IU poised to land top-50 class on Wednesday

Tom Allen appears poised to land another top-50 recruiting class when the 72-hour December signing period opens Wednesday morning.

Indiana’s 2019 class is ranked 42nd nationally by 247 Sports and 44th by Rivals, ratings boosted by the commitments of four-star prospects Sampson James, a running back from Avon, Carmel defensive end Beau Robbins and Florida cornerback Tiawan Mullen.

The overall class rankings can, and likely will, fluctuate as the recruiting season continues into February. But for an IU program that expects to sign the majority of its 17-man class — and perhaps add a few more uncommitted prospects — the Hoosiers head into Wednesday with a solid foundation on which to build.

“We want to be in a position where we’re climbing and growing every single year,” Allen, IU’s second-year head coach, said last month. “That’s the objective; we build and keep recruiting and put class upon class upon class. It’s going to be critical.”

Last year at this time, IU’s 2018 signing class was ranked 34th by Rivals and 41st by 247 Sports after the first day of the early signing period. By the end of the signing cycle, Indiana’s class finished at 45th nationally in the Rivals database and 49th nationally at 247 Sports.

As is the case annually, the quality of this recruiting haul won’t be known for at least a couple years. But the early projections are promising, especially at the top of the class.

James and Robbins are each consensus four-star recruits and two of the top five players in the state of Indiana. James flipped his commitment from Ohio State to Indiana in October, adding to what is quickly becoming a crowded and talented IU backfield.

Robbins, who also held offers from Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville and Arkansas, among others, has been a hard commit since June.

With Mullen, who chose Indiana over Nebraska and Pitt in September, the Hoosiers have three four-star prospects set to sign — and four in the fold if you choose to count Utah quarterback Jack Tuttle, a redshirt freshman who will transfer to IU for the spring semester.

Another four-star prospect could also be on the way. Andrean linebacker Cameron Williams has Indiana among his finalists. Williams is reportedly planning to announce his college choice during his signing ceremony on Wednesday.

“We’re all a lot better coaches when we have better players,” Allen said. “That’s the truth. You know, the schemes work a lot different when you’ve got different kind of guys around it. So it’s about getting the right kind of guys here that fit what we’re looking for, that want to be excellent young men in the classroom, want to do the right things on and off the field, and love to work and love football.”

Adding four-star prospects is crucial for an Indiana program always hungry to add more talent and athleticism to both sides of the ball.

But just as important for the Hoosiers this cycle has been addressing both sides of the line of scrimmage.

That was especially the case on the offensive line, where the Hoosiers landed commitments from three-star Tennessee tackle Matthew Bedford and three-star Pennsylvania guard Michael Katic. Whether Bedford follows through on his verbal commitment Wednesday will be one of the storylines to watch.

After committing to IU in June, Bedford fielded high interest from Mississippi State and South Carolina, making stops at each campus within the past three weeks. The Gamecocks could be the team for Indiana to beat, per 247 Sports.

On the defensive line, IU has commitments from three three-star recruits — tackles C.J. Person and Sio Nofoagatoto’a and end Jeramy Passmore — in addition to Robbins.

The Hoosiers are also in the mix to add three-star Florida two-way lineman Antoine Whitner, and may still be working to flip four-star Tennessee defensive tackle Kristian Williams, who committed to Minnesota over the weekend.

This is the second year that recruits are able to sign binding National Letters of Intent during a 72-hour window in December. After the early signing period closes on Friday, the regular signing period opens on Feb. 6, 2019.

“Really love the group of guys that we have here now,” Allen said. “Got to continue to build that.”

9 comments

  1. I hope they can keep Bedford on board and they need to flip Williams from the Gophers. Really need to get those trenches right. Overall I’m pretty excited about this class. The incoming classes have been one of the few things annually since Wilson was hired to get excited about when it comes to IU football.

  2. Top 50 recruiting = 500 ball . (and that is not happening)
    2 or 3 non conference wins
    3 or 4 big ten wins = Hovers around 500 season and bowl game???
    Life is tough in big ten.

  3. UAB reinstates football program and wins bowl game solid win over Northern Illinois finishing season 11 wins 3 losses. Simple.

    1. Really? Tell me about Kevin Wilson’s first two years.

      …or Terry Hoeppner…

      …or Gerry DiNardo…

      …or Cam Cameron…

      …or Bill Mallory…

      …or Sam Wyche’s one year…

      …or Lee Corso…

      There is plenty you can complain about but two 5-7 seasons in the first two years is wildly successful compared to past coaches.

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