Several freshmen already impressing Allen

CHICAGO — Tom Allen’s first victory as Indiana coach came in early February.

That’s when he signed a recruiting class of 23 players, keeping the group together through the staff changes that included the abrupt resignation of predecessor Kevin Wilson. With the Hoosiers set to open fall camp on Aug. 2, Allen says he’s looking forward to working hands-on with his freshmen.

“I love that class,” Allen said. “It’s got depth.”

Through the limited windows Allen has had to gauge his incoming players, several have made an early mark on the IU coach and his veteran players. Avon athlete Bryant Fitzgerald, who is expected to begin his college career at safety, may top the list.

“Bryant Fitzgerald really sticks out to me,” Allen said. “Obviously, it’s based on the workouts that we can go watch, and you talk to the players because they’re out there and they’ll tell you who they think looks good. (Receiver) Whop Philyor is another one that’s popped for our guys. They’re like, ‘This guy’s different.'” I think he’s got a chance to be special, for sure. (Safety) Juwan Burgess is another one.”

Allen said he’s also been impressed by the approach of quarterback Nick Tronti, who comes to Bloomington after having won Mr. Football honors for the entire state of Florida. Defensive tackle Juan Harris also carries high expectations into his college career.

“I love the breadth of (the class),” Allen said. “Every position, there’s a guy there. There’s good athleticism, good size. … I just think that there’s several guys in that group that are going to really develop. We’ll probably redshirt a good chunk of them for sure, I hope, and allow them to take advantage of everything we have to offer them.”

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  1. It is good to hear of the freshmen that are impressing the upper classmen and coaches. These players could have a role on the 2017 team and I hope another one or two step up during Fall Camp. IU needs special players that can supplement the team to make this season a special one.

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