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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
MN's All-State Stock Watch loves gaudy stats

By By Christopher Parish

Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a top receiving recruit leads the state in yards, a stellar quarterback has another big game and a young pass rusher is terrorizing opposing quarterbacks.

Blue Chip: Andre McDonald, Hopkins, WR

The season hasn't gone quite as planned for Hopkins this season — the Royals are 3-2 — but McDonald has been every bit as good as we expected him to be when he graced our cover back in September. McDonald, who recently switched his commitment from Minnesota to Vanderbilt, leads the state in receiving yards according to the Minnesota Football Hub. He has 35 catches on the season and he's scored eight touchdowns for the Royals.

OTP: Austin Lommen, Breck, QB

Rushing is usually the preferred method of offense in high school. Somebody forgot to tell Austin Lommen. Breck's talented senior signal-caller has already had three five-touchdown games this season, including his most recent effort against St. Paul/Mounds Park. Lommen threw only two incompletions — he was 15-for-17 — and racked up 335 yards through the air as Breck earned a 46-14 victory.

Under the Radar: Aaron Klaers, Delano, DL

Delano's fast start this season can be attributed mostly to its stellar defense. The Tigers have surrendered just 54 points so far this season including 14 over the last two games. And Klaers has been a big reason why. The junior defensive end has 10.5 sacks so far this season, including five in one game against Richfield earlier this season. Thanks in large part to Klaers, Delano has jumped out to a 5-0 record this season and has two games against teams under .500 before a huge matchup against Glencoe-Silver Lake.