Highlighting the offense

With help from YouTube, here are highlights of Indiana’s class of 2010 signees on the offensive side of the football.

Kofi Hughes

Antonio Banks

Matt Perez

Xavier Whitaker

Tim O’Conner

Logan Young

Bill Ivan

No available videos for Leneil Himes, Paul Phillips or Cody Evers.

Will Andre Kates sign with Indiana?

I am watching CBS Sports TV (formerly known as CSTV). Right now, we’re watching a feature on New Mexico’s Pit. In a few, Tom Lemming (think he’ll be wearing green and gold today?) will be on, as will Andre Kates.

Kates, a JUCO cornerback, told’s John Decker a few minutes ago he’ll sign with Indiana. He was actually the first commit in the class of 2010 for Indiana, but wavered once other schools became interested.

He visited Miami last weekend and also is interested in Oklahoma State and New Mexico.

11:35 A.M. UPDATE: Still no word on Kates. Actually, not a single signing shown yet. Could be a while. Yikes. has photo of Kates in IU gear. And still no word on TV about him.

NOON UPDATE: Yeah, it does not look like this is happening. They’re switching to some high school football year in review show.

Simpson to Kentucky

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier Journal has reported that running back Miles Simpson of Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky. has chosen Kentucky over Indiana and Illinois. Simpson has rushed for over 2,200 yards and 38 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.

Indiana has already announced numerous signings, however, including those of Marlandez Harris, Matt Perez, Cameron Cole, Kofi Hughes, Paul Phillips, Cody Evers, Matt Zakrzewski, Brian Williams, Bill Ivan, Logan Young, Drew Hardin, Xavier Whitaker, Pete Bachman, Tim O’Conner, Ishmael Thomas, Ryan Phillis, Chase Hoobler, Antonio Banks, Shaquille Jefferson, Jack Denton, Leneil Himes, and Harrison Scott.

The Hoosiers already had letters of intent from junior college signees Jeff Thomas and Lenyatta Kiles. Defensive back Andre Kates will announce his decison at 11 a.m. on Tom Lemming’s signing day show on CSTV.

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Kates, Simpson up in the air for signing day

Indiana may not be in the running for any five-star blue chips, but that’s not to say that signing day will be without intrigue in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers’ incoming class could include anywhere from 24 to 26 players, depending on the signing day decisions of two players who could be among the stars of the class.

Cornerback Andre Kates, a three-star cornerback from the ASA Institute, a junior college in Brooklyn, N.Y., verbally committed to Indiana in May. He’s never formally decomitted from the Hoosiers, but he got a lot more attention after winning Junior College Player of the Year honors from Triumphant Sports. He took visits to Oklahoma State and Miami in the last two months, and said Tuesday that he will chose between those schools, New Mexico and Indiana at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning on recruiting guru Tom Lemming’s signing day show on CSTV. (more…)

Crean: We’re not running enough

Tom Crean says he doesn’t have enough guards right now.

This may surprise the many who send the second-year coach e-mails and comment on blogs about the team’s lack of post presence, but Crean said in order for the Hoosiers to play the uptempo style he envisions he needs more perimeter players.

Through Monday, the Hoosiers ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring in all games, averaging 69.5 points per game. In conference games only, however, the Hoosiers are eighth with 61.4 points per game. That dip coincides directly, of course, with the season-ending knee injury to star freshman guard Maurice Creek. (more…)

Crean: Roth wasn’t going to play

Though sophomore guard Matt Roth dressed for the first time since breaking his foot in Puerto Rico in November, Tom Crean said Monday in the Big Ten teleconference that there was no chance he was going to play.

“Him dressing the other day was good for him, it was good for our team,” Crean said. “To have him out there. I wouldn’t have played him, even for a half-court shot, which we joked with him the night before about being in position to do that, but there’s no way we would do that until he’s totally cleared. Hopefully we’ll see more this week. Hopefully he’ll be able to be involved in practice sometime this week.”

The clock, of course, is running for Roth. Crean said earlier this season he would apply for a medical hardship if he was out until February. That’s still up for debate, Crean said. (more…)

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