Indiana got two more verbal commitments at the spring game from Ralston Evans, a 6-foot-4, 265 pound offensive lineman from Arlington High School, and Kyle Kennedy, a 6-3, 200-pound linebacker from Cathedral. More on this tomorrow.
Florida Today is reporting that Florida Air Academy forward Will Yeguete has ruled Indiana out as prospective college choice and has narrowed his options to Florida and Georgia Tech. The Hoosiers had been pursuing the 6-foot-7, 210-pounder since January.
Ben Chappell’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Charles Love III with 3:50 to go gave the Crimson team a 17-10 win over the Cream in Indiana’s Cream vs. Crimson game.
There was some controversy on the play. Chappell appeared to have been touched by a Cream defender before he let the ball go. Quarterbacks aren’t allowed to be hit in spring practice at Indiana, so they all it takes for a quarterback to be ruled down is contact.
“I don’t know,” Chappell said with a laugh. “We’ll have to see it on film. I say no. But I don’t know. We’ll see. … It’s hard telling.”
Indiana coach Bill Lynch wasn’t picking a side either. (more…)
Zack Shaw, a linebacker from Coshocton (Ohio) High School, verbally committed to Indiana on Friday according to his coach Marty Argenbright.
“He sent me a message yesterday,” Argenbright said. “… We’re very excited for him. We’ve never had a player go to the Big Ten.”
Of course, Argenbright has also never had a player like Shaw. He set school single season school records in both tackles and interceptions as a junior, grabbing eight picks to help Coschocton advance to the Division 4 state semifinals.
Argenbright said Shaw was used as an inside linebacker in Coshocton’s 4-4 system. at 6-4, 218 pounds, he showed the necessary size and athleticism, but Argenbright said his biggest improvement this season was becoming tougher.
“We stuck him in the middle because he’s really good at going sideline to sideline,” Argenbright said. “He really covers the field and gets to the ball really well. But where he’s gotten a lot better is the stuff coming right at him between the tackles.”
According to Argenbright, Shaw had offers from Toledo, Akron, Kent State and Ball State and was starting to receive attention from other Big Ten schools.
The prospect of Rodger Saffold being taken in the first round of next week’s NFL Draft is a possibility that appears to be getting more likely by the day.
CBSsports.com has four mock drafts on its website. Saffold is in the first round of three of them. One has him going No. 26 overall to Arizona, another at No. 27 to Dallas and a third to the Colts at No. 31. Various other internet mock drafts have him going somewhere in that area as well.
Saffold’s camp is becoming increasingly confident that he will go that high. He’s apparently done well in workouts and interviews since the combine. He worked out with coaches from Kansas City, Seattle, Cincinnati, and St. Louis at his pro day and visited Washington and Pittsburgh. The meetings often don’t mean much, but it’s clear interest has been high.
Defensive end Jammie Kirlew still appears to have a chance to be a late round pick. He’s had meetings with the Denver Broncos and at least one other team since pro day.
The draft begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The second and third rounds are Friday and rounds 4-7 are on Saturday.
Simone Deloach, a 6-foot-3 post from Round Rock, Texas, has signed to play for Indiana and coach Felisha Legette-Jack beginning this fall. For proof, see this photo gallery.
The Hoosiers could sign up to two more players this spring.
8 P.M. UPDATE
Just got off the phone with Deloach’s high school coach, Anthony Robinson. He said a torn ACL to her right knee as a sophomore put her under the radar in terms of recruiting, but Deloach really came on the last half of her junior year and her senior year.
“She’s a shot-blocker, 6-3 and very mobile for big girl, can get up and down the court,” Robinson said. “An excellent inside shooter with nice touch on her shot.
“It got to the point where she was a beast in the lane her senior year.”
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