In addition to all the high school football coverage that the Sioux City Journal provides, we will also rank the best senior prospects with an eye toward college football in our coverage area this season. So it isn’t a list of the best high school players. It’s a list of the best college football prospects in our coverage area.
The names and rankings on the list may change throughout the season. We currently have five players and may add more during the season.
No. 1: Max Duggan
School: Lewis Central (Iowa)
Commitment status: Signed a letter of intent with TCU
Offers: TCU, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State among others
Duggan and Lewis Central lost 37-13 to Cedar Rapids Xavier (12-0) in the semifinals of the Iowa Class 3A playoffs.
Duggan completed 10 of 17 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 32 yards on 10 carries.
For the season, Duggan completed 123 of 186 passes for 2,130 yards and 24 touchdowns with three interceptions. He rushed for 1,223 yards and 25 scores on 113 carries.
Lewis Central ends its season at 11-1.
No. 2: Ezra Miller
Position: Offensive tackle
School: Ridge View (Iowa)
Commitment status: Signed a letter of intent with Iowa
Offers: Iowa and Iowa State
Miller and Ridge View defeated IKM-Manning 24-19 to conclude their season.
Miller helped the Raptors rush for 217 yards and two touchdowns on offense. Defensively, Miller finished with 1.5 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.
For the season, Miller helped Ridge View rush for 1,964 yards (218 yards per game). Defensively, he had 35.5 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Ridge View ends its season with a 3-6 record. The Raptors started 0-6, but ended the season on a three-game winning streak.
No. 3: Ethan Piper
Position: Defensive tackle
School: Norfolk Catholic (Nebraska)
Commitment status: Signed a letter of intent with Nebraska
Offers: Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio and South Dakota State
Piper and Norfolk Catholic lost to Centennial 29-28 in overtime in the Nebraska Class C2 state championship game played at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Piper had 5.5 tackles on Friday. For the season, Piper finished with 82 tackles, 14 sacks and a blocked PAT.
Norfolk Catholic ends its season at 11-2.
No. 4: Blake Peterson
Position: Defensive end
School: Beresford (South Dakota)
Commitment status: Signed a letter of intent with Iowa State
Offers: Iowa State, Minnesota, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wyoming
Peterson and Beresford lost to Sioux Falls Christian 28-21 in the opening round of Class 11B playoffs.
Peterson finished with three tackles. He also had three carries on offense for eight yards.
For the season, Peterson had 50.5 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. On offense, he had nine receptions for 98 yards and five carries for 18 yards and one touchdown.
Beresford ends its season with a 6-3 record, the first six-win season for the Watchdogs in 23 years. Beresford had won a total of three games over the previous two seasons before the 2018 campaign.
No. 5: Cameron Baker
School: Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (Iowa)
Commitment status: Signed a letter of intent with Northern Iowa
Offers: Iowa, Indiana, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa
Baker and Thomas Jefferson defeated crosstown rival Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 42-21 to conclude their season.
Baker ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also had nine tackles on defense.
For the season, Baker had 1,303 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 189 carries along with nine receptions for 105 yards. Defensively, he had 44.5 tackles and three tackles for loss.
Thomas Jefferson ends its season with a 3-6 record.