Via Lawrence North Athletics

IU football recruiting: Class of 2021 4-star quarterback Donaven McCulley commits to Hoosiers

The top in-state quarterback in the class of 2021 is staying home.

Lawrence North High School quarterback Donaven McCulley announced that he has committed to play college football at Indiana.

The 6-foot-5 Indianapolis product broke the news on his Twitter page on Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound McCulley is ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 12 dual-threat passer in the country and No. 3 prospect overall in the Hoosier State.  He is rated No. 317 by 247 and No. 210 by Rivals and McCulley is a 4-star recruit according to both services.

According to his 247Sports ranking, McCulley is the ninth highest ranked recruit that IU has landed during the recruiting service ranking era.

In 2019, McCulley completed 140-of-224 passes for 1,958 yards and 17 touchdowns to only three interceptions for Lawrence North High School. On the ground, McCulley ran for another 563 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

247Sports’ Alan Trieu provides this assessment of McCulley on his profile page at that recruiting site:

Tall, bigger-framed prospect. Very good athlete who can run and make plays with his feet. Throws well on the move and shows the ability to throw from every angle and does not have to be set to generate velocity. Above-average arm strength and can throw with touch. Has to keep working on getting set and getting rid of the ball quickly consistently. Although he was forced to scramble more based on protection. Could potentially play another position but has good upside as a quarterback. If the talent gets polished, he can start at a high-major level and have a chance to play beyond college.

Trieu compares McCulley to former Tennessee and current NFL quarterback Joshua Dobbs.

IU starter Michael Penix will be a redshirt junior in 2021.  McCulley could redshirt his first year at Indiana and then only have one year behind Penix.  IU also brought in quarterback Dexter Williams in the class of 2020.

After including IU as one of five finalists that he announced in April, McCulley chose Indiana over Iowa, Purdue, Ole Miss, and Missouri.

McCulley is the ninth overall player in IU’s 2021 class, and the fourth from the state of Indiana.  To see more about Indiana’s 2021 recruiting class, go here.

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