Bloomington – Some of the IU football program's most valuable recruiting opportunities are about to take place in Bloomington.
After spending the better part of the last six weeks on the road evaluating prospective recruits, the IU football coaching staff has returned to Bloomington with the start of the NCAA ‘quiet' period on June 1. But just because the staff is back in town doesn't mean that recruiting is taking a back seat.
To the contrary, June is one of the more important months for the IU staff. During the next four weeks, many of those same recruits that the staff was watching will be coming to see them. That's because June is camp season, when programs attract players from both near and far to campus.
Summer camps provide valuable opportunity for college coaches to work with potential recruits and for players to get a taste of what IU football is all about as well. It's a month that often results in a handful of commitments, evidenced by the five verbal commitments IU secured last June. Each of those players attended one of the Hoosiers' camps.
"I think it's huge, especially for your kids that are going to play Division I football," Pike H.S. Coach Derek Moyers said of the chance to work with the IU coaching staff. "They find out right away that it's a different ball game at the Division I level. We try to tell the kids we're going to be hard on you and we're going to do this and that, but it's a lot different at the next level."
It all starts Sunday with the Hoosiers' 7-on-7 passing camp as well as the offensive line/defensive line camp, followed by back-to-back sessions of IU's team camp starting on Sunday. The program will also hold a series of one-day camps as well that will allow more prospects the chance to come in and work with the IU staff.
So who are some of the top players who are expected in Bloomington in the coming weeks? Here's a sampling.
During the first session of team camp, Center Grove (Ind.) quarterback Jordan Luallen and athlete Luke Swift will be in attendance. One of the top quarterback prospects in the state, Luallen has already verballed to Georgia Tech. The 6-1, 160-pound Swift, meanwhile, has been having some correspondence with IU, although there's been no scholarship offer…Columbus (Ind.) East will be participating in Saturday's 7-on-7 tournament, and they figure to have one of the camp's top pitch-and-catch combinations with quarterback Dusty Kiel and wide receiver Duwyce Wilson. Both have IU scholarship offers and both appear to have the Hoosiers among their favorites…another of the top teams at 7-on-7 is Pike H.S., which finished second to Carmel in the state last year. Pike's 7-on-7 squad will include athlete Dakotah Tyler and Class of 2010 wide receiver Dyjuan Lewis, both of whom have IU offers. Tyler will likely wind up in the secondary in college, although he's also going to play quarterback this season for his high school team. Another Pike player IU will be looking at is 6-6, 280-pound offensive lineman Andre Cureton, who will be in town to compete in the offensive line/defensive line camp…Swift, Wilson and Lewis aren't the only talented in-state wideouts that will be in town. Another is Lawrence North's Demory Lawshe is a 6-0, 180-pound wideout who caught 25 passes for 322 yards and three scores last year. His team will also be competing in the 7-on-7 event…Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin has produced a handful of IU players in recent years, including running back Kenni Burns and center Jeff Sanders. Sacred Heart Griffin will be coming to IU's 7-on-7 camp Saturday, and it's a good bet that defensive tackle Aaron Peterman will be coming along as well to participate in the offensive line/defensive line camp. Peterman made an earlier trip to Bloomington to watch one of IU's spring practices and has been hearing from the Hoosiers…Damonte Bell is a blazing running back from St. Louis' McCluer North H.S. who will be in town for the 7-on-7 camp. The 5-9, 176-pound Bell rushed for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns on 157 carries as a junior.
Top-Flight Recruits Coming to IU for Camp
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