IU adds Ben Davis WR Caleb Cornett

Indiana is hoping this wide receiver from Ben Davis High School works out as well as the last one.

Caleb Cornett, who hails from Tandon Doss’s alma mater, committed to Indiana on the spot Wednesday as soon as he knew the Hoosiers had offered. He was receiving interest from Cincinnati, Ball State, Akron, Toledo, Eastern and Western Michigan and a host of other Mid-American Conference schools, but he jumped on his offer from the Hoosiers.

“IU was just my dream school growing up,” said Cornett, whose father was a quarterback at Ben Davis and had also dreamed of playing at Indiana. “The coaches were real persuasive. They had a great facility, great coaches. It’s just a dream.”

Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner said he sees a lot of similarities between Cornett and Doss. Both stand around 6-3. Cornett weighs in at around 175 pounds, which is skinnier than Doss was in high school, but they both have similar qualities as receivers.

“He’s very hard working,” Kirschner said. “He’s very committed to being a good football player. He runs great routes. His football IQ is very high. He understands the game. When we talk about adjustments to coverages, he understands what we’re talking about. He’s a great possession receiver. He has great hands. Like Tandon Doss, he catches everything out in front. His route technique is very good. He’s a solid player. He’s not one of those that their time in the 40 is going to knock everyone’s eyes out of their heads, but he plays football faster than he runs the 40.”

Cornett hasn’t had to display the sort of versatility Doss did in high school when he often lined up at tailback, but Ben Davis is looking to work in more reverses to get him the ball in space. He caught 23 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown last season, missing two games with a shoulder injury.

Kirschner said Doss and Cornett are actually spending a lot of time working together. With the NFL locked out, Doss has spent a lot of time working out at Ben Davis. Doss was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round, but the lockout has kept him from signing a contract, and obviously, have kept teams from holding offseason team activities.

That’s given Cornett a chance to learn from one of his heroes.

“Everybody compares me to him,” Cornett said. “I want to set my own destiny, my own legacy, but I want to follow him a little bit. He’s a great player. I watched him when I was a little kid and I wanted to be like that. He’s kind of my idol.”

2 comments

  1. Congratulations Caleb and welcome to Hoosier FB. As I’m sure Mr. Doss will tell you, stay in that weight-room and gain some weight in the form of muscle. The Big Ten DBs hit hard and we want you to have a full and healthy career as a Hoosier wide receiver.

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