Indiana schools build futures on signing day

Indiana schools build futures on signing day

Indiana schools build futures on signing day

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Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Purdue coach Danny Hope is fired up about phase two of his recruiting effort to bring the Boilermakers back to the top of the Big Ten.

A total of 20 players signed with Purdue on Wednesday, and Hope said he got many of the top players he wanted in his second year as head coach.

"It's like Christmas," he said. "I've been waiting a long time to get these guys signed up. We think we did a great job of recruiting this class. Added to our efforts last year, we think we've taken some big steps toward winning a Big Ten championship and being a top-tier football team."

Indiana and Ball State each signed 21 players on Wednesday.

Hope said he feels like he got a difference maker in Sean Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback from Springfield, Ill.

"He has excellent passing potential," Hope said. "You can put him in the shotgun. You can throw with him every snap and have a chance to win, and you can use him as a ball carrier every snap and have a chance to win."

Ricardo Allen was the top cornerback on Purdue's wish list. Hope said the 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect from Daytona Beach, Fla., had offers from Michigan and Florida State.

"Very, very physical player," Hope said. "He has star potential."

Hope got his first three in-state signees after none last year: linebacker Joe Gilliam of Southport in Indianapolis, Ryan Isaac of Michigan City and Charles Torwudzo, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver from Brownsburg.

Hope said Indiana overall had a stronger senior class this year, and some of his recruiting efforts from the previous year paid off. He said he considered Gilliam one of the top four players in the state, Torwudzo provides needed size and the staff "hit the jackpot" with Isaac.

Hope said the newcomers generally have the skills and the grades to contribute immediately.

Four players signed early and are already enrolled. They are cornerback Michael Eargle, tight ends De'Ron Flood and Gabe Holmes, and linebacker Will Lucas. Last year's early signees, Dwayne Beckford, Antwon Higgs and Al-Terek McBurse, all had significant roles on the team last season.

Hope went to his Florida roots again. After taking 14 players from the Sunshine State last year, he signed six on Wednesday. Two more Floridians are among the four players who had signed in January and already have enrolled.

Indiana coach Bill Lynch added four players from Indiana -- quarterback Kofi Hughes of Indianapolis Cathedral, linebacker Jack Denton of Zionsville, tight end Leneil Himes of Plymouth and wide receiver Logan Young of Delta High School in Muncie.

He added eight players from Ohio.

"I can't remember the end of a recruiting year with such a big class, where I feel so good about the kids that are coming," he said. "We knew they were talented, that is not the issue. The more you get to know them, the more comfortable you are with their character, their families, their work ethic, their commitment and knowing that they really want to come to Indiana University."

Ball State coach Stan Parrish also feels good about his haul. Ten of his additions are from Ohio, and three are from Indiana.

"Our staff did a great job of identifying prospects and then signing those student-athletes who we know will be a good fit for our program and Ball State," Parrish said.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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