Prospective 2016 Indiana football signee capsules


Football National Letters of Intent are slated to start rolling in about six hours after this original post. Things can and offer do change in the final hours before and even during signing day. Indiana is expected to sign perhaps up to 20 players today, but likely not more given the number of scholarships projected to be available.

Players listed below were expected to sign with Indiana today heading into Tuesday evening (with JUCO transfers Richard Lagow and Jayme Thompson already enrolled after having signed their Letters of Intent in December.) But there could be additions or subtractions. We will update this list to reflect any changes that occur during signing day.

PHIL BENKER, 6-2, 195, Jacksonville, Fla. (Sandalwood): Originally committed to Central Florida, Benker flipped to the Hoosiers after 44 receptions for almost 900 yards his senior season. Caught 59 passes for 1,061 yards (18.0 per reception) and 10 TDs as a junior. Some of his other suitors included Wake Forest, South Florida and Temple.

SHAUN BONNER, 6-3, 250, TE, Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County): Potentially the sort of blocking tight end that can help the Hoosiers seal the edge at the end of the line, but also possessed of good hands. Had 30 catches for 314 yards and five TDs as senior while earning First Team Class 6A All-State honors for a 15-0 club that won the state title. Originally committed to Georgia Southern.

KAHLIL BRYANT, 5-10, 197, S, Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast): Could project at the rover position, they hybrid safety/linebacker spot, in new IU defensive coordinator’s 4-2-5 alignment. Returned a fumble recovery for a TD as a senior and had around 50 tackles for First Coast as a senior. Offer sheet included North Carolina, Wake Forest, Army and Western Kentucky among others.

COY CRONK, 6-5, 272, T, Lafayette, Ind. (Central Catholic): Played linebacker, showing great mobility for us size, on the LCC team that beat Linton for the state Class 1A state title. Will play offensive line at Indiana and is considered well-suited to play the crucial left-tackle spot. Was reportedly never offered by the local Big Ten program, Purdue, but did have official overtures from Vanderbilt, Illinois and Iowa State in addition to IU.

BRANDON DRAYTON, 6-2, 175, S, Largo, Fla. (Largo): Originally a Nebraska commit before flipping to IU. Played at the same prep program that produced Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale in the Hoosiers’ 2015 recruiting class. Starred on both sides of the ball, shining as a wideout but projecting as a college safety. Had 58 tackles, nine pass break-ups, an interception and two fumble recoveries as a senior. Also had offers from the Huskers, Miami (Fla.), Louisville, Iowa, Minnesota, Syracuse and Colorado among others.

COLE GEST, 5-8, 190, RB, Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward): Possessed of some significant giddyup, Gest was the weapon of choice for Ohio’s Division I state champions. He rushed for 2,097 yards and 25 touchdowns, and also caught passes for 342 yards and three TDs. Averaged 7.8 yards per rush against some of the Buckeye state’s best competition. A.P. First-Team All-Ohio, top division.

JEROME JOHNSON, 6-4, 300, DT, Bassfield, Miss. (Bassfield): A late but welcome commit to the Hoosiers despite having an offer from Ole Miss. Was Region 2A MVP. Film highlights show a player with good explosion and leverage off the ball. Had 88 tackles, 44 quarterback hurries, 20 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks as Bassfield won its fourth straight 2A state title. Joining Mississippi among Johnson’s other offers were Louisville, Southern Miss and South Florida.

RICHARD LAGOW, 6-6, 240, QB, Cisco, Tex. (Cisco CC): Combines the size of Nate Sudfeld with more elusiveness afoot and similar arm strength. Had stops at Connecticut (where there was an ensuing coaching change) and Oklahoma State before opting for the JUCO route closer to home and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,285 yards and 21 TDs, with 10 interceptions, this past fall. Chose IU over offers from Memphis, Colorado State and UNLV. Reportedly had late overture from Texas A&M.

JONAH MORRIS, 6-4, 190, WR, Akron, Ohio (Hoban): Originally a Michigan State commit, chose the Hoosiers over offers from the Spartans, Notre Dame, Wisconsin at others. A multi-purpose player who could potentially stand out on either side of the ball, but is likely ticketed for wideout. Caught 38 passes for 784 yards and nine TDs as a senior when Hoban won the Ohio Division III state title. Akron Beacon Journal Football Player of the Year.

TYLER NATEE, 6-0, 255, ATH, Euless, Tex (Trinity): An intriguing recruit with the potential to play multiple positions at IU. He seems most likely to slot into a hybrid fullback/H-back/tight end role, and could also serve as a “wildcat” formation quarterback. He played QB last fall for Trinity, one of the top programs in Texas, rushing for almost 800 yards and throwing for nearly 400. Had offers from North Texas and Arkansas State.

MACKENZIE NWORAH, 6-3, 305, G, Manvel, Tex. (Manvel): Originally committed to Missouri, but comes to IU from the Texas Gulf Coast as the sort of prospect who could play early, even given the Hoosiers’ offensive line depth. Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Houston, Boston College, Purdue and Colorado were among his other offers.

PEYTON RAMSEY, 6-3, 190, QB, Cincinnati, Ohio (Elder): Son of Elder head coach Dave Ramsey and a dual-threat quarterback who threw for 2,689 yards and ran for 1,232 as a senior. He threw for 26 touchdowns (with just seven interceptions) and ran for 16. Completed 63 percent of his passes. Had offers from Boston College, Wake Forest, Illinois, Cincinnati and others.

A’SHON RIGGINS, 6-0, 170, CB, Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton): A potential shut-down corner from just over the state line. A two-way standout, with 52 catches for 802 yards and six TDs as a receiver and 36 tackles defensively. Chose the Hoosiers over offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, West Virginia, Illinois and Iowa State, among others.

RYAN SMITH, 6-5, 280, G, Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller): Was originally projected as a defensive end prospect but added around 30 pounds via weight training for his final season at one of Ohio’s legendary prep programs and now could probably play either guard or tackle at IU. Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Purdue, Boston College and Toledo were others expressing interest.

ALLEN STALLINGS, 6-2, 230, DE, Oak Park, Ill. (River Forest): Size is misleading, since he kept his weight down for wrestling purposes. Was extremely active up front for River Forest, recording 71 tackles, including 12 for losses and seven sacks. Forced three fumbles and scored a defensive touchdown. Committed to Central Michigan before flipping to Indiana, becoming the first defensive line commit in the Hoosier class.

GRAYSON STOVER, 6-6. 293, T, Hudson, Fla. (Hudson): Originally verballed to Virginia, then to South Florida, but had an abiding interest in Indiana and jumped at the chance to join Greg Frey’s offensive line crew. Also had offers from Maryland, Iowa State, Vanderbilt and Rutgers, among others.

IAN THOMAS, 6-5, 225, TE, Garden City, N.Y. (Nassau CC): Rebuffed an offer from Texas A&M late in the recruiting cycle to stick with the Hoosiers. Caught 30 passes for 314 yards and five touchdowns. Graduating this spring from Nassau with three years remaining to play two seasons at IU.

JAYME THOMPSON, 6-2, 195, S, Toledo, Ohio (Iowa Western CC): Originally verballed to West Virginia before enrolling at Ohio State out of Toledo Central Catholic, then went out to Council Bluffs to record 81 tackles and a pair of interceptions for Iowa Western in 2014. A groin injury cost Thompson much of the 2015 season, and possibly some recruiting interest, but he still picked up offers from Iowa State and Western Kentucky in addition to Indiana. He’s one of the recruits who projects as a possible rover hybrid in the 4-2-5 defensive set Tom Allen is bringing to IU.

MARCELINO BALL, 6-0, 200, S/OLB, Roswell, Ga. (Roswell)
KIANTE ENIS, 6-2, 200, ATH, Winchester, Ind. (Winchester Community)
MALIK HARRISON, 6-4, 205, WR, Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)
JACOBY HILL, 6-4, 227, DE, Atlanta, Ga. (Carver)
TAYSIR MACK, 6-2, 177, WR, Brooklyn, NY (Grand Street)
KEVIN McCRARY, 6-1, 280, DT, Dayton Beach, Fla. (Mainland)