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IU football adds 22



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday the signing of 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Hoosiers in 2013.


"We executed our plan very well and are excited about this class," Wilson said. "We are very fortunate to have a good amount of returning starters, but we backed that up with, what on paper, is a very, very strong class, which is critical in building our program. There is potential to help on the defensive side, up front, at linebacker and on the perimeter. Offensively, we have 14 returning linemen and three quarterbacks. With those returners, we were able to concentrate on some other positions, including running back, wide receiver, tight end and the defense."


IU signed 13 defensive players, five offensive players and four athletes. The Hoosiers added six defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs on defense and two tight ends, two wide receivers and one running back on offense.


The class features players from eight different states, including five from Indiana, five from Florida, four from Georgia, four from Ohio, one from Illinois, one from Louisiana, one from Nebraska and one from New York.


"We recruit as a team," Wilson said. "There was not one lead recruiter on any one student-athlete. We had multiple coaches going to schools over and over, whether it be the areacoach, the assistant coach, the position coach, the coordinator or me. We also had tremendous behind the scenes administrative help and support. It was a great team effort that put together what is a very strong class."


Here is a list of Indiana's 2013 signees:


Name Pos.    Ht.      Wt.     Hometown/Previous School

Antonio Allen           DB      5-10    205     Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis H.S.

Daryl Chestnut        RB       5-10    190     Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus H.S.

Christopher Cormier          DL       6-2      315     New Iberia, La./Arizona Western C.C.

Patrick Dougherty  DL       6-5      260     Aurora, Ohio/Aurora H.S.

Chase Dutra ATH    6-1      205     Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg H.S.

Rashard Fant           DB      5-10    165     Atlanta, Ga./Our Lady of Mercy H.S.

Danny Friend           TE       6-5      240     Morris, Ill./Morris Community H.S.

Steven Funderburk LB       6-3      231     Port St. Lucie, Fla./Iowa Western C.C.

Myles Graham         ATH    6-0      215     Miami, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory

Isaac Griffith            WR     6-0      180     Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.

Jordan Heiderman  DL       6-3      280     Norfolk, Neb./Iowa Western C.C.

Evan Jansen  TE       6-4      245     Mason, Ohio/Moeller H.S.

David Kenney           DL       6-2      250     Indianapolis, Ind./Pike H.S.

Darius Latham         DL       6-5      291     Indianapolis, Ind./North Central H.S.

Clyde Newton          ATH    6-1      215     Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte H.S.

Marcus Oliver          LB       6-1      220     Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton H.S.

Noel Padmore         DB      5-11    175     Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch H.S.

T.J. Simmons            LB       6-0      230     Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland H.S.

Kris Smith      LB       6-2      215     Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch H.S.

Laray Smith  ATH    6-0      185     Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian H.S.

Maurice Swain        DL       6-5      305     LaGrange, Ga./Troup H.S.

Anthony Young        WR     6-1      175     Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward H.S.


Notes on Class:

* Steven Funderburk, Jordan Heiderman and T.J. Simmons are currently enrolled in classes for thespring semester and will participate in spring practice.

* Four of the top 10 players in Indiana are in the class: Darius Latham (No. 3), Antonio Allen (No. 5), David Kenney (No. 6) and Chase Dutra (No. 9).

* Allen is the first Hoosier to ever participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is ranked the No. 19 safety nationally by ESPN.com and the No. 231 prospect overall by Rivals.com. Allen was a high school teammate of IU redshirt freshman wide receiver Caleb Cornett.

* Kenney is the No. 11 weak-side defensive end nationally and the No. 244 prospect overall by Rivals.com.

* Latham is the No. 14 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 239 prospect overall by Rivals.com.

* Rashard Fant is rated the No. 14 athlete nationally, the No. 16 prospect in Georgia and the No. 147 prospect overall by ESPN.com. He also played in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, along with Kenney.

* Anthony Young is an All-American sprinter in four events and owns 10 state championships in thestate of Ohio.

* Laray Smith currently holds the fastest indoor 300m time nationally and the second-fastest indoor200m and 400m time nationally.

* Funderburk and Heiderman played together at Iowa Western Community College, where the teamwent 12-0 and won the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. Noel Padmore and Kris Smith were teammates at Flowery Branch High School.

* Clyde Newton's brother, Leonard Bryant, played defensive back and lettered at IU from 2002-04.

* Isaac Griffith was the first commitment to the 2012 signing class and Allen was the first to turn in his NLI this morning.


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