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IU football continues to collect 2010 recruits

Lynch is up to 13 oral commitments for the next grid season.

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 11:33 am

At this rate, Indiana football coach Bill Lynch might finish his recruiting for the Class of 2010 before the upcoming season starts.

For the record, IU is still a couple of weeks away from the beginning of preseason camp and Lynch already has 13 oral commitments.

The Hoosiers got two more earlier this week when Michigan offensive lineman Bill Ivan and Detroit linebacker Ishmael Thomas committed. Indiana figures to sign around 20 players.

While the class lacks the high-impact acclaim you see from Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan, it does have potential. The two highest-rated recruits are 6-2, 253-pound defensive end Jibreel Black of Ohio and 6-4, 210-pound Thomas.

Black is rated No. 23 at his position by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service. Rivals rates Thomas as the No. 50 linebacker. Both receive three stars in Rivals' five-star ranking system.

Black is also rated as the nation's 16th best defensive lineman by Scout.com, another national Internet recruiting service.

IU beat out Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Kentucky for Black, whose older brother, Larry, is a redshirt freshman defensive tackle for the Hoosiers.

Thomas had 74 tackles, 18 for loss, last season. He also played quarterback. Purdue, Iowa and Central Michigan were among the schools that had offered scholarships.

Two stars go to the 6-5, 250-pound Ivan; 6-2, 195-pound running back Xavier Whitaker of Wisconsin (900 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns); 5-11, 210-pound running back Antonio Banks of Ohio (944 rushing yards, 6.1 yards per carry, 12 touchdowns) and 6-3, 245-pound tight end Leneil Himes of Plymouth.

The other commitments are offensive linemen Cody Evers (a robust 6-4, 317 pounds) from Wisconsin and Marlandez Harris (325-pound bench press) of Illinois, defensive back Andre Kates of New York, running back Matt Perez of Illinois, defensive ends Ryan Phillis (135 tackles) of Ohio and Harrison Scott of Ohio, and wide receiver Logan Young (42 catches, 1,079 yards, 12 touchdowns) of Delta High School near Muncie.

Players can't sign until next February's signing period.