Recruits still committed but wary

Shafer Johnson, at least, left no doubt.

The defensive tackle from Southfield Christian High School in Southfield, Mich., said no matter who gets the head coaching job at Indiana, he remains committed to the Hoosiers.

“I am still committed,” Johnson said. “I feel pretty solid about what they’re gonna do. I’m not gonna give up on them as long as they don’t give up on me.”

Several of his potential classmates, though, feel a little more uncertainty about their situation in the wake of Coach Bill Lynch’s firing on Saturday.

None of the 2011 verbal commitments reached by the Herald-Times said they would definitely be decommitting from the Hoosiers. Johnson and Centreville (Ohio) High School linebacker Mike Replogle — brother of current IU linebacker Tyler Replogle and defensive tackle Adam Replogle —  and defensive back Forisse Hardin from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., said they were 100 percent confirmed, but several others indicated that they were still taking a wait-and-see approach.

“Right now I’m committed to the school and I’m committed to the facilities,” said Nick Van Hoose, a defensive back from Graham High School in Urbana, Ohio. “I was committed to all of the coaches there, but now that they’re gone, I’m kind of keeping my options open.”

The same goes for Arlington High School offensive lineman Ralston Evans, wide receiver Jay McCants from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, defensive lineman C.J. Robbins from LaSalle Peru High School in Illinois and four-star defensive back Raymon Taylor from Highland Park High School in Detroit.

Taylor said he’s been receiving lots of calls about his situation from media and from schools who are still hoping he breaks his commitment to play for them. Among that group, he said, are Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and several MAC schools.

“Right now I haven’t made any changes yet,” Taylor said. “But I’m keeping my options open. I’m still with Indiana, but I’m disappointed that Coach Lynch was fired …  I really like Indiana. I really thought that would be the place for me. I’m just disappointed right now. I’m going to wait to see what happens. I don’t know what to say right now.”

Each of the recruits that were contacted said they were surprised by the news.

“I was shocked because they had just come off of the Purdue win,” Evans said. “I really thought that secured his job. But I guess Fred Glass decided to go in another direction.”

The recruits were at least heartened to hear that Glass said all verbal commitments would be honored and that their scholarship offers are still on the table. But before they’d be willing to sign anything — which they won’t have to until February — they want to know something about the man they will be commiting to.

“I would like to see who they bring in as coach and get to know them before I say I’m fully, all-the-way committed,” VanHoose said. “I love the school, the facilities and everything else, I just want to get to know the new coach.”


  1. Thanks for keeping us up to date with this you guys! The 3 that we need to keep that we have a chance with are Shaw, Roberts, and Roberson

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