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IU lands receiver

Indiana landed the receiver it coveted and added a cornerback.

Dominique Booth, a 6-foot, 200-pound receiver from Indianapolis Pike, orally committed to the Hoosiers on Tuesday. Derrick Tindal, a two-star cornerback from Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., also committed to IU, according to peegs.com.

Booth, who made his announcement on ESPN.com, chose IU over Missouri The Hoosiers now have 18 members in their current recruiting class. He originally committed to Tennessee.

Booth signed a financial aid agreement with IU on Dec. 31, which guaranteed him a scholarship at the university and allows him to enroll for the spring semester. By signing the agreement, he was also allowed to communicate with the coaching staff during the recruiting dead period and eliminated any Big Ten schools from trying to recruit him.

"IU is the best fit for me because, first off it's in my state," said Booth, who also said he told coach Kevin Wilson he was probably coming to IU but the staff didn't know until he made his announcement at little after 7 p.m.

"It was important to me how far I go. It's nice to have a school with such a great offense, really good coaches. The final thing for me was really the players. I loved being part of that family. When I was on my official (visit) we spent an hour or two just talking about how we would be playing together next year and the highlight plays we were going to make."

Booth, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 4 player in the state and No. 46 receiver in the nation by Rivals.com. He had 99 receptions for 1,266 yards with 16 touchdowns in his last two high school seasons.

His arrival at IU comes at a good time as the team has lost three of its top four receivers from last season.

Cody Latimer announced Sunday he will enter the NFL draft after leading the Hoosiers with 72 receptions for 1,096 yards as a junior. His nine touchdown catches were second only to Shane Wynn's 11.

Receiver Kofi Hughes, who had 47 catches for 739 yards, and tight end Ted Bolser, who had 35 catches for 320 yards, graduated. Wynn, who had 46 catches for 633 yards as a junior, will be IU's leading returning receiver.

"Cody's decision to leave really didn't affect me that much," Booth said. "I would have loved to play with him honestly. I feel if he stayed I probably would have played more inside, since he's leaving I will probably play more outside."

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