Pair of defensive recruits choose Indiana #iufb

Indiana’s 2016 recruiting class grew by two on Sunday after the Hoosiers officially added commitments from safety Khalil Bryant and defensive lineman Allen Cater.

Bryant announced his commitment for Indiana on Saturday, and Cater announced his on Sunday afternoon. Neither were confirmed until IU coach Kevin Wilson tweeted his usual “#boom” on Sunday evening.

Both Rivals and 247 Sports view Bryant as a three-star prospect. Bryant chose the Hoosiers over offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Army and Western Kentucky, among others.

Listed around 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Bryant first received his Indiana offer in March and told later that month that IU was already among his early favorites. Scout describes Bryant having good change of direction and closing speed, along with good tackling instincts in the open field. Bryant will be a senior this fall at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bryant is the latest player being brought to Bloomington to help fix Indiana’s suspect secondary. After Antonio Allen was dismissed from the team on Wednesday following his arrest on multiple drug charges, the Hoosiers will look young in the defensive backfield over the next couple seasons.

Sophomores Tony Fields and Kiante Walton will likely compete for the starting free safety job vacated by Allen’s departure, while Chase Dutra is the likely starter at the other safety spot. 2015 signees Jonathan Crawford and Jameel Cook will also compete for depth chart roles at safety during their first summer on campus.

Cater, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end, boosted his stock after his junior season at Mount Paran High in Kennesaw, Ga.

The Atlanta Journal Constituion named Cater the best defensive end at the local Elite Junior Classic all-star game. A scout told the AJC that Cater had, “the most potential out of anybody in the all-star game.”

Rivals, which lists defensive line coach Larry McDaniel and defensive coordinator Brian Knorr as his maon recruiters, rates Cater as a two-star prospect. 247 Sports slots him at three stars. According to Rivals, Cater chose IU over offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, UConn, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, among others. Rivals also shows interest from Clemson, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh.

Both players are joined in the 2016 class by Alabama running back Tyus Flakes and Cincinnati prospects Peyton Ramsey, a quarterback, and defensive lineman Ryan Smith.


  1. Why the hang up on the number of stars a recruit has? There are plant of 5 star guys that don’t make it past their freshman year and there are 3 star guys playing in the NFL. Heck what was Coleman ‘ s star rating when he committed to IU? If you don’t remember then it doesn’t matter. It is about player development not a number based on potential. The definition of potential is that you aren’t worth a darn right now.

  2. You have to look at percentages. There will be a higher percentage of 5 and 4 star recruits than 3 and 2 star who are most successful. Refer to top programs. I think a good way to tell ability level and potential of recruit for a specific position is who you beat out to get recruit. When examples are given as success stories of the 3 and 2 star recruits who make it big, percentages still fall in favor of the higher star recruits. Give me 5 and 4 star recruits with a 3 sprinkled in here and there and I will have 15 and 20 plus year win streaks against your 3 and 2 star recruits. Example is IU football history.

  3. 247 Sports lists Carter as a 3* also with Bryant. He is considered extremely athletic for a DE. I consider both commits upgrades to our D which until Wilson and staff took over IU never focused much on recruiting this type of potential with athleticism, speed and size to the D. FB IQ, depth and competition has never been this good at IU in my 60+ seasons of being a fan. I must admit I had almost this much enthusiasm for the future of IU FB in the 2nd half of Cam’s last season. The D under a 1st or 2nd year coordinator who’s name I forget was just starting to show signs of getting it.

  4. Realistically, this is IU’s path for the indefinite future. Get 2 and 3-star recruits with potential and an occasional 4-star, and then develop them individually and collectively. Until IU starts going to bowl games, and showing significantly improved fan support (i.e., home game attendance) that’s going to be the best we can expect. And it will probably require two or three consecutive bowl games before we see more than an occasional 4-star recruit signing LOIs. Therefore, Wilson has to manage the non-conference schedule well (no more games with Navy, please!) and minimize early player turnover. A team with lots of seniors that were former 3-star players can win a lot of games.

  5. HC, good point about the improved athletic talent being recruited for the defense.

  6. I agree that IU recruiting targets are 3 star recruits with 2’s sprinkled in plus an occasional 4 star. Yes, a team with a lot of seniors who were 3 star recruits that improve and develop can win in big ten; 6 plus games an maybe even 7, 8, 9, or even 10 plus games depending on how the ball bounces. I had hope during the Cam Cameron years. However, it seemed as though he was in somewhat of a delimna with Randell El as featured player. El was not a great passer. As he run and made great plays during games by approaching middle of 3rd quarter the poor guy was just beat for that game. Teams just focused on him. One of his most admirable qualities was his enthusiasm and attitude; he never complained or criticized his teammates he just got ready for the next play or game with a positive enthusiastic attitude. I am glad he had success at the next level.

  7. I think what we are starting to see is players redshirting that would have seen a ton of action, if not started, as true freshman during Wilson’s first few years, and under the coaches before him.

  8. Yes, JJ Watt was rated as a 2-star coming out of High School. And I believe he walked on at Wisconsin. Obviously, he’s an exceptional individual. I don’t believe redshirting players is anything new at IU. Lynch was heavy into redshirting freshman. Relative to power football schools, IU is likely to recruit more players that need time to physically mature coming out of High School. That may be one reason why they are not rated higher by the talent evaluators. But that’s O.K., and I trust Wilson and staff to find those under-appreciated athletes with the potential to mature and develop into effective college football players. Then it’s signing enough of them to create competition at every position.

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