Michigan WR/DB commits to Hoosiers

Indiana football coach Tom Allen secured the seventh commitment for the 2020 recruiting class on Sunday when three-star wide receiver/defensive back Lemuel Neely-Watley made his pledge.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Neely-Watley, who made his announcement via Twitter, also held offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse, Washington State and others.

The Detroit product was teammates with fellow IU wide receiver commit Rashawn Williams last year at Martin Luther King High School but will play his final season at Harper Woods.

Neely-Watley is ranked as the No. 156 receiver nationally and the No. 27 overall player in the state of Michigan by 247Sports Composite Rankings, but he also plays cornerback and could play offense or defense collegiately.


  1. Neely-Watley is expected to play DB at IU. He is a very good athlete from Detroit, the second one in this class. Having coach Hart is paying off with getting recruits from Michigan. I hope coach can convince him the effort to build IU into a B1G champion is more satisfying that being a current championship level school. He is a very good coach and recruiter and IU needs him but if he goes I am sure coach Allen will find another quality RB coach.

    I noticed looking at the 2019 class how big they are already are, at a size to play in the B1G.

  2. TA needs to pay Hart such that it would be very difficult (expensive) for him to be poached away. IU must maintain relatively high continuity with their assistant coaches, and protect (reward) those that are proven to be the best recruiters. Hart seems to be doing a great job finding above=average talent and bringing them to IU.

    1. Po,
      You cite my greatest fear should IUFB encounter success, keeping the staff together long enough to keep things moving forward. Obviously, the staffers are going to want their careers to move forward, but for IU you don’t want it to be a lateral transfer simply for more money. You want it to be a position coach moving to a coordinator or a coordinator moving to a HC. Ideally, you only want the coordinators leaving the program for advancement to HC jobs allowing for growth from within. Makes for a very stable program. You would hope that at some point Mike Hart would prove to be a capable OC and move him up, especially if DeBoer enjoys enough success to become a hot HC property. Sames goes for the defensive side.

      1. Your greatest fear is that we might be successful enough that people will come and poach our coaches?

        While, I think that would actually be a good sign, I’d just like to have a winning season.

  3. thinker, you are thinking too much if you fear success. “Ideally” this, “ideally” that.” Let’s just win and have some fun for once.

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