Five Days of List-Mas: IN's underclass football players


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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Indiana next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Elijah Daniel (JR), Avon, LB

Credentials: 6-foot-4, 250-pounder can bang; compiled five tackles for loss and two sacks in 2011

4. Zach Oakley (JR), Penn, QB

Credentials: Splitting snaps for most of the year, ran for 997 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading Penn to the Class 5A title game

3. Anthony Warrum (JR), Heritage Christian, WR

Credentials: Downfield playmaker caught 71 passes for 1,268 yards and 18 TDs this season

2. Tim Kimbrough (LB), Warren Central, LB

Credentials: Led one of state's top defenses this year; made 155 tackles and 14 tackles for loss and racked up 5.5 sacks

1. Jaylon Smith (JR), Bishop Luers, LB

Credentials: After recording 11 sacks as a sophomore, Smith saw more attention from offensive lines but still posted nine sacks and 20 tackles for loss; should be rated as one of the nation's top linebackers in the Class of 2013

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Indiana Weekly Basketball Rankings.

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