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Indiana signs 22 on National Signing Day

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(Below is Indiana’s press release on the players added as part of its 2013 recruiting class.)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday the signing of 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Hoosiers in 2013.

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

IU signed 13 defensive players, five offensive players and four athletes. The Hoosiers added six defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs on defense and two tight ends, two wide receivers and one running back on offense.

The class features players from eight different states, including five from Indiana, five from Florida, four from Georgia, four from Ohio, one from Illinois, one from Louisiana, one from Nebraska and one from 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 areacoach, 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.”

(Writer’s note: below the jump are the complete bios of all 22 members of Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class.)

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Penn State WR no longer with the program

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Penn State’s top two running backs are currently “day-to-day.” The Nittany Lions’ fourth-leading receiver? He’s done at Penn State altogether.

The latest PSU departure is receiver Shawney Kersey, who according to Lions247.com and the Patriot-News, is no longer with the program. Kersey is still enrolled at Penn State and his return to the program is unknown, as is the reason for his departure. 

Regardless, it’s another blow to not just the PSU program, but an offense that has struggled mightily to score points in the first two games of the season. It’s also an offense that lacks playmakers. PSU’s top three receivers from 2011 — Derek Moye, Justin Brown and Devon Smith — have all left because of graduation, transfer and personal reasons, respectively (although Smith ended up transferring to Marshall).

That left Kersey, who reeled in just five receptions for 108 yards last season, as the team’s leading returning receiver. He already had six catches for 44 yards in the first two games of this year.