Big Ten: Logan Young

Indiana opened preseason camp Thursday morning, and the team announced several roster updates, including one-game suspensions for two starters.

Top wide receiver Kofi Hughes and cornerback Lawrence Barnett, along with reserve safety Forisse Hardin, will miss one game because of an undisclosed violation of team rules. Indiana hasn't specified which game they'll sit out.

Hughes and Barnett are both significant pieces. Hughes led the Hoosiers with 35 catches for 536 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. Barnett made nine starts last season and recorded 46 tackles, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovered and returned for a touchdown.

Hardin started two games last season and had 17 tackles and an interception.

It'll be interesting to see which game they miss. The opener with Indiana State seems like a decent bet.

Some other Hoosiers' roster notes:
  • Running back Matt Perez (back), tight end Paul Phillips (ankle), linebacker Ishmael Thomas (shoulder) and tight end Jordan Jackson (knee) will miss preseason camp because of injuries. Perez, who has battled injuries for much of his career, had 58 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns last season. "We look forward to getting these men back on the field as soon as possible," coach Kevin Wilson said in a news release.
  • Incoming defensive line recruit Adam Kranda didn't report to camp because of a personal issue. "It is our intention to work with him to have him here in the near future," Wilson said. "Adam has a bright future and will be a valuable piece on our defensive line."
  • Wide receiver Jay McCants has been dismissed from the team for an unspecified rules violation, while safety Shaquille Jefferson and wide receiver Logan Young have left the program and will seek transfers. McCants had six receptions for 54 yards last season, while Jefferson played in five games last season, mostly on special teams.
  • Indiana added 18 walk-ons to the program Thursday.

Indiana recruiting analysis

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The class

Recruits: 25 (22 high school seniors, three junior college players, four players already enrolled)

Top prospects: Among the high school seniors, linebacker Ishmael Thomas stands out as a guy who can help a position of need. Indiana's three junior college signings -- linebacker Jeff Thomas and cornerbacks Andre Kates and Lenyatta Kiles -- all will contribute immediately this fall as the Hoosiers lose five of seven starters in the back half.

Sleepers: Athlete Kofi Hughes is an interesting prospect who could be a playmaker at quarterback or another spot. Indiana has recruited the wide receiver spot very well in recent years, and Logan Young should help there. Running back Matt Perez could be a factor if Darius Willis struggles or gets banged up again.

Needs met: The secondary was an obvious need as Indiana loses three starters, and the staff found immediate help with three juco players. Indiana also addressed the defensive end spot, where it loses both starters, though Jibreel Black would have been a nice get for Bill Lynch.

Analysis: Indiana started very fast in recruiting, securing 20 of its 22 commitments from high school seniors before the 2009 season. The class lacks many superstars, but the three junior college defenders address pressing needs at both linebacker and cornerback. Lynch's staff has done a nice job of recruiting offensive skill players, and this class should produce a few more. But if the defenders in this group don't produce, Indiana will have a rough time winning games this fall.

Scouts Inc grade: C-minus

What Bill Lynch said:

  • "Our staff did a great job last winter and spring identifying kids. We work really hard to get them here in the summertime. Of the 22 high school kids we signed, 21 of them were here last summer on unofficial visits. Selfishly, Bloomington and Indiana University is quite a place in the summertime. They get here and they see the campus and get to meet us in a relaxed atmosphere, and that went a long way toward getting those commitments."
  • (On Andre Kates) "When you get a commitment like that, a quality player who has a great chance to compete right away, you certainly don't want to lose him. Because you count on him all through the recruiting process. We've got two JC corners, [Lenyatta Kiles] is in school now and then Andre will come in the summer. That was a real priority of ours because we did lose guys in the secondary."
  • "Kofi Hughes is an outstanding football player. He's a quarterback, real athletic kid. Like we told them, 'If you're going to play and be a starter-type player, we're going to play you. If not, we're going to redshirt you.'"

Big Ten mailblog

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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Lots of great questions right now. Keep 'em coming.

Ed from Davenport, Iowa, writes: Since nobody else can answer this---Why is IOWA playing at Spartan Stadium two years in a row? By this reasoning, PSU should visit IOWA again this year.

Adam Rittenberg: It's one of the wacky things about the unbalanced Big Ten schedule. Every team has two conference byes each season, and when those byes reset every two years, you sometimes get a situation like this when games are repeated. This season marks the start of a new cycle with byes, so you get repeat matchups like Iowa at Michigan State, Northwestern at Iowa, Indiana at Penn State and Minnesota at Ohio State.


Greg from Cicero, Ind., writes: I believe your ranking of Purdue's defensive line is far off. They will be much stronger than you believe. Kerrigan and Neal are going to have great seasons. I do agree with your linebacker assessment. Purdue needs Werner to stay healthy and Carlino and Holland really have to step it up. Surely, you are going to give Purdue's secondary a better ranking. They should be pretty solid this year.

Adam Rittenberg: Purdue's line could be pretty solid this year, but aside from Ryan Kerrigan and Mike Neal, there are a bunch of unproven players. I really like the 1-2 punch with Kerrigan and Neal, but if guys like Kawann Short and Gerald Gooden don't grow up quickly, opponents will continue to run against Purdue and challenge the front seven. I agree with you that the linebackers are a concern and Jason Werner's health looms large with that group. And yes, I gave the secondary a more favorable review. Purdue's defense, like the rest of the team, is a bit of a mystery and certainly could surprise some people.

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Big Ten recruiting scorecard

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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

A fairly busy week for Big Ten recruiting, highlighted by Michigan State landing defensive end William Gholston. Here's your updated recruiting scorecard (note: because of my upcoming vacation, the next scorecard will appear July 7).

ILLINOIS

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Safety Corey Cooper, quarterback Chandler Whitmer
  • Quick take: Safety Daniel Easterly gives Illinois another dynamic defensive back, this time from the heart of Michigan State/Michigan territory in Detroit. Easterly also can play linebacker or wide receiver. Illinois appears to be close to landing several more Top 150 prospects.  

INDIANA

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: A good week for Bill Lynch and the Hoosiers, who added four high school prospects to the commit list. Wideout Logan Young is a big target at 6-5, 190, and tight end Leneil Himes also adds to the passing arsenal. 

IOWA

  • 2010 verbal commits: 6
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: The Hawkeyes picked up an intriguing prospect in quarterback Austin Vier. He boasts very impressive size at 6-7, 220 pounds, but he didn't put up great numbers as a high school junior. Vier looks like a project who could pay off down the line for Iowa. 

MICHIGAN

  • 2010 verbal commits: 15
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Quarterback Devin Gardner, wide receiver Jeremy Jackson, wide receiver Ricardo Miller, guard Christian Pace, safety Marvin Robinson
  • Quick take: Michigan continues to add recruits and has started to address the defense after stocking up on offensive skill players. Defensive back Courtney Avery originally committed to Stanford but switched after a recent offer from the Wolverines. The big question will be whether Michigan has both quantity and quality in its class.

MICHIGAN STATE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Defensive end William Gholston, linebacker Max Bullough
  • Quick take: Gholston is a huge get for Michigan State and gives Mark Dantonio an elite defensive prospect from within the state. The cousin of former Ohio State star Vernon Gholston headlined an excellent week for the Spartans, who also added talented cornerback Mylan Hicks. All five commits are from Michigan, continuing a promising trend for the Spartans. 

MINNESOTA

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: A quiet week for the Gophers, but more commitments likely are on the way after camps this week. Cornerback Allen Veazie could contribute early in his career. 

NORTHWESTERN

  • 2010 verbal commits: 3
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: The Wildcats finally got on the board and had a big week with three commits, all surprisingly from the South (2 Florida, 1 Louisiana). Running back Shontrelle Johnson looks a lot like Tyrell Sutton on film, and quarterback Trevor Siemian will provide depth behind Evan Watkins. Northwestern is still looking for another quarterback in the class. 

OHIO STATE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Tackle Andrew Norwell, linebacker Jamel Turner, defensive end David Durham
  • Quick take: It's awfully quiet in Columbus right now. No need to panic, but the Buckeyes didn't end up with William Gholston and are still waiting on quarterback Andrew Hendrix. Expect some action soon for the Buckeyes. 

PENN STATE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 8
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Wide receiver Adrian Coxson, running back Silas Redd, center Miles Dieffenbach, defensive end Kyle Baublitz
  • Quick take: Things have slowed down a touch after a busy late-spring push for the Nittany Lions. Dieffenbach and Baublitz are key early commits to fortify the offensive and defensive fronts. 

PURDUE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 1
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Quarterback Robert Marve (2007 watch list)
  • Quick take: Danny Hope takes a very patient approach toward recruiting and doesn't understand the early offer craze. Still, it will be interesting to see when the Boilermakers land their first high school prospect. Purdue is in the mix for running back Austin White and punter Drew Basil.  

WISCONSIN

  • 2010 verbal commits: 3
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: The Badgers should add a commit or two later this week as they continue a strong in-state recruiting push. 

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