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Hoosiers land Jibreel Black

[4:20 p.m. UPDATE]

Jibreel Black is honest, confident and ready to win.

“(Indiana) is the perfect opportunity for me to make a difference,” Black said during a phone conversation. “For me to be a groundbreaker at Indiana University.”

Black will likely play defensive end for the Hoosiers, and, with the loss of Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton after next season, expects to see playing time early.

But Black (6-foot-2.5, 265 pounds) seems to also see himself as the player who can move mountains — like making Indiana football a winner.

“I am ready to come in, have a winning attitude and win some games,” Black said. “I don’t care about the history of the school. It’s about now. … And hopefully, we’re going to win some championships.

“Hopefully, I can be the one that sets it where other recruits aren’t going to be ashamed to come here. I can be that spark.”

Indiana assistant coach Mike Yeager, Black’s lead recruiter, told Black earlier Monday that he will make a difference at Indiana.

“I can be the Michael Vick of Indiana University,” Black said.

Black was also considering Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky.

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Jibreel Black, considered by Scout.com the 16th best defensive tackle in the 2010 class, committed to Indiana today. Rivals.com ranks him the No. 23 strongside defensive end in the class.

Black is the younger brother of current Hoosier Larry Black.

More on this story in a bit.


IU vs. UK could go back to neutral sites

Kentucky coach John Calipari met with the assembled Kentucky media today to talk about his first 90 days on the job. It’s been a hectic 90 days, many of them controversial.

But he also mentioned something of interest to Indiana, Louisville Courier-Journal UK reporter Brett Dawson said.

Also reiterated that he’s talked to Indiana coach Tom Crean about moving the Kentucky-Indiana series back to a rotation of Indianapolis-Louisville.

What do all of you think? Do you like things as they are, or would you prefer to see games played in Lucas Oil Stadium?


Price and Zachery representing USA

A post from football correspondent Mike P….

Since I have seen no coverage from the HT guys, I guess I will put some stuff up real quick. The IFAF (International Federation of American Football) Junior World Championships are going on in Canton Ohio right now.

Playing for Team USA iare Indiana recruits Aaron Price (OL) and Nick Zachery (S). As an OL it is hard to get a stat line, but I know Price had a few massive pancake blocks as team USA racked up 610 yards (405 rushing) over team France.

Nick Zachery had 1 punt return for 49 yards and recorded 2 tackles from his Safety position as Team USA held France to a microscopic total of 7 yards (yes 7, 38 passing & -31 rushing) on 47 total plays. That is .15 yards per play.

Team USA beat France 78-0 in front of more than 10,000 people.

Round 2 is played Wednesday with Team USA taking on Mexico at 7:00pm EST. There is live online streaming, just look on USA Football dot com.


The new Inside the Hall

The Scoop is fond of the new design over at Inside the Hall.

(I bet you didn’t even realize that the Scoop had feelings about other blogs. Or feelings at all. Well, it does.)

Anyway, the organization has improved and we like the overall feel after a few days of using it.

Thoughts?


Phegley signs with White Sox

The Chicago White Sox came to terms with former Indiana catcher Josh Phegley Saturday.

Phegley, who hit .344 with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs as a junior with the Hoosiers this year, was the 38th overall pick in the MLB draft earlier this month. Phegley was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

“We got a catcher we really like at the sandwich pick, a strong offensive catcher. It was an area where we needed some help, some depth,” White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann was quoted as saying on the White Sox’s official Web sie.

Of the six picks signed by the White Sox Saturday, Phegley is the only one targeted for Class-A Kannapolis.


Hoosiers get verbal from Ohio DE

The Indiana football team has received its sixth verbal committment for the class of 2010.

Ryan Phillis, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end who will play at Boardman High School (south of Youngstown), has informed the Hoosiers coaching staff that he plans to sign a letter of intent in February.

He was offered a scholarship on Tuesday of this week and did not wait long to make his decision.

“It was just the right place,” he said. “I loved it, and I love the Big ten.”

Bobby Johnson was the lead recruiter on Phillis.

Here’s a link to his Rivals.com profile. Haven’t been able to locate his Scout.com profile.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.


SI on scholarships

An interesting piece from Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, in light of some of the conversation we’ve had here recently.

Here’s one of the main points of the story. It comes from Michigan coach John Belein, who is chairing an ethics committee for the coaches.

“Awarding scholarships when you don’t have them is not the direction I think most coaches go in,” Beilein said. “I think we have to take a long look at that. It’s one thing if a kid leaves and you sign somebody else. I think we have a whole different issue when you sign people and people haven’t left yet. That sends a bad message.”

Tom Crean, of course, did this when he took six letters-of-intent last season and only had five scholarships to give. But he was also the leader of a program facing a complete rebuilding process unlike anything seen before in a major program. That much has been acknowledged here dozens of times. It wasn’t a regular situation. And I don’t think it will be a regular situation at Indiana anytime soon.

But this is a good read on the scholarship issue, and it points out why some parents out there are confounded by the vagaries of recruiting — and rightfully so.


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