Bloomington, Ind. - The IU coaching staff should be excited to know a trio of Ben Davis (Ind.) H.S. standouts are thinking alike.
Wide receiver Tandon Doss, quarterback Marqueis Gray and athlete Lavarus Williams are three Ben Davis H.S. standouts Indiana has already offered, and according to Doss the Hoosiers are in good shape as the summer months arrive.
"Indiana is my favorite," the 6-3, 185-pound Doss said Tuesday night. "They're close to home, and I really like the coaches there. My teammates are thinking the same thing. Coach (Billy) Lynch does a good job recruiting them."
Lynch has already helped the Hoosiers secure a pair of in-state commitments in Ft. Wayne's Marquelo Suel and Cicero's Nick Sliger, both of whom pledged in April. But if IU can wrap up commitments from the Ben Davis trio, it would be some of the biggest recruiting news for IU football in recent memory.
Another good sign for IU is the fact the Indianapolis products don't appear to be thinking about waiting very long to make an announcement. While many high school players want to wait until their senior seasons come to a close to take official visits and then decide, Doss said he'd like to have it over long before that.
"I'd like to commit early, sometime in June or July," Doss said.
And when that commitment comes, Doss said he'd like to be doing it along with his two teammates.
"It's a group thing – we'd like to go together as a group," Doss said. "Marqueis is my quarterback so we've put in that time and developed that relationship. Lavarus and I have played together my whole life, so there's a friendship there."
Lynch and the IU staff is well aware of that bond, and Doss said they've been pushing the idea of the trio not only going to IU together, but deciding together.
"He always talks about us committing at the same time," Doss said.
Like his two teammates, Doss was offered by IU early. He received his IU scholarship offer during a February trip to Bloomington for IU's Junior Day, and IU has been very high on his list ever since. He said IU's proximity to his Indianapolis home, the facility upgrades and the opportunity to play early are big pluses for the IU program.
While IU is his leader, he said he's also been hearing from Purdue and Kentucky as well.
"Kentucky, I like their atmosphere," Doss said. "Coach (Joker) Phillips is pretty nice. Purdue, I haven't met all their coaches yet so I'm not sure about them, but they have a nice stadium."
Doss is coming off a solid junior season, catching 29 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns as a wideout. In addition, he spent some time at tailback and carried the ball 23 times for another 241 yards.
That sort of versatility is why he said this fall he expects to play all over the field this fall.
"I'll be all over the place," Doss said. "Wide receiver, running back, corner, safety, kick return, punt return, so I'll be everywhere."
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