Courtesy of Indiana Athletics
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Twenty-five student-athletes will continue their football playing careers at Indiana University, head coach Bill Lynch announced on Wednesday. Lynch's third recruiting class includes the Illinois and Indiana Players of the Year in addition to 16 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.
Eight players in the class reside from Ohio, four from Indiana, three from Michigan, two each from Illinois, Wisconsin and California, and one from Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The Hoosiers signed 15 players on the defensive and 10 on the offensive side of the ball. Indiana added six linebackers, four cornerbacks, three defensive linemen and two safeties. IU also welcomed three running backs, two wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen, and one quarterback/athlete for the incoming class of 2009.
"We are very pleased to welcome this group to Indiana University," Lynch said. "Once again our staff put forth a tremendous effort and worked extremely hard to assemble this talented crop of young men. These 25 student-athletes will excel not only on the football field, but also in the classroom and community, and will represent the football program and IU with class and character."
Here is a list of Indianaâ€™s 2010 signees:
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School
Pete Bachman DE 6-5 240 Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder HS
Antonio Banks RB 5-10 210 Middletown, Ohio/Middletown HS
Cameron Cole CB 5-11 175 Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle HS
Jack Denton LB 6-2 235 Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville HS
Cody Evers OL 6-4 315 Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute HS
Drew Hardin S 6-0 190 Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS
Marlandez Harris DL 6-2 255 Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart-Griffin HS
Leneil Himes TE 6-3 245 Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth HS
Chase Hoobler LB 6-2 225 Orrville, Ohio/Orville HS
Kofi Hughes QB/ATH 6-2 200 Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral HS
Bill Ivan OL 6-4 250 Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix HS
Shaquille Jefferson S 6-0 180 Lexington, Ohio/Lexington HS
Andre Kates CB 5-11 200 Washington D.C./ASA College
Lenyatta Kiles CB 5-11 190 Los Angeles, Calif./Cerritos (Calif.) College
Tim Oâ€™Conner WR 6-3 190 Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder HS
Matt Perez RB 5-11 200 Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South HS
Paul Phillips TE 6-5 225 Darnestown, Md./Georgetown Prep
Ryan Phillis LB 6-3 230 Boardman, Ohio/Boardman HS
Harrison Scott DE 6-3 250 New Albany, Ohio/New Albany HS
Ishmael Thomas LB 6-4 210 Detroit, Mich./Renaissance HS
Jeff Thomas LB 6-1 240 Millbrae, Calif./Foothill (Calif.) CC
Xavier Whitaker RB 6-2 195 Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central HS
Brian Williams CB 6-0 180 Lawrenceville, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS
Logan Young WR 6-3 190 Muncie, Ind./Delta HS
Matt Zakrzewski LB 6-2 220 Traverse City, Mich./St. Francis HS
Notes on Class:
* Matt Perez was recognized as Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and ESPNChicago.com 2009 Illinois Player of the Year. He also earned a spot on PARADE Magazineâ€™s All-America Team and appeared in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (Dec. 21, 2009).
* Kofi Hughes was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year and has attended the Manning Passing Academy.
* Antonio Banks, Jack Denton, Lenyatta Kiles and Jeff Thomas are enrolled in the spring semester and will participate in spring practice.
* Twenty-two of the 25 signees played at least two sports in high school.
* Thirteen of the 25 signees played on both sides of the ball in high school.
* Eleven of the 25 signees are on the honor roll or a member of the national honor society.
* Matt Perez and Matt Zakrzewski were members of back-to-back state championship teams (2008-09).
* Marlandez Harris and Kofi Hughes were members of state championship teams in 2008.
* Paul Phillips is a direct descendant of Lewis and Clark expedition guide, John Colter. His brother, Andrew, is a senior starting offensive guard at Stanford University and his brother, Colter, is a sophomore tight end at the University of Virginia.
* Bill Ivan is the first Division I player from Charlevoix High School in 21 years.
* Cody Evers won the 2009 state championship in the shot put.
* Pete Bachman and Tim Oâ€™Conner have been teammates since kindergarten.