Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Hoosiers Address Speed, Size, Defense ; Boilers Sign Terre Haute QB Etling

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Hoosiers Address Speed, Size, Defense ; Boilers Sign Terre Haute QB Etling

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Heading into his third fall in Bloomington, Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson is feeling a little better about the state of his depth chart. Wilson and his coaching staff went into national signing day on Wednesday looking to bolster the Hoosiers' ranks with more speed and size with a special emphasis on recruiting better defensive talent.

In signing 22 players, Indiana ventured into three prime high school football hotbeds - Florida, Georgia and Ohio - to fill their needs. IU also signed five in-state recruits, led by highly touted defensive back Antonio Allen from Ben Davis in Indianapolis, who is rated by Rivals.com as a four-star talent.

"I do think we got guys that fit us. So I'm not surprised," Wilson said. "We're going to keep doing good, keep doing better because this program deserves to be consistently good."

Indiana added size by signing 6-foot-5, 291-pound defensive tackle Darius Latham from Indianapolis North Central; 305-pound defensive tackle Maurice Swain of LaGrange, Ga,; 260-pound defensive end Patrick Dougherty of Aurora, Ohio, and 250-pound defensive end David Kenney of Indianapolis Pike.

Three junior college players, including 231-pound linebacker Steven Funderburk and 280-pound defensive tackle Jordan Heiderman, who were teammates on Iowa Western's national championship team, also signed.

Offensively, the Hoosiers added two of the nation's fastest sprinters in receiver Anthony Young of Lakewood St. Edward in Ohio and Laray Smith, an athlete from Staten Island, N. Y.

Purdue: The Boilermakers signed 23 players in coach Darrell Hazell's first recruiting class including what may be the best senior quarterback in the state - 6-foot-3 Danny Etling, Terre Haute native.

Among those signing with the Boilermakers were Keith Byars III, son of the former Ohio State running back who played in the NFL, and defensive end Jake Replogle, who bucked the family trend after watching three older brothers play at rival Indiana.

"I think if you study them, the thing that you see is that it's a vibrant class with a lot of guys who can play different positions," Hazell said. …

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