Other IU Recruits Say...Remember Me?

Bloomington, Ind. – There are nearly 20 players with IU letters of intent in hand today who are all probably thinking the same thing…Remember me? HoosierNation.com provides detailed bios, stats, and quotes from all the players who are expected to sign with IU today...

Bloomington, Ind. – There are nearly 20 players with IU letters of intent in hand today who are all probably thinking the same thing…

Remember me?

With the 11th-hour Jerimy Finch recruiting saga finally resolved, 18 or 19 other preps are expected to announce their intentions to sign with the Hoosiers – with much less fanfare.

Two of those players are already on campus. Whitefish Bay, Wis., punter Chris Hagerup and Indianapolis defensive tackle Kevin Burrus enrolled at IU in January and will be participating in spring practice. But for 16 or 17 others, today is the day they can make it official that they'll be playing for Coach Terry Hoeppner's Hoosiers.

One player remains in limbo. Jacksonville, Fla., wideout Tray Herndon was up in the air between Indiana and Minnesota. But for everyone else on IU's list, the letters have arrived via fax today at Memorial Stadium.

While the loss of Finch to Florida will be what will stick out in people's minds when it comes to this year's class in the short term, the class has a chance to be a good one in the long term according to Scout.com Regional Recruiting Coordinator Bob Lichtenfels.

"Indiana is making great strides on and off the field and it all starts with recruiting," Lichtenfels. "The Hoosiers have brought in one of their best classes in the last ten years."

HoosierNation.com now takes a look at the players who comprise IU's Class of 2007 (Note: bio and quotes on Herndon included for the time being…)

Quarterbacks – 1
Teddy Schell
6-5, 205, Barrington (Ill.) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: No. 75
Scout.com State Ranking: 21
Commitment Date: 9/12/06


The top-ranked quarterback in the state of Illinois according to Scout.com, Schell threw for 1,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes. Helped lead Barrington H.S. to the quarterfinals of the Class 8A playoffs, where they lost Wheaton Warrensville South. At season's end he earned honorable mention All-State honors from both the Illinois Football Coaches Association and the Chicago Tribune, and was also named all-conference and all-area.

Quoting Schell: "They have Kellen Lewis, who is one of the better quarterbacks I've seen. Then behind him they have Ben Chappell, who redshirted this year, and he's a heck of a quarterback. And they have (walk-on Dustin) Haas, who is a great guy. I'm coming in as a freshman, and I'm going to have to work my way up the ladder. There are no guarantees. They aren't going to make any promises, and I'm going to have to earn my spot. I hope to come in and work for hopefully third string or around there and go from there and just try to be the best quarterback I can for Indiana."

Running Backs – 1


Zach Walker-Davis
5-8 ½, 186, Plantation (Fla.) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 6/28/06


The second player to commit to IU for the 2007 class, Walker-Davis rushed for a combined 1,427 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final two years at Plantation H.S., where he played for his father, Steve Davis. A high school teammate of IU-bound safety Jarrell Drane, Walker-Davis was selected to play in both the North-South and Dade vs. Broward County All-Star games following his senior season. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,027 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Quoting Walker-Davis: ""I'm going to just learn what I can, and whoever I'm behind when I get there I'll try to learn from them and listen to Coach (Gerald) Brown. If you work hard, everything takes care of itself. So I'm going to just do what they tell me to do and more. The harder you work, you get the benefits. Everything you want, you have to work hard for it and that's what I'll do."

Wide Receivers – 2

Matt Ernest
6-2, 180, Crown Point (Ind.) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: 9
Commitment Date: 7/6/06


Selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Indiana, Ernest caught 56 passes for 960 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, averaging 17.1 yards/reception. Ernest earned all-conference and all-area honors on offense while leading Crown Point to an undefeated regular season and the top seed in the state playoffs. While he's expected to be a wideout at IU, he also starred on the defensive side of the ball in high school, totaling 52 tackles five interceptions and nine passes broken up as a senior. Ernest finished his prep career with 121 catches for 2,345 yards and 17 touchdowns despite missing most of his junior season with a broken collarbone.

Quoting Ernest: "Coach (Billy) Lynch, we went down there for team camp, and they were excited about me. I'm confident they'll turn (the program) around."

Tray Herndon
6-0, 175, Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 2/7/07


Herndon put up huge numbers as a senior, leading the state of Florida with 1,695 yards receiving on 81 catches, including 19 touchdowns, while helping The Bolles to the 2A state championship. A player with 4.6 speed, Herndon averaged 20.9 yards per catch and closed his prep career as the school's all-time leader in both receptions and receiving yards. Herndon also has a pair of famous professional athletes in his family – he's the cousin of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Travis Taylor as well as Golden State Warriors forward Al Harrington.

Quoting Herndon: ""(The recruiting process) was hectic, but at the same time it was humbling. It makes a player who worked really hard feel pretty good that hard work paid off. You have some players out there that don't have a choice of schools, and I was blessed to have a choice."

Tight End – 1

Max Dedmond
6-5, 240, Evansville (Ind.) Central H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: 53
Scout.com State Ranking: 4
Commitment Date: 8/1/06


Scout.com's fourth-ranked player in the state, Dedmond led Evansville Central to a 10-1 season this past fall and a No. 1 ranking in the state. On offense he caught 41 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns, while on defense he totaled 97 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception while playing linebacker. A first-team All-city, All-Conference and All-State selection, Dedmond totaled 371 tackles for his career and was also an All-State selection as a junior.

Quoting Dedmond: "We went over everything, and it seemed (Indiana) was the best opportunity for me. The coaches were really nice, I'll have a chance to compete for playing time early, and that all made it seem like it was the best place for me. The coaches stressed to me how important it is to get in-state people, and how important it was to get me. They probably recruited me the hardest of anyone."

Offensive Line – 3

Dennis Zeigler
6-7, 340, Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: 10
Commitment Date: 11/14/06


A multi-sport talent who also starts on Pike's basketball team, Zeigler is one of five players ranked in Scout.com's top 10 in the state of Indiana who signed with the Hoosiers. Zeigler was named to the Indianapolis Star's Super Team as well as the state's top 50 following his senior season.

Quoting Zeigler: "IU was really showing me the love. That's why they got me – they made me feel like I was already a Hoosier."

Josh Hager
6-8, 265, Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: 20
Commitment Date: 12/3/06


Hager earned first-team All-State honors after helped lead his team to an 11-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals. He's been a part of winning programs ever since he started playing at McCluer North, as they've gone a combined 33-6 during the last three seasons. At the start of the season Hager was tabbed as the 10th-best senior in the St. Louis area by the St. Louis Dispatch and the area's second-best offensive lineman.

Quoting Hager: "I've been there for two years with the football camp over the summer, so I kind of knew how the coaches were and all the people. Everyone is really nice."

Andrew McDonald
6-6, 280, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 11/15/06


The first of four Warren Central standouts to commit to the Hoosiers, McDonald was a first-team All-State selection last fall as well as a member of the Indianapolis Star's "Super" Team as well as being tabbed as an Academic All-Star. Played a big role in Warren Central's four consecutive state championships, which was capped by an undefeated march to the state title last fall.

Quoting McDonald: "Coach Johnson said that he has high expectations for me. They plan to have me play at left tackle and play early in my career there. That's one of the things that I was looking for in my college search. I want to make an impact sooner rather than later hopefully."

Defensive Tackle – 2

Jeff Boyd
6-3, 280, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: 40
Scout.com State Ranking: 7
Commitment Date: 1/14/07


Boyd finished second in balloting for Mr. Football among defensive linemen after a huge senior season. The Warren Central H.S. standout set a new school record with 18 tackles for loss, including nine sacks, to go along with 58 total tackles for Coach Steve Tutsie's squad which went undefeated and won the Class 5A state championship. A Bloomington Herald Times Top 33 pick, Boyd also had 35 tackles and eight sacks as a junior.

Quoting Boyd: "We always thought about it, that maybe we could all go somewhere and play together. Where else better to do it? There are other schools we could have gone to, but we chose Indiana."

Kevin Burrus
6-3, 305, Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis H.S./Coffeyville CC
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 10/17/06


The younger brother of current Hoosier Keith Burrus, Kevin arrives in Bloomington after spending the 2006 season at Coffeyville CC, where he redshirted this past fall. IU had an eye on Burrus when he was starring at Ben Davis H.S., and then stayed on him after academics forced him to go the junior college route last fall.

Quoting Burrus: "I always wanted to play with (Keith) in college. We're on the same side of the ball together, and we feel when we're on the same side, no one can stop us. It's a great opportunity, it's a team on the rise, and I feel like it's great to go home."

Defensive End – 2

Eric Thomas
6-5, 250, Glenville (Ohio) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: 90
Scout.com State Ranking: 67
Commitment Date: 1/29/07


Thomas has the versatility to wind up playing either defensive end or defensive tackle, but early indications are he'll start out at a defensive end position. He arrives in Bloomington after being a big part of Ted Ginn's Glenville H.S. team that went 10-2 past fall. In his one season at Glenville, Thomas earned honorable mention All-State honors after totaling 65 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, and two passes broken up. Before the 2006 campaign, Thomas starred at Cleveland's Benedictine H.S., where he recorded 72 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior to earn All-State accolades.

Quoting Thomas: "(Participating in the Ginn Tour over the summer, which took Ohio high school players around the country to various camps, including one at Indiana) It gave us a chance – most players stay around their areas for camps. Coaches want to see what you can do, and it gives you a chance to meet a lot of people, people you'll be in college with. Players that aren't that known get a chance to do things. You'd be surprised by how many players get big offers off that tour by how they perform, even if they weren't known before."

Fred Jones
6-5, 235, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 1/23/07


One the last players to commit in the 2007 class, Jones was named Fayette County Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 46 tackles – including 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks – as a senior. He also earned all-county and all-area honors as a senior and played on a team that went a combined 35-10 during the last four years, appearing in four state playoffs and winning a pair of regional championships.

Quoting Jones: "They have the whole package on defense. They run four defensive ends, and they have two. I could be with the rotations with the four. I've got that chance, and I can go in there, do well, show them what I can do, and I'll have a chance to play."

Linebackers – 4

Darius Johnson
5-11, 215, Highland Park (Mich.) Community H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: 23
Commitment Date:7/31/06


A two-way standout at Highland Park Community H.S., Johnson helped lead his team to an 11-2 record and a deep run in the state playoffs. On offense Johnson rushed for 1,583 yards and 16 touchdowns while earning first-team All-State honors, and on defense he totaled 53 tackles and an interception. While he's expected to play linebacker for the Hoosiers, he did put up staggering numbers on offense during the last three years. During that span, Johnson rushed for 5,965 yards to go along with 67 touchdowns.

Quoting Johnson: "(Hoeppner) is excited about next year, and so am I. I think it's the year we're going to get to a bowl game. We had a good one-on-one talk at his house during my visit, and he talked about next season and how he has high hopes. I told him I won't let him down."

Tyler Repogle
6-2, 220, Centerville (Ohio) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: 22
Scout.com State Ranking: 27
Commitment Date: 8/7/06


A second-team All-State selection, Replogle capped a record-setting career with a huge senior campaign. During a 10-game season, Replogle totaled 133 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks to help Centerville to an 8-2 record. For his career, Replogle finished with a school-record 407 tackles, including 65 tackles for loss. He was named the Greater Western Ohio League's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, and also played in the All-Ohio North/South All-Star game. Centerville went a combined 37-7 during his four seasons, never losing more than two games in a season.

Quoting Replogle: "When I got out (of the recruiting process) I wanted to be able to play all of the big teams I've grown up with, Ohio State, Michigan. I wanted to be a part of that, and Indiana has given me that opportunity."

Dane Conwell
6-1, 205, Pittsburgh (Penn.) Upper St. Clair H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: 35
Scout.com State Ranking: 28
Commitment Date: 6/24/06


The first player to verbally commit to the Hoosiers last summer, Conwell capped a huge senior season by leading his team to a 16-0 record and the Class AAAA state championship. A two-way standout who also starred at running back, Conwell rushed for 1,585 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense and had five interceptions on defense. He was at his best when it mattered most, scoring five touchdowns in Upper St. Clair's 47-13 win over Bethlehem Trinity in the state championship game. At season's end he earned first-team All-State accolades, was named the Class AAAA Player of the Year, and also earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 team.

Quoting Conwell: "I knew from talking to he coaches they were going in the right direction. You could really see the progress they're making on the field. I believe in the program that much more, and I'm anxious to get there. It's a beautiful place. I really liked the school, and it's Big Ten football, and it doesn't get any better than that."

Ian Reeves
6-2, 230, Ferndale (Mich.) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date:2/07/07


The last player to commit to IU, Reeves recorded 156 tackles and five sacks as a senior at Ferndale, helping lead his team to a 6-4 record.



Cornerback – 1

Chris Adkins
6-1, 180, Indianpolis (Ind.) Warren Central H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 12/10/06


Adkins spent most of his prep career playing slot back for Coach Steve Tutsie's Warren Central H.S. team, but wound up making the move to cornerback as a senior. That move was likely a good one for Adkins, who Tutsie believes will have a chance to be a contributor as a freshman in Bloomington. Adkins was an all-conference pick as a senior, has excellent size and speed for the position, and has a big upside as well thanks to the fact he's relatively new to the position. He's one of three players from Warren Central's four-time defending state championship squad along with Jeff Boyd and Andrew McDonald.

Quoting Adkins: "Coach Tutsie always said I was going to be a corner in college. There's was a lot of depth at running back, so he decided we might as well do it now. That's where our needs were and he knew I could do it. They think a big thing with me is my upside is huge. I have a lot of potential because this was my first year playing defense."

Safeties – 2


Jarrell Drane
6-1, 170, Plantation (Fla.) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: NR
Commitment Date: 1/3/07


A high school teammate of IU-bound running back Zack Davis-Walker, Drane saw action in only two games as a senior after breaking his forearm in the preseason. In those two games, Drane forced three fumbles and had five passes broken up, which came on the heels of a junior season that included 85 tackles and an interception in only seven games. Despite missing most of his senior season, Drane was named to the Dade/Broward County All-Star game.

Quoting Drane: "When (the forearm injury) happened, I didn't think any school would want me. I thought it was over. But Coach Hep and Coach (Matt) Canada saw what I could do and came and talked to me. Some other schools did back off, and that was a factor, too. Some of the schools said they wouldn't back off if anything happened to me during the season, but they did. Coach Hep and Coach Canada, they stuck with their word."

Mitchell Evans
6-3, 195, West Milton (Ohio) Milton Union H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: NR
Scout.com State Ranking: 53
Commitment Date: 12/10/06


Evans earned District III-IV Offensive Player of the Year accolades for his accomplishments as a quarterback at Milton-Union H.S., but it's in the defensive backfield where he's supposed to be a contributor at the collegiate level. A gifted athlete, Evans passed for nearly 5,000 yards and rushed for another 2,000-plus during his prep career at Milton Union. As a senior, he was nearly 50/50, throwing for 1,525 yards and rushing for another 1,446 while earning first-team Division IV All-State honors for the second straight season. On defense he put up big numbers as well, finishing with 67 tackles and six interceptions as a junior.

Quoting Evans: "With Coach Hep, I knew him when he was at Miami (Ohio) because it's so close to where I live. I knew he could win games. I watched him in the last two years and Indiana and he's done a nice job."

Punter

Chris Hagerup
6-4, 197, Whitefish Bay (Wis.) H.S.
Scout.com National Position Ranking: 7
Scout.com State Ranking: 6
Commitment Date: 12/3/06


If there's one player in the 2007 recruiting class who's almost certain to play next fall, it's Hagerup. A January enrollee at IU, Hagerup will get a look at quarterback during his IU career, but he's expected to step in and handle the team's punting duties from day one. As a senior he averaged 44.5 yards per punt and earned first-team All-State honors, and was also selected as an All-American who played in the East meets West All-Star game in Orlando. On offense, he threw for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 450 yards rushing and another five scores.

Quoting Hagerup: "Coach (Terry) Hoeppner's quote was that if it's fourth down in that first game, we want you to be the guy who will going out to punt. So they are already talking about me punting in that first game. So getting down there early will give me a good start to the program. They want me to start that first game, and it would be kind of difficult going in as a new college student in late summer, and then you have one month, and then it's game time. I'll feel a lot more comfortable (having enrolled early)."

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