Lynch inks a JUCO cornerback

Don’t know a whole lot about this other than what we learned from IU’s official release. Dustin and I are in transit today, but we’ll try to figure out more about this cat pronto.

Indiana head coach Bill Lynch has generally avoided the quick fix of junior college players, preferring to build the program through redshirting freshmen and developing players over five years. But Indiana is thin — think wet tissue paper — at corner and linebacker. They’ve now signed one player at each of those spots, and have a commitment from CB Andre Kates (who is visiting other schools and can’t sign until February.)

The release:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced today that Lenyatta Kiles has signed a National Letter of Intent and will enroll at Indiana University for the 2010 spring semester. Kiles is the Hoosiers’ second signee this month, joining linebacker Jeff Thomas (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Foothill Community College).

Kiles is a 6-0, 190-pound cornerback from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. He earned all-conference honors as a sophomore this season with two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 30 tackles (20 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

Cerritos finished 2009 with a 9-2 record and earned the third seed in the playoffs. As a freshman, Kiles appeared in six games and made nine tackles, along with three pass breakups, an interception and a tackle for loss.

Kiles attended Culver City (Calif.) High School and finished his senior campaign by being named an All-Ocean League pick and a first team All-CIF selection. He recorded 73 tackles and four interceptions, including a 96-yarder he took back for a score. Kiles earned three letters in football and basketball and two in track and field.

The son of Lenyatta and Linda Kiles was born on March 3, 1990, and intends to study communications.