Georgia corner LaDamion Hunt commits to IU #iufb

Nearing the halfway point of the 2017 recruiting cycle, defense has been Indiana’s primary focus.

On Thursday, Kevin Wilson added another player to his defensive stable.

Three-star Georgia cornerback LaDamion Hunt made a verbal commitment to Indiana, giving the Hoosiers their ninth recruit in next year’s class and their seventh on defense.

Hunt, a 6-foot, 183-pound prospect out of Carrollton High School, chose IU over offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota and Purdue, among others. According to 247 Sports, Hunt runs a 4.49 40-yard dash.

In announcing his commitment, Hunt tweeted that Indiana cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby and defensive coordinator Tom Allen both influenced his decision. He did not return a message left by The Herald-Times.

“I wanna thank all my coaches from the past years cause they always pushed me to my best just so I could make it this far,” Hunt wrote. “I also wanna just give a big thanks to the coaching staff of Indiana (—) Coach Shelby and Coach Allen for being amazing through this recruiting process. But I’ve came to my decision and I’m very proud to say I’m officially committed to Indiana University.”

Of IU’s seven defensive commits, Hunt is the first member of the secondary, though Avon athlete Bryant Fitzgerald could also end up in the secondary.

With Hunt’s commitment, Indiana’s 2017 class is ranked No. 11 in the Big Ten and No. 68 nationally, according to the 247 Sports Composite.


  1. Another very good defensive player for the 2017 class. This recruiting class keeps building up the defense. One area that I worry about so far are LBs for this class.

  2. Agreed, with 10 LB’s on the roster and only 1 recruited so far in “16” and “17” there has to be a plan to add to the #’s. Even though the 4-2-5 reduces the amount needed there has to be #’s to backfill the attrition. High hopes for Chris Covington to become an integral part of the D this Fall camp. He is the biggest, likely the fastest and possibly the most athletic of the group. Also expect Barwick and Dougherty to do the same on the DL. Both were named 1st team All State in Ohio.

  3. HC, Coach Wilson pointed out those players after the Purdue game saying the team had better players in 2016 that most weren’t aware of their talent. I sure hope the defensive front surprises me and creates problems for opposing offenses. I would like to see Covington have a breakout year as he choose to go back to defense after working him in at QB.

  4. IU owes Covington a real opportunity! He sacrificed for us when called upon and is a very good athlete!

  5. I would think Covington has a real opportunity at one of the hybrid positions as he is a mix of LB/DB. I do like the recruits this year on defense as they seem to be a different kind of player than in the past. The DL players are very aggressive and have motors that don’t stop. That leads to a defense that gets after an offense and creates take-aways as they make unexpected hits that pop the ball loose.

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