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In their words: IU coaches on 2014 football recruiting class

South Side quarterback Donovan Clark scoots to the outside on a running play against Snider earlier in his career at Spuller Stadium. (News-Sentinel file photo)
South Side quarterback Donovan Clark scoots to the outside on a running play against Snider earlier in his career at Spuller Stadium. (News-Sentinel file photo)

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South Side High athlete to compete for playing time in secondary

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 12:01 am
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana wrapped up its second straight top-40 football recruiting class, a first in program history.The Hoosiers signed 14 defensive players and 12 offensive players in a class rated No. 35 by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service.

They consist of six defensive backs, four defensive linemen, four linebackers, four offensive linemen, four wide receivers, two running backs, one tight end and one quarterback.

Six of the players came from Ohio. Five came from Indiana and Georgia. Four came from Florida.

“On paper, these are the best back-to-back classes in school history,” coach Kevin Wilson said. “But that's on paper. We need to take that paper and work with it in the years to come and keep building the program.”

One of those players is South Side standout Donovan Clark, a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) with a big upside. He's set to play defensive back for the Hoosiers.

Last season Clark played quarterback as well as running back. He recorded 25 tackles and two interceptions. He also rushed for 744 yards and seven touchdowns, caught nine passes for 75 yards, returned seven kicks for 151 yards.

“He's a two-way player," defensive coordinator Brian Knorr said. "He was a great quarterback. He's a dynamic cover guy and a great kick returner. I look for him to provide an element of speed and (physicality) in the secondary.”

Clark's versatility appealed to Wilson even though, at 5-10 and 175 pounds, Clark is the smallest player in the class.

“He's a heck of a basketball and baseball player," Wilson said. "He was a quarterback. He could be a receiver/slot type of guy. I think he's going to be a corner guy for us.

“He's a little bit smaller than some of our other DBs, but he plays with a physical presence. For a small guy, he runs hard. He's not a juke guy. He plays at pad level. When he comes up to hit you, he's very aggressive and assertive. He's not tentative. He's an all-around athlete.

“He's not as long as some of these guys, but he's very fast, a very physical kid. We're excited to have him.”

Knorr, Wilson and offensive coordinator Kevin Johns talked about the rest of the class.Delroy Baker, OL, Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Fla., 6-6, 290

Kevin Johns: “We feel like we won a big-time recruiting battle for Delroy. Had all the big three schools in Florida. Many SEC schools. Committed to us in the summer time. Very excited about his upside. Has great size, toughness, plays very physical and is on campus right now working out with us now and getting stronger every day.”

Prep/Personal: Offensive tackle for head coach Ryan Hearn at West Port High School ... did not play as a senior after he transferred to Admiral Farragut Academy ... rated the No. 31 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com ... chose Indiana over offers from Florida and Missouri ... started playing football his freshman season ... three-year football letterwinner ... also a track and field standout ... parents are Delroy, Sr., and Yvonne Baker ... born on Oct. 17, 1995, Delroy Egerton Baker, Jr., intends to study psychology.

Dominique Booth, WR, Pike, Indianapolis,6-0, 200

Kevin Johns: “Just an outstanding receiver from Pike High School. Going to leave Pike as the all-time leading receiver. This year we really wanted to add some size and some speed to the receiving corps. We felt like losing Kofi, losing Cody, we really had to replace some big physical guys. Dominique is going to do that for us.”

Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Derek Moyers at Pike High School ... honorable mention Associated Press All-State his junior and senior seasons ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a junior ... three-time all-conference and all-county and two-time Indianapolis Star Super Team selection ... holds Pike career records for receptions (145), receiving yards (1,851) and receiving touchdowns (21) ... also set single-season records in each category ... posted 99 catches for 1,266 yards with 16 TDs over his final two years ... rated the No. 2 prospect in Indiana, the No. 31 wide receiver nationally and the No. 225 prospect overall by ESPN.com ... invited to four All-American games ... teammate of IU sophomore defensive end David Kenney ... named academic all-state and a seven-time honor roll student ... parents are Mark Booth and Lacheena Carothers ... born on July 21, 1995, Dominique Dajuan Booth intends to study exercise science.

Simmie Cobbs, WR, Oak Park River Forest, Oak Park, Ill., 6-4, 207

Kevin Johns: “He's going to fit the size and the speed combination that we want. You're going to see this guy being 6-foot-4, 205, 210 pounds, he really moves like he's about 6-foot-1, 180. Very agile, great change of direction. Played offense and defense this year. Covered kicks for his team.”

Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach John Hoerster at Oak Park and River Forest High School ... 2013 all-state selection ... named the team's all-purpose most valuable player ... rated the No. 27 prospect in Illinois by Rivals.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... also a basketball standout ... mother is Delta Cobbs ... born on Aug. 25, 1995, Simmie Cobbs intends to study business management.

Alexander Diamont, QB, Venice, Los Angeles, 6-1, 175

Kevin Johns: “He brings the abilities to make plays not only with his arm but with his legs as well. Very athletic. Can run around, make some plays. … He's a very heady player, very smart, he understands the game, can read coverages. We had a chance to go out and watch him throw in the spring time, and he came back in June at our camp and threw in front of Coach Wilson. Really impressed us with his arm strength, having the ability to make throws all over the field. He has a little Johnny Manziel in him, which can be a good thing and can be a bad thing, but for him to have the ability to create plays on his own is always special.”

Prep/Personal: Quarterback for head coach Angelo Gasca at Venice High School ... selected to the 2014 USA Football U.S. Under-19 National Team ... set Venice career records in passing yardage and touchdowns ... named Los Angeles City Player of the Year, Westside co-Player of the Year and Western League co-Player of the Year in 2013 ... threw for 3,501 yards and 47 TDs ... recognized as Western League Offensive Player of the Year, all-city and all-league ... passed for 2,977 yards and 31 scores as a junior ... led Venice to the semifinals of the Los Angeles city section championship ... three-year starter and four-year letterwinner ... parents are Don Diamont and Cindy Ambuehl ... born on Feb. 16, 1995, Alexander Diamont intends to study business entrepreneurship.

Jordan Fuchs, TE, Milford Academy, New Berlin, NY, 6-6, 230

Kevin Johns: “Jordan's a big-time player, big-time potential. It doesn't take long when you watch his film to see that he runs tremendous routes and has very soft hands. And he was an outstanding basketball player as well that has a chance to do great things in our offense.

Prep/Personal: Tight end for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy ... attended Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y. and spent the 2013 fall semester at Milford ... caught 19 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in 2013 ... began playing football as a junior in 2012 at Christ the King ... made 15 receptions for 286 yards and five TDs ... also starred on the basketball court, where he received 15 Division I offers ... played against Hoosiers freshman forward Noah Vonleh ... teammate of signee and offensive lineman Tim Gardner at Milford ... parents are Michael and Lisa Fuchs ... Jordan Alexander Fuchs was born on Oct. 26, 1994.

Tim Gardner, OL, Milford Academy, New Berlin, NY, 6-5, 320

Kevin Wilson: “Timmy's very talented. He came out a year ago. It didn't work out at the previous school he signed with. … Very big, very athletic. We think maybe as athletic as some of our defensive line prospects. Comparing him to Ralph Green, same kind of body. Not that he's going to be defensive line, but 300 pounds with great agility.”

Prep/Personal: Offensive lineman for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy and head coach Jayson West at Lawrence Central High School ... rated the No. 3 prep school prospect by Rivals.com ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State ... selected to the 2012 Indianapolis Star Super Team and named Position Award winner (offensive line) ... Lawrence Central went 15-0 and won the Indiana Class 5A state championship ... team averaged 38.5 points and 328.5 rushing yards per game ... three-year starter ... the Bears went 13-2 and advanced to its first state title game in 2010 ... rated the No. 5 prospect in Indiana and the No. 24 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com in 2012 ... teammate of IU senior wide receiver Isaiah Roundtree, junior quarterback Tre Roberson and sophomore offensive lineman Wes Rodgers at Lawrence Central ... teammate of signee and tight end Jordan Fuchs at Milford ... grandmother is Sharon Anderson ... Timothy J. Gardner was born on Oct. 9, 1994.

DeAndre Herron, OL,Iowa Western, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 6-5, 330

Kevin Johns: “De'Andre is massive. He certainly fits the mold of being a grown man. And when you watch his film, he plays extremely physical, finishes his blocks. … Very excited for what he can bring, really from an immediate impact, already having the size you need in an O-lineman.”

Junior College: Offensive lineman for head coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs ... team went 11-1, captured the Midwest Football Conference title and won the 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl ... earned first team all-conference honors ... led an offense that finished third in yards (522.5), fifth in points (44.3), seventh in rushing yards (265.0) and 10th in passing yards (257.5) per game in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ... second team Academic All-Region ... Iowa Western went 12-0 and won the 2012 NJCAA national championship ... team averaged 262.3 rushing yards per game, which ranked third in the NJCAA ... teammate of IU senior linebacker Steven Funderburk and senior defensive lineman Jordan Heiderman.

Prep/Personal: Offensive lineman for head coach Mark Bless at Avon High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press All-State ... a first team all-conference and all-county selection ... voted the team's most valuable player ... recorded 32 pancake blocks and an 82 percent blocking grade ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are LaShawn and Adrian Thompson and Dion Herron ... born on Dec. 16, 1992, DeAndre Jermaine Herron intends to study liberal arts.

J-Shun Harris, WR, Fishers, Fishers, Ind., 5-8, 165

Kevin Johns: “He's dynamic. I think when you watch his film, just fast, explosive, can change direction. Young man that we had in our summer camp and it didn't take long for him to put on a show for us as coaches for us to realize that this guy, we need to have him on our team.”

Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach Rick Wimmer at Fishers High School ... Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a senior ... Indiana Associated Press Class 6A All-State ... two-time first team All-Hamilton County selection ... holds Fishers career records for receptions (133), receiving yards (2,032), touchdown catches (17), punt returns (40), punt return yards (768), punt return average (19.2) and punt return TDs (five) ... 2013 team captain made 62 receptions for 1,027 yards (16.6) with eight scores en route to all-conference honors ... also returned 13 punts for 318 yards (24.5) and two touchdowns ... set school single-season records for catches, receiving yards, punt returns, punt return yards and punt return average ... brought in 38 receptions for 527 yards and five TDs his junior campaign ... Fishers won the 2010 Indiana Class 5A state championship and claimed conference titles in 2010 and 2013 ... rated the No. 13 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com ... four-year football and four-year track and field letterwinner ... parents are Art and Stephanie Peterson ... born on Nov. 24, 1995, J-Shun Nehru Harris II intends to study business management.

Coray Keel, WR, South Gwinnett, Snellville, Ga., 6-2, 184

Kevin Johns: “He's one of those bigger body guys that has a chance to put on weight when he gets to college. Three-sport athlete at South Gwinnett. Had a chance to watch him this fall. Very explosive, very soft hands, runs great routes, and he's a great character young man. Very good student.

Prep/Personal: Wide receiver for head coach John Small at South Gwinnett High School ... two-time All-Gwinnett County selection ... set school record for career receiving yards (1,824) ... made 50 receptions for 658 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... averaged 31.3 yards per catch with 29 grabs for 908 yards and 10 scores ... selected to play in the 2012 Georgia Junior Bowl ... four-year football and track and field and two-year baseball letterwinner ... father is Vinnie Keel ... born on Nov. 27, 1995, Coray Lee Keel intends to study business management.

Wes Martin, OL, Milton Union, West Milton, Ohio, 6-3, 295

Kevin Johns: “He's going to be one of the strongest kids that we're gonna bring in this year. … He's a natural fit here at our school.”

Prep/Personal: Offensive lineman for head coach Mark Lane at Milton-Union High School ... first team all-state, all-region and all-conference as a senior ... named the league's offensive lineman of the year in 2012 ... third team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-conference his junior year ... school advanced to the third round of the state playoffs, its best ever finish ... rated the No. 57 offensive guard by ESPN.com ... three-year football and three-year track and field letterwinner ... honor roll student ... a Habitat for Humanity volunteer ... parents are Allen and Rhonda Martin ... Wesley Allen Martin was born on May 5, 1996.

Tommy Mister, RB, St. Rita, Chicago, 6-0, 198

Kevin Johns: “I think you watch his film, he's going to be one of the more explosive and dynamic athletes that we're going to sign this year. Reminds a lot of us on Tevin Coleman, who obviously had a big-time year for us this year. Played quarterback for his team this year, really just so they could put the ball in his hands on every single snap. But plays extremely physical. Great change of direction. Great acceleration.”

Prep/Personal: Quarterback for head coach Todd Kuska at St. Rita High School ... selected to the 2014 USA Football U.S. Under-19 National Team ... 2012 and 2013 all-state, all-area and all-conference selection ... recognized as the Chicago Catholic League Most Valuable Player and Offensive MVP ... named all-conference three times overall ... as a senior, rushed for 1,767 yards and 30 touchdowns and passed for 1,408 yards and 11 TDs ... St. Rita went 12-2 and won the 2013 city championship ... rated the No. 21 prospect in Illinois by ESPN.com and he No. 44 athlete nationally by Rivals.com ... parents are Marlon and Dawn Mister ... born on Feb. 13, 1996, Tommy Monte Mister intends to study sport communication-broadcas

Devine Redding, RB, Glenville, Cleveland, Ohio, 5-9, 203

Kevin Johns: “He is going to be a bigger, more physical back. … Shows great speed and really for a running back has tremendous vision and great change of direction in the open field.”

Prep/Personal: Running back for head coach Ted Ginn, Sr., at Glenville High School ... Glenville went 13-2 and reached the 2013 Ohio Division II championship game ... accounted for over 650 all-purpose yards the last seven games of his senior season ... Indiana senior wide receiver Shane Wynn is a Glenville graduate ... collected 1,100 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns at Mineral Ridge (Ohio) High School as a junior ... honorable mention all-state ... rated the 58 running back nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are Desmond Redding and Natalie Fields ... born on Feb. 5, 1996, Devine Redding intends to study business management.Michael Barwick, DT, Summit Country Day, Cincinnati, 6-0, 291

Brian Knorr: “Mike will be an interior defensive lineman. Great first step, Probably an ideal shade nose guard inside. … He's a guy that can come in and be a solid player on our defensive front.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman for head coach Michael Brown at The Summit Country Day School ... four-year starter ... two-time first team all-state, all-district and all-league performer ... named the Division V District and Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 ... awarded the 2013 Anthony Muņoz Lineman of the Year ... won the defensive line most valuable player award at the 2013 Rivals Camp Series ... finished his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries and was third in tackles ... made 74 stops, 7.5 sacks, 13 TFLs and five fumble recoveries as a senior ... posted 75 tackles, 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and recovered five fumbles his junior campaign ... led the program to its first two playoff victories ... rated the No. 60 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com ... three-year basketball letterwinner ... parents are Michael and Tara Barwick ... born on Oct. 1, 1995, Michael Macon Barwick, Jr., intends to study business management.

Nick Carovillano, DE, St. Xavier, Cincinnati, 6-4, 245

Brian Knorr: “Outstanding player. Nick transferred from Brophy Prep in Arizona. He came in and did a lot of things we're going to ask him to do. Great first step, very rangy, will develop into a very good defensive end for us.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman for head coach Steve Specht at St. Xavier High School ... tallied 53 tackles, nine sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble in 2013 ... led the Great Catholic League (GCL) in sacks ... first team all-conference as a junior and senior ... second team all-district his senior season ... team captured the 2012 GCL championship ... collected 53 stops and 2.5 sacks ... three-year football and two-year track and field letterwinner ... rated the No. 31 prospect in Ohio by ESPN.com and the No. 39 strong-side defensive end nationally by 247Sports.com ... parents are Dean and Stacy Carovillano ...Nicholas Antonio Carovillano was born on Aug. 29, 1995.

Donovan Clark, DB, South Side, Fort Wayne, 5-10, 175

Brian Knorr: “Donovan is a two-way player, great quarterback. Very dynamic cover guy physically. Was a great returner. Really look forward to him providing an element of speed and physicalness in the secondary.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive back and running back for head coach Eddie Fields at South Side High School ... all-area and all-conference honoree made 25 tackles with two interceptions and four pass breakups his senior season ... team's most valuable player rushed for 744 yards on 128 carries (5.8 average) with seven touchdowns ... also caught nine passes for 75 yards, returned seven kicks for 151 yards and threw one TD pass ... Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State selection as a junior ... recorded 23 stops, three INTs and three PBUs ... added 294 passing yards, three passing scores, 1,049 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD ... a Fort Wayne News-Sentinel All-Area selection ... rated the No. 11 prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com and the No. 64 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... four-year football, three-year basketball and three-year baseball letterwinner ... parents are Sonja Gatson and Donald Clark ... born on Sept. 7, 1995, Donovan Louis Clark intends to study business management.

Jermane Conyers, DE, Ridgeland, Rossville, Ga., 6-3, 290

Brian Knorr: “He comes in close to a 300-pound defensive lineman. Will be an interior defensive lineman for us. Physically is a guy that can step in and compete right away and has been outstanding.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive and offensive lineman for head coach Mark Mariakis at Ridgeland High School ... Ridgeland posted a 13-2 record and advanced to the 2013 state championship game ... 2012 honorable mention all-region ... rated the No. 80 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com ... football, basketball and track letterwinner ... parents are Laura Stewart and Tracy Wade ... born on June 4, 1996, Jermane Kane Conyers intends to study business management.

Chris Covington, DB, Al Raby, Chicago, Ill, 6-2, 205

Brian Knorr: “Chris was a quarterback in high school, he played corner and played linebacker. We'll bring Chris in as a possible safety who could grow into an oustide backer, SAM backer. Great ball skills as you can see. Athletically did a lot of things as you can see on the offensive side of the ball. He'll be a wild card for us, could be a safety or an outside linebacker.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive back and quarterback for head coach Dangelo Dereef at Al Raby High School ... en route to all-city and all-conference honors, threw for 1,993 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 657 and 13 TDs on the ground in 2013 ... secured six tackles for loss, three interceptions and one forced fumble ... first athlete from Al Raby to earn a Division I scholarship ... parents are Sheneesha Edwards and Gary Covington ... Chris Covington was born on Jan. 3, 1996.

Will Dawkins, DB, Vero Beach, Vero Beach, Fla. 5-11, 195

Kevin Wilson: “Will is a guy recruited by a lot of folks. Great program at Vero.Well coached … Had a lot of offers, lot of Big Ten opportunities from some premier programs. Got on him late. Phenomenal kid. Just energy, talent, loved him when we met him from the get go. Got him in here last week and we're excited about him. He played offense this year. Can play both sides, but to me very, very physical, great ball skill and he can give us some depth and some needed improvement in the secondary.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive back and wide receiver for head coach Lenny Jankowski at Vero Beach High School ... three-year starter ... team captain made 44 tackles, 32 solos, with five interceptions and six pass breakups as a senior ... rated the No. 22 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... three-year football, two-year basketball, one-year baseball and one-year track and field letterwinner ... mother is Nakinya Allen and stepmom is Jodi Harvey ... William Davonte Dawkins was born on July 29, 1994.

Tony Fields, DB, Godby, Tallahassee, Fla., 5-10, 207

Brian Knorr: “Comes very well-tutored as far as football instincts, probably as ready a player as we have to come in and compete right away. Tremendous instincts, cover skills, can play sideline to sideline. I think had five picks last year and really was one of the top picks in that area.”

Prep/Personal: Safety for head coach Ronnie Cottrell at Godby High School ... finished his career with 314 tackles, 13 interceptions, 15 pass breakups, seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, four touchdowns and three sacks ... recorded 71 tackles, 42 solo, and four interceptions as a senior ... team captain led Godby to a 10-2 record and a district championship ... two-time all-state and All-Big Bend selection ... played at North Florida Christian High School as a sophomore and won the 2A state title ... rated the No. 44 safety nationally by ESPN.com ... four-year football and two-year basketball letterwinner ... four-year honors student won the 2013 Godby Senior Football Athlete Academic Award ... parents are Antonio and Tabatha Fields ... born on Sept. 25, 1995, Antonio Malik Fields intends to study business administration.

Greg Gooch, LB, Lyman, Longwood, Fla., 6-2, 235

Brian Knorr: “Tremendous personality, people are going to love Greg Gooch. He'll come in one of the strongest players in the state of Florida. He'll come in and be able to compete in the weight room physically. He's a MIKE linebacker right now that can come in and also rush off the edge. We're excited about him and he'll provide tremendous personality for this defense.”

Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Jeff Gierke at Lyman High School ... played both inside and outside linebacker during his career ... made 77 tackles, seven sacks and 26 tackles for loss as a senior ... named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Area team ... ranked No. 3 on the publication's 2014 Central Florida Super60 ... rated the No. 30 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com ... mother is Dwan Tolbert ... Greg Bernard Gooch, Jr., was born on Sept. 25, 1994.

Robert McCray III, Rockdale, Rockdale, Ga., 6-2, 250

Brian Knorr: “Robert gives us the ability in an odd front not only to rush the passer from a three-point stance, he's also very dynamic and athletic. He played tailback so he can also drop into coverage, a very multiple player who can play linebacker or rush defensive end for us.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive lineman and linebacker for head coach Venson Elder at Rockdale County High School ... awarded all-area and all-region honors as a senior ... delivered 65 tackles, 50 solo, with 12 sacks ... two-year football letterwinner ... also a track and field standout ... parents are Robert McCray, Jr., and Cassandra McCray ... born on March 24, 1996, Robert McCray III intends to study business.

>b>Derrian Meminger, Hancock Central, Hancock, Ga., 6-4, 270

Prep/Personal: Defensive and offensive lineman for head coach Zackery Harris at Hancock Central High School ... earned all-region recognition on defense as a senior ... posted 32 tackles with five sacks and 15 tackles for loss ... collected all-state honors on offense his junior campaign ... parents are Demetria Devereaux and Reggie Meminger ... born on Jan. 15, 1996, Derrian Meminger intends to study sport communication-broadcast.

Tegray Scales, LB, Colerain, Cincinnati, 6-0, 206

Brian Knorr: “Tegray Scales has tremendous body control, very very athletic. By far probably the most athletic linebacker that we'll bring in this year. He is one of the top wrestlers in the state of Ohio. He'll come in, has great control of the body. Tremendous pass rusher, very exciting and dynamic. Looking for big things out of Tegray.”

Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Tom Bolden at Colerain High School ... 2013 Associated Press Division 1 co-Defensive Player of the Year and Southwest District Defensive POY ... first team all-state honoree was named to the All-USA Today Ohio Football Team ... posted 102 tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions ... nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... tallied 78 stops with three forced fumbles and one INT in 2012 ... Colerain won four consecutive conference championships ... rated the No. 24 prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com and the No. 32 outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football and four-year wrestling letterwinner ... finished fourth in the state as a sophomore, seventh in the state as a junior and 13th in the country as a senior ... parents are Herman Scales and Kathy Wilkerson ... Tegray Rene Scales was born on May 10, 1996.

Zeke Walker, DB, Brooklyn-Cayce, Cayce, S.C., 6-2, 210

Brian Knorr: “Was a very athletic quarterback, very physical safety. We anticipate him being a safety/outside linebacker hybrid very much like Covington.”

Prep/Personal: Defensive back for head coach Rusty Charpia at Brookland-Cayce High School ... played in the 2013 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... earned all-region honors ... named Brookland-Cayce's Offensive Most Valuable Player ... led team to first winning season since 2003 ... rated the No. 34 prospect in South Carolina by 247Sports.com ... three-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... a scholar-athlete award winner ... parents are Michael and MeChele Walker ... born on March 29, 1996, Ezekiel Walker intends to study business management.

Kiante Walton, DB, Carver, Columbus, Ga., 5-10, 190

Brian Knorr: “Great 40 time. Kiante is a very athletic corner, very physical corner. Two-hundred pound corners are hard to find these days, especially when they're 6-foot. This guy is going to be a finalist probably in the state of Georgia 100 meters. He's a guy that we're very excited about. Great ball skills, five picks, and comes from a great program at Columbus Carver."

Prep/Personal: Defensive back for head coach Joe Kegler at George Washington Carver High School ... first team All-Big City and honorable mention all-state in 2013 ... posted 47 tackles with five interceptions and one forced fumble ... returned one INT, one kickoff and one punt for a score ... team went 11-2 and captured the regional championship ... clocked a 4.47 40-yard dash time and owns a 39-inch vertical leap ... football and track letterwinner ... parents are Demetrix Walton and Jeff Bass ... born on Sept. 18, 1995, Kiante Darquell Walton intends to study sports medicine.

Dameon Willis, LB, St. Ignacius, Cleveland, 6-0, 209

Kevin Wilson: “A guy that's kind of a big safety growing into a linebacker who we can hopefully play on the edge. … Quality player out of a quality program.”

Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Chuck Kyle at Saint Ignatius High School ... finished 2013 with 75 tackles, 60 solo, two sacks, eight tackles for loss, six interceptions and three forced fumbles ... named the team's most valuable player ... St. Ignatius won the 2011 state championship ... rated the No. 54 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports.com and the No. 61 outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... three-year football, one-year basketball and track and field letterwinner ... earned the school's community service award ... parents are Dameon R. Willis, Sr., and Kim Hereford ... Dameon Roshean Willis, Jr., was born on Jan. 19, 1996.

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