New Palestine senior and IU preferred walk-on Charlie Spegal has been named Indiana’s Mr. Football, winning in a landslide vote.
The Indianapolis Star broke the news on Thursday.
Breaking: New Pal's Charlie Spegal wins 2019 IndyStar Mr. Football. https://t.co/jkSgxX82ru
— IndyStar (@indystar) December 19, 2019
After playing two seasons at Delta and two at New Palestine, Spegal is in a select group of players nationally with over 10,000 rushing yards and over 1,000 career points for a high school career.
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Spegal is one of just five high school players in the country to ever hit both of those marks. One of the others was IU running backs coach Mike Hart, who recruited Spegal to the Hoosiers.
The 5-foot-9, 225-pound Spegal is the only Indiana player to rush for more than 10,000 yards in his career
Also the Gatorade Player of the Year, Spegal produced 10,867 yards in his high school career with 173 touchdowns. His 173 rushing touchdowns and 175 total touchdowns are also Indiana high school records.
Spegal finished both his junior and senior seasons with state championships. He rushed for 3,168 yards and 55 touchdowns as a senior.
Rated as a 2-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite, Spegal is the No. 3 fullback in the country according to that same service. He had scholarship offers from Army and Indiana State, and recruiting interest from Ball State and others before decided to walk-on at IU.
Spegal is the sixth Mr. Football to commit to IU, where he will be teammates with 2017 winner Reese Taylor of Ben Davis.
The Indianapolis Star reported the Mr. Football runners-up as follows:
Western Boone quarterback Spencer Wright, also two-time state champion, was the runner-up with 69 votes (8.8%). Carmel linebacker Ty Wise was third with 22 votes (2.8%). North Central receiver Richard Hamilton (21 votes), New Palestine defensive end Kyle King (21 votes) and Fort Wayne Snider offensive lineman Randy Holtz (19 votes) were next in line among the finalists for the award, which is given annually to the top senior player.
Wise and Holtz are also Indiana commits.
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