Indiana recruiting class rated in Top 10 nationally

The first signing class Kelvin Sampson and his Indiana staff have put together ranks among the nation’s Top 10, according to two recruiting analysts.

Bob Gibbons of All-Star Sports said Wednesday that he expects Indiana’s 2007 class to end up No. 2 in the country in his rankings, behind No. 1 Syracuse.

Duke is currently No. 3 on Gibbons’ list, but could rise past Indiana to No. 2 if the Blue Devils get a late commitment from West Virginia power forward Patrick Patterson, who’s ranked among the top 15 players in the class.

Gibbons has Indiana having the best recruiting year in the Big Ten, followed by Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Gibbons said guards Eric Gordon and Jamarkus Ellis will give the Hoosiers “a dynamic duo of wings,” two tremendous scorers who are both great athletes. He called Eli Holman the sleeper of IU’s class, saying his defense is ahead of his offense, but he’s “a rugged physical player who will make an immediate impact.”

IU’s class could rise to No. 1 nationally in Gibbons’ rankings, he said, if the Hoosiers are able to add a fifth player, Detroit point guard Jordan Crawford to the list.

Dave Telep, national recruiting director for Scout.com, has the Hoosier recruiting class at No. 8 in the country. Telep has the Big Ten having a very strong recruiting year with Purdue’s class ranked No. 4 in the country.

Telep has Michigan State’s recruiting class at No. 5 nationally, followed by Ohio State at No. 7, Indiana at No. 8 and Michigan at No. 17.

“A Top 10 recruiting class is pretty much all you can ask for,” Telep said of Sampson’s first class.

Telep has 19 of the nation’s top 100 recruits signing with Big Ten schools, the most for any conference.

IU’s recruiting class was a borderline Top 20 class, Telep said, until Gordon, his No. 2 player in the class, choses the Hoosiers. Telep also likes Holman, who he calls a classic late-bloomer.

“It was a heck of a year for Indiana and the defining moment came when Eric Gordon decided to stay home,” Telep said.