Florida DT Nofoagatoto’a commits to Hoosiers

Sio Nofoagatoto’a became the 12th commit in the 2019 recruiting class for the Indiana University football team on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle from Clearwater, Fla. — a three-star player according to 247sports.com — announced his decision via Twitter.

“At the end of the day I have to make the best decision for me and my family and with all of that being said I would like to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at the University of Indiana,” Nofoagatoto’a wrote, noting that he was 100 percent committed to IU.

Boston College was the Hoosiers’ chief rival for Nofoagatoto’a’s services, and he also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Nebraska and Virginia among others.

He is the second defensive tackle commit for Indiana in June, joining Alabama’s C.J. Person, and the third commit along the defensive line with Miami end Jeramy Passmore.

41 comments

  1. This player is a great pick up for IU. You watch his play and it is hard to see how he is only a three star. The 2019 class along with the 2018 class are the type that have elevated WS and NW, now I hope they elevate IU. If these players along with the 2017 class play like they did in HS IU will have a roster to start winning close B1G games. The time for coming up short is soon to be over if IU is to make the move into the upper third of the B1G. I really like the DL players from the 2018 class and the 2019 class and see our defense being even better than the last two years. Many people wonder why some of see IU on the upswing but looking at the tapes of the incoming players and 2019 commits tell the reason we think that.

    1. The quality of the ’19’ recruits has everything to do with their offer lists. Unless my memory has failed me I would say in mass 2019 is heading to be the highest most capable group IU has ever put together. The landing of some skill positions may weaken the class a little because it seems skill position players tend to want to commit to the higher profile programs. But that still doesn’t diminish the quality of this group already committed.
      Go HOOSIERS

    2. v13 & HC,
      Unless this is a mirage, the program build up in progress which began with KW and is progressing forward reminds me of similar build ups in the past. Remember seeing this with Pont, Mallory, and Hoeppner. Sadly, none were able to sustain beyond a few years and in the case of Hoeppner we never got to see it’s full fruition. Here’s hoping this build up we think we are seeing is the real thing and the results will speak for themselves on the field.

      Alas, with IU FB hope springs eternal. Just keep telling ourselves if the Cubbies can do it, IU FB can too.

      1. Pont clearly didn’t sustain the ‘mo’. Mallory had his time. Unfortunately it was at the end of his career. I’m not convinced Hep yet had recruiting truly bending his way to state so. Also the important difference with this timeline is we have 2 HC’s back to back making recruiting progress. That also lends credence the AD and leadership above are providing positive support to the program.

        1. I agree, fairly or unfairly Pont had his “mo,” blown out of the water. Mallory didn’t have the IU leadership support when he needed it. As for Hep, sadly, we will never know. As for the current possible momentum building, if so, the question remains will IU leadership and Hoosier Nation do what is necessary to pull the program out of the perpetual bottomless pit it has resided in througout IU FB history.

          1. thinker, I have to agree with PO. Mallory clearly seemed to lose “the touch” his last couple of years. I remember watching one game at the end where IU was receiving a kick off and the ball fell short of the return man and kind of just died there. The return team just stood there and looked at it while the coverage team fell on it for a forty-five yd. onside kick. It hurt to see Mallory get the hook, but it was warranted. The lousy hires after that are a different subject.

          2. Davis,
            I don’t disagree with the assessment of Coach Mallory’s fall off at the end of his tenure. He was not without his faults and I think the biggest one was his reluctance to terminate assistants who clearly were not up to speed. The example you cited points directly to lack of quality assistants, exactly how this played out we may never know. There was a big drop off in caliber of assistants after those he brought with him were hired away by other programs. I am not sure whether his reluctance to terminate inadequate staffers was due to the lack of support from IU Admin needed or his being loyal to a fault. There is no question IU did not support the program anywhere close to what was necessary to sustain the success begun under Coach Mallory.

          3. I think it was a case of Mallory being loyal to a fault and college football is about results ultimately. Just look at his comments following his son’s firing at IU as DC. Doug had been fired at LSU during the season and failed at his two stops [NM and IU] at DC but Bill thought he should be given more time. Coach Allen showed it was a matter of coaching as he turned a bad defense into a good one immediately.

  2. I think there should be a checklist for recruiters. One of the checkoff items should be, “Know the name of the university.”

  3. Accepting IU’s offer over at least seven other Power-five conference teams, most of which are generally through to be better programs, is another great get for T.A.

    As for knowing the name of the school you just committed to, I’m sure he’s already received quite a bit of teasing for that little error. But my guess is that he was so excited, he forgot that little detail. He’ll learn the school’s name before most of us will know how to pronounce his last name.

      1. Evenly distributed vowels and consonants, what’s the beef? Piece of cake compared to Polish names. My father used to tease his Polish bride that her family was “too poor to afford vowels.” Her retort was that her last name had more vowels than his; his comeback was,”Yeah, but it’s three times as long.”

  4. Are you really whining about the kid saying university of indiana?holy hell you people are petty he’s made the commitment so focus on that will ya please damn y’all always gonna find something to complain about.smh

  5. Certainly somewhere through his commitment he has received written correspondence from Indiana University displayed in the heading at the top of the page. It may be a small thing but at about 11-12 years old I clearly recall being focused on getting names, descriptions and words correct.

  6. Is Indiana University football one of the best not so good major college football programs in the country? Would IU football rank in the top 25 of the best not so good major college football programs?

  7. t, I think IU is one of the best non 25 football teams and hope that changes into being a top 25 team soon. For now I would put us in the top 25 close to good programs. If not this coming season, I would be very disappointed if we aren’t in the top 25 in 2019. Making it happen in 2018 will hasten the improvement and putting IU on the football map. IU has a roster close to being a complete B1G roster that can compete and win games that are unexpected for them to win. This year’s success will be mostly based on avoiding injuries as the season goes along. More depth to give players a break for a series here and there in a game will help with that. No matter which team in the B1G they are playing some freshman so IU’s youth should be too much of a detriment if our players are as talented as I hope.

    1. last sentence should read ” IU’s youth shouldn’t be too much of a detriment”

  8. If not this coming season
    if we aren’t in the top 25 in 2019
    if our players are as talented as I hope
    I think IU is one of
    For now I would

    V13- With all do respect, you must begin your declarations and expectations with more definitive statements…..Please, less covering of the a$$ with opening clauses like “I think,” “if,” “for now,” “I hope”….and more “I expect,” “we will,” “I know our players are as talented,” etc..
    More confidence/certainty, please?
    Otherwise, I think it may just be the same hype I’ve always heard before any mediocre to disastrous season. For now, I’ll forgive your tempered optimism. I hope you understand that all this begins to sound like a break-up letter you’d send to someone really into you but you don’t really feel the same way ( e.g. I hope we can remain close friends….For now, I’d like things to slow down a bit….I think you’re a great person….If we had more time to see each other).

    I need to hear commitment. I need to hear certainty in change. I don’t want the same bucket of “ifs” and “maybes.” A true love deserves more. More needs to be desired. More needs to be demanded in return. What’s the worst that can happen? Though your heart’s been broken many times by IU Football, you must love her as if it’s new love. She is an angel and you have never seen anything so beautiful….There is no past. There is no time to worry of “if.” There is only now.

    1. H4H, I always enjoy your post writing in a different style. I have to admit to a fear of commitment. As a result, I need to see the production on the field before knowing what I know about the team. IU has shown us they can play the top program tough but have also shown they come up short. As the old saying goes; fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you. I temper my optimism for IUFB team with realism and reject you call to treat it as a “new” love although I apreciate your effort to build my enthusiasm.

      Every team in college, no matter what sport it is, faces an entirely new dynamic as team members change each year. Unless you can bring in the top players every year the team’s ability to come together so they can win championships is changed and even then it doesn’t always work. Just look at MSU in 2016 winning 3 games or last year’s beat down OSU took from OU in their own stadium or OSU’s loss to Iowa. College football is littered with these types of games every year with only a couple of teams having a special season.

      Recruiting is such a crap shoot because you can’t measure a players heart and drive. Often the best players are heads above everyone else on the field in high school and are faced with the reality that many in college were the best at their high school too. This realization is tough for many to come to terms with some working to get better and others living on their natural ability falling behind the ones working hard.

      The changes the S&C program is making in players brings optimism that IU players are developing to win games instead of just coming close. There are measurable gains we can see but how those gains show up on the field is still to be seen. The other aspect that the improvements can bring is belief in themselves so the players make plays they came up short in the past. It is clear IU players are seeing the changes the S&C program is creating in them and I have to believe it will carry on to the field. I do like the changes coach Allen made this off-season to approach this season as winning now. We just have to see if those changes get the job done in 2018.

      1. v, very well thought out and presented. Can’t agree more TA has to institute changes, small and large or results change very little. I think he can handle it. But he’s going to need a half dozen breaks and/or luck so as to get enough time for a successful impact during the challenge.

  9. Irrelevant whether we’re ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country or not at this juncture. We need to go to bowl games and produce winning seasons. If we do both for a few years in a row, whether we’re ranked in top 25 or not, the first stage objective will have been achieved and we can then build from there.

    I just want to live long enough to see the day when buying tickets to see an IU home football game becomes difficult.

      1. ‘Dreams’ are made of one game over .500 and a Urinal Cake Bowl…?

        My dreams are beating PSU, Michigan, and OSU in the same season….Or let’s just start our dreams by beating one top team from the Big Ten East on the road.

        Dreams shouldn’t be getting to a bottom-feeding bowl. Dreams should be achieving a true breakthrough in our conference rather than living in the mirage of improvement via getting a blue ribbon participation award with the 80 other teams going to meaningless bowls. Win a conference title….Now that would be fun. Dream big or go home.

    1. 90% of bowl games are irrelevant. And the Bowl Championship Series now unveils the complete meaninglessness of all other bowls. Most bowls are simply extra out-of-conference games; beauty pageant games that will have no impact on consideration for national prowess/national titles. A winning season(primarily achieved because of winning in softer non-conference early season games and a couple wins against average Big 10 teams) and Pinstripe Bowl….or Foster Farms Bowl…or Manute Bol Bowl is not an indicator of a “breakthrough.”

      A breakthrough season at IU would be winning one or two games against the top tier teams of the conference…e.g. OSU, Michigan, Penn State.

      There should be 12 teams selected for bowl participation…4 of the top voted teams achieve byes to the ‘Final Four’ bowl round.
      8 additional teams should play an earlier “Elimination Round” of 4 bowl games deciding the additional 4 teams to play in the Final Four bowl round.
      Winning a national championship would mean winning three(min with bye) to four bowl games.
      There would be 11 total bowl games as follows:
      4 Bowls in Elimination Round (8 teams)
      4 Bowls in Final Four Round (4 byes + 4 from elimination round).
      2 Bowls in Semifinal Round
      1 Championship Bowl.

  10. Went to a TN home game not too long ago. The Vols were not doing well and the season was a bust, but tickets for that game were still very hard to come by. I had to tip my hat to their fan base for filling that stadium to the brim even though they were not meeting the fans’ expectations. IU’s Memorial Stadium has about half the seating capacity, but still can’t fill the place when OSU comes to town.

    1. Po,
      You just put your finger on a major difference between even the lower level SEC teams and IU FB. They support their programs regardless. This is part of the equation Hoosier Nation needs to understand. Even schools with a fraction of IU’s enrollment manage to fill up stadiums as big or bigger than Memorial.

      1. But many SEC can’t fill their BB arenas even against a main rival. Different shoe, different foot.

        1. HC,
          Exactly, BB is not a priority with the SEC. However, there is another BB which is a priority in the SEC and explains why IU has a new BB coach. Lemonis is going from a 2500 seating capacity to a 13,000 and it stays sold out.

    2. Of the top five conferences in average attendance (SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC), only the Big Ten saw an increase from 2016 (66,151 to 66,227). The AAC and SEC had the largest declines in average fans per game among the 10 major conferences.

      While the rest of the FBS on average saw its lowest attendance on average since the 2000 season, things are trending in the opposite direction in Bloomington. Indiana saw the 5th largest increase in attendance in among Power 5 schools, up 6% over 2014. The Hoosiers averaged 44,314 attendees for home games in 2015 — up from 41,657 in 2014. That’s above the national average of 43,288.

      Vanderbilt averaged 31,341 per game last year.

      1. Chet,
        I agree with the numbers, but let’s put it in perspective. The SEC despite the decline still was averaging over 75k in attendance nearly 15% more from schools not nearly as large as the B1G schools. Yes Vandy’s average was low, but their stadium only seats 39k. When calculating the attendance to capacity between IU and Vandy, close to the same with IU @ 83% and Vandy at 79%.

        The question is not so much about the attendance numbers but the revenues generated. Po mention the sold out Neyland Stadium at Tennessee. It seats 102k, Michigan seats 107k, to put in perspective, how many sellouts in a row do you have to have at Assembly to equal the revenue of one Saturday at these stadiums? As much as we all love basketball, football is the undesputed cash cow of college athletics. Unfortunately, IU is not cashing in on it and it shows in the historical product on the field.

        Hopefully, TA is about to change that history.

        1. No question. The real money is in football. That’s why OSU and Texas have monstrous athletic budgets and Duke doesn’t.

        2. I’ve attended a number of games at Neyland as my in laws had season tickets. It seats a lot of people. It is also, IMHO, the biggest dump of a stadium in all of college football

          1. Chet,
            You are right about it being somewhat of a dump which may have some bearing on their FB fortunes as of late. However, they are getting ready to renovate and if memory serves it is an above 300 million project.

          2. As bad a shape as that place is in it’s hard to come up with a scenario where bulldozers wouldn’t be the way to go. Just start fresh. The only thing worth saving would be the scoreboard.

            There just isn’t anything to work with from the existing firetrap.

            My favorite place to watch a college game, by far, is Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech. That is a great venue. Great fans, too.

        3. Football is the cash cow and Fred Glass has said the same thing. Filling Memorial Stadium for seven games would add 8,000 on average and a little over $3.5 million for a seven game home season. That $3.5 m doesn’t include parking or concession so it would be safe to say an additional $5 m. These are just minimum numbers that don’t account for increased donor giving or sales for IU football products.

          Many things would improve if IU could sell out the stadium every game IE recruiting, wins, pride in the program, bringing in more people, etc.

          1. v13,
            Now imagine if Memorial seating more than the 53k currently. Is it any wonder Wisky has continually enlarged Camp Randall to the nearly 90k it is at now? Not to mention the economic impact over time for Btown and the surrounding area. The numbers when crunched for 6 or 7 Saturdays in the fall are amazing.

      2. Chet- Just curious….Did you have a bad experience at Vanderbilt? Is it something against Anderson Cooper( maternal great-great-great-grandfather was business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt)? Just seems like whenever you’re throwing a school under the bus, it’s Vanderbilt. Skip Bayless? Jay Cutler?
        Didn’t like ‘The Shot’ drained by Bryce “Ice” Drew? Not the way you drew it up? Lost big money in a 1998 bracket pool?

        Now that you mentioned it…It does seem like Uppity University.

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