BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday the signing of 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Hoosiers in 2015.
IU signed 10 offensive players, seven defensive players and five athletes. The Hoosiers added four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, one running back, one tight end and one quarterback on offense and three defensive linemen, two defensive backs and two linebackers on defense.
The class features players from 10 different states, including five from Florida, four from Indiana, three from Ohio, two from Georgia, two from Illinois, two from Maryland, one from Missouri, one from Tennessee, one from Texas and one from Virginia.
"We signed 22 players today on top of our two mid-year transfers from UAB, running back Jordan Howard and wide receiver Marqui Hawkins," Wilson said. "Both of those guys are here helping us at positions of need. We added seven linemen, six guys who played quarterback in high school and are very athletic. They can play a lot of positions.
"There is one true quarterback in Austin King and one true running back in Devonte Williams. Devonte is in a group of athletes that includes nine guys who play wide receiver and defensive back. I love the speed of the group, the length of the group.
"We were not big at linebacker this year having taken a number of linebackers in the previous two classes, but we are really excited about Reakwon Jones and Omari Stringer. This is really a big class with a lot of fast, athletic skill guys that I think will help us on both sides of the ball."
Defensive lineman for head coach Mark Bless at Avon High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state selection as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 6A All-State ... member of the 2014 Indianapolis Star Super Team ... collected 62 tackles, 11 for loss, five sacks, six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups ... made 45 stops, 28 solo, with four sacks, 12 tackles for loss and one interception as a junior ... three-time all-county and two-time all-conference selection ... rated the No. 16 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com and the No. 63 weak-side defensive end nationally by 247Sports.com ... four-year football and one-year baseball letterwinner ... parents are Bobbie and Hubert Belden ... born on May 18, 1997, Joseph Lee Belden intends to study business.
Defensive back and quarterback for head coach David Edwards at Columbia High School ... posted 70 tackles, three for loss, three interceptions - two returned for touchdowns, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups in 2014 ... threw for 1,800 yards with 19 TDs and a 70.3 completion percentage ... rushed for 504 yards and nine scores ... honorable mention all-state selection was invited to the U.S. Army National Combine ... the region most valuable player played in the Rising Seniors Bowl ... earned all-county and all-region honors in 2013 and 2014 ... rated the No. 36 athlete nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year football and two year baseball and track and field letterwinner ... member of the National Honor Society ... grade point average sits in the top five percent of his class ... parents are Monica Brown and Andre Brown, Sr. ... born on Oct. 22, 1997, Andre Brown, Jr., intends to study accounting.
Defensive back and linebacker for head coach Brett Sniffin at Ridge Point High School ... named first team All-District 23-5A as a senior, his lone season at safety ... Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year finalist ... recorded 50 tackles and four pass breakups ... rated the No. 84 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... parents are Shantae Wilson and Jameel Cook, Sr. ... Cook, Sr., played fullback at Illinois (1998-2000) and nine seasons in the NFL (Tampa Bay, 2001-05 and 08-09; Houston, 2006-07) ... won a Super Bowl title with Tampa Bay (2003) ... Jameel Antwon Cook, Jr., was born on Feb. 6, 1997.
Defensive back and wide receiver for head coach Marcus Paschal at Largo High School ... his cousin and Largo teammate Donovan Hale is a member of the signing class ... four-year starter picked off a pair of passes to go along with 75 tackles in 2014 ... recorded 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns ... named All-Pinellas County and All-Big County ... made 56 stops with two interceptions in 2013, 54 and six in 2012 and 40 and two in 2011 ... holds the school record with 12 career INTs and shares the single-season mark with six ... Largo claimed three straight district titles and appeared in the playoffs four straight seasons ... rated the No. 45 safety nationally by 247Sports.com ... four-year football and basketball and two-year track and field letterwinner ... parents are Altamese and Joseph Crawford ... born on Aug. 3, 1996, Jonathan Darnell Crawford intends to study sport marketing and management.
Quarterback and tight end for head coach Mark Holenka at Shadyside High School ... earned first team all-state and Ohio Valley Player of the Year honors as a senior ... threw for 1,100 yards and rushed for 1,250 yards ... posted 980 passing yards and 1,423 rushing yards en route to second team all-state accolades in 2013 ... led Shadyside to regional finals appearances in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and a 42-7 four-year record ... rated the No. 25 tight end nationally by Scout.com ... four-year football, three year basketball and baseball and one-year track and field letterwinner ... member of the Principal's List ... parents are Bob Dorris, Jr., and Gloria Dorris ... born on Aug. 22, 1996, Austin Robert Dorris intends to study broadcast journalism.
Defensive back for head coach Elijah Brooks at DeMatha Catholic High School ... all-state selection ... team captain was named the team's player of the week three times ... helped DeMatha to back-to-back conference championships in 2013 and 2014 ... participated in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Combine and the Nike Opening ... rated the No. 9 prospect in Maryland and the No. 19 safety nationally by 247Sports.com ... parents are Ben Green and Vanetta Crawford ... Tyler Tremaine Green was born on Aug. 26, 1997.
Quarterback for head coach Marcus Paschal at Largo High School ... his cousin and Largo teammate Jonathan Crawford is a member of the signing class ... threw for 1,488 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... finished the year with over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 17 TDs ... first team all-district and all-county ... holds the program single-game record with five passing scores ... Largo claimed three straight district titles and appeared in the playoffs four straight seasons ... three-year football and four-year basketball letterwinner ... nominee for the McDonald's All-American Game averaged 15.7 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a junior ... parents are Karla Bennett and Ron Hale ... Ron averaged 12.3 points per game at Florida State from 1997-2000 ... born on Dec. 19, 1996, Donavan Jacquez Hale intends to study communications.
Athlete for head coach Kevin Wright at Carmel High School ... played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and defensive back ... teammate of IU junior defensive tackle Shawn Heffern and sophomore wide receiver Danny Dunn ... finished his career with over 2,000 rushing yards, 800 passing yards, 200 receiving yards and 40 career touchdowns ... Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 and Indiana Associated Press Class 6A All-State selection as a senior ... IFCA All-State his junior and senior campaigns ... two-time all-conference honoree ... member of the 2014 Indianapolis Star Super Team ... caught 28 passes for 188 yards, rushed for 841 yards and six touchdowns and passed for 225 yards ... Carmel won the 2011 state championship and appeared in three title games overall (2011, 2013, 2014) ... posted the school's first undefeated regular season (2014) in 26 years ... rated the No. 5 prospect in Indiana and the No. 36 athlete nationally by 247Sports.com ... earned seven varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field ... won the 2014 sectional long jump competition and set a school record (23'3'') ... honors student ... parents are Edmond Gray and Neesheka James ... has five brothers and two sisters ... born on Aug. 27, 1997, Isaac Aaron James intends to obtain an MBA and study cardiovascular surgery.
Linebacker and defensive back for head coach Jeremy Brown at A. Crawford Mosley High School ... 2014 first team Class 5A All-State selection ... Bay County Defensive Player of the Year ... recorded 124 tackles, 13 for loss, five sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions as a senior ... led the team to its first playoff appearance since 2006 ... mother is Tanya Mitchell ... born on April 17, 1997, Reakwon Tyleek Marvin Jones intends to study communications.
Quarterback for head coach Jacob Nichols at Alpharetta High School ... completed 168-of-298 for 2,370 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions as a senior ... honorable mention Class AAAAAA and two-time all-region selection ... played in the 2014 Blue-Grey All-American Game ... team went 10-2 and won the regional championship ... combined to pass for 4,406 yards and led Alpharetta to a 19-5 record over his final two seasons ... went 117-of-182 for 2,036 yards, 17 TDs and seven INTs as a junior ... named the Georgia Rising Seniors East Team Most Valuable Player ... rated the No. 29 quarterback nationally by 247Sports.com ... parents are Jenny and Keith King ... Austin James King was born on Jan. 7, 1997.
Offensive lineman for head coach Lance Scheib at Noblesville High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 6A All-State as a senior ... member of the 2014 Indianapolis Star Super Team and finalist for the Indianapolis Star Position Award (offensive line) ... graded out at 88 percent and did not allow a sack ... two-time all-conference selection ... rated the No. 7 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com and the No. 51 offensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ... rated the No. 5 prospect in Indiana and the No. 41 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are Angie Ginder and Chad Knight ... born on April 1, 1997, Brandon Joseph Knight intends to study exercise science.
Offensive lineman for head coach Steve Hale at Olentangy Liberty High School ... first team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference honoree as a senior ... selected to the Ohio North-South All-Star Game ... participated in the U.S. Army All-American Combine ... team captain led Olentangy Liberty to its first playoff win in school history ... second team all-conference and honorable mention all-district in 2013 ... rated the No. 34 prospect in Ohio and the No. 51 offensive guard nationally by 247Sports.com ... four-year football and one-year baseball letterwinner ... three-year scholar-athlete ... parents are Laurie and John Littlejohn ... born on July 12, 1996, Hunter Ross Littlejohn intends to study exercise science.
Offensive and defensive lineman for head coach Dan Oliver at Affton High School ... named 2014 first team Missouri Class 4 All-State as an offensive lineman ... recognized as the conference's Lineman of the Year ... first team all-district, all-metro and all-conference ... team rushed for 3,700 yards and 57 touchdowns and passed for over 1,000 yards and 20 TDs ... posted 69 tackles and three sacks ... Affton set a single-season mark for points, went 12-1 and advanced to the state semifinals ... rated the No. 22 prospect in Missouri by 247Sports.com ... also lettered in wrestling and track and field ... parents are Rickia Brown and Bernell Love ... born on March 11, 1997, DaVondre Lamont Love intends to study education.
Defensive back, quarterback and wide receiver for head coaches Kevin Smith and Karibi Dede at Woodbridge Senior High School ... totaled 2,106 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns in 2014 ... rated the No. 16 prospect in Virginia and the No. 30 athlete nationally by 247Sports.com ... four-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in track and field ... parents are Michael Majette and Hilarie Whitehead ... born on Jan. 26, 1996, Michael Andre Majette intends to study communications.
Junior College: Wide receiver for head coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi Community College ... caught 42 passes for 631 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 ... returned 17 punts for 227 yards, a 13.4 average, with a 75-yard score ... finished with 952 all-purpose yards ... team won back-to-back national championships ... posted eight receptions for 123 yards and two TDs in the 2014 championship game ... redshirted in 2013.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Mike Zeller at West High School ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are Tanicka and Anthony Patrick ... born on Oct. 27, 1994, Camion Daylon Patrick intends to study communications.
Defensive lineman for head coach Jake Gilbert at Westfield High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 selection in 2013 and 2014 ... IFCA and Indiana Associated Press Class 6-A All-State as a junior and senior ... member of the 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis Star Super Team ... three-time all-county and two-time all-conference honoree ... recorded 58 tackles, 12.5 for loss, four sacks, three pass breakups ... member of Team USA in the International Bowl ... as a junior, posted 71 stops, 3.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups ... two-year captain led Westfield to the 2013 state title game ... collected 51 tackles, six for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup ... rated the No. 13 prospect in Indiana by ESPN.com and the No. 49 weak-side defensive end nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year football, basketball and baseball letterwinner ... 2014 Academic All-State honoree is a member of the Principal's Advisory Committee ... parents are Robyn and Todd Robinson ... born on Oct. 25, 1996, Jacob Richard Robinson intends to study business.
Offensive lineman for head coach Brian Butts at Ross High School ... 2014 Division III all-state and all-district selection ... three-time all-city and two-time first team All-Southwest Ohio Conference honoree ... named the top offensive lineman in Ohio Division III as a junior and senior ... selected to play in the 2015 Ohio North-South Classic ... ranked the No. 3 offensive guard in Ohio ... rated the No. 36 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports.com and the No. 61 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football and one-year track letterwinner ... parents are Sara Barnes and Israel Stepaniak ... uncle, Taylor Barnes, was a pitcher at Ohio State University ... born on May 15, 1997, Simon Vai Stepaniak intends to study sport marketing and management.
Defensive back for head coach John Konecki at Crete-Monee High School ... played against Indiana unanimous consensus All-American running back Tevin Coleman (2012-14) in youth football ... 2014 all-state and all-conference selection ... Crete won the 2012 Class 6A state championship ... rated the No. 16 prospect in Illinois by Rivals.com and the No. 77 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... parents are Kenyatta Stringer and Myk Hamer ... born on Oct. 12, 1996, Omari Juwan Stringer-Crawford intends to study criminal justice.
Wide receiver for head coach Chris Andriano at Montini Catholic High School ... two-time all-state, all-area and all-conference selection ... team captain made 66 receptions for 949 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... also rushed for 185 yards on 30 carries with five scores ... set the school's single-game mark with 14 catches ... caught 54 passes for 970 yards and 12 TDs in 2013 ... Montini Catholic advanced to four straight 5A state title games and won championships in 2011 and 2012 ... rated the No. 7 prospect in Illinois by ESPN.com and the No. 58 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com ... four-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... parents are Theresa Gardley and Leon Thornton, Jr. ... born on Feb. 1, 1997, Leon Thornton III intends to study business marketing.
Wide receiver for head coach Scott Perry at Lake Mary High School ... named first team all-state, all-district and All-Central Florida as a senior ... recorded 84 receptions for 1,853 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior ... ranked No. 5 in the Orlando Sentinel's 2015 Central Florida Super60 ... holds the program's career, single-season and single-game receiving yardage and touchdowns records ... caught 52 passes for 826 yards and 13 TDs his junior campaign ... Lake Mary finished with an 11-1 record and won back-to-back district championships in 2013 and 2014 ... four-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in track and field and lacrosse ... runs the 300m hurdles and participates in the long and triple jump competitions ... member of the National Honor Society ... parents are Jeff and Amy Nickel ... born on March 21, 1997, Nicholas Ofenmu Westbrook intends to study sport marketing and management.
Running back for head coach Patrick Cilento at Bullis School ... first team all-state, all-metropolitan and all-conference selection as a senior ... rushed for 4,496 yards on 613 carries (7.3 average) with 51 touchdowns in his career ... made 46 receptions for 697 yards and eight TDs ... collected 1,899 rushing yards, 18 scores, 22 catches, 354 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2014 ... finished his career as the program's all-time rushing leader ... rated the No. 19 prospect in Maryland and the No. 62 running back nationally by Rivals.com ... parents are Harmony and Isaac Williams ... Devonte Zerone Williams was born on Feb. 5, 1997.
Defensive lineman for head coach Bob Head at West Orange High School ... collected 81 tackles, 10 for loss, seven sacks and five pass breakups as a senior ... earned first team all-county and all-district honors ... voted to the Central Florida All-Star Game ... team captain led West Orange to an 11-1 record ... ranked No. 12 in the Orlando Sentinel's 2015 Central Florida Super60 ... rated the No. 50 strong-side defensive end nationally by 247Sports.com ... parents are Arthur Wilson and Rasheda Mayse ... born on Sept. 12, 1997, Brandon O'Shea Wilson intends to study business management.