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
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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