Recruiting Wrapup: Wide Receivers

A main focus for Indiana football recruiting in 2005 was at the skilled positions. Of the 24 recruits signed by the Hoosiers, nine of them were wide receivers and running backs.

With the loss of star wideout Courtney Roby, Indiana has a big hole to fill on the outside. Former coach DiNardo and current coach Terry Hoeppner knew the position would be key in their 2005 recruiting class at Indiana, and secured five receivers to play for the Hoosiers over the next four years. Four of the recruits initially verbally committed to coach DiNardo before reaffirming their commitment to Hoeppner, and the final wideout chose the Hoosiers in the final weekend of recruiting. Now lets break down the wideouts from the 2005 recruitment class.

Chris Banks: The Alliance, Ohio native was the second commit to Indiana for 2005 back in August. The 6'3", 175 pound wideout received All-Ohio honors in 2004, as well as All-NE Ohio, Inland District, and All-Metro Athletic Conference first team. He was a three year varsity starter, and a two year team captain for Alliance High School. Earlier in the year, Banks was clocked at a very quick 4.55 in the 40 yard dash. Banks pulled in 11 touchdowns during his senior season, averaging 35 yards per reception. He brings the big play ability that the Indiana offense has been missing in the past, and is quite a leaper with a 34 in vertical leap. Banks may redshirt his first year in an attempt to bulk up close to 180-190, but that will all depend on his offseason workout plan.

Andrew Means: Andrew Means is another receiver from the great state of Ohio, playing at Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH. Means was also an August verbal that later recommitted to Terry Hoeppner. Oddly enough, Means was being recruited by Hoeppner while at Miami, but he chose the Hoosiers. As a junior, Means led his team to a 15-0 record, and the school's first state championship. During his senior campaign, Means had 24 receptions, going for 597 yards. He was named first team All-Lorain County and All-District. Means is described by coach Terry Hoeppner as "a guy who can really run", which was shown by his 4.5 forty yard dash time. Means is also an excellent baseball player, and may play both sports at Indiana. Means received the honor of being the first new Hoosier to send in his letter of intent, as the Indiana staff received his letter at 7:07AM.

Nick Polk: Nick Polk is an exciting receiver from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that committed to both DiNardo and Hoeppner, despite a late push by the University of Wisconsin to land him. Polk played both wide receiver and defensive back while at Vincent High School, and earned all-state honors on defense during his senior campaign, as well as all-conference on both offense and defense. Polk had an amazing year for his 8-2 city champion high school, catching 32 passes for 682 yards and nine touchdowns. He also managed to pick off eight passes on defense, returning 3 of them for touchdowns. The honor roll student is also the starting point guard for their nationally ranked basketball team, and runs track.

Terrance Turner: Terrance Turner is a big wide receiver from West Bloomfield and was the only receiver to originally verbal to coach Terry Hoeppner. During his senior campaign, he earned all-state, all-league, and all-county awards. He pulled in 37 passes this year for 749 yards, but gained 1236 all-purpose yards. Turner has the potential to be a good receiver/ kick returner with his large frame (6'3", 200), and quick speed (4.48 in the 40). He will compete in the Michigan All-American Shrine Game this summer before arriving on campus to become a Hoosier.

Brandon Walker-Roby: Walker-Roby is the brother of former Hoosier Courtney Roby, and starred on his North Central High School team last year, who went on to be state runner up. He earned all-state, all-conference, and all-county in 2004. Roby was clocked at an amazing 4.37 in the 40 yard dash, and also runs track and basketball. Walker-Roby is a wiry 5'11", 160 player who will probably have to gain some bulk to see significant playing time.

That's the wide receiving corps from the 2005 Indiana recruiting class. It is yet to be seen who the top member of the group will be, but each can be productive. Polk is the most versatile player, and may end up a defensive back or even a linebacker before everything is said and done. He possesses a large frame with great quickness and good hands. He did very well as a corner in high school, and will be one to keep an eye on.

Stay tuned to Hoosier Insider for more previews of the other recruits, broken down by position, next on the list is the running backs.

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