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Indiana gets commitment from RB

Matt Perez, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Park Ridge, Ill. became the ninth player to verbally commit to Indiana’s class of 2010.

He notified the coaching staff of his intentions Wednesday.

Perez’s coach, David Inserra, had no trouble describing his back.

“I think Indiana pegged him with a 4.55 forty (yard dash),” Inserra said. “He is strong, explosive, has great vision and balance and is very quick.”

Inserra said Perez made huge runs and receptions as the team’s featured back in their spread offense, and was a great kick returner. Perez recorded more than 2,600 all-purpose yards with 31 touchdowns in his junior campaign.

Perez and his Maine South team went an undefeated 14-0 on their way to an Illinois Class 8A State Championship, the state’s largest class. In said title game, Perez ran for 119 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns.

Inserra said Perez always performed well in big games.

“I don’t know if I ever saw him tackled by one guy,” he said. “He had a ton of yards after contact. And he was a guy our seniors really looked to. They were always yelling ‘We got Perez.’ That gave them and the whole team a lot of confidence.”

Neither Rivals.com nor Scout.com rank him, though both have profiles in their system.

We hope to get in contact with Perez shortly, so still more to come on this most recent verbal commitment for coach Bill Lynch’s staff.


IU baseball adds pitcher

From IU media relations:

The Indiana baseball team has added a righthanded pitcher to its incoming 2009 class, as Alex Herz (Boulder, Colo.) signed on to join the Hoosiers, head coach Tracy Smith announced today. The 6-foot-7 hurler will come to Bloomington after a solid senior campaign at Boulder High School.

“Alex is going to be fun to work with in our program,” head coach Tracy Smith said. “He is a smart kid with a solid work ethic. You take those ingredients and match them with a projectable body, and the sky is the limit for a pitcher like him. We are very much looking forward to Alex wearing the Hoosier uniform.”

Herz was the team MVP for Boulder in 2009 as he led the team to the state playoffs for the first time in five years. On the mound, Herz went 2-1 with a 2.32 ERA, a .216 batting average against and over a strikeout per inning. He also was a standout at the plate, hitting .439 with four home runs on the
year.

Herz, who also served as team captain for Boulder, was named first team all-region and earned a spot in the league all-star game. The righthander played four years of baseball at Boulder, earning two letters, and also played three years of basketball for the Panthers.


Rivals has its own list … with 100 names

Oh, Rivals.com. Always have to be just a little bit bigger than Scout.com.

So when one recruiting site (Scout) released its top 75 earlier, the other (Rivals) came out with a top-100 for the class of 2011.

And the lists are different. Boy, are they different. Just look at the Indiana targets.

MARQUIS TEAGUE, INDIANAPOLIS PIKE — No. 2 overall

BRANDEN DAWNSON, GARY WALLACE — No. 26

MARSHALL PLUMLEE, ARDEN CHRIST SCHOOL (ASHEVILLE, N.C.) — No. 47

CHASSON RANDLE (ROCK ISLAND, ILL.) — No. 42

MATT CARLINO (BLOOMINGTON SOUTH) — Not ranked

AUSTIN ETHERINGTON (HAMILTON HEIGHTS) — Not ranked

CODY ZELLER (WASHINGTON) — Not ranked

JEREMIAH DAVIS (MUNCIE CENTRAL) — No. 76

DENG LEEK (GREENSBORO VERITAS CHRISTIAN (N.C.) — No. 71

Carlino, Etherington and Zeller were all in the Scout.com top 75. Davis and Leek were not. (more…)


Scout.com unveils 2011 Top 75

A host of Indiana prospects have been labeled as the top-75 players in the class of 2011 by Scout.com.

MARQUIS TEAGUE, INDIANPOLIS PIKE — No. 6 overall, No. 3 point guard

BRANDEN DAWSON, GARY WALLACE — No. 26 overall, No. 6 small forward

MARSHALL PLUMLEE, ARDEN CHRIST SCHOOL (ASHEVILLE, N.C.) — No. 35 overall, No. 8 power forward

CHASSON RANDLE, ROCK ISLAND (ILL.) — No. 49 overall, No. 13 shooting guard

AUSTIN ETHERINGTON, HAMILTON HEIGHTS — No. 57 overall, No. 12 small forward

CODY ZELLER, WASHINGTON — No. 59 overall, No. 14 power forward

MATT CARLINO, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH — No. 72 overall, No. 16 shooting guard

A little surprised to see Carlino that low, and very surprised to see Etherington that high.


IU secures 8th football commitment

Marlandez Harris, an offensive lineman from Springfield, Ill, has verbally committed to Indiana.

Harris, who stands 6-foot-3.5 and weighs 265 pounds, had offers from Purdue and Louisville, as well as a host of FCS-level schools.

But after a trip to the one-day camp last week on campus, Harris was ready to commit.

“I liked the campus,” Harris said. “I want to major in business and they have a really good school in the Kelley School.”

Harris said he knew he wanted to play in the Big Ten, and the chance to play early was important to him.

The IU staff has indicated he’ll have a chance of doing that, likely at center. Harris said he’s planning on gaining 20-25 pounds before August 2010 and the start of fall camp.

“He will have no problem (gaining weight),” Sacred Heart Griffin coach Ken Leonard said. “He’ll be a 290 guy with a drop of the hat.”

Leonard said Harris started at offensive right tackle last season, because the team had a left-handed quarterback. This year, with a right-handed quarterback, Harris will play left tackle.

He also started playing on the defensive line during the eighth game of the season and was key to Sacred Heart Griffin winning the 6A state championship.


NCAA denies Sampson appeal

The NCAA still thinks former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson is guilty of committing major recruiting violations and that its original punishments were warranted. It has denied his appeal, effectively restricting him from college coaching until at least 2013.

More on this as it comes.

NCAA Appeals report


An administrative matter of possible interest

Chris Korman has been named sports editor of The Herald-Times, editor Bob Zaltsberg announced Monday.

Korman, a sports reporter and columnist at the H-T for nearly three years, will replace Doug Wilson, who resigned last month to take a job with the South Central Community Action Program.

“Chris has a combination of superb writing skill, strong reporting ability and unlimited management and leadership potential,” Zaltsberg said. “He also has a strong vision for where sports journalism needs to go in this volatile time of emerging new technologies that must be used to meet fan interests and expectations.”

Korman, 27, graduated from Penn State University in 2004. He went to work as a sports writer for the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News when he graduated, but left a little more than a year later to return to school. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2006. He also worked as an intern for Sports Illustrated before being hired by the H-T.

As sports editor, Korman will lead a staff of eight journalists in covering sports for The Herald-Times and HeraldTimesOnline.com.

Besides overseeing daily sports sections in the H-T, the sports department is responsible for the Hoosier Scoop blog on HoosiersHQ, our page devoted to IU sports on HTO; and our prep sports page and its Quick Hits blog, devoted to coverage of high school sports.


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