Indiana's efforts for the 2007 recruiting class have reached a stand still…
At least temporarily.
That's because IU and the rest of Division I programs are in the midst of the Dec. 18-Jan. 4 "dead period" for recruiting. During the next 2 ½ weeks, coaches and programs are unable to either make in-home visits or welcome prospective student-athletes to town for official visits.
With anywhere from five to six scholarships remaining for the 2007 class, IU Coach Terry Hoeppner and staff will begin welcoming in more recruits in early January. While we await word on who the staff still has targeted for this year's class, we'll jump ahead and take a look at some of the top in-state players for 2008 who IU will likely target once this year's class in compete.
Here are six Indiana high school players to keep an eye on for 2008:
– Bryan Schroeder, RB, 5-10, 205– Corydon, Ind. (North Harrison H.S.)
Warren Central's Darren Evans might have won the state's rushing title with 2,806 yards and 61 touchdowns, but it was actually Schroeder who led the state in rushing during the regular season. The North Harrison H.S. standout rushed for 2,043 yards and 26 touchdowns on 185 carries in nine regular season games, averaging better than 11 yards/carry. A three-year starter, Schroeder has rushed for 5,601 yards during his career and has a shot at breaking the state's career rushing record of 7,560 yards set by Indianapolis Cathedral's Otis Shannon (1997-00). Schroeder also returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns this season, helping his team to a 7-2 record.
- John Goodman, WR, 6-5 – Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger)
Indiana has one gifted tall wideout from Ft. Wayne in James Hardy, and there's a good chance they'll target another for the 2008 class. Goodman is a huge target at 6-5, and he's coming off a junior season that included 36 catches for 719 yards and nine touchdowns. He combines that size with 4.6 speed in the 40, making him the top wideout in the state for 2008. Goodman helped lead Dwenger to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the semistate. In addition to he pass catching numbers, Goodman also rushed 22 times for 141 yards and returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns this fall.
- Darius Willis, RB, 5-10, 200, Indianapolis, Ind. (Franklin Central)
Schroeder isn't the only in-state running back who figures to be coveted for college programs in 2008. Willis is another productive runner who already has excellent size. Franklin Central struggled to a disappointing 5-6 mark this fall, but Willis wasn't to blame. He put up 1,277 yards and 15 touchdowns on 231 carries, averaging 5.5 yards/carry.
- Kurt Wermers, OL, 6-5, 260, Crown Point, Ind. (Crown Point H.S.)
Crown Point is coming off a big season this fall, maintaining the state's No. 1 ranking for much of the regular season before falling in the regional and finishing 12-1. Indiana has one of the top players off that team – wideout Matt Ernest – coming to campus next fall, and the staff could very well target another player from that offense for 2008. Wermers is a two-year starter who was a guard as a sophomore, but moved to tackle this fall. He's got excellent size and athleticism, and has already expressed interest in the IU program.
- MarQueis Gray, QB, 6-4, 215, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)
If it's versatility that IU likes at quarterback, they could very well take a close look at Ben Davis H.S. quarterback MarQueis Gray, one of the state's best dual threats. Gray helped Ben Davis H.S. to a 9-4 mark this fall, completing 73-of-140 passes for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns while also rushing for 603 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 carries. Gray was among 500 underclassmen who were recently invited to compete in the U.S. Army National Combine from Jan. 4-6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, suggesting he'll be a coveted recruit by IU and others in the ‘08 class.
- Braxton Cove, OL, Mishawaka, Ind. (Penn)
Indiana figures to add another couple of offensive linemen in 2008, and in-stater Braxton Cove figures to be someone the IU staff looks very closely at. Cove earned first-team Class 5A All-State honors as a junior, helping Penn H.S. to a 9-3 mark. Cove helped pave the way for a Penn offense that averaged 35.6 points/game this season, including four games of at least 48 points.
Plenty of Recruits to Pick from in '08
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