Indiana adds two cornerbacks

After adding bulk to the defensive line last week, Indiana’s most recent additions brought speed to the secondary.

The Hoosiers received commitments from a pair of speedy cornerbacks in Nick Stoner of Center Grove High School in Greenwood and Kenny Mullen of Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne.

Stoner was the more sought after of the two. He passed on scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Toledo and Western Kentucky. He said he’d also planned on attending camps at Penn State, Ohio State and Notre Dame and was receiving recruiting interest from all three powerhouses. The 6-foot-1, 155-pounder has been clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recently finished second in the state in the 100 meters with a time of 10.72.

Stoner said he decided not to wait on scholarship offers from bigger schools because he felt comfortable at IU. The Indiana coaching staff also told him they would only be signing three defensive backs.

“I don’t know if I had the time to wait because of the number of DB”s they were taking,” he said. “They told me they were taking three and they said ‘We want that third guy to be you.’ I didn’t’ want to miss out on the opportunity. I didn’t want to wait until someone else took my spot.”

Stoner said he was comfortable with his decision, however, and didn’t feel like he was pressured into making it.

“It was the right time,” he said. “There was no point in stringing it out any longer.”

Mullen didn’t receive as much interest. Indiana was his only scholarship offer. However, he had taken visits to Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Iowa. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder was sold on Indiana in large part because of the presence of former teammate and longtime friend Lawrence Barnett, a fellow cornerback.

“We trained together since I was in the eighth grade,” Mullen said. “We had a lot of chemistry. We grew up together. I felt like we could get back on opposite sides of the field and have great success and help win games.”

8 comments

  1. Good job coach Lynch.I hope all of your hard work on the recruiting trail pays off.

  2. Bring em in Billy! Off the topic but some building is on fire next door to me….South Walnut across from the Honda Shop….

  3. Nate, If you are still reading this blog. Please get out of the building and head towards a non-burning building. Go to WEE-WILLIES for some biscuits and gravy…these things are approved by the surgeon general that’s how good they are.

    ps This blog makes me feel stupid between me having to use a calculator for your anti-spam, and needing to correct all my misspellings from the type editor. thanks

  4. These two commits are quality additions to recruits for 2010 and 2011 already in hand and reward Coach Lynch and staff for working a good plan for compiling talent. I keep defaulting to reality knowing we won’t be seeing these players in a regular game until 11 and 12 respectively. But the cupboard is stocked better than anytime I can remember.

  5. Just added a DE/OL from Illinois, C J Robbins. The oft mentioned rising total is now 15 commits for 2011.

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