Seven Recruits Expected For Visits

It's a big weekend for IU football for more reasons than one. The program is expecting at least seven recruits for visits this weekend. Included in the group are a couple of '08 players who are making officials, and a trio of '09 in-state standouts who will be making unofficials...

Bloomington, Ind. – Saturday is a big day for both the present and the future of the IU football program.

On the field, Coach Bill Lynch's team faces Illinois at Noon in both team's Big Ten opener. Indiana has a chance to open a season 4-0 for the first time since 1990, and take a huge step toward getting to six wins and landing a bowl berth for the first time since 1993.

It's an equally important day because of what will be occurring off the field…or more precisely, in the stands. IU is expecting at least seven prospective recruits to be in attendance, including a trio of talented in-state '09 targets.

Here's a look at who's expected for Saturday…

Class of 2008
Darius Willis, RB, 6-0, 200, Indianapolis (Franklin Central H.S.) –'s second-ranked player in the state of Indiana, Willis will be making an unofficial visit. He's done plenty to back up his lofty ranking, rushing for 159.6 yards/game and accounting for 14 touchdowns while helping Franklin Central to a 4-1 start. Willis has had a slew of schools show interest, but has mentioned Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Illinois and Kentucky as his most likely destinations.

Nick Sliger, DT, 6-2, 278, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton SE H.S.) – Sliger committed to the Hoosiers back in April, the second player to pledge after Ft. Wayne's Marquelo Suel. Like Willis, he'll be in action Friday night (against Westfield) before heading to Bloomington Saturday for the Big Ten opener. Sliger is the 13th-ranked player in the state of Indiana according to and one of three of the state's top 20 players who has already committed to IU along with Suel (No. 16) and Ben Davis wide receiver Tandon Doss (No. 10). Hamilton Southeastern is off to a 4-1 start to the season and tied for first in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference along with Lafayette Jeff.

Peter St. Fort, S, 6-1, 190, Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate H.S.) – The most recent player to pledge to the Hoosiers, St. Fort will be in Bloomington this weekend for his official visit. He'll be in town with his high school teammate, wide receiver J.D. Woods, who appears to be favoring the Hoosiers. Golden Gate (1-2) is scheduled to play Lely H.S. Friday night in both school's district opener, but St. Fort and Woods presumably would be missing the game to make the trip to IU.

J.D. Woods, WR, 6-2, 180, Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate H.S.) – The Hoosiers have appeared to be knocking on the door of securing a commitment from Woods, an explosive wide receiver who has also landed scholarship offers from West Virginia, Pitt, Louisville and Wake Forest, among others. But Woods has talked on several occasions what a big impression IU wide receivers coach Billy Lynch has made on him, which appears to have him on the brink of joining St. Fort as a Hoosier commit. A big performance against the Illini could help the Hoosiers' cause in a big way.

Class of 2009
Morgan Newton, QB, 6-5, 205, Carmel (Ind.) H.S. – Newton is big, athletic, dual-threat quarterback who is expected to be one of the most coveted in-state recruits in the '09 class. He started six games as a sophomore and went 5-1, and has taken off as a junior. In five games, he's completed 36-of-61 passes for 626 yards and nine touchdowns through the air, and on the ground he's added 41 carries for 207 yards and another four scores. He's led Carmel to a 4-1 start to the season, and is the point man for an offense that is averaging 37.2 points/game.

Brooks Michel, OL, 6-7, 280, Carmel (Ind.) H.S. – Indiana has been looking for offensive linemen in the 6-6 and 6-7 range, and Michel fits the bill. Michel will be joining his quarterback, Morgan Newton, in Bloomington for an unofficial visit this weekend.

Nick Zachery, QB/CB, 6-1, 195, Sheridan (Ind.) H.S. – Zachery plays for a 1A school, but he's still caught plenty of people's attention with his skills. He plays both ways for a Sheridan team that has outscored its foes 198-31, is 5-0, and is ranked No. 1 in the state. He's completed 19-of-44 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown, but his biggest contribution has been on the ground. He's also rushed 63 times for 567 yards and 10 touchdowns. His biggest game came in a 20-10 win over Chad Sherer's Hamilton Heights' squad, when Zachery rushed 23 times for 247 yards and scored on runs of 82, 51, and 58 yards. Top Stories