One of the highest ranked recruits in Indiana’s 2017 class is no longer committed to the Hoosiers.
Three-star Carmel tight end Kurt Rafdal told 247 Sports on Wednesday night that he has decommitted from IU, citing the program’s recent coaching changes. Former tight ends coach James Patton, who parted ways with Indiana earlier this week, led the recruiting push for Rafdal.
The 6-foot-7 prospect is considered the No. 8 player in the state. Nebraska, Iowa and “potentially” LSU are the schools Rafdal will focus on, according to 247 Sports.
“I just want everyone to know I really enjoyed the process with them,” Rafdal told 247 Sports. “They treated me with the utmost respect and I felt part of the family and I was very excited to spend four years there, but at this time with all the changes there I think the best course of action is to open my recruiting.”
Indiana now has 17 players committed for 2017, including five set to arrive on campus by the end of this week. The handful of early arrivals includes Wisconsin defensive tackle Juan Harris, Florida offensive tackle Tyler Knight, New Jersey linebacker Mike McGinnis, Australian punter Haydon Whitehead and Thomas Allen, a linebacker who is the son of IU coach Tom Allen.
National signing day is Feb. 1.