Signing day tracker

The early signing period began at 7 a.m. Wednesday, with the Hoosiers expected to sign a top-50 recruiting class.

Here’s the list of players who have filed their National Letters of Intent with Indiana in the order in which they were received (to be updated throughout the morning):

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: Indiana signed each of its 21 verbal commits and added another previously uncommitted player, Florida corner Noah Pierre. Indiana coach Tom Allen will speak with reporters at 3 p.m.

— Aaron Casey, S, 6-1, 209, Alexander, Douglasville, Ga. A three-star prospect, Casey led his team with 120 tackles on the way to earning all-region honors in Georgia’s Class 6A. He also held offers from Rutgers, West Virginia, Central Florida, Miami (Ohio), Ball State and Bowling Green.

— Elijah Rodgers, CB, 6-1, 170, Blacksburg, Blacksburg, S.C. A three-star corner, Rodgers was named the Palmetto Champions Upper State 2A Back of the Year, starring at quarterback and in the defensive backfield for Blacksburg. He also held offers from Purdue, Cincinnati and BYU.

— Devon Matthews, S, 6-2, 182, Jean Ribault, Jacksonville, Fla. A three-star prospect, Matthews was originally committed to South Florida before choosing the Hoosiers. He also considered Cincinnati.

— Miles Marshall, WR, 6-3, 200, Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. A three-star prospect, Marshall made 73 catches for 1,118 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He also held offers from Purdue, Iowa State, Ball State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Virginia, Wake Forest and others.

— Micah McFadden, OLB, 6-1, 220, Plant, Tampa, Fla. A three-star recruit from a school Tom Allen knows well, McFadden made 126 solo stops and 39 tackles for loss in 2017. He also held offers from Boston College, Toledo, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Southern Mississippi.

— Ronnie Walker, RB, 5-10, 190, Hopewell, Hopewell, Va. A three-star prospect — and the highest-rated player in IU’s class — Walker rushed for 1,344 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He also considered Michigan State and Virginia. Walker will enroll at IU for the upcoming spring semester.

— Stevie Scott, ATH, 6-1, 240, Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, N.Y. This three-star prospect flipped from Rutgers last week after missing most of his senior year with an ankle injury. He rushed for 1,269 yards on 97 carries and scored 18 touchdowns as a junior in 2016. He could play running back or linebacker at Indiana.

— Reese Taylor, QB/ATH, 5-10, 171, Ben Davis, Indianapolis. Indiana’s Mr. Football, Taylor is a three-star prospect expected to begin his college career at quarterback after throwing for 3,150 yards and 40 touchdowns, while completing 72 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 802 yards and 15 scores on the ground.

— Madison Norris, DE, 6-4, 200, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers. A three-star prospect, Norris also held offers from Minnesota, Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

— Nick Marozas, OT, 6-5, 270, Brother Rice, Oak Lawn, Ill. A three-star prospect, Marozas also held offers from Minnesota, Virginia, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Toledo and Ball State.

— Charles Campbell, K, 5-8, 175, University, Jackson, Tenn. Campbell is being brought in on scholarship to compete for IU’s open kicking job. He made six of his 13 field goal attempts as a senior with a long of 50. He was 35-for-38 on extra point attempts.

— TJ Ivy, TE, 6-5, 217, Marist, Chicago, Ill. A three-star prospect, Ivy caught 20 passes for 321 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He’s a former West Virginia commit. Purdue, Iowa and Illinois, among others, were all interested.

— Jordan Jusevitch, S, 6-0, 200, Lowell, Lowell. He was the first player to commit to the class and made 109 tackles, including 70 solo stops as a senior. At the time of his commitment, Jusevitch had taken unofficial visits to Louisville, Central Michigan, Toledo, Purdue, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

— Gavin McCabe, DE, 6-3, 250, Marist, Chicago, Ill. A three-star prospect, McCabe chose IU over offers from Purdue, Illinois, Rutgers, Arkansas, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others. He posted 78 tackles, including 13 for loss and five sacks as a senior.

— Jaylin Williams, CB, 5-11, 170, Germantown, Germantown, Tenn. A three-star prospect, Williams was originally committed to Ole Miss before decommitting in July. At the time of his IU verbal pledge, Scout ranked Williams the top corner in his state. He also held offers from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington State, Toledo and Ball State, among others.

— Jacolby Hewitt, WR, 6-2, 190, Cordova, Cordova, Tenn. A three-star prospect, Hewitt caught 54 passes for 1,070 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He chose IU over offers from hometown Memphis, Austin Peay, Chattanooga and Eastern Kentucky. Hewitt will enroll at IU for the upcoming spring semester.

Matt Bjorson, TE, 6-3, 225, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale, Ill. A three-star prospect, Bjorson held offers from Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and others. He caught 11 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns as a senior.

— Aidan Rafferty, OT, 6-6, 280, Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. A three-star prospect, Rafferty committed to Indiana in July, choosing the Hoosiers over offers from Michigan State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, Arizona, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State, among others.

— James Head, DE, 6-5, 213, Southridge, Miami, Fla. Considered the No. 26 strong-side defensive end in the class, this three-star prospect committed to Indiana in July over offers from Michigan State, Oregon, Tennessee, Baylor, South Carolina and Mississippi State. The Hoosiers also hoped to pick up teammate Randy Charlton, himself a three-star defensive end, but Charlton committed to Florida International on Wednesday morning. Head will enroll at IU for the upcoming spring semester.

— Shamar Jones, DT, 6-1, 271, Johnstown, Johnstown, Pa. A three-star prospect, Jones made 83 tackles, including 10 for loss as a senior. Wake Forest extended an offer, as did many Mid-American Conference programs.

Noah Pierre, CB, 5-10, 170, Champagnat Catholic, Hialeah, Fla. IU added to its class on Wednesday, signing this previously uncommitted corner from Florida. Pierre made four interceptions along with 45 tackles as a senior, landing offers from Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, Miami (Ohio) and Tennessee State.

Cam Jones, ATH, 6-2, 210, St. Benedict at Auburndale, Cordova, Tenn. Jones can do a little of everything, as he demonstrated as a high school senior. This fall, he caught 34 passes for 624 yards and seven touchdowns, and also ran for 251 yards on 42 carries with eight scores. Defensively, he made 82 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, and posted two interceptions.

33 comments

  1. Like what I am seeing, a good trend developing. With luck, could wind up in the upper 30’s nationally.

  2. This has been a good day for IU recruiting that could get better yet with two more NIS later this morning and early this afternoon. The coaches will be able to focus on the last 4-6 players they want for this class.

  3. Quality CFB DB’s have been getting bigger for a decade and IU has been following suit for last 3-4 years. This class has some. How things change. 30 years ago the U took DB’s and made LB’s. Rafferty has a strong list of colleges wanting his services. Saw where RB Walker qualified as a Junior for the regional finals in Va. in the 100(although I believe Reese Taylor will be the fastest player on the team when he arrives). Madison Norris is I believe the 2017 state champion in the 110m hurdles. McFadden had some crazy high # of tackles in his HS career. Several wrestlers above, always a +. Multi sport, crossed trained players make competition keener for any FB program. Looks like Jusevitch won every FB honor in NW Indiana the last 2 years. Shamar jones may have the highest revving motor on the list. He may never start a game on the D but who the hell would want to face him in practice everyday? Lots of high water marks made by many of the recruits. Good job by all @ IUFB.

  4. I agree v13, and I’d like to see IU go after more offensive and defensive linemen. You can never have too much depth at the offensive line positions, and some times, you can find hidden defensive gems amongst under-rated defensive linemen because they don’t fit the typical physical profile. A run stuffing nose tackle for example. In addition, the next six weeks should be used to search the country for those under-rated, yet high-achieving players that got passed over by the top schools in their talent-rich regions (i.e., Texas and California). They’re out there, and I’ll bet that in relative terms, IU would be a great option for many of those kids.

  5. HC, do you think IU should try to sign another quarterback in this class? Or do you think Taylor fills that slot? I’d be interested to get your thoughts.

    1. I think if they signed 2 it would not hurt a thing. HS QB’s that don’t make the CFB skill requirements are versatile for other skill positions + the D. Just like Taylor who I think has the talent and intangibles to be a CFB QB, but doesn’t work out, ought to absolutely shine as a return man. They’re valuable. Besides IU takes more walk-on QB’s to fill out the roster position every year or 2 and it won’t hurt a bit if there are less of them and 1 or 2 more who are on scholarship.

  6. Indiana got it’s QB. Taylor can play somewhere else. He’s probably the fastest guy on the team.

    So, we nabbed a 4 star QB who was considering Tennessee and Florida State? I was told that Tom Allen doesn’t make enough money to put fans in the seats and now we’ll never get anyone good to play in Bloomington. Guess signing Indiana’s best recruiting class in three decades must be some kind of anomaly.

  7. Looks like coach and staff have been doing a great job. The one thing I see that I wonder about is that in all cases above where there STAR RATING is listed, they are all 3-Stars. I hope they get some 4-star and even 5-star commits soon. Do you think they are going after these higher ranked players and not getting them or are they waiting for a couple more years or after they win a bowl or what?

    Would like to be surprised with a flip of some higher ranked player that wants to play and shine rather than standing on the sidelines on a team with all 4 & 5-star players.

  8. Dennis, I know IU coaches went after higher rated players but other than Walker and Penix [4 star players] they didn’t get any to accept. I don’t know if IU will ever get 5 star players but Iowa, Wisc, NW have lived on 3 star with a scattering of 4 stars on their rosters. My biggest concern is Maryland’s past couple of years bringing in 4 star players in bigger numbers. This class looks strong enough to go with last years better players to start winning more games in the B1G East.

  9. DD, really? That’s how you paraphrase the discussions pertaining to IU’s Coaching compensation? Given how you distorted that makes me wonder if you work in main stream media. And YES, this recruiting class is, by definition, an anomaly! But it has more to do with the early signing period than it does with IU’s coaching staff. Unlikely that IU signs a guy like Penix if signing day is still in February. He’d have been poached, or re-recruited by Oregon or FL State. Not saying Allen and staff are not effective/good recruiters (Allen has proven he can recruit better defensive talent), but how ironic is it that in six seasons, IU’s former head coach, a man with the reputation as a “quarterback guru” never signed a quarterback rated as highly as Penix? And now, this highly rated quarterback was signed by a head coach who is a defensive specialist and an Offensive Coordinator, that some on this site said should have been fired before leaving Purdue’s stadium? I mean, I’ve been reading about how worthless our new Offensive Coordinator and his Running Backs coach are since early-October, but those guys just signed two four-star offensive players in their first true IU recruiting class! Maybe they’re better at evaluating football talent than some thought. And maybe Allen is better at evaluating coaching talent than anybody who posts comments on this site.

  10. Podunker, the hole your digging is so deep, I’m sending you a canary to ensure your safety. Why are you incapable of saying, “Maybe I was wrong.” Even a maaaaaybe?

    Best class in forever. Signed. More coming. You were wrong about a thousand times over.

  11. I don’t know much about the star-thingies except that everyone seems to pay attention to them, but few of these guys had any actual offers (not “visits” or “interested ins”) from above average programs. I recall that Wilson was signing some players who had offers from outfits like Wisconsin, ND, Mich., and some others. This group was getting offers from fellow bottom-dwellers Illinois, Kentucky, and MAC-type schools. Beats Lynch’s stuff, anyway.

      1. Chet- Everyone is raving about this class, and I guess it’s based on the stars assigned to these recruits. I’m not ranking one class over the other, but do admit I’m questioning the conventional wisdom here (and the astronomy experts who classify these starts and rank the constellations thereof) that the class is great. Maybe Wilson signed a handful gems and the rest of the recruits were poor so the his classes, on averaging, ranked lower than this one. I just recall that for a couple of years Wilson was landing players who also had offers from some programs IUFB could never have hoped to rival. Wish I could find some of those articles now, but I remember them well ’cause at the time I thought it marked a big improvement in IUFB recruiting and status.

  12. Oh DD, I think you must be arguing with the mirror. Your last post made me laugh. Wrong about what, exactly? That IU’s head coach is the lowest paid head coach in the Big Ten? No, that’s a fact. Wrong about IU football not producing a winning season since I can’t remember when? Sorry, that’s another fact. Wrong about IU being unable to fill Memorial Stadium for years? Sorry, that’s another fact. And it was not me who was posting comments suggesting that IU’s Offensive Coordinator should be fired. It was not me who said our Running Backs coach was incapable of evaluating talent. Those comments were posted by someone else. In fact, it was me who said that a team needs time to adapt to a new coaching staff. It was me who suggested that our former head coach, the “quarterback guru” was unable to recruit a high quality quarterback to IU in six seasons.

    DD, you need to pay closer attention. Either that, or you need to remember that “good liars need to have good memories.”

    1. You said empty seats will produce bad recruiting classes. You shook your hand mightily at Fred Glass for being so cheap to pay for a really expensive coach who could bring in the recruits, all the while another multi-million dollar stadium and facilities renovation occurs in the background.

      You’re beclowning yourself now.

      I guess that central premise got lost somewhere before halftime of the Notre Dame hope game.

  13. DD, in the spirit of the holiday, and because it seems so important to you, I will allow you to have the last word. Merry Christmas! And may the New Year bring IU Football it’s first winning season in a decade.

  14. I have only one thing on my list for Santa, and that’s for IUFB to schedule Notre Dame. Just ’cause I haven’t written that in a while. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  15. All isn’t lost for Podunker. At least he drives traffic to the threads and gets us talking. Merry Christmas everyone from south Alabama.

  16. Merry Christmas to all. I enjoy the discourse.

    Our Christmas visitors are gone so we hit the road for a short trip. We’ll be watching Christmas sunrise over Monument Valley.

      1. No complaints.

        I won’t have family gathered around me on Christmas, either. It’s all a tradeoff.

        To be honest, my kids have enough demands. They are at that point in life where they are trying to meet all their holiday obligations.

        I don’t want to be an obligation. They know that. I’ll drink my coffee overlooking the valley. Then I’ll go for a hike. They will spend the day trying to figure out how to handle three generations of in laws.

        I’m good.

  17. Sounds like the perfect day Chet. Think I would add a couple of hours hanging around Iron Mountain Hot Springs if I were out your way.

    My last-kid-in-Florida moved to Utah last February. Hated it & moved back to Florida last month. Ten degrees here, so guess it’s time to visit him.

    And a happy & safe holidays to all the Scoopers.

    1. Different strokes for for different folks. Utah has some cultural/religious quirks but, having lived in Florida, I’d pick it every time.

  18. There’s no bad time to be here but sunrise and sunset are pretty magical.

    I suppose that’s true of a lot if places.

  19. Stopped outside of Salt Lake City on the return journey of an ‘out West’ road trip a couple of summers ago…..Very, very different, indeed. Thought Indiana was a twilight zone absent of any honest cultural value until I was completely terrified by Utah. “Quirky” doesn’t touch it.
    Sunsets are so insulted by populations with an overwhelming belief that our warming star is just a few thousand years old….and belched up for our enjoyment by some creator central to glorious man. And that creator will just as easily turn down its thermostat and fix global warming when we pollute earth beyond habitation. All must be explained in such context of careless regard and narcissistic interpretations of the beauty that surrounds us.

  20. H4H,
    ….. and you are certainly an expert on insults and insulting.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

    Go Hoosiers

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