Kirlew Making An Early Impression

The state of Florida has been good to the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers currently boast six players from the Sunshine State, including five true freshmen and one redshirt freshman. Of the new recruits for Coach Terry Hoeppner, one that stands out – and at 6-4 he's hard to miss – is the athletic Jammie Kirlew.

The state of Florida has been good to the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers currently boast six players from the Sunshine State, including five true freshmen and one redshirt freshman. Of the new recruits for Coach Terry Hoeppner, one that stands out – and at 6-4 he's hard to miss – is the athletic Jammie Kirlew.

But size isn't the only thing that jumps out about the graduate of Orlando's Cypress Creek H.S. – there's also his versatility. In his high school career he played six positions, three on offense and three on defense, and was a second-team all-state pick as a senior. As a junior he recorded 105 tackles and scored six defensive touchdowns. But even with the numbers and honors, Kirlew never stops working hard to make himself better.

"Even though I played all those different positions in high school, I learned a lot about football from all of them," said Kirlew, who's worked out at linebacker and at defensive end at IU's camp. "Working with different players and coaches is going to make me a stronger player and give me more techniques to excel on the field. Hopefully it will help get me on the field quicker."

While IU's fall camp is less than a week old, Kirlew is already making an impression on the coaching staff. Earlier this week Hoeppner suggested that he expected Kirlew to make IU's travel team.

"All I'm trying to do right now is work my hardest," said Kirlew. "By doing that I'm going to challenge the upperclassmen to work harder. But if the coach decides to put me in there I know it will because he thinks I'm able to do it. If I have to I'm going start out on kickoffs and punts and work my way up to starting defense."

Kirlew was like many of the Hoosier recruits that decided to come to Bloomington early to get to know the team and coaches.

"I came up almost a month early to get to know the guys and go through conditioning," he said. "I probably know everybody on the team already and I know a little something about each guy. All the older guys give me advice and I listen to everything they have to say."

The transition was made easier for Kirlew because he knew the other recruits from the state of Florida and was able to make quick friends with all his teammates. He's joined in the freshman class by fellow Floridians such as Daytona Beach's Matt Lewis, Jacksonville's Kellen Lewis, Brandon's Demetrius McCray, Orlando's Neal Jones and Bartow's Geno Johnson.

"With six of us coming from Florida, we pretty much knew each other already," said Kirlew. "We've played each before and I played basketball with (Neal) Jones. He was on my AAU team, so I know him really well. It makes it a lot more comfortable because the things I know about football and talk to people about football they know about as well. It's like we're already family."

While his surroundings and the people around him may have changed, Kirlew is pleases that one thing has not changed – the coaches that recruited him are just that, the coaches that recruited him.

"I love these coaches," said Kirlew, who was recruited by Troy Douglas. "That's the whole reason I came here. Everything they said they were going to do and how they stood out is still the same way it was when I first met them. Everything is just getting better and better for me.

"I really have a strong belief in Coach Hep and his staff. The little things that people don't notice about him, I notice. There is a reason behind everything he does."

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