Florida safety Josh Sanguinetti signs with IU

Tom Allen wanted a safety.

On Wednesday, he got one.

Three-star Florida safety Josh Sanguinetti signed with Indiana on National Signing Day, becoming the 21st member of IU’s 2019 class. Sanguinetti compiled an impressive list of others, receiving scholarship overtures from Auburn, Boston College Florida, Michigan, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among others.

Sanguinetti ultimately chose IU over Boston College and Mississippi State.

According to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Sanguinetti is considered the No. 36 safety in the class and the No. 50 prospect in Florida. He’s the fourth-highest rated player in IU’s class.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a series of breaks went Indiana’s way in landing Sanguinetti on National Signing Day:

Sanguinetti was set on Stanford, but according to Luque, the Cardinal began to back off leading up to the Early Signing Period in December due to confusion over paperwork the school needed. Stanford coaches said they didn’t receive it in a timely manner while Sanguinetti thought he sent it in, and in the end, the Cardinal moved on.

Late in the process, Sanguinetti scrambled back to other schools that targeted him, but many had already made other plans with their allotment of scholarships. A scheduled trip to Michigan was canceled because the Wolverines had just received a commitment from another recruit and the spot they had for Sanguinetti was no longer available.

Sanguinetti didn’t have the ideal senior season either, posting just 29 tackles, one interception and two pass deflections. Luque notes, though, that the Sharks were involved in 10 consecutive games that involved a running clock at the end, blowing out opponents in nine victories and then having Chaminade-Madonna flip a lopsided score on them in the regular season finale. Sanguinetti also missed four games due to his role in quick scuffle in U-School’s kickoff classic against American Heritage.

Compounding that, he was dealing with a shoulder injury from the end of basketball season the year before and didn’t participate in several offseason camps that go a long way in boosting recruiting ranks

Sanguinetti visited Indiana last weekend. He holds the University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) program record with 24 career interceptions.

He was named team MVP after making 42 tackles with four interceptions, three breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior.

Scouting report published by the Orlando Sentinel: “Sanguinetti has the length and athleticism to make an immediate impact even while he works on his strength and tackling. He has long arms and excellent range with the speed to cover up any mistakes he might make.”


  1. Yes exactly what’s needed for improving year over year. Not long ago this kid was rated a 5*. Allen needs 1 more WR and OT. Another DT would be extra gravy.

  2. By the quality of the college programs that pursued him, this is another great get for IU. And it is safe to say this kid has some serious smarts. You don’t get attention from Stanford unless you have impressive academic achievement. And T.A. and his staff deserve great credit for securing this young man’s commitment. This signing alone should elevate IU’s recruiting class ranking, but hopefully there will be more good news before the end of the day.

    There should be no question about T.A. and his coaching staff’s ability to recruit better talent. Now they have to prove they can develop and channel that talent to produce a winning season. Just a couple of winning seasons, and signing young men like Sanguinetti will become the rule rather than the exception.

  3. Sanguinetti is a very good pick up and it is good to see IU beat the programs recruiting him. As pointed out he was a 5 star player earlier in his career but he suffered an injury and his testing numbers suffered. IU may have gotten a top player if he can recover to his previous numbers.

    Weaver looks like an OL man that improved his senior year and if sites would rate him now he would be rated much better than 2 star. He looks like a good prospect for IU that can develop into a very good OL man in a couple of years.

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