Kevin Wilson isn’t holding his signing day press conference in tomorrow, mostly because much of the IU beat media is on its way to Ann Arbor. But here’s a release from IU on some of the things he said during the live webcast this morning.
“We tried to address a lot of needs. We’ve got some balance, some offense, defense and more junior college players than normal, but we’re excited about those guys. We’ve got some length, some range and some great bodies to work with, but as always, it is what we can do with these guys once they get here. I think the talent we recruited physically is pretty good, but I like the talent of the kid. I’m not just talking about character. I think the work ethic, the intelligence, the family backgrounds and coming from a lot of great winning programs, there are a lot of things about these kids that I think collectively make it a pretty decent class for us.”
On the recruiting process:
“We complimented the region, but to me it always starts with needs. You try to address them, and I don’t know that we got them all answered, but we went after it in a good way. Selfishly, maybe another corner, maybe another defensive tackle, maybe another linebacker, but you are not going to get them all. I thought our coaches competed. It was a tough fight. I thought our coaches fought for kids.
“I really respected, and it was a little bit my lead, the angle we took in recruiting. We didn’t get into negative things. We didn’t talk about other programs. We talked about what we are trying to build. We were very honest that we didn’t think our season was close to anything we need and want, and that we’ve got a lot of work to do. We didn’t make any false promises about a player coming here to start.
“We did a great job of not just recruiting talent, but recruiting our core values. We sold the values of what we’re trying to attract and how we want to build our program and work, doing things the right way in the classroom, building leaders, building a football team. I think we got a lot of guys that meet the physical needs we want, but I think they fit the needs of what we’re looking for and the kind of kid we want to play ball for us at IU.”
On what is next:
“I’m going to give the guys a couple of days to catch up with their families and then we’ll get back next week. We’ll have about a three-week window, starting with some agility work with the guys, some preparation work. We’ll start spring ball on March 3, the Saturday before the Purdue (basketball) game. We’ll get three practices in before spring break.
“The kids are working hard. They look very good in the weight room and there is a great buzz. Watching them the last couple of days in workouts is pretty exciting. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I love what I’m seeing from our young men.”