3-star OT Aidan Rafferty commits to Indiana

Aidan Rafferty is still relatively new to organized football.

That didn’t stop schools from nearly every Power 5 conference, including Indiana, from extending a scholarship offer.

After a national recruitment, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle knows what he wants to do.

He wants to become a Hoosier.

Rafferty, a three-star prospect from Washington D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School, gave IU a verbal commitment on Friday afternoon, becoming the 10th member of the Hoosiers’ 2018 recruiting class.

He chose Indiana from a long list of offers, including Michigan State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, Arizona, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State, among others. Each of the Ivy League schools also recruited Rafferty.

“I think it’s really a credit to Indiana to be able to present Aidan and his family a combination of academics and athletics that’s attractive to a young man like him,” Gonzaga coach Randy Trivers said. “He’s very mature in the sense that he wants to play a high caliber brand of football and get a high caliber education.”

He also wants to continue to grow in the game of football, which he only began playing on a serious basis as a high school freshman.

His potential as a big and long offensive lineman is apparent. According to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Rafferty is considered the No. 49 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 6 overall prospect in Washington.

“Aidan was primarily a basketball player prior to coming to Gonzaga,” Trivers said. “He played a couple years of basketball his freshman and sophomore year, but I think he developed a great love for the game of football as he started playing it. I think he fell in love with it and also saw that he had a tremendous amount of potential in it.”

Trivers praises Rafferty’s footwork and his command of his responsibilities up front, whether he’s asked to run block, pass block, screen or go no-huddle.

“As he continues to really develop in the weight room and work to become as strong as he can to fill out that frame, his potential is great,” Trivers said. “Most importantly, it’s his character. Aidan is going to be a very good player for Indiana because he cares. … Because of his mentality, he’s going to continue to enhance himself and improve and get better and better to the point where I think the Hoosiers are getting a very, very good football player, who I think can impact their program for multiple years.”

Of the 10 current verbal commitments in Indiana’s 2018 class, Rafferty is rated the highest of the bunch by 247 Sports. He’s the second tackle to commit to IU, joining 6-foot-5, 270-pound Illinois three-star prospect Nick Marozas.

6 comments

  1. Kind of fun to imagine what that young man is going to look like in four or five years, after getting fully immersed in IU’s weight training and conditioning program! My guess is that he’ll report to summer camp of his sophomore season at about 310 lbs.

    Does this move IU’s recruiting class up from last to 13th in the Big Ten?

  2. Didn’t play organized FB until he was a freshman in high school? Big deal. I didn’t either and look how I turned out! On second thought, better cover your eyes.

  3. Yes, I failed to understand the relevance of that comment about him not playing organized football until he was a freshman in High School. What, these coaches start scouting football players in Junior High? If a kid has the physical gifts (size and skills) and the desire, three years of organized football is plenty of time for a kid to learn how to play and for coaches to determine if a young man has the potential to play in college. I think that was smart and prudent, and given the concerns about concussions, that may become an increasing trend. While I started playing organized football when I was eight and loved it, if I’d had a son who wanted to play football (I have two daughters), I don’t think I would have allowed him to play until he was in eighth grade, and then only for coaches who really knew what they were doing. These young bodies need time to develop and mature without the risk of injuries to their joints, not to mention the risks associated with concussions. I believe there are numerous NFL Hall-of-Famers who did not start playing organized football until High School.

  4. This is a great pickup for IUFB in a position that recruits are needed. For those concerned with team rankings right now Alabama is rated #45 in the country. The recruiting will run its course and IU has a couple of 4 stars anticipating to commit. IU just singned a DE from Miami FL and his classmate on the other DE has IU as his favorite.

    More important than the ranking are the other schools interested in the players IU is getting to commit.

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