Wilson Welcomes Six Mid-Year Additions to Football Program
Jan. 9, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson welcomed six additions to the program on Thursday. Offensive linemen Delroy Baker (St. Petersburg, Fla./Admiral Farragut Academy), Tim Gardner (Indianapolis, Ind./Milford Academy) and DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind./Iowa Western C.C.), wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), quarterback Alexander Diamont (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice H.S.) and tight end Jordan Fuchs (Middle Village, N.Y./Milford Academy) reported to Bloomington and met with the media this morning.
Wilson caught up with IUHoosiers.com's Jeremy Gray to discuss the six additions:
See what the players had to say on their first full day at IU:
Baker (6-6, 290) spent his first three seasons at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., before transferring to Admiral Farragut in St. Petersburg. He is rated the No. 33 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com.
Booth (6-1, 200) is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana and the No. 32 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com. Over his final two seasons at Pike, he recorded 99 receptions for 1,266 yards with 16 touchdowns.
Diamont (6-1, 175) was named the Western League co-Player of the Year following the 2013 season. A three-year starter, he threw for 3,501 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior.
Fuchs (6-6, 230) was a teammate of Gardner's at Milford after attending Christ the King High School in Queens, N.Y. The talented tight end also starred on the basketball court, where he received over 15 Division I offers from some of the top programs in country.
Gardner (6-5, 320 pounds), who is ranked the number three prospect in the Rivals.com prep school ratings, led Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis to the Indiana Class 5A state title in 2012. He was a 2012 Associated Press first team all-state selection and named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association's Top 50 all-state team.
Herron (6-5, 330), an Avon (Ind.) High School graduate, spent two seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. A 2012 Associated Press first team all-state selection, Herron was also named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association's Top 50 all-state team.
National Signing Day is on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Wilson expects to sign the full allotment of 25 players overall.
"Every day we want constant and consistent improvement and these six players help us achieve that goal," Wilson said. "It is critical that we meet our needs with young men who fit the values of our program, and we are off to a great start. Our staff has done an excellent job and will continue to do so as we wrap up what we expect to be another highly-ranked signing class. We must follow last year's top-rated class with another one and we are well on our way to doing just that. We are building a solid and strong program and the future is bright for IU Football."
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