Signing day means waiting day for Indiana's football coaches.
By late this afternoon, Indiana should have all of the signed letters of intent back from its 2010 recruiting class. NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from being on hand when the recruits sign those letters of intent and send them in, so that means IU's staff will spend a good portion of the day holed up in their new offices in Memorial Stadium waiting for the LOI's to arrive by fax.
In the days leading up to today, Hoosier Nation made contact with a majority of the 2010 class to find out what their plans were for today. We've assembled this chronological look at how today should unfold. In addition, many members of the class laid out some of their biggest reasons for picking the Hoosiers over their recruiting competition.
7:15 a.m. – Tim O'Conner, a 6'4", 190-pound wide receiver from Cincinnati Elder H.S. will be one of the first to get his Indiana letter of intent signed and sent in bright and early before the start of school.
O'Conner's high school teammate, Pete Bachman, is also scheduled to sign his Indiana LOI at 7:15 a.m. and send it in to the Hoosier coaching staff. Also like O'Conner, Bachman is making his way back from an injury during his senior season, as he suffered a broken leg and missed most of his season.
Bachman on playing for the Hoosiers: "I chose IU for a couple of reasons. First was the coaches and their staff. They are first-class people. Second was the school. IU is a great academic institution. Lastly is the direction of the football program. It is definitely on the rise."
Linebacker Chase Hoobler says he'll be signing his letter of intent at 7:15 a.m. as well. As is the case with many of IU's recruits, Hoobler will then have a 3 p.m. signing press conference at his high school for the occasion.
Shortly after Hoobler sent in his letter of intent, Hoobler had this to say about his decision to decommit from Akron and instead sign with IU: "After what happened with Akron I decided to look around just to see if there was anything else and after I took my official visit it was just a great place where I can major in pre-med and I got along great with the players and coaches."
Keeping things busy at 7:15 a.m. is defensive end Ryan Phillis, the 6'3", 230-pounder from Boardman H.S. in Youngstown, Ohio who will also sign his LOI before the start of school. He'll then have a function at his high school at 1:30 p.m. for the local media.
Phillis on what attracted him to Indiana: " It's a great school with great facilities and very informative and down to earth coaches. It's also a rising program. I am looking forward to competing in one of the best conferences in college football."
7:20 a.m. – That's when New Albany (Ohio) defensive end Harrison Scott will officially sign his letter of intent and return it to the Indiana staff. From there he has a function scheduled at 9:40 a.m. in the gymnasium at New Albany H.S.
8 a.m. – Former Delta H.S. standout Billy Lynch will be getting the chance to work with another Delta H.S. wide receiver, Logan Young, who plans to get his LOI in early. Young is a 6'5", 190-pounder from Muncie.
Young on what stood out to him about Indiana: "The No. 1 thing is definitely the coaching staff. Bill Lynch is a quality person and definitely somebody I want to play for. The program is also starting to show signs of a turnaround. Also the facilities are great. The new North End Zone is second to none."
The signing time for linebacker/safety Matt Zakrzewski is tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m., but there's nothing set in stone. Zakrzewski's signing is at the mercy of what time he wakes up today, so he's labeling his signing time as "8ish."
It's been a frustrating year from Brookfield, Wis., running back Xavier Whitaker, a three-star prospect who suffered a dislocated knee on the first play of the season's second game and was lost for the season. Indiana stuck by him through the injury, making today a good day for Whitaker as he plans to sign his LOI at 8 a.m.
Ishmael Thomas, the 6'4", 200-pound athlete from Detroit's Renaissance H.S. plans to sign his Indiana LOI at 8 a.m. and fax it back to the IU football complex. He'll then be holding a press conference at his high school at Noon for family and friends to attend. Thomas played quarterback on his high school team but was ranked nationally as an outside linebacker and will likely move to defense for the Hoosiers. That versatility makes him one of IU's biggest names in the '10 class.
Thomas on what attracted him to be one of Indiana's early commits last summer: "It's a perfect fit for me. I'll have strong academics and the opportunity to play early. What more could I ask for?"
Eight in the morning is also the chosen time for the last player to commit to IU in the 2010 class, 6'5", 220-pound tight end Paul Phillips from Georgetown (Md.) Prep. Despite the fact he's grown up on the East Coast, Indiana's location played a factor in his decision.
Phillips on signing with Indiana: "I liked the new facilities a lot and the coaches and people in Bloomington were great. Both my parents grew up in the Midwest so it's a great fit for me personally."
8:30 a.m. - Cameron Cole, a 5-11, 166-pound cornerback from Cincinnati's LaSalle H.S. is scheduled to sign his letter of intent to attend Indiana.
Cole's reaction to signing his Indiana LOI: "When I stepped foot on to Indiana University's campus I knew Indiana was the right place. The atmosphere was the first thing that caught me attention. Out of all the schools I visted I felt more welcome at Indiana. The feeling was different, and all the coaches and players seemed like they were already a part of me like family. I also love how academics comes first at Indiana. The coaches speak highly of academics and I knew right then and there after the atmosphere excitement and the welcoming feeling and the academics and the amazing coaching staff I knew Indiana was the right place for me."
11 a.m. – If there's anything to be nervous about, it's probably the status of the first player to commit to IU, junior college cornerback Andre Kates, who has taken visits in recent weeks to look at other schools. He's expected to make his decision official this morning at 11, and it appears likely that he will in fact sign with IU.
3:30 p.m. – There's nothing little about Little Chute (Wis.) offensive lineman Cody Evers, who is the biggest man on Indiana's commitment list at 6'4" and 317-pounds. At 3:30 p.m. Evers is scheduled to be one of the last players of the day to sign his letter of intent.
Evers' reasons for picking Indiana: "I liked everything about the city, team and the new facilities and academics."
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