Baker's a cut above in Indiana

Updated: August 5, 2003, 8:31 AM ET
By Tom Lemming |
INDIANAPOLIS -- Every year I have to return to one or two areas or backtrack to catch up with players I missed the first time around. This year, it's the Indianapolis and Cincinnati areas. The talent I encountered made it a trip worth taking.

Ryan Baker (6-5, 240) from Indianapolis Bishop Chatard is the best player in Indiana. The two-way end is athletic and agile and can play defensive end or tight end. He has over 25 offers already, including Michigan, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Stanford and Boston College. Notre Dame is his favorite, but the Irish have not offered yet.

Tailback Mark Bonds (5-11, 210) from Indianapolis Warren Central has outside speed, a good burst, and great strength. He hits the hole hard and breaks tackles. Bonds could grow into a fullback in a few years. Michigan is his favorite team, but the Wolverines have yet to offer.