BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday the signing of 26 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Hoosiers in 2014.
"We are pleased with the way our class came together," Wilson said. "With a few years under our belt we have gotten comfortable within the Midwest region, our ties in Indiana and the surrounding states. We continue to do well in Georgia and Florida. Our strategy of how we sell our school and how we sell our program has really given us the chance to land back-to-back strong classes. On paper, they are the best back-to-back classes in school history. But now we need to take that paper product, work with it in the years to come and keep building our program."
IU signed 14 defensive players and 12 offensive players. The Hoosiers added six defensive backs, four defensive linemen and four linebackers on defense and four offensive linemen, four wide receivers, two running backs, one tight end and one quarterback on offense.
The class features players from eight different states, including six from Ohio, five from Indiana, five from Georgia, four from Florida, three from Illinois, one from California, one from New York and one from South Carolina.
"The total commitment of our community throughout the recruiting process has been phenomenal," Wilson said. "There is a great vibe when we go out to restaurants, hotels and basketball games; our fans are there backing us. Our players are great recruiters. I want to acknowledge our coaches as well, and it all starts with their families - the wives and loved ones allowing them to get out and hit the recruiting road running. Despite some new coaches, the opportunity to maintain a great recruiting class like this is a credit to our school, our staff and our community. Bloomington is an ideal place to build a great football program for years to come."
OL | 6-6 | 290 | Ocala, Fla. | Admiral Farragut Academy
Prep/Personal: Offensive tackle for head coach Ryan Hearn at West Port High School ... did not play as a senior after he transferred to Admiral Farragut Academy ... rated the No. 31 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com ... chose Indiana over offers from Florida and Missouri ... started playing football his freshman season ... three-year football letterwinner ... also a track and field standout ... parents are Delroy, Sr., and Yvonne Baker ... born on Oct. 17, 1995, Delroy Egerton Baker, Jr., intends to study psychology.
WR | 6-1 | 200 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Pike H.S.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Derek Moyers at Pike High School ... honorable mention Associated Press All-State his junior and senior seasons ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a junior ... three-time all-conference and all-county and two-time Indianapolis Star Super Team selection ... holds Pike career records for receptions (145), receiving yards (1,851) and receiving touchdowns (21) ... also set single-season records in each category ... posted 99 catches for 1,266 yards with 16 TDs over his final two years ... rated the No. 2 prospect in Indiana, the No. 31 wide receiver nationally and the No. 225 prospect overall by ESPN.com ... invited to four All-American games ... teammate of IU sophomore defensive end David Kenney ... named academic all-state and a seven-time honor roll student ... parents are Mark Booth and Lacheena Carothers ... born on July 21, 1995, Dominique Dajuan Booth intends to study exercise science.
Prep/Personal: Quarterback for head coach Angelo Gasca at Venice High School ... selected to the 2014 USA Football U.S. Under-19 National Team ... set Venice career records in passing yardage and touchdowns ... named Los Angeles City Player of the Year, Westside co-Player of the Year and Western League co-Player of the Year in 2013 ... threw for 3,501 yards and 47 TDs ... recognized as Western League Offensive Player of the Year, all-city and all-league ... passed for 2,977 yards and 31 scores as a junior ... led Venice to the semifinals of the Los Angeles city section championship ... three-year starter and four-year letterwinner ... parents are Don Diamont and Cindy Ambuehl ... born on Feb. 16, 1995, Alexander Diamont intends to study business entrepreneurship.
TE | 6-6 | 230 | Queens, N.Y. | Christ the King H.S./Milford Academy
Prep/Personal: Tight end for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy ... attended Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y. and spent the 2013 fall semester at Milford ... caught 19 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in 2013 ... began playing football as a junior in 2012 at Christ the King ... made 15 receptions for 286 yards and five TDs ... also starred on the basketball court, where he received 15 Division I offers ... played against Hoosiers freshman forward Noah Vonleh ... teammate of signee and offensive lineman Tim Gardner at Milford ... parents are Michael and Lisa Fuchs ... Jordan Alexander Fuchs was born on Oct. 26, 1994.
OL | 6-5 | 320 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Lawrence Central H.S./Milford Academy
Prep/Personal: Offensive lineman for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy and head coach Jayson West at Lawrence Central High School ... rated the No. 3 prep school prospect by Rivals.com ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State ... selected to the 2012 Indianapolis Star Super Team and named Position Award winner (offensive line) ... Lawrence Central went 15-0 and won the Indiana Class 5A state championship ... team averaged 38.5 points and 328.5 rushing yards per game ... three-year starter ... the Bears went 13-2 and advanced to its first state title game in 2010 ... rated the No. 5 prospect in Indiana and the No. 24 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com in 2012 ... teammate of IU senior wide receiver Isaiah Roundtree, junior quarterback Tre Roberson and sophomore offensive lineman Wes Rodgers at Lawrence Central ... teammate of signee and tight end Jordan Fuchs at Milford ... grandmother is Sharon Anderson ... Timothy J. Gardner was born on Oct. 9, 1994.
OL | 6-5 | 330 | Avon, Ind. | Avon H.S./Iowa Western C.C.
Junior College: Offensive lineman for head coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs ... team went 11-1, captured the Midwest Football Conference title and won the 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl ... earned first team all-conference honors ... led an offense that finished third in yards (522.5), fifth in points (44.3), seventh in rushing yards (265.0) and 10th in passing yards (257.5) per game in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ... second team Academic All-Region ... Iowa Western went 12-0 and won the 2012 NJCAA national championship ... team averaged 262.3 rushing yards per game, which ranked third in the NJCAA ... teammate of IU senior linebacker Steven Funderburk and senior defensive lineman Jordan Heiderman.
Prep/Personal: Offensive lineman for head coach Mark Bless at Avon High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press All-State ... a first team all-conference and all-county selection ... voted the team's most valuable player ... recorded 32 pancake blocks and an 82 percent blocking grade ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are LaShawn and Adrian Thompson and Dion Herron ... born on Dec. 16, 1992, DeAndre Jermaine Herron intends to study liberal arts.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Chuck Kyle at Saint Ignatius High School ... finished 2013 with 75 tackles, 60 solo, two sacks, eight tackles for loss, six interceptions and three forced fumbles ... named the team's most valuable player ... St. Ignatius won the 2011 state championship ... rated the No. 54 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports.com and the No. 61 outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football, one-year basketball and track and field letterwinner ... earned the school's community service award ... parents are Dameon R. Willis, Sr., and Kim Hereford ... Dameon Roshean Willis, Jr., was born on Jan. 19, 1996.
J-Shun Harris II
WR | 5-8 | 175 | Fishers, Ind. | Fishers H.S.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Rick Wimmer at Fishers High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 6A All-State ... two-time first team All-Hamilton County selection ... holds Fishers career records for receptions (133), receiving yards (2,032), touchdown catches (17), punt returns (40), punt return yards (768), punt return average (19.2) and punt return TDs (five) ... 2013 team captain made 62 receptions for 1,027 yards (16.6) with eight scores en route to all-conference honors ... also returned 13 punts for 318 yards (24.5) and two touchdowns ... set school single-season records for catches, receiving yards, punt returns, punt return yards and punt return average ... brought in 38 receptions for 527 yards and five TDs his junior campaign ... Fishers won the 2010 Indiana Class 5A state championship and claimed conference titles in 2010 and 2013 ... rated the No. 13 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com ... four-year football and four-year track and field letterwinner ... parents are Art and Stephanie Peterson ... born on Nov. 24, 1995, J-Shun Nehru Harris II intends to study business management.
Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman for head coach Steve Specht at St. Xavier High School ... tallied 53 tackles, nine sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble in 2013 ... led the Great Catholic League (GCL) in sacks ... first team all-conference as a junior and senior ... second team all-district his senior season ... team captured the 2012 GCL championship ... collected 53 stops and 2.5 sacks ... three-year football and two-year track and field letterwinner ... rated the No. 31 prospect in Ohio by ESPN.com and the No. 39 strong-side defensive end nationally by 247Sports.com ... parents are Dean and Stacy Carovillano ...Nicholas Antonio Carovillano was born on Aug. 29, 1995.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach John Small at South Gwinnett High School ... two-time All-Gwinnett County selection ... set school record for career receiving yards (1,824) ... made 50 receptions for 658 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... averaged 31.3 yards per catch with 29 grabs for 908 yards and 10 scores ... selected to play in the 2012 Georgia Junior Bowl ... four-year football and track and field and two-year baseball letterwinner ... father is Vinnie Keel ... born on Nov. 27, 1995, Coray Lee Keel intends to study business management.
DB | 5-10 | 175 | Fort Wayne, Ind. | South Side H.S.
Prep/Personal: Defensive back and running back for head coach Eddie Fields at South Side High School ... all-area and all-conference honoree made 25 tackles with two interceptions and four pass breakups his senior season ... team's most valuable player rushed for 744 yards on 128 carries (5.8 average) with seven touchdowns ... also caught nine passes for 75 yards, returned seven kicks for 151 yards and threw one TD pass ... Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State selection as a junior ... recorded 23 stops, three INTs and three PBUs ... added 294 passing yards, three passing scores, 1,049 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD ... a Fort Wayne News-Sentinel All-Area selection ... rated the No. 11 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com and the No. 64 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... four-year football, three-year basketball and three-year baseball letterwinner ... parents are Sonja Gatson and Donald Clark ... born on Sept. 7, 1995, Donovan Louis Clark intends to study business management.
LB | 6-0 | 205 | Cincinnati, Ohio | Colerain H.S.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Tom Bolden at Colerain High School ... 2013 Associated Press Division 1 co-Defensive Player of the Year and Southwest District Defensive POY ... first team all-state honoree was named to the All-USA Today Ohio Football Team ... posted 102 tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions ... nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... tallied 78 stops with three forced fumbles and one INT in 2012 ... Colerain won four consecutive conference championships ... rated the No. 24 prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com and the No. 32 outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football and four-year wrestling letterwinner ... finished fourth in the state as a sophomore, seventh in the state as a junior and 13th in the country as a senior ... parents are Herman Scales and Kathy Wilkerson ... Tegray Rene Scales was born on May 10, 1996.
DB | 5-11 | 195 | Vero Beach, Fla. | Vero Beach H.S.
Prep/Personal: Defensive back and wide receiver for head coach Lenny Jankowski at Vero Beach High School ... three-year starter ... team captain made 44 tackles, 32 solos, with five interceptions and six pass breakups as a senior ... rated the No. 22 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... three-year football, two-year basketball, one-year baseball and one-year track and field letterwinner ... mother is Nakinya Allen and stepmom is Jodi Harvey ... William Davonte Dawkins was born on July 29, 1994.
Prep/Personal: Offensive lineman for head coach Mark Lane at Milton-Union High School ... first team all-state, all-region and all-conference as a senior ... named the league's offensive lineman of the year in 2012 ... third team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-conference his junior year ... school advanced to the third round of the state playoffs, its best ever finish ... rated the No. 57 offensive guard by ESPN.com ... three-year football and three-year track and field letterwinner ... honor roll student ... a Habitat for Humanity volunteer ... parents are Allen and Rhonda Martin ... Wesley Allen Martin was born on May 5, 1996.
DB | 6-0 | 200 | Columbus, Ga. | George Washington Carver H.S.
Prep/Personal: Defensive back for head coach Joe Kegler at George Washington Carver High School ... first team All-Big City and honorable mention all-state in 2013 ... posted 47 tackles with five interceptions and one forced fumble ... returned one INT, one kickoff and one punt for a score ... team went 11-2 and captured the regional championship ... clocked a 4.47 40-yard dash time and owns a 39-inch vertical leap ... football and track letterwinner ... parents are Demetrix Walton and Jeff Bass ... born on Sept. 18, 1995, Kiante Darquell Walton intends to study sports medicine.
Mike Barwick, Jr.
DL | 6-0 | 290 | Cincinnati, Ohio | The Summit Country Day School
Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman for head coach Michael Brown at The Summit Country Day School ... four-year starter ... two-time first team all-state, all-district and all-league performer ... named the Division V District and Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 ... awarded the 2013 Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year ... won the defensive line most valuable player award at the 2013 Rivals Camp Series ... finished his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries and was third in tackles ... made 74 stops, 7.5 sacks, 13 TFLs and five fumble recoveries as a senior ... posted 75 tackles, 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and recovered five fumbles his junior campaign ... led the program to its first two playoff victories ... rated the No. 60 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year basketball letterwinner ... parents are Michael and Tara Barwick ... born on Oct. 1, 1995, Michael Macon Barwick, Jr., intends to study business management.
DB | 5-11 | 210 | Tallahassee, Fla. | Amos P. Godby H.S.
Prep/Personal: Safety for head coach Ronnie Cottrell at Godby High School ... finished his career with 314 tackles, 13 interceptions, 15 pass breakups, seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, four touchdowns and three sacks ... recorded 71 tackles, 42 solo, and four interceptions as a senior ... team captain led Godby to a 10-2 record and a district championship ... two-time all-state and All-Big Bend selection ... played at North Florida Christian High School as a sophomore and won the 2A state title ... rated the No. 44 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... four-year football and two-year basketball letterwinner ... four-year honors student won the 2013 Godby Senior Football Athlete Academic Award ... parents are Antonio and Tabatha Fields ... born on Sept. 25, 1995, Antonio Malik Fields intends to study business administration.
DL | 6-3 | 290 | Rossville, Ga. | Ridgeland H.S.
Prep/Personal: Defensive and offensive lineman for head coach Mark Mariakis at Ridgeland High School ... Ridgeland posted a 13-2 record and advanced to the 2013 state championship game ... 2012 honorable mention all-region ... rated the No. 80 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com ... football, basketball and track letterwinner ... parents are Laura Stewart and Tracy Wade ... born on June 4, 1996, Jermane Kane Conyers intends to study business management.
Prep/Personal: Running back for head coach Ted Ginn, Sr., at Glenville High School ... Glenville went 13-2 and reached the 2013 Ohio Division II championship game ... accounted for over 650 all-purpose yards the last seven games of his senior season ... Indiana senior wide receiver Shane Wynn is a Glenville graduate ... collected 1,100 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns at Mineral Ridge (Ohio) High School as a junior ... honorable mention all-state ... rated the 58 running back nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are Desmond Redding and Natalie Fields ... born on Feb. 5, 1996, Devine Redding intends to study business management.
RB | 6-0 | 210 | Chicago, Ill. | St. Rita H.S.
Prep/Personal: Quarterback for head coach Todd Kuska at St. Rita High School ... selected to the 2014 USA Football U.S. Under-19 National Team ... 2012 and 2013 all-state, all-area and all-conference selection ... recognized as the Chicago Catholic League Most Valuable Player and Offensive MVP ... named all-conference three times overall ... as a senior, rushed for 1,767 yards and 30 touchdowns and passed for 1,408 yards and 11 TDs ... St. Rita went 12-2 and won the 2013 city championship ... rated the No. 21 prospect in Illinois by ESPN.com and he No. 44 athlete nationally by Rivals.com ... parents are Marlon and Dawn Mister ... born on Feb. 13, 1996, Tommy Monte Mister intends to study sport communication-broadcast.
WR | 6-4 | 210 | Oak Park, Ill. | Oak Park and River Forest H.S.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach John Hoerster at Oak Park and River Forest High School ... 2013 all-state selection ... named the team's all-purpose most valuable player ... rated the No. 27 prospect in Illinois by Rivals.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... also a basketball standout ... mother is Delta Cobbs ... born on Aug. 25, 1995, Simmie Cobbs intends to study business management.
LB | 6-2 | 245 | Longwood, Fla. | Lyman H.S.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Jeff Gierke at Lyman High School ... played both inside and outside linebacker during his career ... made 77 tackles, seven sacks and 26 tackles for loss as a senior ... named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Area team ... ranked No. 3 on the publication's 2014 Central Florida Super60 ... rated the No. 30 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com ... mother is Dwan Tolbert ... Greg Bernard Gooch, Jr., was born on Sept. 25, 1994.
Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman and linebacker for head coach Venson Elder at Rockdale County High School ... awarded all-area and all-region honors as a senior ... delivered 65 tackles, 50 solo, with 12 sacks ... two-year football letterwinner ... also a track and field standout ... parents are Robert McCray, Jr., and Cassandra McCray ... born on March 24, 1996, Robert McCray III intends to study business.
Prep/Personal: Defensive back for head coach Rusty Charpia at Brookland-Cayce High School ... played in the 2013 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... earned all-region honors ... named Brookland-Cayce's Offensive Most Valuable Player ... led team to first winning season since 2003 ... rated the No. 34 prospect in South Carolina by 247Sports.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... a scholar-athlete award winner ... parents are Michael and MeChele Walker ... born on March 29, 1996, Ezekiel Walker intends to study business management.
Prep/Personal: Defensive and offensive lineman for head coach Zackery Harris at Hancock Central High School ... earned all-region recognition on defense as a senior ... posted 32 tackles with five sacks and 15 tackles for loss ... collected all-state honors on offense his junior campaign ... parents are Demetria Devereaux and Reggie Meminger ... born on Jan. 15, 1996, Derrian Meminger intends to study sport communication-broadcast.
DB | 6-2 | 205 | Chicago, Ill. | Al Raby H.S.
Prep/Personal: Defensive back and quarterback for head coach Dangelo Dereef at Al Raby High School ... en route to all-city and all-conference honors, threw for 1,993 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 657 and 13 TDs on the ground in 2013 ... secured six tackles for loss, three interceptions and one forced fumble ... first athlete from Al Raby to earn a Division I scholarship ... parents are Sheneesha Edwards and Gary Covington ... Chris Covington was born on Jan. 3, 1996.