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IU’s prized 2021 recruit is now a top-100 prospect

Lawrence North quarterback Donaven McCulley is a stud, and he’s set to join Indiana’s roster next season

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With Michael Penix’s season-ending ACL injury and former four-star recruit Jack Tuttle’s ascendance to the starting role, a lot of attention has been focused on Indiana’s quarterback depth this week.

And in a few months, IU’s quarterback room will become even deeper.

Four-star dual-threat quarterback Donaven McCulley is set to join the Hoosiers’ program next season, and when he officially signs, McCulley will be one of IU’s highest-ranked recruits of the rankings era. McCulley received a ratings bump of 119 spots from Rivals on Wednesday, making him the No. 100 player nationally in the 2021 recruiting class.

McCulley’s jump comes a week after he was named Marion County player of the year for completing 70% of his passes for 2,576 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushing for 506 yards.

From Rivals Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt:

McCulley has one of the most dynamic arms in the 2021 class, and that is a hefty statement considering the quarterback talent coming out this year. This fall the Indiana commit proved his abilities as a leader and field general, directing Lawrence North to its first winning season in 15 years and earning county Player of the Year honors for the second time. McCulley is the type of player that can make the success the Hoosiers are experiencing this season commonplace in Bloomington.

Although Rivals and 247 Sports rate IU’s 2021 class No. 65 and No. 61, respectively, the important thing to know is this: it’s going to be a smaller haul of players, and the average prospect rating from the latter service (.8692) is the highest in program history.

McCulley is a big reason why.