State's Elite Juniors Headed to Bloomington

Now that the dust has settled on the Class of 2007, the IU football program is already looking ahead to 2008. Coach Terry Hoeppner's program will welcome 20-plus of the state's best in the class of 2008. Who's coming? HoosierNation.com has the answer...

Now that the dust has settled on the Class of 2007, the IU football program is already looking ahead to 2008.

That will be apparent Saturday, when 22 of the top juniors in the state will be in Bloomington for IU Football's Junior Day. This weekend's event will provide these select players an opportunity to get an up-close look at the Hoosiers' facilities – both present and future – while also meeting with the IU staff and finally watch tomorrow's Indiana-Illinois men's basketball game.

Who are some of the marquee players who will be in Bloomington?

MarQueis Gray, QB, 6-4, 215, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)

MarQueis Gray is an elite quarterback prospect who will likely be one of IU's top targets for 2008. 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 competed in the U.S. Army National Combine Jan. 4-6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

- Darius Willis, RB, 5-10, 200, Indianapolis, Ind. (Franklin Central)

Franklin Central might have 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. He's one of a couple of elite running backs in the '08 class in the state.

- Kurt Wermers, OL, 6-5, 260, Crown Point, Ind. (Crown Point H.S.)

A high school teammate of recently signed wideout Matt Ernest, 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. Crown Point went 12-1 in the fall and held the state's No. 1 ranking into the postseason.

- Braxton Cave, 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 will look at very closely. 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.

- Marquelo Suel, WR, 6-3, 170, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Harding)

Suel capped a big junior season with big effort in the Harding's 21-7 win over Southridge in the Class 2A title game. Suel caught seven passes for a game-high 98 yards and a touchdown in the win and finished his season with 12 touchdown receptions.

- Tandon Doss, WR, 6-3, 190, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)

One of Gray's top targets this season was Doss, who caught 29 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns despite missing four games.

Lavarus Williams, RB/DB, 6-0, 186, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)

Williams is muli-talented athlete at Ben Davis. On offense, he rushed 55 times for 174 yards and four touchdowns, and also had 18 receptions for 351 yards and another four scores. He was also the team's leading punt returner (6-105) and is a talented enough athlete that he could be a standout in the secondary as well.

– Bryan Schroeder, RB, 5-10, 205, Corydon, Ind. (North Harrison H.S.)

This 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).

- Aaron King, RB, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)

King was a workhorse for former IU assistant coach Mo Moriarity this fall, helping the team to a berth in the state title game. King carried the ball 328 times for 2379 and 28 touchdowns, and he's a punishing rusher who is another one of the state' elite running backs in the '08 class.

- Albert Evans, RB, Portage, Ind. (Portage)

Evans is another high-productive running back in the '08 class, running for 1,603 yards and 14 touchdowns on 254 carries. He's also a talented basketball player at the prep level.

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