High-SchoolIndiana: Stock Watch

In this week's edition of Stock Watch, we're looking at Indiana football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Jamitreus Crockham, Hamilton SE
Just a sophomore, Crockham is proving that the Hamilton SE offense is about more than senior All-State WR Gary Harris. This past weekend, Crockham gave the NICKNAMES’ ground game some serious spark, rushing for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Noblesville. If he can continue to keep defenses honest, Hamilton SE is a completely different team going forward.

DOWN — Logan Cunningham, Hamilton Heights WR/RB
Cunningham is the Huskies’ top offensive weapon, but he’ll have to sit out one of the biggest games of the season on Friday against Western. Cunningham was involved in an altercation in the second half of last week’s game against Northwestern and ejected, a penalty that brings an automatic one-game suspension. Cunningham went over 1,000 yards receiving last year as a junior with 20 total touchdowns, and he’s been one of the state’s most productive players this season.

UP — Isaac Beverstock, Brownsburg
What is this, the Bever-stock Watch? Ha ha! But seriously, the fullback has rushed for 1,205 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year, leading Brownsburg to a 6-1 record in what has been a rebound season. He had 166 yards in an easy win over Harrison last week. The bruiser is averaging 8.4 yards per carry, and his tough running style gives the Bulldogs their identity. Everyone should be buying stock in Beverstock.
With the biggest game of the regular season on tap for Friday night, I figured I'd roll out an all-Warren Central-Carmel version of our weekly football Stock Watch. Currently No. 1 and No. 2 in our Indiana POWERADE rankings, both teams are 6-0, both sport relentless defenses, and both are loaded with playmakers on offense.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Deionte Buckley, Warren Central RB
The Warriors' running game didn't lose a beat when Buckley went out with a concussion two weeks ago, but they sure are glad to have him back. The senior returned last week against Terre Haute North and ran for 85 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 606 yards and 11 TDs on the season. With Buckley running strong, Warren Central's offense should be operating at peak efficiency against Carmel.

DOWN —Jonathan Burt and Josh Posley, Warren Central DEs
Warren Central has one of the most talented defensive lines in the country, led by senior DT Sheldon Day (six sacks). But for some reason, Posley and Burt haven't been filling up the stat sheet this season. Burt and Posley have combined for just three sacks, and with Day drawing so much attention, you'd think the two Cincinnati recruits could create more pressure off the edges. They have been solid against the run, however, which may end up being more important against Carmel on Friday.

UP — Langston Newton, Carmel DE
Coming into the season, Warren Central's defense received a lot of hype. And while the Warriors have been spectacular on D, Carmel may be even better. The Greyhounds have already shut out three opponents, including the last two weeks. Newton is a big part of that, as the 6-foot-4 defensive end has been virtually unmovable at the line of scrimmage. Look for Warren Central to run to the side opposite Newton.

DOWN — Chris Perkins, Carmel RB
Perkins burst onto the scene in Week 1, going over 100 yards in his first game as a varsity player. But since then, the Greyhounds' running game has leaned more on senior RB Jalen Duncan and senior QB Brandon Denning. Perkins is a good long-term option, but in such a huge game, expect Carmel to keep going with what's been working — the veterans.

Stock is rising for Oakley, Breeding

September, 20, 2011
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at Indiana football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Zach Oakley, Penn QB
Just a sophomore, Oakley has proven to be a big-time catalyst for No. 5 Penn. He rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Splitting time with senior QB Chad Gindelberger, Oakley ran for 116 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns to help Penn move to 5-0 with a win over SB Clay this weekend. Oakley’s stock is going UP.

DOWN — Daigien Morgan, SB Washington QB
Washington suffered its first defeat on Friday, falling to Marian, 28-14. And while the entire team didn’t play up to its standards, we all know the quarterback gets the credit/blame. Morgan completed just 10 of 23 passes in the loss, and while he hit stud receiver Gehrig Dieter for a pair of TD passes, he also threw an interception. Just a sophomore, you have to expect Morgan to have his ups and downs this season — and this week it was a DOWN.

UP — Shaquille Breeding, Warren Central RB
After running for 191 yards in relief of injured RB Deionte Buckley two weeks ago, Breeding came up big again on Friday, carrying 22 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-16 win over North Central. The junior is proving that the Warren Central running game will remain powerful even with Buckley sidelined. For stepping up under the spotlight for the No. 1 team, Breeding gets an UP grade.

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Stock is rising for Duncan, Haston

September, 14, 2011
9/14/11
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at Indiana football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Jalen Duncan, Carmel RB
Carmel has been stomping the competition through the first four weeks of the season, and the Greyhounds' running game looks like one of the state's best. Duncan has emerged as the primary weapon in the backfield and he was terrific on Friday, rushing for 149 yards on 16 carries and adding a pair of touchdowns. Look for Carmel to lean on Duncan more and more as the season goes on, so buy stock in Duncan now because it's going UP.

DOWN — Gehrig Dieter, SB Washington WR
Dieter has been one of the biggest stories of the season, first setting a state record for single-game receiving yards, then topping the national record with 437 yards in Week 3. His performance on Friday was considerably less spectacular, as Dieter caught one pass for 52 yards in the first quarter before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. Once he's healthy, his stock will shoot through the roof again, but it's a DOWN grade for now.

UP — Logan Haston, Avon QB
Four weeks into a tough schedule, Avon sits at 3-1, and the Orioles should continue to get better behind Haston. The senior has really taken ownership of the offense, and on Friday he provided a big spark by passing for 276 yards and throwing three touchdown strikes in a win over Fishers. Haston has Avon at No. 9 in the POWERADE state rankings, and his individual stock should continue to go UP as well.

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Stock is rising for Perkins, Warrum

August, 31, 2011
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken his leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.

STOCK WATCH

UP — David Perkins, South Bend Washington RB
Receiver Gehrig Dieter has gotten most of the early headlines for SB Washington after putting up 700-plus yards in the first two games, but Perkins has quietly raised his stock as well. One of the best athletes in the state (6-foot-1, 210 pounds, 4.43 40), Perkins made our All-State team as a linebacker, but he's been an offensive force through the first two weeks, rushing for 255 yards (11.6 yards per carry) and a pair of touchdowns. He's also caught three TD passes. As teams focus more and more attention on stopping Dieter, Perkins figures to wreak havoc.

DOWN — Aloyis Gray, Pike QB
The first two weeks have not been good for Pike. The Red Devils opened the season at No. 3 in our Indiana rankings, but back-to-back tight losses have dropped the team out of the top 10. Gray has played adequately in defeat, but he was unable to make the big play down the stretch in either game. We want to see the senior step up and carry Pike to its first victory Friday against Southport. Until then, it's a DOWN grade.

UP — Anthony Warrum, Heritage Christian WR
Warrum wasn't able to crack the first team when we released our All-State picks, instead settling for an honorable mention spot. But the junior is showing that he wants to be on the big list next year. After putting up 195 receiving yards in Week 1, Warrum reeled in four catches for 97 yards in a 37-20 win over Triton Central in Week 2. He also picked off a pass, proving he can be a playmaker on both sides of the ball.

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Stock is rising for Day, Dieter

August, 23, 2011
8/23/11
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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.

STOCK WATCH

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.

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