Lowell safety Jusevitch is IU’s first 2018 commit

As Tom Allen puts the finishing touches on his 2017 recruiting class, he’s starting to work on his haul for next year.

Lowell safety Jordan Jusevitch committed to Indiana on Saturday evening, giving the Hoosiers their first member of the 2018 recruiting class. The 6-foot, 200-pound high school junior was named Times of Northwest Indiana Defensive Player of the Year this past fall after making a team-best 104 tackles with seven tackles for loss and five interceptions.

Jusevitch took an official visit to Bloomington for IU’s game against Nebraska on Oct. 15. The Hoosiers offered Jusevitch a scholarship in December and he gave a verbal pledge on Saturday. Jusevitch has also taken unofficial visits to Louisville, Central Michigan, Toledo, Purdue, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

According to 247 Sports, Central Michigan and Ball State are his only other offers.

“With a lot of though and conversations with my coaches and family, I know that this is the right choice for me,” Jusevitch wrote in a message posted to his Twitter account on Saturday. “With that being said, I want to finally thank coach Allen and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity to play my dream of Division I football in the Big Ten.”

19 comments

  1. Good start to the 2018 class and I hope this is a player we can count on to stay at IU. He is getting attention and looks to be a very good player in the future. He has good size for a DB at 6′ 200 lbs. Welcome to IU young man.

  2. this is the part of recruiting that leaves me wondering what the heck?? we drop all recruiting attention toward Beau Corrales – WR (3* recruit, runs 40 in 4.7, a Kevin Johns recruit, current IU staff assumes he is going to North Carolina) and Kurt Rafdal – TE (3* recruit, James Patton recruit from the state of Indiana). An turn this attention to Tyrese Fryfogle – WR (who commits to IU – Not Rank, runs 40 in 4.9) and Louis Dorsey – TE (2* recruit – who just committed to Illinois (Illinois at present time a losing program that is coming out of some disarray).

    1. Fryfogle is listed at 4.9 by ESPN but is at 4.5 on 247sports and 4.56 elsewhere. Dorsey went off the radar after the commitments by Fryfogle and Philyor. Also, IU made a strong run at Corrales before his UNC visit, but he took it anyway and committed there.

  3. IU79, you seem very concerned about the new coaching staff’s ability to recruit. By what I’ve read, it seems to be improving, not declining. And it stands to reason that coaches with extensive and recent experience recruiting for SEC teams are going to recognize good talent when they see it. From my vantage point, any coaching staff that can flip players from UT and USC are very good recruiters. Seven years ago, we were hoping IU’s coaching staff could flip players from schools like Bowling Green and Akron.

  4. Po, I agree. It’s hard to find anything that has happened so far that hasn’t looked to be of a positive nature. Flipping those guys just a year ago would have been quite the coup. Now, we are expecting better recruits.

    So far, so good.

  5. I have always been concern about recruiting, regardless of the staff. The only thing I want is for people on this blog to do is to judge every IU coaching staff recruiting on a equal bases. People on this blog where very hard on Kevin Wilson for not recruiting 3* or better athlete and criticize Kevin Wilson staff about every recruiting class (lack of a QB recruit, lack of top level (4* and 5*) recruits, etc.)…An now as a IU fan I am suppose to be happy because this IU coaching staff flip a Non-Rank WR from UT…granted the flip of Juwan Burgess from USC was impressive.
    Chet – I will agree some of the recruiting has been of a positive nature…but, IU fans are acting as if these IU recruits where better than any Kevin Wilson recruited, when most are on the same recruitment level. None of the current recruits are any better than previous committed recruits. An the other reason I am so concern with recruits is that I do not want IU football to take a step backward to the Bill Lynch era. An the only way to keep that from taking place, is to get better recruits. An recognizing and developing the recruits you do get….you need talent and depth to be competitive in the BIG 10. So at present the recruits this staff have recruited are “decent” on paper. But still ranked last in the BIG 10…..An do not give me that BS that class ranking does not matter…A couple of bad recruiting classes and IU will be last in the BIG 10 east division. Thats why recruiting matters.

  6. I know there is some concern regarding the continued recruiting of the 3* variety of players. One thing I would remind everyone of is pay attention to where these recruits are coming from. Not all 3, 4, and 5* recruits are created equal. An enormous amount of attention needs to be paid to what level of competition they played against in high school. As hard as it is for a native Hoosier to admit, the level of competition in the south is head and shoulders above just about any other region of the country. It was a very hard thing to realize all those years ago when I first began to see the level of southern high school football firsthand. Yes, recruits may all appear to statistically appear to be 3, 4 & 5, but against what level of competition? I may be proven wrong, but when I see kids coming out of Florida with those kind of stats, need to pay attention. Doesn’t mean great players will not come from all parts of the country, but look at the NFL and tell me it doesn’t make a difference.

  7. IU79 IU recruits are all 3 or a couple of 4 star rated with a couple of exceptions [depending on what site you choose some are 2 star] with a WR and RB not rated. I trust the two coaches that have recruited the two not rated based on their track record. Coach McCullough has shown his recruits are very good and Coach Heard has a track record of excellent recruits; here is Fryfogle runs a 4.56 40-yard dash and can bench press 235 pounds. He also has a 38-inch vertical 89 catches for 1,430 yards and 13 touchdowns, why is he not rated who cares with these measurables. Recruiting is a crap shoot and it is nice when you can put the odds in your favor by bringing in top recruits. However, you can strike it rich on a few players to help out if you have 3 star players to fill the roster. An example [there are many] JJ Watt was a 2 star recruit that transferred to WS that turned into an All-American.

    The most important thing with recruiting is the ability of the coaches to evaluate talent not the ranking of the class. Coach Wilson used to point out the 2012 team as being rated the lowest class in his coaching at IU yet Spriggs, Feeney, Coleman, Nate, etc were in that class which turned out to be a great class for IUFB. Recruiting with Coach Allen and his coaches won’t really show up until the 2018 class because of the late changes in the coaches. In 2018 we will see if the coaches can pull high rated players from the southern states, including Texas, with the connections they have when they coached in the SEC.

  8. thinkaboutit, you are absolutely right about where players come from in general. It is the reason that as small a state Indiana is we put out so many top BBall players. Indiana HS football has improved a lot but the interest isn’t as high as it is in Southern states. Because of the interest, Florida is one of the leading states for football talent but not for BBall. The South has Spring football practice with some playing practice games in the Spring. They don’t have limits on where teams can play like Indiana does.

    Because of the differences in where football is played I am excited for the future with our coaches experience recruiting in SEC territory, Florida, and Texas. I think coach Allen, DeBord and Hagen will be able to recruit the top players in Indiana that often go to other states.

  9. Talking about scratching your head, what’s with the commitment from the 5’10” – 180 lb running back with 4.77- 40 yard dash speed? He is a 2* on Scout, but a 0* on 247 and his only other offer is Idaho. I couldn’t find his season stats, but after 2 games, he had 40 rushing yards, while two younger teammates each had 90 rushing yards. I could see taking a chance if this kid ran a 4.5 or better, but a very small RB at 5.77? There have to be walk on candidates out there with better size and speed than this kid possesses.

    At least the Ohio RB visiting last weekend was a 3* with offers from several MAC teams. The odds of Nelson becoming a contributor are extremely low. Yeah, I know, we can coach him up, but at his height, weight, and speed, he will never be as good as a hypothetical solid 3* RB who is 6′, 200 lbs, and runs a 4.5 – 40.

    Every major college team out there tries to coach up all their players and make them stronger, faster, quicker, and smarter, no matter what the starting point. Generally, the higher the starting point, the higher the ceiling. I know our coaching staff is capable of finding the occasional diamond in the rough, but the latest commitment we got from the Miami RB is the 3rd no star (per 247) that we have taken. That seems like a lot for one recruiting class.

  10. a. population (as it relates to truly major population centers). A superb basketball team only needs five or six top echelon players. Just one superstar can propel a team from good to great. Football rosters are extensive. Football is aided greatly by population. Last time I checked, very few college players play on both sides of the ball anymore. Football takes numbers. More populous states with more major metro feeders can support those numbers.
    b. climate.(as it relates to passion and free time to go out and play a sport). Football and baseball are not played in gymnasiums. Much of the South and West offer 24/7, 365 days a year, for tossing around and kicking balls without the worry of snowdrifts or frigid temps. Basketball became a year-round tradition in Indiana because it moves effortlessly from the summer playground courts into the sheltered echo chambers of hysteria during the winter when it truly comes to life.
    c. traditions. The influence of climate and population notwithstanding, great stories and iconic names in particular sports add to longstanding traditions/lore(Milan, Hoosiers, The Big O, Bird, Knight, Spitz, Skiles, Bailey, Crispus Attucks H.S., Hinkle, NCAA Champs, etc) Those traditions anchor hearts when fans( particularly young and impressionable hearts) begin identifying their streets, their towns, their schools, their counties, their states as forever linked to those phenomenal stories and memorable games.

    Butler Basketball has captured what was always a passion to fuel and furnish. Whatever monopoly Indiana University fooled themselves into thinking they had in hoops has long vanished. We have become rather distracted by the opportunity for more dollars. We muddle with mediocrity where we fill seats with ease. We demean a place where attendance struggles as if passion could be sold like corn dogs on a stick. We have taken much of true passion for something beyond for granted. We have taken ourselves off the billboards of national relevance via trends that don’t function in vacuums. We have reunion parties in a Skjodt Hall that might as well be the Playboy Mansion. The man in the robe(plaid jacket) is old. Boobs don’t sell anymore. There is serious competition far more focused to our north. We continue to tinker with the monster that will never be. Once seemingly immortal in hoops, we now piece together an ugly sort of beast exhumed from Memorial. In such efforts to replicate life, we forget how to live and love where the true hours a chance will fade.

  11. Ranger, Easy to understand your concern but you need to see APB Craig Nelson on tape. I do not know how fast his 40 is for sure but he has a real burst that all backs wish they had. His HS is a powerhouse in Florida, Booker T., of Miami. He has good hands for the receiving. He was hurt unable to play much, early his Sr. season, meaning the bulk of his 1000+ yds. came later. Which explains a little the lack of recruiting interest. His versatility would project him to fit RB, the slot, returner or DB.

  12. Just for the record, my lengthy submission was intended as a response/commentary to the following said by v-13 in his 9:42 am post :

    It is the reason that as small a state Indiana is we put out so many top BBall players. Indiana HS football has improved a lot but the interest isn’t as high as it is in Southern states

  13. IU79, there have been many folks on this site that have consistently expressed great interest in IU Football’s recruiting. I’ve commented for many years that recruiting is the key to winning in college football. It was his recruiting that convinced me that Lynch was not the man to lead IU football to the next level. And it was his improved recruiting, rather than his Offensive Coaching prowess that allowed me to stay on Wilson’s bandwagon in spite of consecutive losing seasons. I’ve said that a program’s recruiting class rankings matter, if for nothing more than notoriety, fan interest and as a barometer of a program’s relative health and progress. And I agree that all Hoosier fans should hold each coaching staff accountable in their ability to recruit. With the exception of Quarterbacks, Wilson improved IU’s recruiting a lot. But it is too early to judge Allen’s staff on this key job criteria. We must acknowledge that Allen assumed the head coaching position under less than ideal circumstances and is at a slight disadvantage in recruiting. But from what I’ve seen so far, he and his staff are gaining momentum and are poised to sign some very talented players. Until the LOIs are signed in February, we won’t really know just how good his first recruiting class is. Until then, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and trust that he and his staff know talent when they see it.

  14. Podunker – you are very correct in all that you say. I am also giving this coaching staff the benefit of the doubt and hoping/trusting that this staff knows talent when they see it. Along with that, I am also hoping that they can improve/develop or bring out the talent in these individual.

  15. Really like grabbing 1 from the ‘Region’. There is some raw FB talent in NW Indiana, most needing growth and development physically and some academically. Pick and choose. The IU staff needs to work it every time they travel to the Windy and when they return from the there.

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