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    Hoosiers Sign 25 to National Letters of Intent

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Bill Lynch announced the signing of 25 players to National Letters of Intent.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Bill Lynch announced the signing of 25 players to National Letters of Intent.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 3, 2010

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    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 Indiana's 2010 signees:

    NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High 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/Orrville 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 O'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


    *Antonio Banks, Jack Denton, Lenyatta Kiles and Jeff Thomas are enrolled in the spring semester and will participate in spring practice.
    *Kofi Hughes was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.
    *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 Magazine's All-America Team and appeared in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (Dec. 21, 2009).
    *Pete Bachman and Tim O'Conner have been teammates since kindergarten.
    *Eleven of the 25 signees are on the honor roll or a member of the national honor society.
    *Thirteen of the 25 signees played on both sides of the ball.
    *Twenty-two of the 25 signees played at least two sports.
    *Matt Perez and Matt Zakrzewski were members of back-to-back state championship teams (2008-09).
    *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 Pete Bachman
    DE - 6-5, 240
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

    Defensive end and left tackle for head coach Doug Ramsey at Elder High School ... projects as a defensive end at Indiana ... teammate, wide receiver Tim O'Conner, also a member of the signing class ... selected to the 2010 Big 33 Ohio vs. Pennsylvania All-Star Game ... senior season cut short due to a broken leg ... started first five games of the season at left tackle before the injury ... Elder was ranked as high as third nationally and finished the season 10-3 with an appearance in the state semifinals ... played defensive end before moving to left tackle in 2009 ... Elder advanced to the Division I state championship game and finished 2008 with a 13-2 mark ... ranked the 66th-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com ... rated the 10th-best defensive lineman and the 77th-best prospect in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... two-year football and basketball letterwinner ... named most improved basketball player after the 2008-09 season ... member of the national honor society ... received the U.S. Marine Corps Award for honor, courage and commitment in Sept. 2009 ... named Community Press Student Achiever of the Month in April 2009 ... Bachman and O'Conner have been teammates since kindergarten ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... parents are Mike and Joy Bachman ... Mike played football one season at the Air Force Academy ... Joy played basketball at the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame ... born on Sept. 24, 1991, Peter L. Bachman intends to study business.

    <A HREF=Antonio Banks"> Antonio Banks
    RB - 5-10, 210
    Middletown, Ohio/Middletown

    Running back for head coach Jason Krause at Middletown High School ... projects as a running back at Indiana ... closed career with 2,948 yards on 508 carries (5.8 average) with 507 receiving yards and 41 total touchdowns ... a second team all-district selection as a senior and four-year all-conference selection ... carried the ball 167 times for 1,023 yards (6.1 average) with 17 touchdowns ... became the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005 ... also caught six passes for 38 yards ... Middletown finished 2009 with a 10-2 record and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... rushed for 966 yards with 12 touchdowns and hauled in 450 receiving yards and six scores as a junior ... earned first team all-conference, honorable mention all-state, Middletown Journal first team and first team All-Cincinnati accolades ... ranked the sixth-best running back and the 62nd-best prospect in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... four-year football and three-year track letterwinner ... three-year honor roll student ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... enrolled in classes for spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... parents are Rhonda Hamilton and Anthony Banks ... born on July 6, 1991, Antonio Banks intends to study sport communication-broadcast.

    Cameron Cole Cameron Cole
    DB - 5-11, 175
    Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle

    Cornerback for head coach Tom Grippa at La Salle High School ... projects as a cornerback at Indiana ... a two-time all-conference selection ... earned a spot on the Southwest Ohio All-Star Team ... posted 48 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception in 2009 ... holds the state record for longest kickoff return following a 104-yard TD in 2008 ... ranked the 61st-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com and the 76th-best cornerback nationally by ESPN.com ... rated the 12th-best cornerback in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... two-year football and four-year track letterwinner ... five-time all-conference track selection and conference champion in the 400m ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... mother is Monica Gibson ... Cameron S. Cole was born on Nov. 12, 1991.

    <A HREF=Jack Denton"> Jack Denton
    LB - 6-2, 235
    Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville

    Fullback and linebacker for head coach Larry McWhorter at Zionsville High School ... projects as a linebacker at Indiana ... as a senior, rushed for 156 yards on 26 carries (6.0 average) with four touchdowns ... made 11 catches for 156 yards (14.2 average) and two scores ... missed several games with knee and elbow injuries ... Zionsville went 8-3 and advanced to the second round of sectionals ... collected 101 tackles with one interception, four fumble recoveries and five pass breakups as a sophomore linebacker ... team's second-leading receiver in 2008 ... rated the ninth-best prospect in Indiana and the 80th-best outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... ranked the 18th-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com ... also a track standout ... competed in the 100m, 200m and high jump ... recruited by tight ends and assistant offensive line coach Kyle Conner ... enrolled in classes for spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... parents are Rusty and BeBe Denton ... born on March 11, 1991, John G. Denton intends to study business.

    Cody Evers Cody Evers
    OL - 6-4, 315
    Appleton, Wis./Little Chute

    Offensive and defensive lineman for head coach Greg Enz at Little Chute High School ... projects as an offensive lineman at Indiana ... joined the offensive line as a senior in addition to the defensive line ... named first team all-conference and all-region as well as honorable mention all-state ... selected to the All-Star Shrine Bowl in July 2010 ... as a junior, claimed first team all-conference and all-region as a defensive lineman ... Little Chute made the state playoffs in 2007 and 2008 ... rated the 20th-best prospect in Wisconsin by Scout.com ... three-year football and track letterwinner ... won the Division II state championship in the shot put as a junior ... all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior ... high honor roll student ... recruited by offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada ... parents are Jeff and Lori Evers ... born on Aug. 30, 1991, Cody James Evers intends to study business.

    Drew Hardin Drew Hardin
    S - 6-0, 190
    Louisville, Ky./Ballard

    Defensive back and running back for head coach Mike Jackson at Ballard High School ... projects as a safety at Indiana ... played in 10 of the team's 12 games and compiled 87 tackles, four forced fumbles and one sack in addition to four rushing scores in 2009 ... Ballard posted an 8-4 record and advanced to the state playoffs ... four-year starter earned all-state honors as a senior and made the all-freshman and all-district teams in 2006 ... rated the 13th-best prospect in Kentucky by Scout.com ... four-year football, four-year track and two-year basketball letterwinner ... as a junior, finished fifth in the state in the 110m hurdles and sixth in the 300m hurdles ... honor roll student ... recruited by assistant head coach, running backs coach and co-special teams coordinator Dennis Springer ... parents are Freeman and Teresa Hardin ... Drew Hardin was born on Sept. 10, 1991.

    Marlandez Harris Marlandez Harris
    DL - 6-2, 255
    Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart-Griffin

    Offensive tackle and defensive lineman for head coach Ken Leonard at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School ... projects as a defensive lineman at Indiana ... played left tackle as a sophomore, right tackle as a junior, moved back to left tackle as a senior and entered the starting lineup on the defensive line midway through junior season ... named all-state by the Champaign News-Gazette, honorable mention all-state by the IHSA and all-conference as a senior ... team finished 2009 with an 11-1 record and won conference and city championships ... carded 62 tackles, 14 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... led Sacred Heart-Griffin to a state championship in 2008 ... rated the 34th-best prospect in Illinois and the 41st-best offensive guard nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... current Hoosier tight end/long snapper Jeff Sanders attended Sacred Heart-Griffin ... recruited by tight ends and assistant offensive line coach Kyle Conner ... parents are Stephanie Harris and Christopher Robinson ... Marlandez Harris was born on Dec. 15, 1991.

    Leneil Himes Leneil Himes
    TE - 6-3, 245
    Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth West

    Tight end and defensive end for head coach John Barron at Plymouth High School ... projects as a tight end at Indiana ... named Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 All-State and Indiana Associated Press Class 4A honorable mention all-state ... 2009 Indiana Mr. Football at tight end and a member of the South Bend Tribune Dream Team ... school's all-time leading receiver holds school records for longest touchdown (99 yards) and most interception TD returns (five) ... two-way starter caught 18 passes for 522 yards (29.0 average) and seven touchdowns on offense and collected 23.5 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, two interception returns for scores and seven pass breakups in 2009 ... Plymouth finished the season with a 9-1 record ... made 15 receptions and returned two picks for TDs as team went 10-1 in 2008 ... earned a spot on the 2008 IFCA All-State Junior team ... rated the 15th-best prospect in Indiana and the 43nd-best tight end nationally by Scout.com ... ranked the 56th-best tight end prospect nationally by ESPN.com ... three-year football and basketball and four-year track letterwinner ... set the school record in the shot put ... recruited by tight ends and assistant offensive line coach Kyle Conner ... mother is Karla Himes ... born on Feb. 25, 1992, Leneil Curtis Himes intends to study athletic training.

    Chase Hoobler Chase Hoobler
    LB - 6-2, 225
    Orrville, Ohio/Orrville

    Linebacker and tight end for head coach Doug Davault at Orrville High School ... projects as a linebacker at Indiana ... selected to the 2010 Big 33 Ohio vs. Pennsylvania All-Star Game ... finished career with 433 tackles, 15 sacks and 41 tackles for loss ... first team All-Ohio Division IV selection was named Northeast Inlands District, Akron Beacon Journal and Daily Record Player of the Year as a senior ... collected conference defensive player of the year honors as a junior and senior ... a first team all-conference selection as a sophomore, junior and senior ... made 163 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2009 ... also played tight end and caught 22 passes for 375 yards and five scores ... Orrville made the state playoffs twice and reached the regional finals twice ... rated the 56th-best prospect in Ohio and the 38th-best middle linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... ranked the 73rd-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com ... rated the seventh-best linebacker and the 44th-best prospect in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... four-year football and two-year basketball letterwinner ... honor roll student ... recruited by offensive line coach Bobby Johnson ... parents are Tom and Michelle Brenner ... born on July 4, 1991, Chase Joseph Hoobler intends to study sport medicine.

    Kofi Hughes Kofi Hughes
    QB/ATH - 6-2, 200
    Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral

    Quarterback for head coach Rick Streiff at Cathedral High School ... projects as a quarterback/athlete at Indiana ... awarded the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year ... named Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 All-State and Indiana Associated Press Class 4A honorable mention all-state ... earned a spot on the Indianapolis Star Super Team and was recognized as the all-city player of the year ... Cathedral's most valuable player completed 89-of-151 passes (58.9 percent) for 1,584 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions as a senior ... rushed 201 times for 1,552 yards (7.7 average) with 22 scores and caught three passes for 72 yards and a TD ... Cathedral went 13-2 and reached semistate in 2009 on the heels of a 2008 state championship ... rushed for 1,289 yards with 17 touchdowns and passed for 930 yards with eight scores as a junior ... VYPE Magazine MVP and player of the game in the Carmel vs. Cathedral game televised on ESPN ... attended the Manning Passing Academy ... ranked the 10th-best prospect in Indiana and the 55th-best quarterback nationally by Scout.com ... rated the 16th-best prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com ... two-year football and four-year basketball letterwinner ... started career at Lawrence North before transferring to Cathedral after freshman season ... recruited by wide receivers coach Billy Lynch ... parents are Dock and Juliana Hughes ... Kofi Hughes was born on March 27, 1992.

    Bill Ivan Bill Ivan
    OL - 6-4, 250
    Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix

    Offensive tackle and defensive lineman for head coach Don Jess at Charlevoix High School ... projects as an offensive lineman at Indiana ...first Division I player from Charlevoix in 21 years ... named to the Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State team, the Detroit Free Press All-State team and first team all-conference as a senior ... a two-time Petoskey News-Review All-Area and Traverse City Record Eagle All-Region first team selection ... named team captain and offensive most valuable player in 2009 ... recognized as 2008 Outstanding Offensive Lineman and 2007 Outstanding Defensive Lineman ... team made state playoffs in 2008 and 2009 ... rated the 28th-best prospect in Michigan by Scout.com ... three-year football, three-year baseball, two-year basketball and two-year track letterwinner ... earned three academic letters, a member of the national honor society, a honor roll student and owned the second-highest grade point average on the all-state team ... recruited by defensive ends coach and co-special teams coordinator George Ricumstrict ... parents are Paul and Judith Ivan ... William Joseph Ivan was born on Feb. 13, 1992.

    Shaquille Jefferson Shaquille Jefferson
    S - 6-0, 180
    Lexington, Ohio/Lexington

    Safety and wide receiver for head coach B.J. Payne at Lexington High School ... projects as a safety at Indiana ... suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game of senior season ... played safety and running back at Mansfield Senior High School before transferring to Lexington for senior season ... honorable mention All-Ohio as a junior ... rushed for 187 yards and scored three times as a junior ... also made 33 tackles with one interception ... two-year football and three-year track letterwinner ... rated the ninth-best safety in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... ranked the 30th-best prospect in the state by BuckeyeGrove.com ... recruited by offensive line coach Bobby Johnson ... parents are Walter Jefferson and Dwana Washington ... brother, Jamario O'Neal, played strong safety at Ohio State from 2005-08 ... Shaquille Jefferson was born on Dec. 9, 1991.

    Andre Kates Andre Kates
    CB - 5-11, 200
    Washington, D.C./ASA College

    Cornerback for head coach Dennis Orlando at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... will play cornerback at Indiana ... named Junior College Player of the Year by Triumphant Sports ... member of Team USA in the 2009 Triumphant Sports Junior College All-American Game ... team captain was also named an All-American ... collected 64 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, nine pass breakups, four blocked field goals and two blocked punts in 2009 ... recorded one interception and one punt return for scores ... spent the 2008 season at Erie Community College in Williamsville, N.Y., and led the team in tackles (49) and interceptions (three) en route to first team all-conference and defensive back of the year honors ... also broke up 11 passes, blocked three field goals, two extra points and pulled in a 66-yard TD pass off a fake punt ... attended Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Md. ... played primarily quarterback and wide receiver in high school ... first commitment of the 2010 signing class ... recruited by co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Joe Palcic ... parents are Priscilla Kates and Burnett Spurling ... born on May 30, 1987, Andre Kates intends to study general studies.

    <A HREF=Lenyatta Kiles"> Lenyatta Kiles
    CB - 5-11, 190
    Los Angeles, Calif./Cerritos College

    Cornerback for head coach Frank Mazzotta at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., and Tom Salter at Culver City (Calif.) High School ... will play cornerback at Indiana ... earned all-conference honors as a sophomore in 2009 with two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 30 tackles (20 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... Cerritos finished the year with a 9-2 record and earned the third seed in the playoffs ... as a freshman, appeared in six games and made nine tackles, along with three pass breakups, an interception and a tackle for loss ... finished senior campaign at Culver City by being named an All-Ocean League pick and a first team All-CIF selection ... recorded 73 tackles and four interceptions, including a 96-yarder he took back for a score ... Culver City posted 11-1 and 10-1-1 records in 2007 and 2006, respectively ... three-year football, four-year basketball and two-year track letterwinner ... enrolled in classes for spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... recruited by co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Joe Palcic ... parents are Lenyatta and Linda Kiles ... born on March 3, 1990, Lenyatta D. Kiles, Jr., intends to study communications.

    Tim O'Conner Tim O'Conner
    WR - 6-3, 190
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

    Wide receiver for head coach Doug Ramsey at Elder High School ... projects as a wide receiver at Indiana ... teammate, defensive end Pete Bachman, also a member of the signing class ... finished career with a school-record 120 receptions for 1,659 yards (13.8 average) and 22 touchdowns ... two-time honorable mention all-state, all-conference and team receiver/tight end of the year ... missed nearly four games with a wrist injury in 2009 ... finished the season with 42 catches for 635 yards (15.1 average) with nine TDs ... Elder was ranked as high as third nationally and finished the season 10-3 with an appearance in the state semifinals ... team advanced to the Division I state championship game and finished 2008 with a 13-2 mark ... caught 15 balls for 184 yards and two scores in the title contest ... 15 catches were a Division state championship game record and the 184 yards were the sixth-best total in state championship game history ... a first team all-conference selection ... made 71 catches for 1,004 yards and 13 TDs as a junior ... Elder won its conference championship and finished the season ranked 11th in the country ... ranked the 45th-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com ... rated the fifth-best wide receiver and the 33rd-best prospect in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... three-year football and two-year baseball letterwinner ... first team honors student and a member of the national honor society ... O'Conner and Bachman have been teammates since kindergarten ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... parents are Bill and Renie O'Conner ... brother, Billy, played baseball at IU in 2006 and 2007 and is currently a member of the Texas Rangers organization ... Timothy M. O'Conner was born on Sept. 16, 1991.

    Matt Perez Matt Perez
    RB - 5-11, 200
    Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South

    Running back and linebacker for head coach David Inserra at Maine South High School ... projects as a running back at Indiana ... named Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and ESPNChicago.com 2009 Player of the Year ... recognized on PARADE Magazine's All-America team ... MaxPreps second team All-American and North Stars Offensive Football Player of the Year ... finished career with 5,170 all-purpose yards on 431 touches (11.7 average) and 68 scores ... in two varsity seasons as a starter, rushed for 3,393 yards and 56 touchdowns ... totaled 4,264 all-purpose yards, an average of 152.3 yards per game ... closed out career with 2,246 yards on 192 carries (11.7 average) with 34 touchdowns ... added 35 receptions for 441 yards (12.6 average) and two scores to go along with two punt return TDs ... posted 59 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 19 sacks ... Maine South went 14-0 for the second consecutive season, won its second straight Class 8A State title and finished the year ranked fifth nationally by USA Today ... rushed for 316 on 27 carries (11.7average) and five touchdowns in the game ... 316 yards was a state championship game record and the five rushing scores set a Class 8A mark ... posted three 300-yard rushing games ... netted a career-high 347 yards on 24 carries with four TDs, including a 69-yarder, vs. Glenbrook South ... rated the 23rd-best prospect in Illinois and the 91st-best running back nationally by Scout.com ... recorded 2,600 all-purpose yards and 31 total touchdowns as a junior ... ran for 119 yards on 18 attempts (6.6 average) with three touchdowns in the state championship game ... two-year football and three-year track letterwinner ... qualified for state in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays ... appeared in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (Dec. 21, 2009) ... recruited by tight ends and assistant offensive line coach Kyle Conner ... parents are Dave and Lori Perez ... born on June 29, 1992, Matthew David Perez intends to study business.

    Ryan Phillis Ryan Phillis
    LB - 6-3, 230
    Boardman, Ohio/Boardman

    Defensive end and offensive tackle for head coach D.J. Ogilvie at Boardman High School ... projects as a linebacker at Indiana ... carded first team All-Federal League, first team All-Northeast Ohio and third team All-Ohio Division I honors as a senior ... set a Boardman single-season record with 160 tackles to go along with nine tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble in 2009 ... 145 regular season tackles broke Boardman record ... team compiled a 7-4 record and earned a trip to the state playoffs ... 5 Blocks of Granite award recipient ... played middle linebacker and fullback as a junior ... posted 135 tackles en route to all-conference, all-county, All-Quad County and All-Northeast Ohio accolades ... rated the 11th-best defensive lineman and the 85th-best prospect in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... ranked the 96th-best defensive end nationally by ESPN.com ... three-year football and two-year baseball letterwinner ... also played tight end and caught 22 passes for 375 yards and five scores ... secured a spot on the 3.5-3.99 honor roll ... recruited by offensive line coach Bobby Johnson ... parents are James and Kelly Phillis ... Ryan W. Phillis was born on Dec. 3, 1991.

    Paul Phillips Paul Phillips
    TE - 6-5, 225
    Darnestown, Md./Georgetown Prep

    Tight end for head coach Dan Paro at Georgetown Prep ... projects as a tight end at Indiana ... earned honorable mention all-metro, first team All-Gazette, first team all-state private schools and first team All-Sentinel and Examiner as a senior ... also selected All-Conference MIAA, a member of the Maryland Varsity Dream Team, the Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 and the DC Sportsfan Super 60 ... played in the Maryland Crab Bowl, the state's high school all-star game ... caught 28 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns in 2009 ... a preseason Washington Post first team all-metro honoree ... three-year starter named captain of 7-3 team ... made 15 catches for 160 yards with two scores as a junior ... rated the top tight end in the state by Rivals.com and the 39th-best tight end nationally by ESPN.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... also played basketball, track and lacrosse ... lone member of the signing class from Maryland ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... son of Bill and Janet Phillips ... Bill played football at the University of Evansville (1972-76) ... Janet was a swimmer in college and is a competitive equestrian ... has three brothers, Andrew, Colter and Willy ... Andrew is a senior starting offensive guard at Stanford University and Colter is a sophomore tight end at the University of Virginia ... both grandfathers lettered in football and basketball in college ... a direct descendant of Lewis and Clark expedition guide, John Colter ... born on Aug. 13, 1991, Paul R. Phillips intends to study business.

    Harrison Scott Harrison Scott
    DE - 6-3, 250
    New Albany, Ohio/New Albany

    Defensive end for head coach Mark Mueller at New Albany High School ... projects as a defensive end at Indiana ... recognized as first team All-Ohio Division II, Columbus Dispatch All-Metro, All-Central District and All-Ohio Capital Conference as a senior ... selected to the 2009 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic ... collected 79 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, five sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... New Albany posted a 7-3 record and shared the program's first conference championship ... the team was selected Academic All-Ohio for the second straight season ... added 99 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles en route to second team all-district honors in 2008 ... rated the ninth-best defensive lineman and the 74th-best prospect in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... recruited by co-defensive coordinator and defensive tackles coach Brian George ... completed an internship at a nursing home where he shadowed physical therapists and performed minor therapy ... parents are Darryl and Yolanda Scott ... Harrison Peyton Scott was born on January 6, 1992.

    Ishmael Thomas Ishmael Thomas
    LB - 6-4, 210
    Detroit, Mich./Renaissance

    Linebacker and quarterback for head coach Antonio Watts at Renaissance High School ... projects as a linebacker at Indiana ... battled a turf toe injury in 2009 ... started at linebacker and quarterback ... finished season with 22 tackles and six tackles for loss in addition to 108 passing yards and two touchdowns ... collected 73 tackles, 18 TFLs, two sacks and two interceptions with one TD return as a junior ... honorable mention All-Detroit selection ... ranked the 17th-best prospect in Michigan by Rivals.com, the 25th-best prospect in Michigan by Scout.com and the 55th-best outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com ... two-year football letterwinner also a track standout ... honor roll student and member of the national honor society ... recruited by defensive ends coach and co-special teams coordinator George Ricumstrict ... parents are Saeed and Jenice Thomas ... born on March 4, 1992, Ishmael S. Thomas intends to study finance.

    <A HREF=Jeff Thomas"> Jeff Thomas
    LB - 6-1, 240
    Millbrae, Calif./Foothill CC

    Linebacker for head coach Doug Boyett at Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and fullback for head coach Patrick Walsh at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. ... will play linebacker at Indiana ... rated the fourth-best junior college middle linebacker by Scout.com and the 60th-best junior college prospect by SuperPrep ... set Foothill's career tackles record ... named the NorCal Conference Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-American, all-state and all-league in 2009 ... collected a conference-best 104 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups ... named first team all-conference and all-state as a freshman ... greyshirted in 2007 and started in 2008 and 2009 ... played four years at fullback in high school ... garnered all-league and all-county recognition ... enrolled in classes for spring semester and will participate in spring practice ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... parents are Jeff and Rouselyn Thomas ... born on June 1, 1989, Jeffrey K. Thomas intends to study sport communication.

    Xavier Whitaker Xavier Whitaker
    RB - 6-2, 195
    Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central

    Running back for head coach Doug Lange at Brookfield Central High School ... projects as a running back at Indiana ... suffered a season-ending ACL injury on the first play of the second game in 2009 ... had 70 yards on 10 rushes with a touchdown in the season opener ... as a junior, posted 872 rushing yards on 116 carries (7.5 average) with 12 scores ... named conference offensive player of the year, first team all-league, all-suburban and All-Waukesha County ... Brookfield Central won the conference championship in 2008 ... rated the 13th-best prospect in Wisconsin and the 54th-best running back nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football and one-year track letterwinner ... recruited by offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada ... parents are Larry and Kelly Whitaker ... born on Sept. 18, 1991, Xavier Drew Whitaker intends to study business.

    Brian Williams Brian Williams
    CB - 6-0, 180
    Lawrenceville, Ga./Peachtree Ridge

    Cornerback for head coach Bill Ballard at Peachtree Ridge High School ... projects as a cornerback at Indiana ... ended 2009 with 28 tackles, five pass breakups, four interceptions and one forced fumble ... first team All-Gwinnett Daily Press and all-region selection ... Peachtree Ridge went 10-3 and moved on to the Class 7-AAAAA semifinals ... made 30 tackles, broke up six passes and picked off five passes with one score as a junior ... team advanced to the 2008 state championship, where Williams recorded one INT, and finished the year 12-3 ... also a track standout ... 4x400 relay finished second at regionals and sixth at state in 2009 ... lone member of the signing class from Georgia ... recruited by linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Yeager ... parents are Terrence Williams and Allyson Galassi ... born on Nov. 22, 1991, Brian D. Williams intends to study graphic design.

    Logan Young Logan Young
    WR - 6-3, 190
    Muncie, Ind./Delta

    Wide receiver for head coach Grant Zgunda at Delta High School ... projects as a wide receiver at Indiana ... named Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 All-State and Indiana Associated Press Class 4A All-State as a senior ... 2009 Indiana Mr. Football at wide receiver and the East Central Indiana Player of the Year ... 3,110 career receiving yards rank fifth all-time in Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) history ... ended career with school records in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns ... averaged 118.8 yards per game with 72 receptions for 1,529 yards (21.2 average) and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... yardage ranked seventh on the IHSAA single-season list ... Delta finished 2009 with a 12-1 record and claimed sectional and Hoosier Heritage Conference championships for the second straight year ... made 32 catches for 915 yards (28.6 average) and 11 TDs as a junior ... selected all-state and all-conference ... rated the 11th-best prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com and the 20th-best prospect in Indiana by Scout.com ... four-year football and basketball and two-year track letterwinner ... four-year honor roll student ... recruited by tight ends and assistant offensive line coach Kyle Conner ... parents are Jon and Karen Young ... has three brothers, Neal, Cody and Brady ... Neal coaches basketball at Goshen College, Cody plays baseball at Anderson University and Brady plays football at Wabash College ... born on Sept. 11, 1991, Logan Thomas Young intends to study marketing.

    Matt Zakrzewski Matt Zakrzewski
    LB - 6-2, 220
    Traverse City, Mich./St. Francis

    Safety and running back for head coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School ... projects as a linebacker at Indiana ... made 234 tackles with 11 interceptions, including a 100-yard TD return, in career ... also rushed 48 times for 432 yards (9.0 average) ... as a senior, earned first team all-state recognition from the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News ... St. Francis claimed back-to-back state championships (Division 7) in 2008 and 2009 after reaching the title game in 2007 ... team posted a 14-0 mark in 2009 and Zakrzewski tallied nine tackles in the championship game ... finished the year with 74 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in addition to 367 rushing yards on 33 carries (11.1 average) and seven touchdowns ... two-time Record Eagle All-Region Dream Team honoree was named team's most valuable defensive back twice ... collected first team all-state from the Detroit News and honorable mention from the Detroit Free Press in 2008 ... St. Francis posted a 39-3 record in Zakrzewski's three seasons and clinched three Lake Michigan Conference championships, three district titles and three regional championships ... closed junior season with 98 tackles, seven picks and two INT touchdown returns ... rated the 14th-best prospect in Michigan and the 48th-best outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... ranked the 31st-best prospect in Michigan by Rivals.com ... three-year football and two-year basketball and track letterwinner ... three-year scholar athlete also a honor roll student ... recruited by defensive ends coach and co-special teams coordinator George Ricumstrict ... parents are Tim and Helen Zakrzewski ... Matthew James Zakrzewski was born on Oct. 9, 1991.

     

     


       

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