3-star CB Raheem Layne commits to IU

Indiana is bolstering its defensive backfield depth as National Signing Day approaches.

Former Minnesota commit Raheem Layne made a verbal pledge to IU on Monday, giving the Hoosiers a second cornerback and the 22nd prospect overall in their 2017 recruiting class ahead of Wednesday’s signing ceremony.

The three-star corner committed to the Golden Gophers in November before changing his mind on Jan. 23. Indiana first offered Layne, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect, on Dec. 10. He also attracted recent offers from Iowa, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Florida International, Tulane and East Carolina.

According to Scout.com, Layne is ranked the No. 55 corner in the South and the No. 22 corner in his home state of Florida.

“Layne possesses the size and skill set that would enable him to scoot back to safety, but you have to take notice of his coverage awareness when mirroring receivers at cornerback,” Corey Bender wrote for Scout.com. “He shows good discipline and does a nice job of staying in his opponent’s back pocket, but can continue to work on being more physical in press-man.”

As a senior this past fall, Layne made 57 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles. He was named a first-team All-Area selection by TCPalm.com.

Layne joins three-star Georgia corner LaDamion Hunt as prospects in IU’s backfield of the future. Three-star athlete Bryant Fitzgerald projects as a safety.


  1. Sure would like to see 2 more OL added for 2017. Losing Rogers, Bailey, Camiel and Feeney. For 2017 1 presently on campus and 2 committed to come. Ideally flipping 1 committed from somewhere would work. But losing Frey probably stops that from happening. So maybe adding 2 more versatile enough to develop to play across the OL positions or possibly the DL is an answer. But sure pickings are slim at this date. Just feel we are 1 or 2 short.

    1. HC,
      Not sure if it’s what you’re looking for, but in-state offensive lineman Sam Garvin of Hamilton Southeastern tweeted his commitment to IU last night as well. Indications are it’s a preferred walk-on spot. Garvin is listed as 6-3, 265 by 247sports.

      1. Thanks JP He certainly won’t hurt. Also as I posted below about Ryan Smith is a positive. Also read where Mishawaka Marian RB/LB Alexander Horvath will be coming to Bloomington on that same preferred invite. He is not without intrigue as he stands 6’3″ at 230 lb., benches 400 has run a 4.5 40, is hungry and just out guts the competition. Marian is a 3A school and got beat by Garrett in the regionals last seasons playoffs. He got lots of looks but I suspect 3A kept him from getting offers he was after.

  2. With the 2 new guys coming in that gives us 18 on the roster. Seems to be some panic but I’m not sure why that’s plenty. As far as recruiting goes I’m anxious to see who these guys bring in for the new OL coach. Sure hope its a good one!

  3. It certainly is not plenty. 18 – 4 Seniors(above)not returning = 14. That’s why I said we could use 1 or 2 more. You win or lose at the LOS and that has been placed in doubt with the loss of Frey.

  4. Several of the players that signed today can play both sides of the ball and were told they may be on the other side of the ball depending on how things work out. Beery was one talked about being able to move to the OL depending on how he develops. If I were needing an OL I would fight with the defensive staff to get Harris over on the OL based on how well he blocked in HS. Of course he can be a special DL player in the B1G down the road so defense won’t be willing to give him up.

  5. Also forgot about OL Ryan Smith out of Cincy Moeller, originally a 2016 recruit. But suffered a foot injury after arriving in June of ’16’. So as not to burn a redshirt year he paid for his Fall semester. Returned in Jan. ’17’ to the team on scholarship. He will be #15 OL for the coming season. So actual total number of 2017 recruits is 24.

  6. Seems like a good class of recruits, especially considering all of the coaching changes. And any time IU flips a kid committed to USC and beats out other major programs, it has to be considered a sign of significant progress. But it would be nice to see an IU Recruiting class ranked higher than second-to-last in the Big Ten. And if you believe the recruiting services, IU must be over-achieving on the field these days, because we’ve finished better than second to last in conference in the last two seasons. Bottom line: it’s going to take Allen and staff producing a winning season before we can expect to see higher ranked recruiting classes. In the meantime, we can’t complain about the lack of size for this year’s class of recruits.

  7. So it’s official. Signing Day has come and gone. There was a minor freakout on this blog about Allen losing a ton of guys and that we would be sliding back into the Bill Lynch era. This is quite an impressive class by IU standards. I don’t remember this many 3+ star recruits at any point in my years as a Hoosier fan, but I’m sure there is a site out there where we can find out exactly.

    Anyway, the Allen era is showing some encouraging signs. Allen is doing more than being a coach, he’s building a program to get over the hump. One hole left to fill (OL coach). But, so far, I love his new coaching picks. The program seems to be in good hands.

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