INSIDE INDIANA SIGNING DAY CENTRAL

It's finally come — National Signing Day 2013. This one promises to be one of the best, if not the absolute best, ever for the program, which has grown quickly as a recruiting force under coach Kevin Wilson.

The Hoosiers are expected to ink a class at or just outside the top 50 nationally, based in part on some yet-to-be-announced Signing Day decisions, decisions Inside Indiana will take you through as they happen.

Everything you’ll need to know to navigate Indiana's Signing Day will be updated throughout Wednesday’s events, from links to announcements to received letters of intent from the Hoosiers' 2013 signees. You can also click below to follow our live Signing Day thread on the message board, which will be up and running all day long.

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LINKS OF IMPORTANCE

SIGNING DAY CENTRAL (Updated throughout the day with breaking news and information)
INDIANA'S 2013 COMMITMENT LIST (updated as NLIs arrive)
THE RECRUITING TRAIL
247Composite TEAM RANKINGS
247Composite Big Ten TEAM RANKINGS
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LINKS TO ALL OF OUR STORIES SO FAR

(Will be updated as day progresses)

**Signing Day 2013: A Preview

**Trio of Georgians band together

**VIDEO: 2013 commit Nigel Tribune

**2013 Target Board: Who's left?

**Hoosiers add in-state walk-on QB

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    Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman

  • Full release from IU Athletics on today's class:

    HOOSIERS SIGN TWENTY-TWO ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

    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 indoor 200m 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.

    Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman

  • Some selected quotes from Kevin Wilson's press conference today:

    On the time spent recruiting this class: Says he feels that this is Indiana's first true class in the sense of being able to build up relationships over several years, instead of having to play fast catch-up.

    "You get that early relationship going, and even though this is our third full class on paper, I think it’s our first 'cycle.'"

    On recruiting two- and three-sport guys (example being two-sport Darius Latham): "I struggle sometimes in recruiting a kid that can play Big Ten football and doesn’t play another sport in high school. ... When you get kids like that … I like guys that play a bunch of sports, and Darius being a great basketball player … he loves it."

    On bringing in track stars Laray Smith and Anthony Young: "We’re gonna get Stoner and those two and me have a good 4X100 team. We’ll be alright, as long as I don’t drop it."

    On the speed of Indiana's class as a whole, including relative speed of linemen, linebackers: "The really good teams have overall team speed, and I’m maybe more pleased with the overall athleticism of the recruits as a team."

    On which freshmen might be ready to play right away: "There’s nothing entitled. You earn your spot. We’ll throw those dogs in the deep water and see if they can swim."

    On whether this momentum can carry over into recruiting 2014: "I got two comments over and over — I really felt a connection to your players, and I really feel a connection to your recruits. ... We’ve got a number of early offers out, but we don’t expect early commitments. We put offers out to let you know we’re serious and let’s get to know each other."

    On the power of all of those in-state players recruiting each other: "It’s nice there was a group working, but individually, we kind of recruited each one independently of each other. ... In my world, I was dealing with each kid individually, and what I thought he could bring to our family."

    On the importance of bringing in as many as five defensive tackles: "Very much. Two (junior college) guys, one we got on here late. Had worked Darius earlier, (Jordan) Heiderman early. … Moving forward, Darius’ ability, I think Maurice Swain is a very similar guy that has nice size."

    On Chase Dutra: "Chase Dutra, to me, you watch his tape, the best things he does (are) when the ball’s in his hands. ... He’s a guy that we’ve talked about, we’ve got to do a good job with early, because we don’t need you to spend your time catching balls if we need you to backpedal, and vice versa."

    On Isaac Griffith: "He’s got all the things you want as a coach’s kid as far as toughness, competitiveness, intelligence, you name it."

    That's just a random smattering pulled from my notes. We'll have more coming.

    Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman

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