Twenty Juniors in Town Over Weekend

It was a big weekend for the Indiana football which welcomed 20 talented in-state recruits to town for Junior Day. Who was in Bloomington? has the list of 20 who were in town and what their credentials are for being in IU's 2008 recruiting class...

The Class of 2008 looks like a special one in the state of Indiana for football recruiting.

As Indiana begins its work on next year's recruiting class, they'll be bolstered by the fact the state has an abundance of quality players, particularly at the skill positions. Ben Davis quarterback MarQueis Gray is expected to be a national recruit who already as an IU offer. There's also a slew of highly-productive running backs, including Franklin Central's Darius Williams, Portage's Albert Evans and Carmel's Aaron King, among others.

Indiana is already well on its way to getting its foot in the door with the in-state recruits. Over the weekend, Indiana had 20 in town for its in-state Junior Day. profiled 10 of those recruits last week, but we've since compiled a complete list of who is expected to be in town…

Nick Broome, DE, 6-3, 212, Columbus, Ind. (East)

Chris Carlino, TE/LB, 6-3, 212, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
A versatile player who plays both ways at Hamilton Southeastern and moves around on the defensive side, Carlino caught 13 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.

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.

Jayme Comer, LB, 6-3, 220, Brownsburg, Ind. (Brownsburg)

Comer had 91 tackles, including 63 solo stops, and a sack as a junior. Comer earned first-team All-State accolades from the AP and was also named to the IFCA's Junior All-State squad.

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.

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.

Damion Garrett, WR, 6-6, 195, Evansville, Ind. (Reitz)

Garrett's out of the James Hardy mold – a lanky wide receiver who is also a very talented basketball player. He's considered to be one of the top 10 juniors in the state in basketball, but he's thought to have a huge upside in football.

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.

Mike Hladik, QB, 6-3, 200, Columbus, Ind. (North)

Hladik completed 164-of-312 passes for 2,265 yards, 24 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, helping lead Columbus North to a sectional and regional championship in the fall.

Brandon Kiel, QB, 6-3, 172, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)

Kiel is the son of former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel, who was a four-year starter in South Bend from 1980-83. As a junior, Kiel competed 77-of-148 passes for 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns. He was intercepted six times.

Robert Maci, LB, 6-4, 205, Indianapolis, Ind. (Cathedral)

Maci had 58 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception for a Cathedral team that went 13-2 and won the Class 4A state championship. Maci is also a standout wrestler in the 205-pound weight class.

Connor O'Bannion, LB, 6-1, 200, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)

O'Bannion played on Carmel's football squad that went 12-3 and advanced to the Class 5A state title game, where they lost to Warren Central. O'Bannion was a big playmarker for the Greyhounds' defense, totaling 106 tackles (74 solo) and 14 sacks.

Aaron King, RB, 5-10, 185, 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.

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).

Chad Sherer, RB/DB, 6-1, 195, Cicero, Ind. (Hamilton Heights)

The younger brother of current Wisconsin quarterback Dustin Sherer, Chad is running back and defensive back at Hamilton Heights. As a junior he rushed for 1,260 yards on 182 carries, including 20 touchdowns.

Nick Sliger, DL, 6-2, 265, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)

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.

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.

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.

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. Top Stories