Indiana adds two defensive linemen to 2011 class

Indiana is set at defensive tackle for a few years to come with rising sophomores Adam Replogle and Larry Black, Jr., but this week, the Hoosiers added a pair of players who could eventually serve as their replacements.

Shafer Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 300-pounder from Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Mich., committed this week along with Donte Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 255-pounder from Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisc.

Phillips’s coach Dave Keel said Phillips will likely bulk up to around 270 before he leaves high school and could be used as either a defensive tackle or a larger defensive end, especially in a 3-4 formation. Keel said he’s very good against the run.

“He disrupts everything inside,” Keel said. “Teams had a difficult time running inside against us because he’s an outstanding run stopper. He has the athleicism to get to the quarterback and he’s very able to control the A gap or B gap depending on what defense we’re in control.”

Phillips had an offer from North Dakota State, Keel said, and had visited Michigan.

After his sophomore year at another school, Johnson wasn’t even sure if he would have a chance to start as a junior. However, he transferred to Southfield Christian, lost about 30 pounds, cut .7 seconds off his 40-yard dash time and became an all-state defensive tackle. According to Harold Macks, Southfield’s defensive line coach last year who has been promoted to head coach, Johnson recorded 24 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks, last season.

“He terrorizes offenses,” Macks said. “At the high school level, he demands a double and triple-team.”

Phillips and Johnson are the 10th and 11th verbal commitments for the 2011 class.


  1. A 300 lb. All Stater in Johnson and and a guy who can play across the DL in Phillips. Hep believed in identifying good trench personnel and Coach Lynch is expanding on it.

  2. These two players look great! However, IU needs to recruit the Juniors and Seniors at USC and put them on the field for IU in Sept 2010. What a great opportunity! Let’s not miss it

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