UNDATED (AP) - Purdue hopes more than a dozen Florida recruits will rebuild its program. Indiana is banking on more than a half-dozen homegrown recruits.
And Ball State believes a second straight bowl trip helped attract enough talent to build on its recent success. Whatever the rationale, the three Indiana schools believe they filled enough holes during today's national football signing day to improve next season.
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New Purdue coach Danny Hope says he likes the Boilermakers' recruits' athleticism and competitiveness, and he's pleased with his first recruiting class since he took over for former coach Joe Tiller.
Fourteen of his 20 signees are from Florida.
Indiana coach Bill Lynch signed 18 players, eight from Indiana. They include Dusty Kiel, the Columbus East quarterback and nephew of former Notre Dame and Colts quarterback Blair Kiel. Lynch also got Mr. Football runnerup Nick Zachery of Sheridan.
Ball State went for speed, and new coach Stan Parrish thinks he's got that in his 22-man class. The Cardinals' biggest void next season will be replacing quarterback Nate Davis, who declared early for the NFL draft last month. Parrish signed one quarterback, Aaron Mershman of Bowling Green, Ohio.
Ball State Football Signings
- Jelani Alford, rb, 5-9, 175 Withrow HS, Cincinnati
- David Brown, rb, 5-10, 195 Shelbyville (Ind.) HS
- Otis Brown, wr, 5-9, 165, Gainesville (Fla.) HS
- Ethan Buckles, de, 6-7, 220, Cardinal Ritter HS, Indianapolis
- Justin Cruz, lb, 5-11, 198, Felming Island HS, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
- Armand Dehaney, cb, 5-8, 177, Walsh Jesuit HS, Maple Heights, Ohio
- Theon Dixon Jr., lb, 5-11, 190, Glenville HS, Cleveland
- Zane Fakes, te, 6-3, 235, Plainfield (Ind.) HS
- Travis Freeman, lb, 6-0, 212, Glenville HS, Cleveland
- Jacob Green, te, 6-3, 238 Wyoming (Ohio) HS
- Donovan Jarrett, dl, 6-2, 300, Hamilton (Ohio) HS
- Brandon Kish, rb, 5-11, 205, Steele HS, Amherst, Ohio
- Keith Langtry, wr, 6-1, 180, Rockhurst HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
- Tony Martin, lb, 6-1, 205, Central HS, Park Hills, Mo.
- Aaron Mershman, qb, 6-2, 210, Bowling Green (Ohio) HS
- Evan Neff, ol, 6-4, 255, Archbishop Alter HS, Centerville, Ohio
- Kitt O'Brien, ol, 6-6, 300, Lewis Cass HS, Walton, Ind.
- Matthew Page, ol, 6-6, 300, Central HS, East Chicago, Ind.
- Jason Pinkston, cb, 6-2, 180, Glenville HS, Cleveland
- Connor Ryan, wr, 6-1, 185, St. Ignatius HS, Westlake, Ohio
- Seth White, wr, 5-10, 185, Bexley (Ohio) HS
- Eric Williams, rb, 5-10, 200, Warren Central HS, Indianapolis
Purdue Football Signings
- Ishmael Aristide, db, 5-11, 205, Maynard Evans HS, Orlando, Fla.
- Dwayne Beckford, lb, 6-3, 210, Irvington (N.J.) HS
- Gary Bush, wr, 6-0, 175, Christopher Columbus HS, Miami
- Cody Davis, dt, 6-3, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas
- Antavian Edison, ath, 5-10, 170, Dunbar HS, Fort Myers, Fla.
- Trevor Foy, l, 6-8, 245, St. Xavier HS, Louisville, Ky.
- Rob Henry, qb, 6-2, 200, Trinity Catholic HS, Ocala, Fla.
- Antwon Higgs, lb, 6-3, 250, Pompano Beach (Fla.) HS
- Gabe Holmes, te, 6-4, 230, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Miramar, Fla.
- Josh Johnson, wr-cb, 5-11, 180, Pasco HS, Dade City, Fla.
- Justin Kitchens, l, 6-5, 260, Houston County HS, Warner Robins, Ga.
- Al-Terek McBurse, rb, 6-0, 190, Winter Springs (Fla.) HS
- Eric McDaniel, dt, 6-2, 295, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
- Xavier Melton, dt, 6-3, 280, George Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla.
- Kevin Pamphile, l, 6-5, 245, Miami (Fla.) Central HS
- Chris Quinn, cb, 5-10, 185, Miami (Fla.) Southwest HS
- Xavier Reese, wr, 6-3, 180, Northeast HS, North Lauderdale, Fla.
- Brandon Taylor, dt, 6-1, 290, Krop HS, Aventura, Fla.
- Najee Tyler, qb, 6-4, 215, Xaverian HS, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
- Eric Williams, wr, 5-10, 195, Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla.
Indiana Football Signings
- Lawrence Barnett, db, 5-10, 180, Luers HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Ted Bolser, te, 6-5, 230, Indian Hill HS, Cincinnati
- Dimitrius Carr, lb, 6-1, 205, Mount Carmel HS, Calumet City, Ill.
- Charlie Chapman, ol, 6-6, 275, Airport HS, South Rockwood, Mich.
- Jamonne Chester, wr, 6-1, 195, Redford Covenant HS, Detroit
- Javon Cornley, dl, 6-5, 220, Northland HS, Columbus, Ohio
- Griffen Dahlstrom, fb-lb, 6-3, 210, North Putnam HS, Coatesville, Ind.
- Mitch Ewald, k, 5-10, 165, Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.
- Dusty Kiel, qb, 6-2, 220, Columbus (Ind.) East HS
- Pat McShane, ol, 6-5, 280, Stow (Ohio) Walsh Jesuit HS
- Aaron Price, ol, 6-4, 285, Bloomington (Ind.) South HS
- Adam Replogle, dl, 6-3, 270, Centerville (Ohio) HS
- Colin Rodkey, ol, 6-4, 270, Gateway HS, Monroeville, Pa.
- Damon Sims, lb, 6-3, 220, Colerain HS, Cincinnati
- Nick Turner, rb, 6-0, 185, Southport HS, Indianapolis
- Duwyce Wilson, wr, 6-3, 190, Columbus (Ind.) East HS
- Edward Wright-Baker, qb, 6-1, 205, Jeffersonville (Ind.) HS
- Nick Zachery, db, 6-1, 200, Sheridan (Ind.) HS
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