Official release on signing class

The official news release from IU on its 2008 signees is out. Here it is:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A total of 19 student-athletes will continue their football playing careers at Indiana University, head coach Bill Lynch announced on Wednesday. Lynch’s first recruiting class includes six players from Indiana, three from Illinois, two each from Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio and single student-athletes from Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The Hoosiers bolstered their depth at both running back and wide receiver, signing a quartet of backs and of wideouts. Indiana also strengthened itself in the trenches, as four linemen on each side of the ball signed on with IU. The Hoosiers also added one quarterback, one linebacker and one defensive back for the incoming class of 2008.

“We are very excited about this class,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “We feel like we addressed our needs and improved ourselves in areas we were hit hardest by graduation. There is no question we have improved our overall athleticism and team speed, which was a goal of ours when we started this recruiting process.”

Here is a list of Indiana’s 2008 signees:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Tyler Adetona WR 6-1 200 Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville
Larry Black Jr. DT 6-2 285 Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming
Shane Covington RB 6-1 185 Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside University
Marc Damisch OL 6-6 280 Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove
Tandon Doss WR 6-3 185 Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis
Adam Follett QB 6-4 200 Caledonia, Mich./Alma
Alex Hunt RB 6-0 205 Duluth, Ga./Buford
Kyle Kozak DL 6-4 235 Columbus, Ohio/Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy
Charles Love III WR 6-2 200 Memphis, Tenn./Trezevant
Will Matte OL 6-2 270 Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South
Mick Mentzer DT 6-4 290 Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger
Justin Pagán OL 6-5 290 Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick
Peter St. Fort DB 6-0 180 Naples, Fla./Golden Gate
Chad Sherer LB 6-0 205 Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights
Nicholas Sliger DT 6-3 275 Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern
Cortez Smith RB 5-11 190 Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical
Marquelo Suel WR 6-2 180 Fort Wayne, Ind./Harding
A.J. Thompson OL 6-2 290 Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen
Darius Willis RB 6-0 220 Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central