IU adds commitment from 3-star Illinois tight end

Indiana’s 2018 recruiting class once again has four members after Illinois tight end Matt Bjorson gave the Hoosiers a verbal commitment on Wednesday.

A three-star prospect from Hinsdale Central, Bjorson picked IU over offers from Kentucky, Ball State, Central Michigan, Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Illinois and Western Kentucky, among others. According to Scout.com, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound tight end is ranked 51st nationally at his position, 13th in the Midwest and is the No. 5 tight end in the state of Illinois.

Bjorson, who caught 24 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns as a junior last season, picked up his Indiana scholarship offer on Friday.

“My recruitment has come to an end,” Bjorson wrote in a message posted to Twitter. “I am 100 percent officially committed to Indiana University!”

Bjorson’s commitment comes in the midst of an up-and-down recruiting period for IU. The Hoosiers lost Bloomington South four-star running back Kristian Pechac, the highest-rated member of their 2018 class, to a surprising decommitment on Monday.

Two days earlier, Indiana added a verbal commitment from three-star Tennessee receiver Jacolby Hewitt. Bjorson and Hewitt are joined in the class by two other three-star prospects, South Carolina corner Elijah Rodgers and Lowell safety Jordan Jusevitch.

Indiana’s current class is ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten, according to 247 Sports.

As recruiting season continues to heat up this summer with team camps and recruiting visits, IU coach Tom Allen says his staff is looking to put together a very balanced class.

The tight end position, however, is a priority this cycle, with Indiana set to lose Danny Friend and Ian Thomas after this season. The Hoosiers also have redshirt sophomore Austin Dorris, redshirt freshman Shaun Bonner and redshirt junior Ryan Watercutter on the roster.

“We’re trying to get a little bit of everything as far as offense, defense, special teams as well,” Allen said. “So a pretty broad spread of guys that we’re trying to attack and evaluate for that. The camps are big to get guys on campus. And that’s really our big charge now, to get guys on campus this summer, to be able to spend time with their families.

“I can’t go out and recruit in April and May so it is a big time for me to be able to sit down with them face-to-face and be able to start to build those strong relationships. Right now it has been over the phone, face time, texting and things like that. You really want to be able to build those relationships with the parents and the players.”

3 comments

  1. “I am 100 percent officially committed to Indiana University!” Wow, that’s really nice to read. Wish more recruits made such emphatic statements when announcing their verbal commitments.

    I’m encouraged by the fact that some good schools were also recruiting him, and that he is ranked so high both nationally and in the Midwest. But we just have to break through and start getting our recruiting classes into the top eight ranked classes in the Big Ten. We’re never going to get in the top five, but we can do a lot better than 12th.

  2. I really like this pick up at TE. He has very good hands and runs routes like a WR. Combine him with Hendershot and IU will have two great receiving TEs for defenses to worry about.

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