Indiana adds Ohio TE Tanner Kearns

Several recruiting websites, including, are reporting that Tanner Kearns, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end from Lexington (Ohio) High School, has given a verbal commitment to Indiana for the Class of 2012. He becomes the ninth player to commit to the Hoosiers for the class and the seventh player to commit this week.

More on this later today.


  1. Is this guy going to be an pass-catching TE, a bloching TE, or get moved to another position on the line. Does anyone know if he can run and/or does he have good hands? Just wondering if he’s a O-lineman prospect or and offensive skill player?

  2. Just heard where QB Russell Wilson will play his senior year at Wisconsin. He was All ACC at NC State and has been playing class A baseball in Asheville. He wouldn’t commit to fb so NC State let him know they were moving on. He hasn’t exactly been setting the baseball world on fire so he decided to use his final year of eligibility. Since he has graduated he can transfer and play immediately. Wisconsin obviously indicated he would be the starter or he wouldn’t have gone there.

  3. Podunker, I have to believe since Coach Wilson coaches the TE’s himself that this fellow is for catching and blocking at TE.

  4. Clarion: Yes, I just read the recent news article and that appears to be the case. If Kearns has half the potential his HS coach sais he does, it looks like a great get for Wilson. Kearns certainly has the height and upside potential for overall size.

    In this case, the injury to his HS QB last year and the team’s subsequent shift to a run-oriented offense may have kept Kearns below the radar for many BCS schools. Regardless, it seems as if Kearns is another solid get for Wilson and staff.

    It will also be interesting to see how Wilson holds on to the players that commit early and how many, if any, get lured away by other BCS schools before signing day. As we’ve learned in recent years, early commitments are worthless.

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