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Indiana lands Big Ten’s No. 7 class

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Griffiths one of 22 players to sign

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 1:28 pm

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has wrapped up his best-ever football recruiting class.

The Hoosiers’ 22-player ground for the Class of 2013 is rated No. 42 nationally by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service. That ranks seventh in the Big Ten.

Four of the players received four out of five stars by Rivals.com. They are defensive tackle Darius Latham, defensive end David Kenney, defensive back Antonio Allen and athlete Rashard Fant.

Today was the first day of the signing period.

“We executed our plan very well and are excited about this class,” Wilson said in a university release. “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.”

Defense was a huge priority given the struggles over the last decade. Last season IU was last in the Big Ten in scoring defense (35.2 points a game), total defense (463.5 yards) and rush defense (231.3 yards).

As a result, Indiana signed 13 defensive players with six defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs.

The Hooisers also signed five offensive players – two receivers, two tight ends and a running back, plus four athletes, who could play on either side of the ball.

One of the receivers was Homestead standout Isaac Griffith, who was the first player to commit to the class last June.

Five of the players are from the state of Indiana. There also were five from Florida, four from Georiga, four from Ohio, and one each from Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska and 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 area coach, 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.”