IU adds 3rd commit of day, lands Florida TE

Tuesday was a good day for Tom Allen.

The Indiana coach landed three new commitments, extending the program’s recent recruiting momentum amid a strong five-day run. IU has now secured eight verbal commitments since Friday.

The last of those commits, Miami tight end Gary Cooper, chose the Hoosiers over offers from Michigan, Florida and Oklahoma, among others. Cooper joins Ohio long snapper Sean Wracher and Florida linebacker Dorian Jones, both of whom committed earlier Tuesday.

With those three commitments, Indiana’s 2019 recruiting class currently ranks No. 34 nationally and No. 10 in the Big Ten, per the 247 Sports Composite.

In Bloomington, Cooper will join Columbus High School teammate Jeramy Passmore, a defensive end who committed to IU on Friday. Cooper is considered the No. 43 tight end nationally.


  1. All I can say is wow! TA and staff certainly have some great momentum on the recruiting trail. As the spots fill up, it potentially puts pressure on some fence sitters to go ahead and commit before their spot is taken by someone else. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to pick up a few more by the weekend?

  2. Breaker one nine….What’s your twenty, Pavement Pounder? This is Ranger 67. I spotted a Smokey heading down your way…Could have been a County Mounty. Keep your pedal on the metal but watch dem mirrors for bandits….Over.

    Anyone old enough to remember CB radio….? Ranger 67 is a great CB handle.

  3. Cooper is a big get for IU, his only drawback seems to be height. I was hoping IU would get his commit after Passmore committed to IU. IU got two very good players from one school in Miami and I hope that pipeline stays open in the future; by the way their coach is an IUFB alum.

  4. Given the other schools that made offers to him, this may be the get of the 2019 class! Sign em quick!

  5. Bonhomme just committed from the Tampa Bay area. He is a OLB with good range, size and ball skills. Today has been a good day for IUFB.

  6. That Cooper kid sure looks athletic. He could be a h-back, fullback, tight end or even slot receiver. He catches the ball extremely well and runs really well for his size. He’s a potential difference maker on offense and he’s the 3rd lowest rated recruit. Recruiting definitely improving. Wonder if the signing of Bonhomme means they aren’t signing Cameron Williams? It would be great if they get both.

  7. 123, Cooper does look very athletic and that is how his HS coach describes him. He said opponents under estatimate him and get hurt for doing that. He sure runs with power and shows good ball skills. His ball skills are also something his HS coach points out about him. The coach says he has WR in the NFL and tony Romo’s leading receiver in college but Cooper has better buall skills that all of them. I hope he can live up to his coach’s praise and bring that talent to IU. Reorts are that IU is still going after Williams, it may not be the priority it was previously but I haven’t heard that.

  8. v, The change in the RS rule, is it as simple as being reported? Is it RShirting and medical RS both or specific to just 1 and not the other? Can’t be that simple, after all it’s the NCAA.

    1. My understanding on the RS rule is it is based only on the number of games they play in and it will be self reported. Of course opponents that see the rule being abused can send in reports to the NCAA. I think the big change will be freshman playing in early games and being shut down if they haven’t earned a major role hanging on to their eligibility.

  9. Thought this was an interesting quote from Miami’s Columbus High Coach and Bloomington native, Chris Merritt: “These guys (on coach Tom Allen’s staff) buy in,” Merritt said. “They believe in the difference in the competition. They believe in what’s in the water down here. To be honest with you, the last time Indiana was really successful, they had a number of kids from Florida on the team, especially South Florida. … I just think that Mark and that staff, they buy into it.”

    Hope Mike brings the Merritt article over to this site where the gang can comment. I think Coach Merritt, an Indiana HS & IU FB product, understands what several of us have been saying about the level of competition found in southern HS FB.

  10. There’s no doubt the talent in South Florida is as good as it gets. But if IU gets Cameron Williams, their 3 highest rated prospects will all be from Indiana. Nice to know IU is competing for and wining top talent at home too.

    1. 123,
      I don’t think the DNA of the players in the south is any better than the north. What is much, much better is the level of competition. FB in the south is as much a religion as Basketball is to Indiana. The concentration of highly competitive programs is much tighter than in most areas of the country. The FB hotbeds run pretty much across the gulf coast from Florida all the way to Texas.

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