BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Assistant head football coach Doug Mallory joined IUHoosiers.com to talk about the incoming defensive backs. Mallory, who is the team's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, shared his thoughts on cornerbacks Michael Hunter, Kenny Mullen and Nick Stoner and safeties Forisse Hardin and Mike Murphy.
S | 6-1| 205 | Louisville, Ky. | Ballard H.S.
Safety, linebacker and running back for head coach Mike Jackson at Ballard High School ... projects as a safety at Indiana ... 2010 all-state and all-district selection ... made 80 tackles, 63 solo, with four tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... also rushed 54 times for 351 yards and four touchdowns in addition to 24 receptions for 297 yards and two scores ... rated the No. 10 prospect in Kentucky and the No. 74 safety nationally by Scout.com ... rated the No. 11 prospect in Kentucky by Super Prep ... played strong safety as a sophomore and linebacker as a junior ... honorable mention all-state as a junior and all-district as a sophomore and junior ... picked off four passes in both sophomore and junior seasons ... also a basketball and track standout ... "A" honor roll student ... parents are Freeman and Teresa Hardin ... born on May 6, 1993, Forisse A. Hardin intends to study business ... brother, Drew, is a safety at IU and redshirted the 2010 season.
Cornerback for head coach Don Shows at West Monroe High School ... projects as a cornerback at Indiana ... member of the 2009 and 2010 All-Northeast Louisiana and all-district teams ... all-state selection as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... recorded 44 tackles, forced a pair of fumbles and recovered three fumbles in 2010 ... also picked off one pass, broke up five passes and blocked a kick ... rated the No. 81 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com ... four-year football letterwinner also lettered in basketball and track ... academic all-state selection as a senior boasts a 4.0 grade point average ... parents are Michael and Jackie Hunter ... Michael played basketball at Grambling State University and is currently the head men's basketball coach at West Monroe ... born on April 19, 1993, Michael Hunter intends to study physical therapy.
Defensive back, wide receiver and return specialist for head coach Matt Lindsay at Bishop Luers High School ... projects as a cornerback at Indiana ... high school teammate of Hoosier defensive back Lawrence Barnett ... Indiana Associated Press Class 2A All-State defensive back, Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-conference in 2010 ... Bishop Luers won the 2007, 2009 and 2010 state championships during his playing career ... finished career with 318 points and tied the school record with six special teams touchdown returns ... made 43 tackles with five tackles for loss and six passes broken up in 2010 ... caught 19 passes for 280 yards and five scores in addition to 567 yards rushing and eight TDs ... averaged 21.0 yards per punt return with three touchdowns ... rated the No. 10 prospect in Indiana and the No. 78 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... rated the No. 83 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com ... second team all-state selection recorded five interceptions and returned three for scores as a junior ... rushed for 1,163 yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with 562 receiving yards ... returned two kicks and one punt for scores ... four-year football and basketball letterwinner ... parents are Ken and Katrina Mullen ... Kenneth Charles Mullen was born on June 18, 1992.
S | 6-2| 205 | Akron, Ohio | St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S.
Safety and running back for head coach Dan Boarman at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School ... projects as a safety at Indiana ... named first team All-Northeast Ohio, second team all-state, a Summit City All-Star, an Akron Beacon Journal Top 25 All-Star and added to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Dream Team as a senior ... team's defensive most valuable player and outstanding defensive back, made a team-leading 125 tackles, 91 solo, with five tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine passes broken up ... 2009 and 2010 team captain selected to play in the Ohio North/South All-Star Game and the Big 33 All-Star Game ... rated the No. 90 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... first team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District, third team all-state and a Summit City All-Star as a junior ... recorded 84 tackles, 74 solo, to go along with three interceptions ... honored as the team's offensive MVP and most outstanding running back ... rushed 147 times for 887 yards and nine touchdowns ... also threw a TD pass, caught nine balls for 72 yards and returned kicks and punts ... 2008 special teams player of the year ... three-year football, three-year track and one-year basketball letterwinner ... state qualifier in the 2009 4x200m and the 2010 4x100m relays ... national honor society and Academic All-Ohio team member ... parents are Mark and Pam Murphy ... Mark played safety for the Green Bay Packers from 1980-91 and was enshrined into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1998 ... sister, Kara, is a senior forward on the University of Akron's women's basketball team ... born on June 18, 1992, Mark Robert Murphy intends to study mathematics.
CB | 6-1| 170 | Greenwood, Ind. | Center Grove H.S.
Defensive back and wide receiver for head coach Eric Moore at Center Grove High School ... projects as a cornerback at Indiana ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State, Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50, first team Indianapolis Star Super Team and Indiana Mr. Football at defensive back as a senior ... named All-Johnson County and All-Metro South for second straight year ... team most valuable player posted 33 tackles, nine pass breakups, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble en route to all-conference accolades ... returned one of the fumbles 26 yards for a score ... made 13 receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown and returned nine kicks for 331 yards (36.8 average), including a 96-yard TD return ... finished career with eight interceptions, 17 pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles ... rated the No. 13 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com ... rated the No. 14 prospect in Indiana and the No. 87 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... 2009 honorable mention all-state and all-conference ... led team with four interceptions and also broke up three passes with 26 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... team won the 2008 state championship and reached semistate in 2009 ... three-year football and four-year track letterwinner ... finished second in the 100-meter dash (10.82) and sixth in the 200 (21.9) at the 2010 IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals ... appeared in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (Oct. 18, 2010) ... parents are Kyle and Fawn Stoner ... born on July 27, 1992, Nicholas Christian Stoner intends to study business.