Report: Indiana lands DT Jacobi Hunter from Houston

According to this report from Zach Osterman of 247Sports.com/Inside Indiana, Indiana has landed a verbal commitment from Jacobi Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 275-pound defensive tackle from Cypress Falls High School in Houston. More to come on this one, we hope.

UPDATE: Cypress Falls coach Kirk Eaton knows that more than a few people in the Lone Star State — and definitely more than a few people in Waco, Texas — are going to wonder how this happened, and how exactly a player of Hunter’s caliber got out of the state of Texas.

“I don’t know how they did it or what they did,” Eaton said with  a laugh. “But they got a good one. There are some people who are not going to be happy with me for letting him get out of Texas.”

Eaton said he hadn’t spoken to Hunter yet about the commitment, which Hunter announced on his Twitter account Monday morning. However, he did know that Hunter had developed a good relationship with Indiana coach Kevin Wilson and that a good business school such as Indiana’s Kelley School of Business could tilt the scales.

“He’s a very, very intelligent young man,” Eaton said. “And he’s a product of his environment. Mom’s a teacher. Dad’s a preacher. So in that environment, you’re going to do right and care about what’s important.”

Of course, Hunter didn’t get an offer from Baylor after his sophomore year just because he has a 3.5 grade point average. He’s a destructive force on the front line.

“He can definitely handle the ‘A’ gap,” Eaton said. “He’s 6-foot-1, 310 pounds, can run a 5.1 40-yard dash. I can’t tell you how strong he is, because at some point, our weight staff guy just says, ‘OK, let’s be safe about this here.’ He’s probably the best player at the point of attack that we’ve ever had. He absolutely demands a double team, and if you don’t give him one, he’s going to be in your backfield.”

Hunter plays nose guard in Cypress Falls’ 3-4 defensive scheme. That’s often a position that doesn’t provide for much in the way of statistical build-up because the goal is typically to take on blockers. However, Eaton said Hunter recorded 110 tackles last year, including 12 for loss. He has nine career sacks.

Indiana runs a 4-3 defense, so it will be somewhat of an adjustment for Hunter to be a 4-3 defensive tackle, but Eaton doesn’t expect it to be much of one. Eaton said Hunter can bench press 350 pounds, squat 575 and deadlift 600. That alone should make it easy for him to shed blockers.

“He’s a very sound technician,” Eaton said. “When you’re as strong as he is and a technician, you can be dominant. He understands leverage and how to play, and with the strength that he has, that’s just icing on the cake.”

8 comments

  1. Alright, good, good, keep ’em coming. I see that rivals has this kid rated as a 2-star player, but it has become increasingly apparent lately that those “grades” don’t necessarily mean anything. Also, I love the fact that we’re getting kids from far away talent pools, that’s a good trend. Now let’s hold onto this kid, and all of the others that give verbals.

  2. Big man, fast, very strong, and a good student. Has grown up playing in Texas, where football competition is second to none. Looks like another great recruit.

    Sign em up, coach.

  3. Indiana is going to have to win some games if they are going to keep this recruit….Sounds like he could rise to a 3 star recruit if he has a very good senior year…at any rate IU needs to win some games.

  4. Po, your dreams are starting to come true.

    t, even through the past 15 rough years IU has lost a very small % of players who have given them a verbal commitment. This staff is more proficient at recruiting.

  5. HC, I agree that things with IU football, given the continuous good recruiting news, are beginning to look up. I also agree with your statement that Wilson’s coaching staff appears to be more “proficient” at recruiting, and I like that they seem to be casting a wider net, getting good players from different areas of the country. These coaches have a lot of experience in different areas of the country and they are obviously leveraging the relationships to find talent.

    Although it was not his fault, I was always concerned about Lynch’s geographically limited recruiting zone. He spent so much time coaching in Indiana and recruiting the relatively limited population of the surrounding states, I think it was difficult for him to recruit effectively beyond the states surrounding Indiana. And let’s be fare, he was not given the budget support necessary to expand his recruiting net to other areas of the country. Wilson, by contrast, has hired a staff with experience recruiting various parts of the country and it seems to paying some dividends. I hope he continues to compete for the best players in Indiana and the central Midwest while finding some pearls in other parts of the country, like Texas, California and the great plains states.

  6. well, let’s be honest, Lynch is a great guy, but he shouldv’e never been wearing the headsets beyond 2007. That was a mistake, although after the tragic loss of coach Hepp, it’s understandable that we went with aa guy the kids were comfortable with, but an uncomfortable decision was needed, anyhow, I digress…I love the recruiting improvement that I’m starting to see, I’m just concerned as to wether or not we can keep these kids. I fear that CW is not a “players” coach, hopefully I’m wrong.

  7. Why do you have that fear, Chris? I see no evidence that he is not. In fact, for as long as he was an assistant coach, my guess is that he’s too much a player’s coach and has not fully mastered the art of being a head coach.

    Wilson seems to be very hands on with his players. He’s just very demanding and pushing them to realize their potential. At this stage in the rebuilding process, he has no other choice but to be a hard ass. Many will respond favorably and some will fall by the wayside. That’s the way it is if you want to play for a good college football team.

  8. Because he is a disciplinarian that runs a tight ship(which no player LIKES, regardless of what psychologists might tell you)AND he’s honest with the press, to the point of calling players out. That’s fine if the coach has the full respect of the players, do you think that’s the case here? Now? After going 1-11 in his 1st year here? In this society nowadays, a 1st time coach doesn’t get respect from players just cuz he’s called “coach”, he has to earn it, for better or worse that’s the reality nowadays. I just worry about things like this.

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