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.