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Florida offensive lineman Gregory Lewis signed the 21st and final letter of intent for Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class. IU’s official release follows. We’ll have more at 2 p.m. when Kevin Wilson holds his press conference.
HOOSIERS INTRODUCE 2011 FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Twenty-one student-athletes will continue their football playing careers at Indiana University, head coach Kevin Wilson announced on Wednesday. Wilson’s first recruiting class includes the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football award winner in addition to one four-star recruit and 16 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.
Seven players in the class reside from Indiana, seven from Ohio, three from Florida, one each from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. The Hoosiers signed 12 players on the defensive side and nine on the offensive side of the ball. Indiana added four defensive linemen, three linebackers, three cornerbacks and two safeties. IU also welcomed four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, one quarterback and one running back for the incoming class of 2011.
“There is good balance on both sides of the ball in this class,” Wilson said. “We got a good mix of guys up front and skill guys. Our staff did a great job getting in on some guys late in the game. There is great athleticism and potential in this group. We brought in help in the secondary and up front across the board, and we are excited to get to work with these guys.”
Indiana announced earlier that today’s 6:30 p.m. game with Minnesota is still a go.
The release follows:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The men’s basketball game between Indiana University and the University of Minnesota scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Assembly Hall this evening will be played as scheduled. The University will resume its class schedule today at 1 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to leave early and take precautions when travelling to Assembly Hall. The forecast for today shows just a 10 percent chance of further precipitation.
Up to the moment, Indiana has received letters of intent from 16 of its recruits and most of them were expected, but there was one pleasant surprise. Shane Wynn, a slot receiver from Glenville Academic Campus in Cleveland, signed a letter of intent with the Hoosiers despite interest from some heavy hitters.
The 5-foot-6, 147-pounder with 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash had scholarship offers at least at some point from Illinois, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Toledo, Southern California and West Virginia.
So far, the other recruits who have signed are defensive backs Michael Hunter, Nick Stoner, Mark Murphy, Forisse Hardin and Kenny Mullens, wide receivers Jay McCants and Cody Latimer, offensive linemen Ralston Evans (spring enrollee) and David Kaminski, tight end Jake Reed, defensive linemen Bobby Richardson, Adarius Rayner, and Bernard Taylor and linebackers Mike Replogle and Kyle Kennedy.
Former Indiana standout quarterback Antwaan Randle El will have a shot at earning a second Super Bowl ring this Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV outside Dallas.
Randle El played at IU from 1998-2001 and earned first team All-American accolades in 2001 when he also was named the Big Ten’s MVP.
He threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to hep the Steelers clinch a 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
Chris Yandek sat down with Randle El for an in-depth interview about the Super Bowl, the future of the NFL and much more for cyinterview.com. You can read a transcript and listen here.
Tom Crean disseminated the news before anyone could ask, seemingly stunned that he had to give out news like this yet again.
“Our road to getting better and our path on how we’re going to get there with the people we have took another hit,” he said. “We’ll be without Christian Watford indefinitely. He had surgery today on his left hand. He broke a bone in his hand, so he’ll be out indefinitely.”
Crean said junior guard Verdell Jones is still in a “day-to-day” situation with knee inflammation. Add to that the stress fracture in the right knee of Maurice Creek that ended the sophomore guard’s season and the Hoosiers have lost three opening day starters in the span of just over two weeks.
Watford’s loss may be the most devastating. He leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 17.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and was coming off a particularly strong week, scoring 67 points in the last three games. He scored 21 points in the Hoosiers’ overtime loss to Michigan State, but he also broke the hand in the scrum for a ball on the floor. He was wearing a brace on the hand afterward. (more…)
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