Kates, Simpson up in the air for signing day

Indiana may not be in the running for any five-star blue chips, but that’s not to say that signing day will be without intrigue in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers’ incoming class could include anywhere from 24 to 26 players, depending on the signing day decisions of two players who could be among the stars of the class.

Cornerback Andre Kates, a three-star cornerback from the ASA Institute, a junior college in Brooklyn, N.Y., verbally committed to Indiana in May. He’s never formally decomitted from the Hoosiers, but he got a lot more attention after winning Junior College Player of the Year honors from Triumphant Sports. He took visits to Oklahoma State and Miami in the last two months, and said Tuesday that he will chose between those schools, New Mexico and Indiana at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning on recruiting guru Tom Lemming’s signing day show on CSTV.

“I’m going to leave it for tomorrow,” Kates said by phone Tuesday. “It may be Indiana, you’ll see tomorrow.”

Kates, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, is the highest rated player in IU’s class at the moment. The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder has run a 4.41 second 40-yard dash according to Rivals, and could bolster an IU secondary that struggled mightily toward the end of the season.

The Hoosiers will also be awaiting word on the decision of Miles Simpson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound running back from Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky. Simpson also a three-star recruit, rushed for 2,221 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior after registering 2,309 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. Simpson is also considering Illinois and Kentucky and will make his decision in a news conference at his high school at 8:30 a.m. today.
The Hoosiers’ recruiting class, as per usual, isn’t drawing much praise from national recruiting websites. IU’s class ranks 89th overall in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and last in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are expecting to sign 11 three-star recruits (counting Kates but not Simpson) but the rest are two-star signees.

Andre Kates,  Defensive Back, 5-11, 197, ASA Junior College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Miles Simpson, Running Back, 6-2, 195, Simon Kenton H.S., Independence, Ky.
Junior College Transfers Already Signed
Lenyatta Kiles, Defensive Back, 6-0, 190, Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, Calif.
Jeff Thomas, Linebacker, 6-1, 240, Foothill Community College, Los Altos, Calif.
Verbally Committed/Expected To Sign
Pete Bachman, Defensive End, 6-5, 245, Elder H.S., Cincinnati, Ohio
Antonio Banks, Running Back, 5-11, 210, Middletown H.S., Middletown, Ohio
Cameron Cole, Defensive Back, 5-11, 175, La Salle H.S., Cincinnati, Ohio
Jack Denton, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Zionsville H.S., Zionsville, Ohio
Cody Evers, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 317, Little Chute H.S., Appleton, Wisc.
Drew Hardin, Defensive Backs, 6-0, 191, Ballard H.S., Louisville, Ky.
Marlandez Harris, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 255, Sacred Heart Griffin H.S., Springfield, Ill.
Leneil Himes, Tight End, 6-3, 245, Plymouth West H.S., Plymouth, Ind.
Chase Hoobler, Linebacker, 6-3 ,225, Orrville H.S., Orrville, Ohio
Kofi Hughes, Athlete, 6-2 ,200, Cathedral H.S., Indianapolis, Ind.
Bill Ivan, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 260, Charlevoiox H.S., Charlevoix, Mich.
Shaquille Jefferson, Defensive Back, 6-0, 180, Lexington H.S., Lexington, Ohio
Tim O’Conner, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 190, Elder H.S. Cincinnati, Ohio
Matt Perez Running Back 5-11 200 Maine South, H.S. Park Ridge, Ill.
Paul Phillips Tight End 6-5 225 Georgetown Prep Bethesda, Md.
Ryan Phillis Defensive End 6-3 235 Boardman H.S. Boardman, Ohio
Harrison Scott Defensive End 6-3 248 New Albany H.S. New Albany, Ohio
Ishmaiel Thomas Linebacker 6-4 210 Renaissance H.S. Detroit, Mich.
Xavier Whitaker Running Back 6-3 195 Brookfield, Wisc.
Brian Williams Defensive Back 6-1 195 Suwannee, Ga.
Logan Young Wide Receiver 6-5 190 Muncie, Ind.
Matt Zakrzewski Linebacker 6-3 220 Travers City, Mich.


  1. Our class is also ranked 56th nationally by Scout. Rivals’ national rankings seem to be messed up this year (and I’m not just talking about where IU is ranked).

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