Florida linebacker Greg Gooch picks IU

Indiana’s 2014 football recruiting class is now up to 24 official commits with Monday evening’s verbal commitment from Longwood (Fla.) Lyman linebacker Greg Gooch, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound prospect who selected the Hoosiers over Iowa State and Cincinnati.

Gooch, according to Rivals.com, also had offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Arizona, Louisville, South Florida, Southern Miss and Marshall.

Here is the report on Gooch’s commitment from The Orlando Sentinel:

Longwood Lyman linebacker Greg Gooch ended the suspense of his recruitment Monday by committing to Indiana over his other two finalists Cincinnati and Iowa State.

Gooch, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound force for the Greyhounds this year, averaged about 10 tackles per game,  had five sacks and 28 tackles  for loss. He’s an extremely active linebacker who can also play standup defensive end and Lyman coach Jeff Gierke took advantage of his athleticism by frequently moving him around the box.

Gooch is the No. 3- ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2014 Central Florida Super60. He is one of two Lyman linebackers who will sign with FBS schools during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. He’ll join teammate Nico Firios, the No. 12 player in the Super60, who is committed to Kentucky.

14 comments

  1. 24 verbal commitments is a bigger class than I expected this year. Glad to see we’re getting bigger linebackers too. Given the depth of talent in Florida, this was exciting news. Does anyone know if this is the result of IU’s new Defensive Coordinator?

  2. Already I can hear the fans in the stadium yelling, “Gooch, Gooch, Gooch!” after every tackle he makes.

  3. For once there is a real buzz about IU Football becoming a serious team to deal with in the B1G. I for one, can’t wait to watch this team play next fall…and for years to come. Just WIN baby!

  4. Po, Coach Inge has been recruiting him for sometime. Have no idea if Knorr has helped or not. There is another kid they are after from Conyers Ga. by the name of Robert McCray, DE/OLB, that I believe Knorr is involved with and may have had prior contact while at WF. Both are 3-4 type talent.

  5. These last few commitments are a welcome change; it seems in the past we got kids who were ‘also considering Akron and Ball State’ and now we’re getting kids who were getting interest from major conference schools.

  6. Keep ’em coming CKW and staff. kurk81 is spot on, we beat out some solid FBS programs for the last 4 or 5 defensive recruits. Tomorrow is the day that matters, when the LOIs are signed, IU will have on heck of a recruiting class. Welcome to Bloomington Greg, you’ll fit right in on and off the field. By all accounts a great kid, and he’s not too shabby on the gridiron. Go Hoosiers.

  7. It’s impossible to determine, but I wonder if the latest success in recruiting these quality players, many of whom are likely to sign with IU over offers from some big time football programs, had anything to do with Mallory’s termination and/or Knorr’s hire? I have to think the change in DCs helped recruiting.

  8. Podunker, something changed and it wasn’t our won/loss record.

    IU needs better athletes, but more importantly they need better coaching that can develop these better athletes.

    Mallory and for that matter most of the defensive staff haven’t been getting it done. I may be in the minority but Doug Mallory was a convenient scapegoat. IU’s tackling has been deplorable for several seasons, and that is not due to the DC’s scheme, that has to do with teaching proper tackling fundamentals. That falls on every defensive position coach and not just the DC.

    If Knorr as a DC has similar results with a different scheme than its not the scheme that’s the problem, but the coaching.

  9. I believe the issue with tackling fundamentals will improve significantly with these new recruits who come out of programs that are effectively coached. The historical challenge at IU has been that the majority of our kids came out of programs that did not emphasize proper technique(s) and we did not have the kind of mentoring that could turn that around. Couple this with being undersized and a little slow and its pretty easy to understand why we were not competing at this level. I think we’re going to see some real positive changes!

  10. I too got tired of seeing recruits whose other top choices were MAC, etc. This surely has a lot to do with Wilson and staff not giving up on believing they could get these guys. All of that takes time and we’re slowly seeing patience pay off.

  11. Waiting and iufan23; your posts stimulated some interesting thoughts. First, I think the DC is responsible for a lot more than just the scheme. He also has to make sure his position coaches emphasize fundamentals such as tackling, shedding blocks, etc. So it was Mallory’s responsibility to make sure he recruited defenders who were fundamentally sound, then to make the players even better during practice. Secondly, if a player’s High School coach or parent, is not impressed with the college’s coaching staff, or the staff’s ability to develop and refine the player’s natural talent, they’ll steer their player clear of that program. That leaves the school to recruit/sign smaller, slower, less-fundamentally- sound athletes (i.e., MAC quality players). I think that’s been IU’s problem since Hep died, but it is finally starting to turn around.

    I know youth leagues and High Schools are reducing the amount of full-speed contact in practices, but the fundamentals of tacking, etc. should be taught long before a talented athlete sets foot on a college football field. IU’s players were not just getting run over due to lack of size, all too often they just flat out did not know how to tackle, shed blocks, fill gaps, etc. That told me IU was recruiting for athletic talent and hoping to teach the players the fundamentals as they went along. Obviously, that was not working. I’ll bet a player like Gooch will be noticeably better in his fundamentals as a freshman than most of the defenders IU has recruited over the last six years.

  12. Post 12: “. . . but the fundamentals of tacking, etc. should be taught long before a talented athlete sets foot on a college football field.” Amen, brother.

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