Isaac Griffith started off the signing process Wednesday morning as 22 new athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Hoosiers football team in the fall of 2013. For head Coach Kevin Wilson, this team contains one great aspect: speed.
Recruiting a mostly defensive strong class, the Hoosiers signed 13 defensive players, five offensive, and four athletes. For the defensive team, the Hoosiers gained six defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs; giving their offensive team two tight ends, two wide receivers and one running back.
Darius Latham (DL), Antonio Allen (DB), David Kenney (DL), and Chase Dutra (ATH) make up the four new athletes in the 2013 class that are ranked among Indiana’s top 10 players. One more player from Indiana joins these four in making up the five in-state players.
The rest of the class comes from out-of-state: five from Florida, four from Ohio, four from Georgia, one from Illinois, one from Louisiana, one from Nebraska, and one from New York.
For many of these new players, their end decision was based on the Hoosiers current players and recruitment staff. Coach Kevin Wilson stresses the importance to his players about their job in selling a program as great as Indiana’s. As Indiana’s 28th head coach for football, this is Coach Wilson’s third class.
What makes this new class so impressive is their athleticism; even outside of football. Anthony Young (WR) from Lakewood, Ohio is an All-American sprinter in four events, earning his state 10 state championships. Also adding to the team’s dynamic, Laray Smith (ATH) from New York holds the fastest indoor 300m time nationally and also claims the second-fastest indoor 200m and 4000m time nationally.
With so much time until the start of the season, Coach Kevin Wilson stresses the importance for these players to have good habits.
“Those students are going to be better students, those athletes are going to be better athletes. We are going to push you harder in all areas,” he says.
What the players do today will ultimately determine what they will accomplish on the field this coming season.
August makes the date where the Hoosiers begin their first 29 official practices for the season. With only two players coming from junior colleges, there is a lot of young talent on this team that can be worked with to find a flow on the field.