IU officially announces 2011 class

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.”

Here is a list of Indiana’s 2011 signees:

Name    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Peyton Eckert    OL    6-6    295    Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect
Ralston Evans    OL    6-4    275    Indianapolis, Ind./Arlington
Forisse Hardin    S    6-1    205    Louisville, Ky./Ballard
Michael Hunter    CB    6-1    170    Monroe, La./West Monroe
David Kaminski    OL    6-4    275    Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville
Kyle Kennedy    LB    6-3    220    Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral
Cody Latimer    WR    6-3    205    Dayton, Ohio/Jefferson Township
Gregory Lewis    OL    6-5    300    Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna College Prep
Jay McCants    WR    6-4    195    Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton
Kenny Mullen    CB    5-9    170    Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers
Mark Murphy    S    6-2    205    Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary
Adarius Rayner    DL    6-2    275    Largo, Fla./Largo
Jake Reed    DL    6-4    240    Columbus, Ind./Columbus North
Mike Replogle    LB    6-1    225    Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
Bobby Richardson    DL    6-3    275    Tampa, Fla./Plant
Tre Roberson    QB    6-0    180    Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central
D’Angelo Roberts    RB    5-10    180    Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North
Zack Shaw    LB    6-3    225    Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton
Nick Stoner    CB    6-1    170    Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove
Bernard Taylor    DL    6-2    280    Detroit, Mich./Dakota
Shane Wynn    WR    5-7    165    Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Notes on Class:
* Tre Roberson earned the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football award. He is the fourth Mr. Football to attend IU since the award’s inception in 1992 and the first since Earl Haniford in 1995.
* D’Angelo Roberts set a new Monroe County record with 6,002 rushing yards in his career.
* All seven members of the class from the state of Indiana sit in the top 20 rankings by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
* Kyle Kennedy (2008, 2010), Kenny Mullen (2007, 2008, 2010) and Nick Stoner (2008) each played on state championship teams.
* Zack Shaw, a four-star recruit in the Rivals.com rankings, finished his high school career with a school-record 450 tackles and a single-season mark of 228 stops in 2009.
* Cody Latimer is the top-rated receiver in Ohio by Ohiovarsity.com.
* Ralston Evans enrolled in classes for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice.
* Mike Replogle’s brother, Adam, is a junior defensive tackle with the Hoosiers. His brother, Tyler, played linebacker at IU from 2007-10.
* Forisse Hardin’s brother, Drew, is a safety for Indiana and redshirted the 2010 season.
* Stoner finished second in the 100-meter and sixth in the 200 at the 2010 IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals.
* Kennedy was a high school teammate of Hoosier wide receiver Kofi Hughes and safety Jake Zupancic. Kenny Mullen was a high school teammate of Hoosier defensive back Lawrence Barnett.
* Mark Murphy’s father, Mark, played safety for the Green Bay Packers (1980-91) and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1998.
* Roberson’s grandfather, Larry Highbaugh, played defensive back and ran track at IU. He also spent 13 years in the Canadian Football League and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2004.
* Replogle was the first commitment to the 2011 signing class and Reed was the first to turn in his NLI this morning.

7 comments

  1. So, with these new recruits coming in, what do you think our football team will be like for next season? Does anybody really have a good idea on what we will be able to do?

  2. Dustin–Is it possible that either Raymond or Montgomery made their intentions known to Wilson prior to leaving ala how Wilson knew about Pease’s intentions? If so, do you think he hired them to get recruits, knowing full well the coaches were bouncing anyway? Why else value someone’s recruiting opinion if they are going to leave

  3. dustin,
    could you ask him if there is any room for a late recruit like demarlo belcher.

  4. “Tre Roberson grandfather was Larry Highbaugh”: Larry Highbaugh was an incredible athlete from Washington High School in Indianapolis. There, he played football and basketball (state champions) with former greats George Mc Giniss and Steve Downing.

    Highbaugh was a legend. He ran a 9.3 100 yard dash (more than once and not wind aided (at the time, the standard in world track was at 100 yds. rather than 100 meters, the Olympic distance), several 9.4s and buckets of 9.5. He was as recruited for football as he was for track, where he was easily the most heavily recruited runner in the U.S.

    If Tre has the DNA and will of his grandfather (and I’m sure his parents are no less competitive), we will enjoy great defensive backfield play over the next four years.

    The rest of the class seems to also have depth in quality. Coach Wilson also seems to be setting good standards for press conferences that go beyond hype. His thoughts on the recruits and the logic of his strategic argument as he approaches recruiting is, football wise, flawless and informative. Would be journalists would be smart to think about what he has said; it would be very instructive to those who make a religion out of following wh is a four star and a afive star in something as valuable and important as bathroom demeanor.

    It is easy to see the Miami of Ohio, Mid American, Big Ten, Coach Mallory DNA of the new coach.

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