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 2013.
"We executed our plan very well and are excited about this class," Wilson said. "We are very fortunate to have a good amount of returning starters, but we backed that up with, what on paper, is a very, very strong class, which is critical in building our program. There is potential to help on the defensive side, up front, at linebacker and on the perimeter. Offensively, we have 14 returning linemen and three quarterbacks. With those returners, we were able to concentrate on some other positions, including running back, wide receiver, tight end and the defense."
IU signed 13 defensive players, five offensive players and four athletes. The Hoosiers added six defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs on defense and two tight ends, two wide receivers and one running back on offense.
The class features players from eight different states, including five from Indiana, five from Florida, four from Georgia, four from Ohio, one from Illinois, one from Nebraska, one from Louisiana and one from New York.
"We recruit as a team," Wilson said. "There was not one lead recruiter on any one student-athlete. We had multiple coaches going to schools over and over, whether it be the area coach, the assistant coach, the position coach, the coordinator or me. We also had tremendous behind the scenes administrative help and support. It was a great team effort that put together what is a very strong class."
NOTES ON CLASS
* Steven Funderburk, Jordan Heiderman and T.J. Simmons are currently enrolled in classes for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice.
* Four of the top 10 players in Indiana are in the class: Darius Latham (No. 3), Antonio Allen (No. 5), David Kenney (No. 6) and Chase Dutra (No. 9).
* Allen is the first Hoosier to ever participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is ranked the No. 19 safety nationally by ESPN.com and the No. 231 prospect overall by Rivals.com. Allen was a high school teammate of IU redshirt freshman wide receiver Caleb Cornett.
* Kenney is the No. 11 weak-side defensive end nationally and the No. 244 prospect overall by Rivals.com.
* Latham is the No. 14 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 239 prospect overall by Rivals.com.
* Rashard Fant is rated the No. 14 athlete nationally, the No. 16 prospect in Georgia and the No. 147 prospect overall by ESPN.com. He also played in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, along with Kenney.
* Anthony Young is an All-American sprinter in four events and owns 10 state championships in the state of Ohio.
LB | 6-3 | 231 | Port St. Lucia, Fla. | Iowa Western C.C.
2012 (Sophomore): Linebacker for head coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College ... tallied 49 tackles, a half-sack, 7.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions (88 yards), both returned for touchdowns, and one fumble recovery ... first team all-conference selection ... team went 12-0 and won the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship ... teammate and defensive lineman Jordan Heiderman also a member of the signing class.
2011 (Freshman): Played in 11 games and posted 13 tackles at Tulane University ... tallied seven stops at Army.
2010: Redshirted the 2010 season at Tulane University.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Will Kelley at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. ... made 69 tackles, 52 solo, with nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, seven pass breakups and one fumble recovery as a senior ... first team all-district selection also named the team's most valuable player ... four-year football, basketball, baseball and track and field letterwinner ... parents are Magdaline Funderburk and Charles Pauldo ... born on July 5, 1991, Steven Funderburk intends to study education.
Junior College: Defensive tackle for head coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College ... collected 43 tackles with 4.5 sacks (38 yards) and nine tackles for loss in 2012 ... earned second team all-conference honors ... team went 12-0 and won the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association nationalchampionship ... posted 42 tackles, three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2011... team went 9-2 and won the Graphic Edge Bowl ... redshirted in 2010 ... teammate and linebacker Steven Funderburk also a member of the signing class.
Prep/Personal: Defensive tackle for head coach Tom Olson at Norfolk (Neb.) High School ... two-year football and four-year wrestling letterwinner ... parents are Rick and Ann Heiderman ... born on Sept. 3, 1991, Jordan Heiderman intends to study sport marketing and management.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Bill Castle at Lakeland High School ... finished his career with 325 tackles ... made 121 tackles, three sacks, 32 tackles for loss, two interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior ... first team all-state selection and two-time all-county selection ... Top 16 player in Polk County and Bright House Top 30 player ... rated the No. 53 inside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com ... also lettered in weight lifting ... mother is Pamala Willis ... Timothy B Simmons was born on Oct. 24, 1994.
DB | 5-10 | 205 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Ben Davis H.S.
Prep/Personal: Safety for head coach Mike Kirschner at Ben Davis High School ... played in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... first Indiana student-athlete to ever participate in the game ... won the push-up contest with 76 in one minute ... collected 74 tackles, two tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State as a junior and senior ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and All-State as a junior and senior ... selected to the 2012 Indianapolis Star Super Team and named Position Award winner (defensive back) ... two-time all-conference selection ... finished his career with 241 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, four tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery... rated the No. 5 prospect in Indiana and the No. 231 prospect overall by Rivals.com ... rated the No. 19 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... high school teammate of IU redshirt freshman wide receiver Caleb Cornett ... three-year letterwinner ... parents are Antonio and Althenia Allen ... born on Nov. 19, 1994, Antonio Lee Allen, Jr., intends to study business.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Chad Zolman at Homestead High School ... finished his career with school records in receptions (119), yardage (2,453) and touchdowns (37) ... set school single-season marks in points scored (162) and receiving TDs (22) ... owns school single-game records for most scores (six), most points (36) and most receiving touchdowns (five) ... also has the longest punt return TD (80 yards) ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State and Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... honorable mention Associated Press All-State as a junior ... two-time all-area and All-Northeast Conference selection ... team won four conference championships ... rated the No. 12 prospect in Indiana by ESPN.com ... first commitment in the 2013 signing class ... four-year football letterwinner ... parents are Kim and Shannon and Kim Griffith ... Shannon is the head football coach at Division IIIManchester (Ind.) College ... born on July 31, 1994, Isaac William Griffith intends to study sport marketing and management.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Rick Finotti at St. Edward High School ... made 35 catches for 520 yards (14.9) and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... returned four kickoffs and one punt for scores ... All-Ohio selection and special teams athlete of the year ... holds school records for the most career receiving TDs (14), most receiving touchdowns in a game (three) and the longest kick return score (99 yards, twice) ... three-year football and three-year track and field letterwinner ... All-American sprinter in four events ... won 10 state titles in Ohio ... owns Ohio's indoor state records in the 60 meters (6.80 seconds) and 200 meters (21.34) ... led team to indoor and outdoor track and field state team titles in 2012 ... three-year honor roll student ... parents are Michael and Jackie Young ... born on July 19, 1994, Anthony Young intends to study special education.
Prep/Personal: Tight end for head coach John Rodenberg at Moeller High School ... caught 14 passes for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a senior ... team won the state championship for the first time in 27 years and the eighth time in school history ... Moeller also has five national championships ... ranked the No. 41 tight end nationally by ESPN.com ... three-year football letterwinner also played basketball ... honors student ... parents are Norbert and Karen Jansen ... born on Dec. 22, 1994, Evan Jansen intends to study pre-medicine.
ATH | 6-0 | 215 | Miami, Fla. | Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory
Prep/Personal: Running back for head coach Tim Tyrell at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory ... rushed for 852 yards on 75 carries (11.4 average) with 14 touchdowns in seven games as a junior ... also added five receptions for 113 yards and one score ... a second team All-Broward County selection ... missed senior season with an injury ... rated the No. 93 running back nationally by 247Sports.com ... two-year football letterwinner ... parents are Mario and Teresa Graham ... born on Aug. 20, 1995, Myles Alexander Graham intends to study business or criminal justice.
Prep/Personal: Defensive end and offensive tackle for head coach Bob Mihalik at Aurora High School ... posted 120 tackles, 12 sacks, including one safety, 50 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups over his junior and senior seasons ... first team all-state selection as a senior ... two-time all-district and all-conference selection ... team advanced to the state semifinals in 2011 and 2012 ... also played basketball ... averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as a junior ... parents are Frank and Lynn Dougherty ... born on Sept. 3, 1994, Patrick Dougherty intends to study business.
ATH | 6-1 | 215 | Punta Gorda, Fla. | Charlotte H.S.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker and running back for head coach Binky Waldrop at Charlotte High School ... made 108 tackles, 74 solo, with two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble as a senior ... rushed for 1,938 yards with an 8.4 average and 23 touchdowns ... named the 7A District Player of the Year ... two-time all-district selection also recognized as the team's most valuable player ... holds school records for most 200-yard games (seven) and most yards in a game (299) ... rushed for 1,033 yards and a 7.4 average as a junior ... team won four district championships ... four-year football letterwinner also earned letters in track, wrestling andweight lifting ... mother is Barbara Ann Bryant ... brother, Leonard Bryant, played defensive back and lettered at IU from 2002-04 ... Clyde Newton was born on Sept. 20, 1993.
Prep/Personal: Safety and wide receiver for head coach Brett Comer at Brownsburg High School ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State and Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... team captain was selected to the 2012 Indianapolis Star Super Team ... runner-up to signee Antonio Allen for the Indianapolis Star Position Award (defensiveback) ... IFCA Top 50 and all-state and Associated Press honorable mention all-state as a junior ... two-time all-conference selection ... closed his career with 1,827 rushing yards on 183 carries (10.0 average) with 22 touchdowns ... made 54 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight scores ... added a school record 883 yards on 34 kick return yards (26.0) ... also holds single-game record with 210 kick return yards ... recorded 327 yards on 21 punt returns (15.6) with three TDs ... collected 72 tackles with one interception, one forced fumble and 15 passes defended ... rated the No. 9 prospect in Indiana and the No. 51 athlete nationally by Rivals.com ... team captured conference championships in 2011 and 2012 and ranked in the top 10 all fouryears ... four-year football and three-year basketball letterwinner ... born in Turkey and grew up in Alaska ... parents are Jim and Tammy Dutra ... Chase Michael Dutra was born on Jan. 19, 1994.
Prep/Personal: Defensive end for head coach Derek Moyers at Pike High School ... selected to the 2012 Indianapolis Star Super Team and named Position Award winner (defensive line) ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State and Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 as a senior ... IFCA All-State selection as a junior and senior ... played in the 2013 Offense-DefenseAll-American Bowl ... posted 76 tackles, nine sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, 29 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and four pass breakups as a senior ... two-time all-conference selection and Pike defensive most valuable player ... made 68 tackles, 11 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a junior ... honorable mention all-state Associated Press in 2011... rated the No. 6 prospect in Indiana, the No. 11 weak-side defensive end nationally and the No. 244 prospect overall by Rivals.com ... two-year football letterwinner ... parents are David and Kristen Kenney ... born on Feb. 6, 1995, David Khristopher Kenney intends to study biology.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker and running back for head coach Bob Jacoby at Hamilton High School ... made 135 tackles, 92 solo, with one sack, 10 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one blocked kick and one defensive touchdown in 2012 ... also rushed for 587 yards with six scores ... all-state, all-district and Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year ... two-time first team all-conference ... posted 131 stops, 88 solo, four sacks, six TFLs, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, with one INT (TD), one blocked kick and one rushing touchdown ... rated the No. 39 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com ... named to the J. Kyle Braid and Wilks Leadership teams ... three-year football, two-year basketball and two-year baseball letterwinner ... parents are Lonnie Oliver and Kimberly Gibson ... born on Feb. 8, 1995, Javier Demarcus Oliver, intends to study athletic training.
Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Chris Griffin at Flowery Branch High School ... teammate and cornerback Noel Padmore also a member of the signing class ... made 103 tackles, 12 sacks, including one safety, and 21 tackles for loss as a senior ... first team all-state and all-region selection ... named the team's most outstanding linebacker ... played in the 2012 GACA North-South All-Star Game and the 2012 East-West Metro Atlanta All-Star Game ... participated in the 2012 U.S. Army National Combine ... team won the Region 8-AAAA championship in 2011 and 2012 ... rated the No. 41 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com ... played two years of football at Flowery Branch and also lettered in track and field ... 2012 Flowery Branch Scholar-Athlete ... parents are Sean Smith and Pam Smith ... born on Nov. 18, 1994, Kristopher Bryce Smith intends to study law.
TE | 6-5 | 240 | Morris, Ill. | Morris Community H.S.
Prep/Personal: Tight end and defensive end for head coach Alan Thorson at Morris Community High School ... made 15 receptions for 283 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... added 56 tackles, 33 solo, seven sacks, three interceptions (one touchdown), one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal ... a 2012 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 5A All-State selection ... named the 2012 Herald-News Defensive Player of the Year and the 2012 Northern Illinois Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year ... two-time all-conference honoree ... team went 12-2 and advanced to the state championship game ... as a junior, recorded 18 catches for 262 yards and five TDs ... posted 34 tackles, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles ... rated the No. 24 player in Illinois by 247Sports.com and the No. 26 tight end nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football, three-year basketball and two-year track and field letterwinner ... recognized on the 2011 and 2012 Class 5A All-State Academic team ... high honor roll student ... parents are Patrick and Sherry Friend ... David Patrick Friend was born on Jan. 15, 1995.
Prep/Personal: Cornerback for head coach Chris Griffin at Flowery Branch High School ... teammate and linebacker Kris Smith also a member of the signing class ... first team all-state, all-region and all-area selection as a senior ... posted 101 tackles, five tackles for loss, four interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 17 pass breakups from 2011-12 ... named the team's outstanding defensive back as a junior and senior ... played in the 2012 East-West Metro Atlanta All-Star Game ... team captured the Region 8-AAAAA championship in 2011 and 2012 ... rated the No. 48 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com ... four-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in track and field ... parents are George and Christine Padmore ... Noel was born in Monrovia, Liberia ... born on Nov. 2, 1994, Noel Padmore intends to study communications.
DL | 6-5 | 291 | Indianapolis, Ind. | North Central H.S.
Prep/Personal: Defensive and offensive lineman for head coach Keith Shelton at North Central High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a junior and senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... selected to the 2012 Indianapolis Star Super Team ... runner-up to signee David Kenney for the Indianapolis Star Position Award (defensive line) ... nominated for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... made 62 tackles with eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 2012 ... two-time first team all-conference and All-Marion County selection ... team captain as a senior and the defensive lineman of the year his final two seasons ... posted 42 stops with 4.5 sacks and six TFLs as a junior ... added 37 tackles with three sacks and four tackles for loss as a sophomore ... rated the No. 3 prospect in Indiana and the No. 160 prospect nationally by 247Sports.com ... rated the No. 14 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 239 prospect overall by Rivals.com ... four-year football and basketball letterwinner ... teammate of IU redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson in youth football league ... started all four seasons he has played basketball ... currently averaging 16 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists ... team's most valuable player was selected to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine North/South All-Star team as a junior ... North Central won the state championship his freshman season ... parents are Cori Latham and David Turner ... born on Nov. 9, 1994, Darius Kyree Latham intends to study sport marketing and management.
DL | 6-2 | 315 | New Iberia, La. | Arizona Western C.C.
2012 (Sophomore): Defensive lineman for head coach Tom Minnick at Arizona Western Community College ... ranked third on the team with 44 tackles and added three tackles for loss ... first team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference selection ... second team All-Western States Football League honoree ... team won the El Toro Bowl and conference championship.
2011 (Freshman): Defensive tackle at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas ... played in three games and made seven tackles with two tackles for loss.
Prep/Personal: Defensive tackle for head coach Greg Alexander at Alief Hastings High School in Houston ... named Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year ... four-year football and two-year basketball letterwinner ... uncle is Larry Johnson ... Christopher Cormier was born on Sept. 6, 1991.
DB | 5-10 | 165 | Atlanta, Ga. | Our Lady of Mercy H.S.
Prep/Personal: Athlete for head coach Mike Earwood at Our Lady of Mercy High School ... three-time all-state, all-region and all-county selection ... named the team's offensive and special teams player of the year twice ... played in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... rushed for 614 yards on 33 rushes (18.6 average) with five touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 303 yards on 21 receptions with five scores ... added a pair of kick return and punt return TDs ... made 36 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass breakups at cornerback ... carried the ball 33 times for 543 yards (16.5 average) and nine touchdowns as a junior ... brought in 21 balls for 361 yards and four scores ... returned one kick and two punts for TDs ... collected 41 tackles with one INT touchdown return ... compiled 826 rushing yards and 11 scores to go along with 24 catches for 461 yards and six TDs as a sophomore ... posted five kick return and six punt return touchdowns ... rated the No. 14 athlete nationally, the No. 16 prospect in Georgia and the No. 147 prospect overall by ESPN.com ... four-year football, three-yearbasketball and one-year track and field letterwinner ... starting point guard since freshman season ... holds school record for most career touchdowns (63) and all-purpose yards ... posted a school record 4.37 40-yard dash time ... parents are Randy Fant and Donna Wilson-Fant ... born on Jan. 8, 1995, Rashard Ahmad Fant intends to study business.
Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman for head coach Lynn Kendall at Troup High School ... two-year all-state selection ... made 65 tackles with seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 33 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one fumble return TD as a senior ... all-region honoree played in the Georgia vs. Florida Bowl ... three-year captain named the team's most valuable defensive lineman ... 43 tackles, eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss as a junior ... played in the 2011 Rising Senior Bowl ... rated the No. 56 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com ... four year football lettterwinner ... parents are Maurice Swain and Shani Garrett ... born on July 25, 1995, Maurice T. Swain intends to study business or graphic design.
ATH | 6-0 | 185 | Staten Island, N.Y. | Xaverian H.S.
Prep/Personal: Running back for head coach Joe DeSiena at Xaverian High School ... rushed for 1,700 yards with 16 touchdowns and added four receiving scores over his junior and senior seasons ... two-time all-borough, all-city and all-conference honoree ... a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selection ... rated the No. 2 prospect in New York and the No. 12 all-purpose back nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year football letterwinner also runs track ... currently owns the fastest indoor 300m time nationally and the second-fastest indoor 200m and 400m time nationally ... two-time high school All-American sprinter on the track ... placed third at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics in the 400m ... two-time, top-five finisher at New York state championships ... took eighth at the New Balance High School Indoor National meet in the 200 ... has run 10.43 in the 100m, 21.4 in the 200m, 47.3 in the 400m and 6.55 in the 55m ... parents are Lawrence Smith and Sandra Burnett ... born on Oct. 31, 1994, Laray Smith intends to study communications.
Prep/Personal: Running back for head coach Chris Merritt at Christopher Columbus High School ... rushed 111 times for 1,208 yards (10.9 average) with 14 touchdowns as a senior ... first team All-Dade County selection ... team earned regional championship in 2011 and 2012 ... collected 526 yards on 44 rushes with eight TDs as a junior ... rated the No. 8 all-purpose back nationally by Rivals.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are Daryl Chestnut and Alva Strachan ... born on Dec. 31, 1994, Daryl Chestnut intends to study communications.