB If there's one thing Stock Watch is good at, it's overreacting to the slightest variances. So if, say, Gunner Kiel underperforms at Elite 11 over the summer, then opens the season with a 4-for-17 performance (for just 44 yards!), that stock is dropping. Don't expect Kiel to stay down for long, however. The Indiana commit is still one of the most talented passers in the country (ranked No. 2 among QBs in the ESPNU 150) and a tough-minded competitor. He'll have a chance to rise to the occasion on Friday, when his game against Columbus North will be televised on ESPNU as part of the ESPNHS High School Football Kickoff.
UP — Sheldon Day, Warren Central DL We knew Day was a special player last year, when he emerged as perhaps the toughest matchup on a team full of college prospects. He piled up 53 tackles and five sacks, but the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder is looking even better this season. Over the summer, he showed his stuff by going up against the nation's best players at Nike Football's "The Opening" and winning defensive line MVP honors. In an opening-night rout of a good Merrillville team, Day had two tackles (one tackle for loss) as Warren Central rolled, 64-13. Look for the production to increase as the competition heats up. Day will lead Warren Central against Cathedral on Saturday in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.
Disagree with any stock picks? Or have a suggestion for next week? Leave a comment below or hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala).
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