Huge Recruiting Weekend Features 14 Visitors

The biggest recruiting weekend of the year gets underway on Friday, as IU plans to bring in 14 targets for official visits. The list includes big names like Darius Willis and Orhian Johnson, and some others who most haven't heard about...

Tyler Adetona, WR, 6-0, 182, Gainesville, Ga, (Gainesville H.S.) - The 6-0, 182-pound wideout verbally committed to Troy in October, but is apparently still taking a look at some other programs such as IU. While he's coming off a 1,000-yard senior season and is a three-star recruit as a wideout, he's also versatile enough to play defensive back as well. Marshall, UAB and Ball State are among the others who have offered.

Marc Damisch, OL, 6-6, 275, Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Buffalo Grove H.S.) – One of seven commits who will be in town, Damisch committed to Indiana in July after strong performances at a couple of summer camps. After originally impressing the IU staff at a Nike Camp in West Lafayette and then the QB1 Offensive/Defensive Line camp in suburban Chicago, Damisch came to Bloomington for IU's offensive line/defensive line camp and earned a scholarship offer soon afterwards.

Tandon Doss, WR, 6-3, 190, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis H.S.) – Doss is the 95th-ranked wideout in the nation according to, and the IU staff thinks the IU commit is going to wind up being even better than that when it's all said and done. An injury to Ben Davis quarterback Marqueis Gray forced Doss to spend most of his time at tailback this season so Ben Davis could get the ball in his hands, and he responded with a 177-carry, 1,171-yard senior season. He also caught 36 passes for 535 yards and totaled 17 touchdowns.

Adam Follett, QB, 6-5, 210, Alma, Mich. (Alma H.S.) – Follett is a big, strong-armed quarterback who pledged to the Hoosiers back in August. He impressed the IU staff during a trip to Bloomington for a one-day summer camp, and wound up committing soon afterwards. Follett is coming off a sold senior season, completing 120-of-242 passes for 1,964 yards and 20 touchdowns. He led Alma to an 11-1 record, and during his three years as a starting high school quarterback his teams went a combined 36-2 (he spent his first two high school seasons at Caledonia H.S.).

Orhian Johnson, QB, 6-4, 190, Gulfport, Fla. (Boca Ciega H.S.) – If Darius Willis is the Hoosiers' No.1 priority, Johnson isn't too far behind.'s 49th-ranked quarterback nationally, Johnson is a big, strong, athletic quarterback who could play a variety of positions at the collegiate level. While some have targeted him as a wide receiver and others see him as a safety, the IU staff has no question that he'd be a quarterback for them. Johnson led his team to an 8-3 record by throwing for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has programs like Ohio State, Kansas, South Florida and Tennessee showing interest and extending offers, but the fact he's tripping to IU this weekend shows Indiana is very much in the running.

Charles Love III, WR, 6-3, 190, Memphis, Tenn. (Trezevant H.S.) - Love was one of the top wideouts in the Memphis area as a junior, producing 584 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. With a new quarterback at the helm of the offense, though, Love's stats slipped to 31 receptions for 427 yards and four scores this past fall on a team that went 3-7. He had his biggest game in the season-ending 49-26 loss to Dyersburg, catching seven passes and 108 yards and a touchdown. He also played in the defensive secondary and totaled 12 tackles and an interception.

Willy Lowe, CB, 5-9, 165, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville H.S.) – Indiana has landed a couple of players from Coach Ted Ginn, Sr's program in recent years, most notably wide receiver Ray Fisher and defensive end Eric Thomas. This year Indiana is targeting Lowe, a two-way player who was a standout at tailback this fall, but his size makes it a near certainty that he'd play cornerback in college. He has 4.5 speed and excellent leaping ability.

Mick Mentzer, DT/OT, 6-3 ½, 290, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger H.S.) – A July IU verbal, Mentzer played linebacker and offensive line on his prep team, which went 13-1 this fall and lost to Lowell in the Class 4A state semifinals. His most likely spot in college is defensive tackle, although offensive line could be an option as well.

Justin Pagan, OL, 6-5, 282, Chicago, Ill. (St. Patrick) – IU Coach Bill Lynch had some solid success by landing a handful of offensive linemen from the Chicago area over the summer. Pagan was the first to commit, and he was followed soon after by Damisch and Wheaton's Will Matte.

Chad Sherer, OLB, 6-1, 195, Arcadia, Ind. (Hamilton Heights H.S.) – Indiana has been targeting players who have the versatility to play a couple different positions, and the IU-bound Sherer is that sort of player. Sherer rushed for 1,060 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall, leading Hamilton Heights to a 8-3 record. But in college he's expected to play on the defensive side, most likely as an outside linebacker.

Cortez Smith, RB/DB, 5-10,195, Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech) – Rumors have circulated in recent weeks that Smith could be wavering on his IU pledge. The most often discussed school is Illinois, a program that Smith visited with a couple of teammates recently. But Smith recently told's Allen Trieu that his IU pledge was solid. While he played on both sides of the ball in high school and some think he'll wind up at defensive back, he will start his IU career as a tailback. As a senior he rushed for 943 yards and five touchdowns on 150 carries.

Brynden Trawick, S, 6-2, 210, Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry H.S.) – Trawick has been looking at top-flight program such as Michigan State, North Carolina State, Purdue, Maryland and Mississippi State, and he's already taken an official to the Spartan program in October. He's a physical safety who has the frame to play early in his career.

Doug Wiggins, CB/WR, 6-0, 188, Miami Beach, Fla. (North Miami Beach H.S.) – Wiggins plans to transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.) at the end of the semester, and is considering Indiana and Western Michigan. Wiggins was's 17th-ranked cornerback in the nation a year ago, but played sparingly early in his freshman year with the Hurricanes and was later suspended by Coach Randy Shannon.

Darius Willis, RB, 6-0, 200, Indianapolis, Ind. (Franklin Central) – The top in-state player still on the board, Willis is the nation's 43rd ranking running back according to and is the Hoosiers' No. 1 priority with their remaining scholarships. The IU staff loves Willis productivity (289 carries, 1,728 yards and 28 TDs as a senior), but they might like his upside even more. Willis is a big back with 4.4 speed, making him an immediate impact sort-of player if he winds up in an IU uniform. IU Coach Bill Lynch made an in-home visit with Willis last Monday. Franklin Central H.S. Coach Lance Scheib told last week that Willis will likely announce his decision around Christmas and it will come down to IU, Purdue (official visit made Sept. 28), Kentucky (Nov. 30) and Boston College (Dec. 14). Top Stories