TERRE HAUTE —
Multiple Vigo County athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday, with Terre Haute South’s Danny Etling officially becoming a part of the Big Ten Conference at Purdue among them.
Etling, who is already enrolled on the West Lafayette campus after graduating early, was rated as one of the top 300 recruits in the nation.
Purdue’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Shoop is excited to get started working with him.
“He’s accurate and he’s intelligent. We’re going to surround him with great players,” Shoop told the Journal and Courier.
Calvin Blank, Austin Lewis and Lee Davis of Terre Haute North are also signed to play Division I football, while Tyler Seibert and Logan Hambrock signed Wednesday to run track for coach John McNichols at Indiana State.
Blank signed with Ball State to play tight end after being a Class 5A first-team All-State selection. Lee Davis will play linebacker at Army, and Lewis will play linebacker for Western Michigan.
Lewis was a standout wide receiver and safety for the Patriots.
“His safety film is tremendous,” WMU linebackers coach Tim McCargle said in a video on the school’s official website. “He comes down to the box and he’s going to hit ya. He can run well, change direction well. He’s going to be one of our more athletic linebackers coming in here as a freshman.
“He’s the captain of the team. He’s the emotional, physical leader of that defense. He’s going to bring that to our linebacking corps.”
Hambrock is excited to join a large contigent of local track and cross country runners at ISU. His former South teammate Taylor Head is running well, and former North standout John Mascari is putting dents in the Sycamore record books in multiple events.
“A lot of hometown talent on the team. Great school, coaching’s very good,” Hambrock said. “Mascari’s doing amazing things and he’s only a freshman. I want to go with the talent. The guys are so close, it’s a tight-knit team. It’s a great group of guys.”
Hambrock’s best event in high school has been the 1,600. His career best is a time of 4:25 at the 2012 regional. He finished 25th in the state in the mile as a junior.
Hambrock helped Terre Haute South to a school-record eighth-place finish in the IHSAA cross country state finals in 2012. He took 29th overall, good for honorable-mention All-State.