Wilson welcomes six new players

Six football recruits have signed financial aid agreements and will begin taking classes when the spring semester kicks off on Monday. All six were available to the media Thursday and AllHoosiers.com will have stories on each of them over the next few days. Here are a few highlights from Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson announced that six recruits had signed financial aid agreements and had been offered admission to IU.

The six included offensive linemen Delroy Baker (St. Petersburg, Fla./Admiral Farragut Academy), Tim Gardner (Indianapolis, Ind./Milford Academy), DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind./Iowa Western C.C.), quarterback Alexander Diamont (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice H.S.), tight end Jordan Fuchs (Middle Village, N.Y./Milford Academy) and wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike).

All six are on campus this week and went through student orientation Thursday. All six will begin spring semester classes on Monday.

Over the next few days, AllHoosiers.com will provide stories on each player with quotes coming out of Thursday's media availability at Memorial Stadium.

In this first installment, here are a few snippets of things that the players had to say on various topics:

JORDAN FUCHS

Fuchs was actually recruited nearly as much in basketball early on as he was in football. He didn't start playing football until his junior year in high school. One of his friends and former rivals was current IU freshman Noah Vonleh.

Fuchs was asked if he would consider trying to walk-on to the IU basketball team. The last football player to do that was James Hardy and before that, Antwaan Randle El.

"I feel like it's a possibility,'' Fuchs said. "I'm just focused on the football season right now and then after that we could just see what happens really.''

I told Fuchs that I heard he had routinely dunked on Vonleh when they played against each other. The 6-6, 230-pound future IU tight end laughed and broke into a wide grin.

"I gave him the business when we played. You can ask him,'' Fuchs said with a laugh. "He hasn't beat me yet. I played him a few times over the summer. It was fun playing against him and then coming here and seeing him. It's real funny how things work out.''

ALEXANDER DIAMONT

Diamont is a Southern California boy who admitted to being a little wide-eyed when encountering the snow in Indiana this week. He said he has done a little snowboarding back home in places like Mammoth and Big Bear in California and in Canada. But as far as actually living in the snow, this is a first.

"It's not foreign to me but definitely different,'' Diamont said.

Diamont, who said he prefers to be called Zander and not Alexander, said his key is getting up to a weight that he is comfortable playing at and then he believes he can compete for the starting job at IU. He said he thinks he could play at 175 or 180. Right now he weighs 163. His playing weight last season was 168.

"Tre and Nate are both really good quarterbacks and they both bring different things to the table,'' Diamont said. "But like said, I think I can compete with anybody. I've always had that mindset. Depending on where my weight is and where the coaches want me to play at, I think I can definitely come in and play.''

DOMINIQUE BOOTH

Another player with a basketball connection is Booth, who played basketball growing up on the same teams with Trey Lyles. In fact, Booth almost went to Tech before deciding that Pike was a better option.

Booth recalled a time when he was in the eighth grade when his team came to IU for a camp and he got dunked on by Victor Oladipo.

"Yeah that happened,'' Booth said laughing. "That's when I knew he was going to be really good. It was experiences like those going around at the age when I started thinking, ‘Man, I'm a better football player.'''

That's a taste of some of the interviews today. Again, over the next few days AllHoosiers.com will have several indepth stories on the six players who have enrolled at the semester and will begin attending IU on Monday.


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