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Tom Crean tweeted earlier in the evening that he was in Detroit with Bennie Seltzer and Steve McClain and reports surfaced last evening that he was there to see Sherron-Dorsey Walker, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Detroit’s Pershing High School. Rated the No. 74 player in the Class of 2012, Dorsey-Walker has scholarship offers from Baylor, Central Michigan, Dayton, Drake, Fairfield, Oakland and Western Michigan according to Rivals.com.
Indiana hasn’t employed the wildcat formation it used last year with Mitchell Evans as the trigger man this season. The reason, Lynch said, is because it would mean taking out the man who is arguably the team’s best player.
“If we go to the wildcat, we’re taking Ben Chappell out of the game,” Lynch said in response to a caller on his weekly radio show Monday night. “Right now, Ben’s playing pretty well. It’s a little bit like, they Colts could go to the wildcat, but that would mean taking Peyton (Manning) off the field. He has a way of making plays himself. I’m sure at some point, you’ll see us pull it out in a situation where we need it. We have two outstanding candidates in Dusty Kiel and Ed Wright-Baker.”
Chappell, obviously, isn’t nearly as fast as those two, and he wasn’t as fast as Evans, who moved to safety after playing receiver and wildcat quarterback. Even last year, though, the Hoosiers waited a few games to debut the wildcat formation, and that may be the case again this year.
“I like what we’re doing offensively, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t pull it out,” Lynch said. “I certainly wouldn’t share with you when we’re going to do it in case our opponents (might be listening.) But we certainly have two guys we think could do a good job with it in Dusty and Ed.”
The chatter going around that Jeremy Hollowell was looking to commit soon to either Ohio State or Indiana wasn’t just rumor. The Lawrence Central junior swingman said Monday that there was a time that he was close to pulling the trigger.
But not anymore.
“At one point I was about to,” Hollowell said. “But then I backed off it. I realize now I should wait, so I’m going to wait.”
“I’m not really focusing on it right now and just trying to get better, focusing on the season,” Hollowell said. “I think I’m going to take my time and wait until next year.”
Hollowell said that Indiana and Ohio State are not the only schools he’s considering. He’s also hearing from Purdue, Illinois, Xavier, Cincinnati, Iowa, Wake Forest, Florida, Oregon and Louisville.
But Indiana and Ohio State are obviously still among his favorites. Hollowell visited Ohio State on Sept. 11 for the Buckeyes’ football game against Miami. He was in Bloomington on Saturday for a brief unofficial visit, and he will make another unofficial on Oct. 2 for the IU-Michigan football game. He said this latest visit was brief. He went down with his mother, who met with several of Indiana’s academic staff.
Hollowell said Indiana coach Tom Crean has been using the rest of the 2012 class in Indiana as a recruiting tool. The Hoosiers already have a commitment from one in-state player in the class in Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson, one of Hollowell’s close friends. They also have a commitment from Peter Jurkin, who is a native of Sudan and played high school basketball in North Carolina last season, but plays for the Indiana Elite summer travel team.
The Hoosiers are also recruiting several other in-state stars for the Class of 2012, including Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell, Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris, North Central guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and LaPorte Lumiere forward Hanner Perea.
“He was just talking about how good our class could be that could come that year,” Hollowell said. “He was talking about having the No. 1 recruiting class, things like that. Competing against those guys right now, we go at each other pretty hard. Imagine playing together on the same team. It would be a real cool experience to go to a school where you know a lot of players. Team chemistry would already be really good.”
Bill Lynch wasn’t pointing fingers as individuals — because as part of his core philosophy on life, he never does — but the one part of Indiana’s game that he stressed needed to improve from its first two contests is the running game.
The Hoosiers have been brilliant through the air, as evidenced by senior quarterback Ben Chappell’s 366-yard, three-touchdown performance on Saturday, which led to his selection as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. However, they were not dominant in running game in either of their first two victories. Sophomore tailback Darius Willis had 102 yards on 14 carries against Towson, but 49 of those came on one play. Against Western Kentucky, the Hoosiers finished with 100 yards on 31 carries, just 3.2 per tote. Wills had just 30 yards on 13 carries, a 2.3 average.
“We have to continue to run the football better,” Lynch said. “That is something that is vital. There are times in games when you have to run the ball when they know you’re going to run the ball, that’s when you have to be good at it. It’s not just a matter of taking what the defense gives you. If they’re going to play a lot of coverage then you’re going to run the ball. There are times in every game when the really good football teams can will their way to run the football.”
It obviously doesn’t bode well that the Hoosiers were not able to exert such will against a Football Championship Subdivision team and another squad that just moved up from the FCS and has lost 23 straight games. (more…)
Jason Knight, former Broad Ripple forward Robert Goff’s advisor and former AAU coach, confirmed a Scout.com report that the Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College sophomore has verbally committed to Oklahoma over a scholarship offer from Indiana among others.
Knight said Goff committed to Oklahoma on Sunday evening. He had taken an official visit there on Sept. 11 for the Florida State-Oklahoma game and had taken an official visit to Wichita State this past weekend. Goff had taken an unofficial visit to Indiana this summer and was scheduled to take another visit to Bloomington on Oct. 2, but decided he was comfortable making the decision.
“He’s very familiar with the program,” Knight said. “He’s been there before unofficially. He took the official a few weeks ago, and in the end, the biggest factor was that he was really comfortable with the school and especially the coaching staff and coach (Jeff) Capel. I think he feels that this gives him the best opportunity to reach the goals he has.” (more…)
Indiana’s home game against Michigan will be played at 3:30 p.m. and televised on ESPNU, the Big Ten announced on Monday.
Indiana senior quarterback Ben Chappell was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another in the Hoosiers’ 38-21 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday.
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