Denton wants to help build up IU

Jack Denton, an athlete from Zionsville (Ind.), verbally committed to Indiana today.

He is the 15th prospect in the class of 2010 for the Hoosiers, joining Cincinnati (Ohio) cornerback Cameron Cole as one of two IU commitments to come today.

Denton said he wanted to be a part of rebuilding the Indiana football program.

“Coach (Bill) Lynch is a smart guy,” Denton said. “He knows what he is doing. He will turn IU football around. And that’s what I want IU football to do, and I want to be a huge part of it.”

Denton, who is 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, was recruited as an athlete because of his multi-position versatility.

He plays linebacker and fullback for Zionsville, so he could play linebacker or H-back for Indiana.

Denton said he is suited for the positions because there is nothing that pleases him more than hitting, especially when he can work up to a sprint before inflicting his damage.

“I want to put pain on my opponent,” Denton said.

He also had offers from Ball State and Ohio. Denton had interest from Purdue, Michigan State, Kentucky and Central Michigan, and had thought about waiting to see if one or more would offer him a scholarship.

“I went on a trip with the senior football guys and my dad and on the ride over there, I was just thinking, ‘Why do I need to wait for a school that I probably wasn’t going to pick?’ Denton said.

We’re still working on contacting Cole and hope to have more from him later.

In the meantime, here’s a highlight video for Denton.

4 comments

  1. Nicely put together video. Would have liked to seen more of him at linebacker, especially in pass coverage.

    Denton said he is suited for the positions because there is nothing that pleases him more than hitting, especially when he can work up to a sprint before inflicting his damage.

    “I want to put pain on my opponent,” Denton said.

    If he plays with this attitude, and can execute in the game, this kid could be one of my favorite players off this quote alone.

    Anymore info on Cole?

  2. Thanks CK,

    His combine numbers are pretty good. I read on ESPN.com where he holds the state record in Ohio for the longest kick off return for a TD, a 103/4-yard return against Cedar Hill, Texas, at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

    In the video (which is mostly Cedar Hill) you can see Cole (#8) in on a couple tackles, part of his TD return. There is another video of him showing the full TD run, a couple other returns (great speed) and him in coverage. He will fit in well with IU’s current defense, his high school scheme puts him in zone coverage a lot.

    Like I said, great speed, other than that, nothing about him (in the video’s I have seen) leads me to believe he is going to be a good Big Ten corner.

    My opinion.

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