IU expects to sign top-50 class

After a disappointing season, there is good news for Indiana’s football program.

The Hoosiers are poised to sign a well-regarded class, potentially their highest-ranked haul in recent memory.

IU is expected to sign the majority of its 21-man class — and maybe one or two more uncommitted targets — when the 72-hour early signing period opens Wednesday morning.

Although Indiana fell short of its on-field goals in 2017, it built steady momentum with a recruiting class that addresses needs on both sides of the ball.

According to 247 Sports, Indiana’s class is ranked No. 41 nationally, while Rivals slots IU at No. 35. Recently, IU saw its 2013 class, which featured Darius Latham, Antonio Allen, David Kenney and Rashard Fant, ranked as high as No. 42 by 247. Its 2014 class, which featured Dominique Booth and Tegray Scales, was ranked as high as No. 38 by Rivals.

The top member of the 2018 group is running back Ronnie Walker, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound Virginia native who helped lead his Hopewell High School team to a Class 3A state title earlier this month.

Walker is joined at the top of the class by another state champion, Reese Taylor of Ben Davis. Taylor earned Mr. Football honors after passing for 3,150 yards and 40 touchdowns, and rushing for 802 yards and 15 scores, helping the Giants to the Class 6A title.

When he verbally committed Indiana in August, Taylor did so as an athlete/defensive back. But after his eye-popping senior season, it appears the 5-foot-10 dynamo will get an opportunity to begin his college career at quarterback.
Even so, IU continues to pursue other options at the position. One priority target is 6-foot-2, 195-pound pro-style passer Michael Penix. The left-handed Tampa native is a former Tennessee commit, who is also considering offers from Florida State and South Florida. He is expected to make his final decision early Wednesday afternoon.

The Hoosiers are also poised to add some athleticism to their defensive line in the form of ends James Head of Miami and Madison Norris of Hamilton Southeastern. With Head, who also held Michigan State, Oregon State and Baylor offers, Indiana is also hopeful that it can nab his Southridge High School teammate Randy Charlton, another explosive defensive end.

Elsewhere on defense, 5-foot-11 Tennessee cornerback Jaylin Williams is also considered one of IU’s top commits, bolstering a group that lost Rashard Fant to graduation.

Indiana is also losing Big Ten kicker of the year Griffin Oakes, but appears to have found his replacement in Charles Campbell. The Tennessee native will be brought in on scholarship, a departure from the walk-on approach utilized by former coach Kevin Wilson.

Tom Allen, who recently completed his first season at the helm of IU’s program, also brought in punter Haydon Whitehead on scholarship last season.

18 comments

  1. This class looks like a very good class for the first recruiting class for this staff. It is well balanced and have players that have excelled in their states with a few winning state championships. If this is a base of what coach Allen can build on and improve in the next classes IUFB will be looking up.

  2. I’ve been saying it for years, an early signing period will benefit schools like IU relative to the old National Signing Day in early February, which favored to top power programs. It will make college football more competitive. I got so sick of watching previously “committed” players get poached at the last minute by those arrogant top Power-Five programs every year. Those higher rated recruits used schools like IU as place holders, hoping to attract offers from the top ranked schools across the country toward the end of the recruiting cycle. Coaches that had never invested a minute of time or a penny recruiting a kid would suddenly swoop down and grab an IU “committed” recruit at the last minute just because they had an open scholarship. IU would be left holding the bag. Years ago, in a publicized case, Hep lost a highly rated defensive player from within the state to Florida, when Urban Meyer swooped down from on high and made him an offer at the last minute. The kid had never even visited Florida, but he signed because the school had just won the National Championship. This new policy begins to level the playing field, will reduce last minute poaching, and in the end will make teams like IU more competitive. It’s better for the kids, better for the fans, and better for college football. Now, given the relative improvement Allen and staff appear to have engineered, I hope they build on this early success and go out and sign a handful of other higher rated players, including another quarterback.

    1. That Warren Central recruit is now in prison for armed robbery in Beech Grove. As for what MUST happen in order to “breakthrough” should be pretty obvious. They must be able to SECURE a minimum of 2 4* interior linemen per cycle. Until that is accomplished nothing will substantially change. This is the 4th year with no 4* players, at any position. Even Memphis and Western Michigan have managed to get 4* guys this year. Glass needs to get off his wallet and get a top position coach-recruiter, with Allen’s approval of course.

  3. The journalistic skills we used to read from our former scribe, Dustin, are far in the rear view mirror.

    The current team doesn’t even know that you cannot qualify ‘unique’. What has become of writing skills?

    Ernie Pyle is rolling in his grave.

  4. I think our current HT/Scoop team has their own unique set of skills. Jeremy is very strong with the strokes of wit and the refreshing forthright elements of reality to a piece he can bring via the vehicles of sarcasm. All evolve within their profession…All have mentors at different levels and at different times in a career.

    Very cynical to place any small flaws/miscues in a vacuum while not seeing the writing/journalistic/presentation strengths someone possesses. Life is a work in progress….The only real trait contributing to a most frozen state of evolution is arrogance.

  5. Currently enjoying the ‘Twilight Zone’ marathon on the SciFi Channel.

    I once read a biography of Rod Serling that claimed he did his best writing while on the toilet….

    Doo-doo….doo-doo….doo-doo….doo-doo.

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