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BOZICH | Late push lifts Indiana's football recruiting class

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Kevin Wilson signed 21 players in his latest recruiting class at Indiana. Kevin Wilson signed 21 players in his latest recruiting class at Indiana.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You can find whatever you want to find in Kevin Wilson's latest football recruiting class at Indiana University.

Evidence of a late push in IU's 21-player class?

Yes, there is that.

In the last two days, Indiana secured commitments from athlete Kiante Enis (a former Michigan commit who also had offers from Michigan State and Iowa); receiver Taysir Mack (who had an offer from Penn State) and defensive lineman Jerome Johnson (who listed offers from Ole Miss and Louisville). 

Questions about whether the Hoosiers secured a talent upgrade?

They're still there. Rivals.com did not rank any Indiana signees as five- or even four-star prospects. IU received a similar forecast from 24/7 Sports. Scout.com ranked two Indiana signees -- offensive lineman Cody Cronk and athlete Jonah Morris -- as four-star prospects.

Of course, the three top players from Indiana's 2012 class -- halfback Tevin Coleman, lineman Jason Spriggs and quarterback Nate Sudfeld -- were all three-star prospects.

All three recruiting services showed that Wilson and his staff did upgrade the Hoosiers' class this week. IU ranking climbed three spots to 55th nationally with Rivals, seven spots (to 51st ) and two spots to 55th.

The Hoosiers signed five players from Ohio, four from Florida and two from Indiana. Three players arrive from junior college. The class features five defensive backs, four offensive linemen, two receivers, two defensive linemen, two tight ends, two quarterbacks, one running back and three prospects listed as athletes.

INDIANA’S RECRUITS (bios provided by Indiana University athletics)

Marcelino Ball, defensive back, Roswell, Ga.,  6-0, 200:

Defensive back for head coach John Ford at Roswell High School … 2015 honorable mention all-state and first team all-region selection … posted 132 tackles, 12 for loss, with three interceptions, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown … Roswell advanced to the state championship game … rated the No. 87 safety nationally by Scout … mother is Marsyleno McCrary-Ball … younger brother of Marcus, a defensive back for the Carolina Panthers who played at the University of Memphis (2009-10), Reggie, Jr., a quarterback at Georgia Tech University (2003-06) and Raeshon, a defensive back at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2006-08) … born on March 23, 1999, Marcelino Ball intends to study business.

Phil Benker, wide receiver, Jacksonville, Fla., 6-2, 195:

Wide receiver for head coach Adam Geis at Sandalwood High School … posted 104 receptions, 1,914 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career … the school’s all-time leader in catches and receiving yardage … all-stater was selected to the 2015 Times-Union Super 24 team … two-time all-conference and All-First Coast honoree … named Sandalwood’s most valuable player in 2014 and 2015 … made 59 receptions for 1,061 yards and 10 TDs as a junior … three-year football letterwinner … honor roll student … mother is Sabine Benker … Philip Benker was born on Jan. 17, 1998.

Shaun Bonner, tight end, Moultrie, Ga., 6-3, 250:

Tight end for head coach T. Rush Propst at Colquitt County High School … Colquitt captured back-to-back 6A state championships in 2014 and 2015 … first team all-region selection as a senior … posted 30 receptions for 314 yards … second team all-region honoree his junior campaign … parents are Shaun and Casey Bonner … born on Feb. 21, 1997, Shaun Cameron Bonner intends to study business.

Khalil Bryant, defensive back, Jacksonville, Fla., 5-10, 197:

Defensive back for head coach Marty Lee at First Coast High School … all-conference honoree was selected to the 2015 Times-Union Super 24 team … played in the 2015 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game and the 2015 Florida Athletics Coaches Association All-Star Classic … made 112 tackles, two interceptions, 17 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown as a senior … posted 97 stops, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and nine PBUs in 2014 … three-year football letterwinner led team to three conference and district championships … also lettered in basketball and baseball … member of the National Honor Society … rated the No. 64 safety nationally by 247Sports … parents are Mary Hickson and Eddie Bryant … born on Sept. 21, 1997, Khalil Matthew Bryant intends to study physical therapy

Coy Cronk, offensive line, Lafayette, Ind., 6-5, 272:

Offensive lineman and linebacker for head coach Kevin O’Shea at Lafayette Central Catholic High School … Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 as a senior … all-state selection as a sophomore (linebacker), junior and senior … team went 15-0 and captured the 2015 state championship … also a member of the 2012 state title team … 2015 all-area player of the year was a three-time all-conference honoree (2013-15) … first two-time captain in team history led Central Catholic in blocking percentage in 2014 and 2015 … career tackles leader topped the team in stops as a sophomore, junior and senior … rated the No. 6 prospect in Indiana and the No. 53 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN … four-year football and baseball letterwinner … Central Catholic won the 2013 state championship and finished runner-up in 2015 … all-state (2015) and two-time all-conference (2014-15) at catcher … member of the National Honor Society … parents are Karla and Nick Cronk … Nick was a graduate assistant under IU’s all-time winningest coach Bill Mallory (1992-93) … his grandfather played football at the University of Illinois … born on Jan. 18, 1988, Coy Nicklaus Cronk intends to study business

Brandon Drayton, defensive back, Largo, Fla., 6-2, 172:

Defensive back for head coach Marcus Paschal at Largo High School … teammate of IU sophomore safety Jonathan Crawford and sophomore wide receiver Donavan Hale … Class 6A all-state selection as a senior … recorded 59 tackles with one interception returned for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and nine pass breakups … caught 16 passes for 338 yards and four scores … finished his career with 142 stops, 91 solo, three INTs, four fumble recoveries (2 TD returns), three forced fumbles and 12 PBUs … added 600 receiving yards, 27 receptions and seven touchdowns … rated the No. 65 safety nationally by 247Sports … also lettered in basketball … parents are Latuana Jones-Cruder and Ellis Drayton … born on Feb. 18, 1997, Brandon Drayton intends to study business or criminal justice

Kiante Enis, athlete, Winchester, Ind., 6-2, 190:

Running back for head coach Mike Jones at Winchester Community High School … Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 and all-state as a junior and senior … Indiana Associated Press 2A all-state as a junior and senior … three-time All-Tri-Eastern Conference selection and two-time Tri-Eastern Player of the Year … finished his career with 7,014 yards (9th all-time in state history) on 714 carries with 98 rushing touchdowns and 107 total TDs (13th all-time in state history) … team won 27 games in his three seasons and reached the first sectional championship in school history … named the Indianapolis Star position award winner (running back) in 2015 … rushed for 2,393 yards and 35 scores … recorded four touchdown receptions and returned a kickoff, punt and interception for a TD … rated the No. 4 prospect in Indiana by ESPN, the No. 34 running back nationally by 247Sports and the No. 34 athlete nationally by Rivals … three-year football letterwinner … four-year basketball and one-year track and field letterwinner … ran the 100-yard dash in 10.53 … grandparents are Judy and Dwight Enis … Kiante Christopher Enis was born on Sept. 22, 1997

Cole Gest, halfback, Lakewood, Ohio, 5-8, 190:

Running back for head coach Tom Lombardo at St. Edward High School … led St. Edward to Division I state championships in 2014 and 2015 and a 27-3 record … finished his career as the school’s all-time leading rusher with nearly 4,000 yards … carded 50 career rushing touchdowns and scored at least one TD in 24 consecutive games … first team All-Ohio and first team all-district as a senior … rushed for 2,097 yards with 25 scores as a senior … added 20 receptions, 342 yards and three touchdowns … collected 1,854 rushing yards and 25 TDs as a junior … named first team all-district and special mention All-Ohio … rated the No. 65 prospect in Ohio by Rivals … enjoys playing the guitar and piano … parents are Kelly and Christian Gest … Cole Matthew Gest was born on Jan. 15, 1998.

Jerome Johnson, defensive line, Bassfield, Miss., 6-4, 300:

Defensive lineman for head coach Lance Mancuso at Bassfield High School … three-time first team all-state and first team all-region selection … named the 2015 Region 7-2A Most Valuable Player and the Mississippi Association of Coaches Player of the Year … two-time all-area honoree posted 88 tackles, eight sacks and 20 tackles for loss his senior campaign … led Bassfield to its fourth straight state championship … played in the 2015 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … added 14 TFLs as a junior … rated the No. 64 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 27 prospect in Mississippi by ESPN … mother is Cora Johnson … Jerome Johnson was born on Dec. 4, 1997.

Richard Lagow, quarterback, Cisco, Texas, 6-6, 240:

IU: Enrolled is 2016 spring classes and will participate in practice.

Junior College: Quarterback for head coach Dionte Dean at Cisco (Texas) Community College … rated the top-ranked, pocket-passing junior college quarterback by ESPN … threw for 2,285 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2015 … completed 66 percent (175-of-265) en route to Southwest Junior College Football Conference honorable mention accolades … in 2014, passed for 2,221 yards and averaged 353.5 per game with 17 TDs and seven interceptions.

2013: Redshirted the 2013 season at Oklahoma State University.

Prep/Personal: Quarterback for head coach Jaydon McCullough at Plano High School … completed 109-of-182 and racked up 1,968 yards during his senior campaign … rushed for 12 scores and added eight through the air … earned first team all-district honors … Plano advanced to the Conference 5A Division I playoffs … parents are DeAnn and Kyle Lagow … born on Sept. 14, 1994, Richard William Lagow intends to study liberal arts.

Taysir Mack, wide receiver, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-2, 177:

Wide receiver for head coach Bruce Eugene at Grand Street Campus High School … first team all-state selection in 2015 … named the All-Brooklyn Player of the Year … led the team to a perfect season and the city championship … caught 66 passes for 1,210 yards (18.3 average) and 16 touchdowns … made 45 receptions for 884 yards (19.7) and 13 touchdowns as a junior … mother is Monique Mack … rated the No. 3 prospect in New York by Rivals and the top wide receiver in New York by Scout … born on Sept. 17, 1998, Taysir Mack intends to study business.

Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron, Ohio, 6-4, 190:

Athlete for head coach Tim Tyrell at Archbishop Hoban High School … received All-America honors from MaxPreps ... named player of the year by the Akron Beacon Journal and the Akron Touchdown Club … recognized as the Northeast Ohio Inland Defensive Player of the Year … a first team all-state, all-district and all-league selection … selected to the 2015 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl … team captain and three-year starter … led Archbishop Hoban to the 2015 state championship, the first in school history … team won a school-record 14 games and finished 14-1 … rated the No. 228 prospect overall and the No. 1 athlete in the Midwest by Scout … rated the No. 18 athlete nationally and the No. 13 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports … three-year football letterwinner … also lettered in basketball and track and field … parents are Aleste Gaiter and John R. Morris, Jr. … born on Dec. 4, 1997, Jonah Morris intends to study business or criminal justice.

Tyler Natee, athlete, Euless, Texas, 6-0, 255:

Athlete for head coach Chris Jensen at Trinity High School … closed his career with 3,000 rushing yards (7th all-time at Trinity) on 337 attempts (8.9 average) with 25 touchdowns … completed 100-of-171 passes for 1,403 passing yards and 11 scores … caught seven passes for 169 yards and two TDs … three-time all-district selection, twice as a quarterback (2014, 2015) and once as a fullback (2013) … 2014 and 2015 team most valuable player … led team to the 2014 Class 6A regional final and a 10-1 record in 2015 … Trinity was ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 4 nationally in 2015 … also a basketball letterwinner … parents are Amelia and Emmanuel Natee … born on April 27, 1998, Tyler Lelie Natee intends to study entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.

Mackenzie Nworah, Manvel, Texas, 6-4, 305:

Offensive lineman for head coach Kirk Martin at Manvel High School … voted the team’s top lineman … named the most valuable player at the Lineman Challenge … led Manvel to an 11-3 record and a state quarterfinals appearance in 2015 … team recorded 3,700 passing yards and 3,204 on the ground … rated the No. 31 offensive guard nationally by Scout … parents are Evelyn and Christian Nworah … his parents are from Nigeria … Christian was in line to be king and Mackenzie is a prince in the royal family … started the CrisMachelle Autism Foundation with his parents as a legacy for his older brother, Obiora, who was born with autism … volunteers at the Foundation in the United States and Africa … born on Sept. 26, 1997, Mackenzie Chuka Nworah intends to study physical therapy.

Peyton Ramsey, quarterback, Cincinnati, 6-3, 190:

Quarterback for head coach and father Doug Ramsey at Elder High School … two-time Greater Catholic League South Player of the Year … special mention all-state, Enquirer Media All-Star and first team all-district selection as a junior and senior … finished his career with 6,708 yards on 570-of-900 passing(63.3 percent) with 49 touchdowns … collected 2,692 rushing yards on 465 carries (5.8 average) and 32 rushing TDs … holds Elder career records in passing yards, total touchdowns, completions and attempts … owns single-game records in TD passes (6), completions (31) and attempts (54) … led Elder to three straight playoff appearances, the 2015 regional final and a conference championship … passed for 2,689 yards with 26 scores his senior season … added 1,232 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground … threw for 2,062 yards and 13 TDs in 2014 … rushed for 908 yards with 12 scores … rated the No. 42 pocket passer nationally and the No. 44 prospect in Ohio by ESPN … three-year football and basketball letterwinner … honor roll student is a member of the National Honor Society … parents are Cherie and Doug Ramsey … born on Oct. 31, 1997, Peyton Matthew Ramsey intends to study business.

A’shon Riggins, defensive back, Hamilton, Ohio, 6-0, 162:

Defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback for head coach Chad Murphy at Hamilton High School … will participate in the 2016 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic … special mention all-state, Enquirer Media All-Star and first team all-district as a senior  … first team All-Greater Miami Conference his final two seasons … finished 2015 with 41 tackles, one sack and one interception … caught 52 passes for 805 yards (15.5 average) with six touchdowns … rushed for 257 yards on 15 attempts (school record 17.1 average) with four TDs … added 227 kick return yards … holds the school single-game record with 10 receptions … recorded three interceptions his junior year … rated the No. 53 prospect in Ohio by Rivals and the No. 2 cornerback in Ohio by Scout … IU redshirt junior linebacker Marcus Oliver attended Hamilton … also lettered in basketball … all-district and all-conference selection is the team’s all-time assists leader and reached the 1,000-point mark … parents are Shonika Brown and Charles Riggins … born on Aug. 7, 1997, A’Shon C.J. Riggins intends to study sports medicine.

Ryan Smith, offensive line, Cincinnati, 6-5, 280:

Offensive and defensive lineman for head coach John Rodenberg at Moeller High School … made 48 tackles with seven sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior … only allowed one sack and caught one pass for 19 yards … posted 24 stops and 3.5 sacks in 2014 … Moeller won the state championship his sophomore season … rated the No. 67 prospect in Ohio by Rivals … three-year football letterwinner … also lettered in basketball … parents are Kate and Jeff Smith … born on April 27, 1998, Ryan James Smith intends to study kinesiology

Allen Stallings, defensive end, Oak Park, Ill, 6-2, 230:

Defensive lineman for head coach John Hoerster at Oak Park and River Forest High School … teammate of IU junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs, Jr. … all-state and all-conference selection … named the league’s defensive most valuable player … holds the school record for points by a defensive player and most sacks in a single game (4) … tallied 71 tackles, seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and scored a TD as a senior … three-year football and four-year wrestling letterwinner … four-time wrestling state qualifier … 2014 Greco-Roman national runner-up at 220 pounds … parents are Kimberly Edmond and Allen Stallings III … Allen Malik Gerome Stallings IV was born on Jan. 4, 1998

Grayson Stover, offensive line, Hudson, Fla., 6-6, 293:

Offensive lineman for head coach Rob Mahler at Hudson High School … will become the first player from Hudson to play in the Big Ten … invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Game … two-time first team all-conference selection … voted by the team as the top lineman as a junior and senior … posted 87 knockdowns (8 per game) in 2015 … Hudson averaged 275 rushing yards per game his final two seasons … team had at least one 1,000-yard rusher in each of his three campaigns, including two his senior year … played in the county’s first all-star game … Hudson lost 20 straight games before his arrival and strung together three straight winning seasons during his career … rated the No. 41 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN … three-year football letterwinner … also lettered in weightlifting and track and field … academic all-conference honoree … mother is Autumn Stover … born on Oct. 25, 1997, Grayson Richard Stover intends to study business and psychology.

Ian Thomas, tight end, Garden City, N.Y., 6-5, 225:

Junior College: Tight end for head coach Joe Osovet at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. … rated the No. 2 junior college tight end nationally by ESPN … all-conference selection caught 23 balls for 433 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2015 … team captain led the Northeast Football Conference (NFC) with 18.8 yards per reception and finished fourth with 54.1 yards per game … Nassau captured the 2014 NFC title, won the Valley of the Sun Bowl and finished with a perfect 10-0 record … made four catches for 88 yards and two scores in four games as a true freshman.

Prep/Personal: Tight end for head coach William Brandon at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore … team most valuable player … also named Digital Harbor’s most improved player … three-year football letterwinner … also lettered in basketball and track and field … parents are deceased … lived with his eight siblings and raised by his older siblings since he was nine years old … born on June 6, 1996, Ian Thomas intends to study criminal justice.

Jayme Thompson, defensive back, Council Bluggs, Iowa, 6-2, 195:

IU: Enrolled is 2016 spring classes and will participate in practice.

Junior College: Defensive back for head coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College … rated the No. 2 junior college safety by 247Sports and the No. 44 junior college prospect by Rivals … helped Iowa Western to a 10-2 record and a victory in the 2015 Graphic Edge Bowl … posted 81 tackles (3rd on the team), three for loss, with two interceptions and four pass breakups in 2014 … Iowa Western went 11-1 and advanced to the national championship game.

2013: Redshirted the 2013 season at Ohio State University.

Prep/Personal: Defensive back for head coach Nick Toth at Central Catholic High School … consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and among the top 250 prospects nationally (No. 204 on the Rivals 250 and No. 218 on the ESPN 300) … ESPN's top safety in Ohio and the No. 12 prospect in the state played in the All-American Bowl … led Central Catholic to the 2012 Division II state title and a 14-1 record … Associated Press All-State selection posted 48 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries … parents are Ebonee Price and Deon Thompson … born on Aug. 26, 1994, Jayme Allen Price-Thompson intends to study social work.

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