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Feb. 3 is Christmas Day for college football coaches

Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 5:56 PM

If you're a college football coach, National Signing Day is akin to Christmas day and that day is approaching quickly as February rolls around.

For both Indiana and Purdue, there is a scramble to try and secure those last one or two jewels in the rough.

The Hoosiers are looking at a recruiting class heavy on defense as graduation hit that side of the ball hard and IU wasn't that great to begin with either. Indiana also needs to continue adding depth, which might help with the late game collapses that ruined this season.

The bad news this season is that the Hoosiers top rated commitment could very likely end up somewhere else as junior college cornerback, Andre Kates, has visited Oregon State and New Mexico and will also take a look at the Miami Hurricanes as well. After a season in which he was rated by one publication as the JUCO player of the year, Kates has apparently decided to parlay the publicity into a higher profile football school. Pretty much the story of the Hoosiers football program of late as their previous top recruit who had committed, Jibreel Black, a four star defensive end from Cincinnati, de-committed from the Hoosiers for the Bearcats of Cincinnati. When Brian Kelly headed to Notre Dame, Black then decided to join the Michigan Wolverines.

The Hoosiers do have a three-star running back in Miles Simpson still on the line as he decides between IU, Kentucky and Illinois.

The Hoosiers have seven defensive players that are rated at three stars.

The Boilermakers recently got a commitment from a three-star defensive end from Illinois and now have two of Illinois' top-10 players signed to join the Boilers for the first time since 2003. He chose Purdue over Boston College, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Purdue has 12 players that have received three stars and one, wide receiver O.J. Ross of Daytona Beach, FL, that got four stars from Rivals.com.

Ross has 4.4 speed in the 40 and is 5'10, 175 lb. and showed off his speed while averaging 20.4 yards per catch as a slot receiver and is also an excellent punt returner.

Purdue will try and add another prospect or two at the deadline.

Notre Dame has 17 commitments thus far and five of them have already enrolled in school. Quarterback Tommy Rees of Lake Forest, Ill. is one of them as the Irish are a bit thin at the position.

The class also includes four star QB, Andrew Hendrix out of Cincinnati as well as seven other four star recruits. Hendrix has prototypical NFL size at 6'3, 220 lb. and is already fairly well developed, but will benefit greatly from a redshirt year.

The class of 2010 can sign their national letters-of-intent beginning on Feb. 3.

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