Indiana football adds 2 more commitments

A big recruiting week continued Thursday for Indiana, which picked up verbal commitments from Largo (Fla.) High School teammates Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale.

Crawford, a 6-foot-2, three-star prospect who also had offers from Louisville and Iowa, will likely play safety at Indiana. Hale, a 6-foot-3, Rivals two-star prospect as an athlete, also received offers from Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others.

A source with knowledge of Hale’s recruitment says he also has an opportunity to play basketball for Indiana.

Hale, considered a three-star basketball prospect according to ESPN, also received a hoops offer from Florida State, where his father, Ron, averaged 12.3 points per game at FSU from 1997-2000. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that Hale will miss his senior season while he recovers from a torn meniscus and an ACL injury.

Both players announced their commitments through their Twitter accounts on Thursday night.

IU now has 17 players in its 2015 recruiting class. Crawford and Hale represent the sixth and seventh players to commit to Indiana since Sunday morning, joining three-star Georgia quarterback Austin King, three-star Carmel athlete Isaac James, three-star Maryland safety Tyler Green, three-star Virginia athlete Mike Majette and Missouri offensive lineman DaVondre Love.


  1. Yowza, that’s a lot of receivers in one class (6 including Hawkins?)…foreshadowing for some upcoming changes?

  2. These 2 have been in the IU recruiting cross hairs for quite sometime. Focused attention and contact with them has been attended to by Coach Frey as primary and Coach Johns as secondary. High potential is seen for both even with their average ratings.

  3. Yes, the coach (Kevin Wilson) has put together a decent recruiting class, a lot of kids that are athletes (cornerbacks,safety, linebackers and wide receivers) but we need some more big young man (offensive and defensive lineman)…..i hope he has a few more recruits in the pipeline.

  4. Another good recruiting class for Wilson is shaping up. But I agree with iu79. Skill players have not been a problem for IU recently. It’s getting the quality big guys on both the O and D lines that will determine Wilson’s future. He has improved the recruiting of those guys in the last few classes, but I’d really like to see seven or eight 6’5″ – 300 pounders announce their commitments in the days ahead.

  5. There are 10 DT, 8 Bandits, 14 OL and 2 C on the roster now with each having at least 1 yr. of eligibility and most having multiple seasons available. There are 4 OL already committed for 2015 and 2 DE. With the advent of the 3-4 there is not the need for the number of DT’s as there is in 4-4. Wilson and staff have a firm handle on the recruiting needs for IU’s future.

  6. Wilson doesn’t seem to be giving up. He has to be immensely frustrated with loosing. I think he just needs more time. Wasn’t like he had much to start with.

  7. Wilson is not a quitter. He’s got great mental toughness and grit. He knew it was going to take perseverance when he took the job at IU. He won’t give up because of a losing season. Plus, this year, he can credibly sell to recruits the argument that if not for Sudfeld’s injury, IU would be going to a bowl game. And it does not hurt his cause to shine the light on Coleman’s phenomenal success and the recognition he has received since the season ended. Producing a running back that runs for over 2,000 yards in a season is a huge and rare accomplishment, and it suggests that in spite of losing his starting QB, their were still positives on offense. The improvement seen on defense is self-explanatory. Again, “why not Indiana!”

  8. These coaches staff are a bunch of grinders. They go after the kids who can improve this program. They have an eye for talent (Cody Latimer 3 star, Tevin Coleman 3 star, TJ Simmons 3 star…you all get the picture). I absolutely love it. I fully expect Tevin Coleman to declare for the draft and in short order the kid from UAB will sign with IU. This program is soooo close. I can’t wait until Fall 2015 to watch the next step being taken in person. Happy Holidays Hoosiers!!!

  9. Keith, Wilson and staff did not recruit Cody Latimer. He was recruited by Lynch’s staff. Despite that, you make a good point, and Wilson has improved recruiting a lot relative to Lynch. But I’m not sure that’s enough since Lynch didn’t even try to recruit 3-star players or better, and did not even attempt to recruit beyond Indiana and the surrounding states. Lynch’s behavior conceded that he could not attract Big Ten quality talent to IU. He was competing with MAC schools for almost all his talent.

  10. Thanks for the clarification on Latimer Po. I feel like CKW and staff are attempting to recruit nationally, albeit with limited success. They will pull in better players as the seats in Memorial Stadium are less empty and IU has more marks in the win column that the loss column.

  11. Just read AUB RB Jordan Howard has tweeted his decision is down to Vandy and IU. It appears from that ND is no longer involved. Also Coleman is getting ready to hire and agent and has talked to some.

  12. PO- Has the improvement on defense been “self-explanatory?” Maybe self-evident. 2013 IUFB rankings: total D = 124/126, scoring D = 113/126. 2014: total D 92/125, scoring D 100/125. It would be a tall order for the IUD to improve that much again in 2015, but if Knorr could do that it would mark him as really good hire, but there is still a long way to go.

  13. The jury is still out for me with regards to Wilson’s improved recruiting. We are getting players that other power 5 conferences are showing interest in, however is the staff developing these players to their full potential? Wilson and his staff haven’t impressed, yet.

    After four years other programs have seemingly been able to develop their talent and get to a bowl game. Wilson coached teams are still lacking consistency after four years.Will that change heading into season five? I’m going to wait and see before passing judgement on Wilson and his staff.

  14. I am liking Austin King more and more. Chad Kelly has gotten his ass arrested this weekend in Buffalo, NY.

  15. davis, some of those stats for the defense are heavily influenced by IU’s lack of offense after Sudfeld went down. If you increase the number of three and outs, your defensive stats are going to suffer. If you extend drives and score points, making the opponent try to play catch-up, the defense is better off.

  16. davis, Thankfully I’ve only driven by Buffalo and have never turned the wheel toward town.

    Po’s point is right in line with my thinking on the topic. The only disappointing aspect of the improved D this year was the lack of creating more havoc with turnovers. I would expect that to be a focus in Spring/Fall camp. NT Nate “Hoss” Hoff a RS FR. was the biggest surprise on the D this year.

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