Indiana received some bad news earlier this week when Keith Williams pledged to Nebraska, but the news was more positive Thursday, when Indiana received word that a 14th player had verbally pledged to the program.
HoosierNation.com has learned Roger Saffold, a 6-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from Beford, Ohio, has verbally committed to the Hoosiers, presumably rounding out IU's efforts on the offensive line for the 2006 class.
Saffold becomes the seventh offensive lineman to commit to IU Coach Terry Hoeppner, joining 6-7, 305-pound James Brewer; 6-4, 306-pound Cody Faulkner; 6-6, 245-pound Alex Perry; 6-6, 290-pound Pete Saxon; 6-4, 270-pound Jarrod Smith; and 6-7, 285-pound Mike Stark.
Saffold, who also played defensive end at Bedford H.S., made his official visit to IU Dec. 2, and was also considering West Virginia, Kansas and Illinois, and cancelled visits to the Mountaineers and Kansas to commit to IU.
He helped Bedford H.S. to a 7-4 record this season and the school's second-ever appearance in the Ohio State playoffs. The suburban Cleveland school was the No. 8 seed in Division II, Region 5, where it lost to top-seeded Tallmadge in the opening round.
Bedford H.S. has turned out a handful of talented Big Ten players in recent years, including former Wisconsin Badger wideouts Lee Evans and Chris Chambers, along with current Badger linebacker Dontez Sanders.
HoosierNation.com will have more on Saffold's commitment in the next couple of days.
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