Nine Headed to IU for Officials

It's another big weekend for the Hoosier football program, which will welcome preps from Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Florida and Georgia this weekend. There are nine official visitors in all this weekend – including some new names that have surfaced - and HoosierNation.com has all the details on this weekend's official visitor list…

It's another big weekend for the Hoosier football program, which will welcome preps from Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Florida and Georgia this weekend. There are nine official visitors in all this weekend – including some new names that have surfaced - and HoosierNation.com has all the details on this weekend's official visitor list…

Kyle Jefferson
WR, 6-5, 170, Glenville, Ohio (Glenville H.S.)

Scout.com's 82nd ranked wide receiver nationally, Jefferson is a long, athletic wideout from the same high school that's produced Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, Ohio State wideout Ted Ginn, Jr., and current IU freshman Ray Fisher, among others. Jefferson has already made officials to Iowa and Wisconsin, and is also expected to make a trip to Purdue as well. One of those four is expected to land a commitment from Jefferson, who said he plans to make his decision before the end of the month.

Eric Thomas
DE, 6-5, 250, Glenville, Ohio (Glenville H.S.)

A prep teammate of Jefferson, Thomas played only one year at Glenville after transferring from St. Benedictine H.S. in Cleveland. He's the nation's 90th-ranked defensive tackle according to Scout.com, but college recruiters have been saying they plan to use him at defensive end at the next level. Indiana originally offered Thomas last summer, and his trip to Bloomington will be his second official visit after a trip to West Virginia earlier. He also plans to make stops to North Carolina (Jan. 19) and UConn (Jan. 26), and he told HoosierNation.com last week he's still considering Wisconsin and Purdue as well.

Brad Haynes
WR, 6-2, 195, Arlington, Texas (Mansfield Summit H.S.)

Indiana lured a pair of talented preps from the Lone Star State late in the recruiting game a year ago in Mandela Roberts and Richard Council, and the IU staff is hoping for some late additions again this year. Haynes is a big, physical wideout with 4.6 speed in the 40 who is reportedly down to Indiana and SMU. He's already made his official to SMU, so a decision could be coming from soon after his official to Bloomington this weekend.

DeMarcus Lattier
DT, 6-2, 290, Garland, Texas (South Garland H.S.)

Big, physical defensive tackles are hard to come by, but Indiana is in the running for Lattier, the nation's 65th ranked defensive tackle according to Scout.com. Arizona and Oklahoma State are among the others that remain in the running for Lattier. Lattier has 5.0 speed in the 40 and can bench 335 pounds and squat 510.

Josh Robinson
S/OLB, 6-3, 212, Garland, Texas (South Garland H.S.)

A high school teammate or Lattier, Robinson will be in Bloomington this weekend as well. Robinson played some defensive end, outside linebacker and safety at the prep level, but it's likely he'll be an outside linebacker at the collegiate level. He clocked a 4.97 in the 40 at the Scout.com combine in San Antonio, so the secondary won't be his collegiate position, but he's a very good athlete with plenty of versatility.

Chris Adkins
CB, 6-1, 180, Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central H.S.)

Adkins is the only player on IU's visit list who has already pledged to the program, having done so last month. He was a standout in the secondary this season for Warren Central's state championship team, which surrendered only 124 points in 15 games while going through the season unbeaten. He was the second Warren Central H.S. player to pledge to IU in this year's class, joining offensive lineman Andrew McDonald.

Michael Holmes
ATH, 5-10, 180, Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin H.S.)

We featured Holmes late week, who is from the same high school program as current Hoosier quarterback Kellen Lewis. The two were teammates in 2004, while Lewis was a senior quarterback and Holmes was a sophomore starting free safety. Since that time Holmes moved to running back, where he rushed for a combined 2,200 yards in the last two seasons. At the collegiate level, though, Holmes is expected to wind up at either cornerback or safety. He's already taken officials to Iowa and Syracuse.

Fred Jones
DE, 6-4, 220, Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek H.S.)

Defensive end remains a position of need for the Hoosiers' 2007 class, and they'll be welcoming in Jones this weekend. Jones has made official visits to Central Florida and Kentucky, and is also expected to make a visit to Marshall. Jones is a very good athlete who had seven sacks and 17 tackles for loss and 47 tackles as a senior, earning him Defensive Player of the Year honors in his county.

Jeff Boyd
DT, 6-3, 280, Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central H.S.)

The Indiana staff had been hoping they'd get Boyd on campus for an official visit, and they've been able to do just that this weekend. He says he's also still considering Kentucky (official visit scheduled for Jan. 19), Michigan (Jan. 26), Ole Miss (Feb. 2) and West Virginia. Everyone on his list other than Michigan has offered a scholarship, and Ole Miss is where his prep teammate, wide receiver Adrien Robinson, pledged to last month.

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