BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – While IU Coach Terry Hoeppner will have some very important recruiting weekends this fall when preps come into town for official visits, this week marks an equally important stretch for the Hoosiers' 2007 football recruiting class.
That's because this week marks the start of Hoeppner's 2006 summer football camps. The Hoosier coach and his staff are hosting a variety of camps for both high school players and teams, including a 7-on-7 passing camp, an offensive line/defensive line technique camp, and the traditional team camp.
Those camps are becoming a bigger and bigger part of recruiting, as the events give the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate and test high school standouts they're interested in recruiting, while also giving the prep players a chance to get better acquainted with the coaching staffs, their systems, and the facilities.
It's no different at IU, where a handful of talented high school players are expected to be in Bloomington in the coming days. Will these trips be followed with verbal commitments down the road? Time will tell. But here are a couple of the standouts who are expected in Bloomington who are also on the Hoosiers' recruiting radar…
Paul Corsaro – The 6-4,190-pound quarterback from Indianapolis' Roncali H.S. helped lead his squad to a runner-up finish in state last year, throwing for 1,575 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's been getting interest from around the Big Ten and Midwest, including the likes of Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois, Louisville and others. While the scholarship offers haven't been rolling in as of yet, he's expecting that to change once he begins working out in front of college coaches this summer.
Matt Ernest – A 6-3, 170-pound wide receiver from Crown Point (Ind.) H.S., Ernest is in Bloomington this week along with the rest of his prep team for the Hoosiers' team camp. A 1,000-yard receiver as a sophomore, Ernest missed all but four games as a junior due to a broken collarbone. But his productivity, speed (4.5) and size earned his a scholarship offer from Indiana soon after the Hoosiers' announced their 2006 recruiting class in February.
Tyler Replogle – A 6-2, 224-pound linebacker from Centerville, Ohio, Replogle is coming off a huge junior season where he tallied 136 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks. A product of the same high school as former Ohio State All-American A.J. Hawk, Replogle was offered by the Indiana staff early and has also been receiving interest West Virginia, Pitt, Ohio State and Michigan, among others. Indiana is the only one in the group to offer a scholarship thus far.
William Stubbs – The 6-0, 200-pounder from Indianapolis Cathedral rushed for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, the sort of numbers that have caught the IU coaching staff's attention. Indiana, Purdue, Northern Illinois and Boston College are among those who have been showing interest, along with a handful of Mid-America Conference schools. Stubbs is an intriguing prospect because he has 4.6 speed in the 40 to go with good size, making him someone who could also wind up being a contributor on the defensive side of the ball.
Brandon Walker – The kicking game has continued to be an issue for the IU football team, and they're hoping Walker is someone who could step in and address that issue. The 6-2, 190-pounder from Findlay, Ohio, has already received a scholarship offer from the IU staff. Walker has a big leg and is a kicker/punter prospect. He also has offers from Toledo and Eastern Michigan, and he's going to attend camps at Louisville and Cincinnati this week in addition to his stop in Bloomington.
Patrick Witt – Witt is another big, strong-armed quarterback who is expected in town for camp as well. The 6-4, 215-pounder is coming to Bloomington all the way from Wylie, Texas, to work out for the Hoosiers, who have already extended a scholarship offer. Witt is getting interest from a handful of southern schools including Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Baylor and Tulane, among others. Witt played at Parkview H.S. in Lilburn, Ga., as a junior before moving to Texas with his family after the season's conclusion. He threw for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall while also rushing for 250 yards and 15 scores as well.
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