IU football signees for the class of 2020

Indiana football inked 18 athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday at the beginning of the early signing period.

Here is a rundown of who is in the 2020 freshman class, along with a junior college and graduate transfer:

David Baker, 6-3, 200, WR, Indianapolis, Ind. (Scecina): Considered the No. 8 prospect in the state of Indiana by 247Sports, Baker was a two-way player for Scecina who should slot in at receiver at IU. He set the program’s career marks for receptions (164), yards (2,263 yards) and touchdowns (13).

IU receivers coach Grant Heard: “He brings a toughness, a tenacity that I need in my room to get (rid of) that myth that wideouts aren’t tough. But he is a playmaker of every facet. He can run, catch, jump. Everything I’m looking for. I’m excited to have him.”

Tim Baldwin, 6-0, 210, RB, Nokesville, Va. (Patriot): A powerful runner, the former Michigan commit racked up 1,604 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2019, leading Patriot to its first 10-win season in school history. Baldwin adds more even depth alongside Stevie Scott, Sampson James, and Ronnie Walker (not to mention preferred walk-on commit Charlie Spegal from New Pal).

IU running backs coach Mike Hart: “Tim fits into our room, into our team, from the standpoint of the kind of kid he is, his parents are awesome people. Almost similar to Ronnie Walker. … We didn’t know if we were going to take a running back this year, but he was a guy that we wanted. Luckily, he was still available. Obviously, he chose us over some other schools. But he’s exactly what we want. He’s a big, strong, fast back. He has great feet, great agility.”

AJ Barner, 6-6, 225, TE, Aurora, Ohio (Aurora): Barner, originally an Ohio commit, was flipped to the Hoosiers in December. He was beginning to receive interest from Michigan State and Pittsburgh, as well. He should bring a physical presence to the tight end position, especially considering his defensive acumen. He was an all-state linebacker for Aurora, earning  the Northeast Ohio Division III Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior.

IU tight ends coach Nick Sheridan: “Super tough, super competitive, tall … gonna be big, has a great frame. And just a kid that loves football. I couldn’t be more excited about him.”

Bryson Bonds, 6-1, 200, DB, Crowley, Tex. (Crowley): A self-described “field general,” Bonds not only brings a physical presence to the secondary — he had 100-plus tackles as a safety this season and last — but he’s extremely smart. Bonds had offers from a slew of Ivy League schools and was an academic all-state selection. IU beat out Kansas to reel in the three-star prospect.

IU safeties coach Kasey Teegardin: “He adds some length and some speed we are looking for. You pair him together with (Josh) Sanguinetti, who we got last year, as well, and the future is really bright with those long guys that can run and cover a lot of space. … The other thing that really drew us to him is just his leadership ability. … We are really going to challenge him to hopefully bring some of that voice to our room up here.”

Brady Feeney, 6-4, 325, OL, St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers): A former Rice commit, Feeney is of no relation to the Hoosiers’ former All-American guard Dan. But he is a winner, helping Christian Brothers to back-to-back state titles during his career. Just watching his film, Feeney appears to be an interior lineman who is scrappy and physical at the point of attack. He played all five line positions during his career.

IU o-line coach Darren Hiller: “Brady is a powerful guy. When I got here and was introduced to Wes Martin and Simon (Stepaniak), you watch those guys and you coach those guys for a couple of years and you are like ‘That’s what I want our guards to be.’ … I went around and I got to meet Brady and it was evident he was a big, thick-bodied guy. Kind of built like a Wes Martin-type of guy coming out of high school. He’s bigger currently than Wes was coming out of high school.”

Luke Haggard, 6-7, 265, OL, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa Junior College): Haggard was the final commit to the class Wednesday, and he may be the most intriguing. He comes to Bloomington as a JUCO with two years of eligibility. Haggard has to fill out to become a Big Ten-level blocker, but he had offers from Fresno State, Nevada, and Oregon State, among others.

Hiller: “Played a little bit of offensive tackle in high school but mostly was a d-end, tight end guy. Didn’t get highly recruited out of high school because he was, I think, 220 pounds. He’s up to the 255, 260 range now. He’s a guy we know he’s going to get bigger. He’s going to be a monster. As his junior college coach Lenny Wagner said, he has hands like skillets.”

Randy Holtz, 6-7, 350, OL, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Snider): Holtz committed to the Hoosiers on Tuesday night. That makes for four offensive linemen in the 2019 class, plus the JUCO and grad transfer supplementing that mix. Holtz played guard for Snider and earned the IndyStar’s Mr. Football award for the offensive line. He picked IU over Purdue.

Hiller: “Randy Holtz is a people-mover. Randy Holtz is a big man. He’s a guy who is intriguing because he’s played a lot of tackle. He played some guard this year … but we probably see Randy being an inside guy. … Randy is going to come in here and he is going to have some work to do from a conditioning standpoint, but I watched him in practice one day coming off the sled and some drills and stuff like that, and he packs a punch. It’s going to be exciting to have a big body like that.”

Christopher Keys, 6-1, 175, CB, Collins, Miss. (Collins): IU got in early with Keys, before he had much interest from other programs. When he committed, his other offer was from Jackson State. Nevertheless, he is considered a three-star and the No. 15 prospect in Mississippi, according to 247Sports. As a senior, he picked off six passes and returned a kick and a punt for a score. 

Cameron Knight, 6-3, 260, OL, Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville): The brother of a former Hoosier and current Dallas Cowboy, Brandon Knight, Cameron played center for Noblesville. He was an IFCA all-state selection in Class 6A. He was also pursued by Ball State.

Hiller: “Brandon was always telling me, ‘Keep an eye on my brother, keep an eye on my brother.’ … They moved him to center this year, which was awesome, and we are going to play him inside at center. He’s super athletic. Like his brother, he’s very powerful, explosive young man. I think he already power -cleans 340 pounds. He broke his brother’s record at Noblesville High School. So it will be fun to have him here with Coach (David) Ballou and those guys in the weight room and see what he becomes.”

Damarjhe Lewis, 6-3, 295, DL, Griffin, Ga. (Griffin): Lewis was at one point an Auburn commit and held offers from Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida State, Miami, Florida, and Penn State, among others. He’s an extremely explosive athlete, quick off the snap, playing with great leverage and pad level. He had 13 tackles for loss as a senior in just seven games.

IU d-line coach Mark Hagen: “An SEC-type talent. I think we are fortunate to go in there, a lot of interest from those schools down there. The thing that jumps out to me is a guy that loves to play football. You see his energy on the field. You don’t always get that out of interior linemen, but he’s got a lot of juice. Very, very physical, he has excellent get-off, great first step.”

Caleb Murphy, 6-4, 260, DE, Campbellsburg, Ind. (West Washington): Played at a lower level of football but produced at a high level. As a junior, he had 82 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. He suffered a season-ending injury in the 2019 opener. Like Bonds, Murphy had interest from Ivy schools, so he’s smart.

Hagen: “Just a guy that loves Indiana. And when you get guys close to home that just have grown up loving what Indiana is all about, wanting to stay close to home, that’s the first thing that jumps out to me. … A guy that’s got length, probably going to start off as a strong-side defensive and we’ll see where his growth and development takes off from there. … Excited about Caleb, I think he can be a future captain-type for us.”

Lem Neely-Watley, 6-0, 175, DB,  Harper Woods, Mich. (Harper Woods): The cornerback took a circuitous route through his high school career, starting at East English Prep and transferring to Detroit King before finishing as a senior at Harper Woods, led by his former coach at East English, Rod Oden.  Regardless of the location, he was a two-way standout, a quick-twitch athlete with good ball skills. He had seven picks as a sophomore. In his final season, he posted 41 tackles, six for loss, and three interceptions 

Dylan Powell, 6-3, 290, OL, Hannibal, Mo. (Hannibal): Powell is a grad transfer from Stanford who should have two years of eligibility remaining. He is capable of playing all three interior line positions and started three games at right guard for the Cardinals in 2018. A labrum injury wiped away this season for the Missouri native. With Hunter Littlejohn and Simon Stepaniak graduating, Powell gives the Hoosiers immediate options.

Hiller: “He was looking to gravitate closer to home … he’s a guy, we feel like, with some of the graduation inside and all that, he can come in and factor into the mix for us and fill some needs and obviously add a number to the older class.”

Javon Swinton, 6-2, 170, ATH, Stafford, Va. (North Stafford): Swinton was pursued by Virginia, South Carolina, and Syracuse, among others. He’s a true “athlete” — not only for his performance on the football field but his accolades as a basketball player. He averaged 27 point per game as a junior on the hardwood. As a senior, he hauled in 48 balls for 858 yards and 13 touchdowns.

IU coach Tom Allen: “He’s an extremely talented basketball player. He brings a lot of skill to our team. He’s going to probably start at receiver. Like I say, he’s a guy that plays both sides. Could be a DB, could play receiver. Sitting down with him, he wants to start there. I’m fine with that. He may stay there and be a receiver the whole time.”

Rashawn Williams, 6-2, 200, WR, Detroit, Mich. (Martine Luther King): Williams, a four-star, comes with the best ranking of the Hoosiers’ commits. Considered the No. 8 prospect from Michigan, he helped King High advance to a state title game. He caught 34 passes for 465 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.

Heard: “Nicknamed ‘Trouble,’ got that when he was a little boy. But he’s a talented, longer guy that can add some explosion to our room. His mindset is what makes him who he is. He thinks he’s the best and I don’t want him to stop thinking that.”

Luke Wiginton, 6-5, 285, OL, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger): One of the first commits for this class, the offensive tackle is considered the 10th-best prospect in the state. He held down the right side of the offensive line for a state championship squad as a junior. Named all-state as a senior, he has an ideal frame and is more than willing to finish blocks.

Hiller: “Luke was this big, tall kind of thin kid. I likened him early on to a baby giraffe. He was kind of wobbly, but you knew he had some length, and it was fun to kind of see the progression he made early on his sophomore year to his senior year. He was kind of the centerpiece of their offensive line this year. … Luke’s a guy who is going to be here early. He’s going to benefit tremendously from the strength and conditioning and nutrition program.”

Dexter Williams, 6-1, 210, QB, Macon, Ga. (Mount De Dales): A dual-threat quarterback, Williams completed 99-of-158 for 1,524 yards with 15 touchdowns as a senior, along with 135 rushes for 984 yards and 14 scores. He had 5,088 yards in his final two seasons combined. He was one of the region’s offensive players of the year as a senior. He adds depth in the quarterback room behind Michael Penix Jr., Jack Tuttle, and, possibly, Peyton Ramsey.

Sheridan: “Just high-character, great leader, great communication skills, just everything you are looking for from a leadership standpoint and a competitive standpoint. On top of that, we think he is a very explosive player, can create plays both with his arm and with his legs, is going to be a problem for defenses in our conference and we are super, super exited about him.”

Ty Wise, 6-2, 220, LB, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel): Wise was one of the most important pieces on a state championship squad, racking up 112 tackles, including 20 for loss. He’s effective in all phases, rushing the passer, stopping the run, or in pass coverage. He was the IndyStar’s Mr. Football at the linebacker position.

IU d-coordinator and linebackers coach Kane Wommack: “He’s an absolute physical kid. He’s a very headsy football player that understands the game on a more dynamic level. I think he does a phenomenal job of the fundamentals in terms of using his hands and feet to get off of blocks. He’s very physical at the point of attack. He has a great feel for blitz timing and how to create havoc in the backfield. So, for us, all those things continued to develop his senior year and we think his best football is ahead of him.”

35 comments

  1. So much for the Florida ‘pipeline’. I’m sorry, but this isn’t getting it done! I’m sick of hearing about Schiano, Locksley etal. I really don’t care what the next position coach can do per X’s and O’s. IU needs to ‘buy’ a well established salesman. No school can continually land in the bottom rungs of this league in recruiting and expect success. With a date heading into the Gator Bowl in just a few days, frankly, this is inexcuseable! Sorry boys, but that’s how I see it.

  2. Brad, what’s inexcusable? You obviously expected IU to sign a class ranked higher than 12th in the Big Ten or higher than 46th in the Country. But why would you expect that to happen this year? One winning season in the last 12 does not result in an instantaneous jump up the recruiting class rankings. Consider this, TA’s 2020 recruiting class is ranked higher than Archie’s 2020 recruiting class, by a wide margin.

    I’d love to see IU’s recruiting class ranking elevate into the top 30, but that wasn’t a realistic expectation for this class. Besides, the rankings don’t take into account the transfers, which so far appear to be impressive. Let’s see how things finish before concluding that this class is a bust.

    The Hoosier Nation needs to maintain realistic expectations about the FB program. IU is NOT going to consistently produce winning FB seasons year in and year out from this point forward. IU will have losing seasons from time to time. We play in the Big Ten’s East Division with OSU, MI, and PSU.

    1. P: What program does not plan to get better? The average player rating is (or will be) the lowest in the BIG. What does success versus Miller, Yeagley or Moren have to do with anything? While I hope things change, at this rate they won’t. You might be satisfied with up and down season (4-8, 5-7) but I don’t know anyone else. If IU can’t consistantly out sign Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern then there’s a problem. Have you ever been to Lincoln, Nebraska? I have. Now there’s a recruiting challenge, especially since they’re down. Still outdoing IU. Iowa annually cherry picks Indiana. Maybe TA should focus on the top Iowa high schooler and send Ferentz a message.

  3. The high majority of this team…I think I read 70% is freshman and sophomores. It is tough to recruit when that is the case, it’s rare. Also, we simply just didn’t need that many players in this class. When you read up on these kids and look at some of their offers…it is a good class.

  4. Po, Brad sees IUFB in a negative light and he keeps moving the goal post. Last two years with a heavy dose of Florida players weren’t good enough so this season without any is just another way to complain about the program.

    We won’t know how good this class could be until they get on the field. Any bump in recruiting from this season will likely be in 2020 so next season will be important to show more progress. IU has a very good chance in 2020 to build on 2019 and that will be the key to getting better not the ranking of classes that isn’t based on the average ratings.

    1. No, I don’t see a ‘negative light’, just a realist. I’m aware that this class is relatively small, I’m addressing the objective rating of each player. And yes, the individual players do have individual rankings on every service, that’s how TOTAL team rankings are made + number of signees.
      I’m also not indicating 2020 won’t be successful. It’s not coincidental that OSU has the best recruiting class in the BIG, 3rd in the nation and one of 4 teams playing for a national championship. The other 3 are no worse than 6th in recruiting. You people need to get a reality check. Recruiting success or the lack of it does directly relate to wins and losses. Remind me to send you some IU football logoed rose colored glasses for Christmas.

      1. A poster in this thread recently cautioned that the only proper way to evaluate IU’s class would be to consider the individual ratings of each player. Now, he’s moved the goalposts yet again in an attempt to divert attention away from a class that ranks in the bottom 20% of all major ratings services for Power 5 schools using that exact criterion. Instead, we’re now admonished to wait until 2021 and that class rankings are no longer an appropriate barometer.

        The sky hasn’t fallen but, as you rightly said and as the results on the field undeniably prove, continuing to trail most of our Big 10 competitors in recruiting leads to modest conference winning percentages and a program that struggles to establish itself as a consistent winner. Pointing these things out causes some to say you only see things through a negative light, rather than the reality of the situation.

        1. BD: Thanks for your realistic appraisal. Incidentally, on the BIG Show tonite they displayed a national recruiting map showing how many Big 10 kids were recruited from all 50 states. Only 8 states had more than the state of Indiana. EIGHT! Ironically, Gerry DiNardo, a panelist, for years has made the case that Indiana just “isn’t big enough” of a recruiting region. I suspect it’s his way of covering for his ‘illustrious’ stint at IU. By the way, more kids were recruited by Big 10 schools from Indiana than from the ‘hotbed’ of Pennsylvania. Whether some on this page agree or not, the simple truth is that the bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic players will win on Saturdays. If you don’t have ’em, you’re fighting an uphill battle to get to .500.

        2. BD, I didn’t move the goal post as I have said for several years the best way to rate class is one the average rating of players. Class sizes which adds points to the class and are different than average ratings which isn’t about class size. One other point to add is that looking at the rankings IU fits into the middle of the B1G within a point or two. Yes I want IU to start pulling in 4* and 5* recruits but that doesn’t mean they will improve the team IE Wisconsin’s freshman QB that was suppose to start this year.

          With the way IU’s staff works to build relationships and the 2020 class was set before this year I expect 2021 to reflect this season but we will have to wait and see.

  5. I particularly like this class because of the size of the players. 2 commits from Va. Added a little California based talent with experience. Several players played both ways. Some other players transitioned to other positions to amplify their teams success. Did I read correctly 7-9 enroll early? Not a great class but very solid pieces and many will get to RS to be more developed, ready and valuable when they hit the field.

  6. I agree HC, and I especially like that we’re adding six O-linemen in this class. One is a JC transfer and one is a transfer from Stanford. Love that depth. We get another QB to increase depth, two more quality running backs, a 4-star receiver and a highly rated DE. It looks like we did better with in-state talent this year, too. What’s not to like?

    Brad, you wrote, “Recruiting success or the lack of it does directly relate to wins and losses.” That’s obviously not always true. For example, which team had better recruiting success in the last two classes, IU or Nebraska? Which FB program had higher rated 2018 and 2019 classes, Purdue or IU? Which school had better recruiting classes over the last four years, Northwestern or IU? In each case, Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern had higher ranked recruiting classes, but IU beat those schools this year. You think Arizona State had better recruiting classes the last two seasons than Oregon? Yet ASU beat Oregon a few weeks ago. Coaching matters, staying healthy (i.e., Strength and Conditioning) matters, home field advantage matters, and most importantly, having really good quarterbacks make up for a lot of deficiencies a team may otherwise have.

    1. P: You make some pertinent points. Injuries, coaching, fitness etc play considerable rolls. Keep in mind that Northwestern also just went to the conference championship and that Purdue blew out Ohio State by 29.
      I might add that Northwestern has been battling with one arm behind its back ever since entering the Big 10,…their academic standards likely prevent them from some kids they’d like to have.

  7. HC, the most recent article said as many as nine players could enroll in January, but I think two of those are transfers. Still, nine would be a lot.

  8. Brad, one last comment in response to what appears to be a pessimistic assessment of this year’s FB recruiting class. Without improved support from the Hoosier Nation, and by that I mean increased attendance at home games, IU is going to have a hard time significantly improving FB recruiting. These young men take campus visits, obviously some of those include a school’s home FB games. Imagine going to an SEC school’s home game, or a PSU, MI, or OSU home game, then going to an IU home game. Between any of those schools and IU, which school is more likely to sign that kid?

  9. P: The class is adequate. It didn’t help losing DeBoer. I just hoped going to the Gator Bowl while the Marylands, Nebraskas, Northwesterns and Purdues of the world were sitting at home would have resulted in a couple of last minute high signings, and apparently it didn’t. That said, in order to have at least 7-5+ seasons it is imperative that IU’s recruiting expectations and delivery are improved.

    1. Everyone can say what they want til hell freezes over. A neighbor to the central north in the state of Indiana recruits a top 30 class. It ranks only 7th in big ten. That tells how tough a conference like big ten is. This is after one successful season, mis matched bowl game followed up with a losing record the next season. REALITY.

  10. T, that neighbor had 2 borderline 4 star kids that made them top 30, those 2 kids aren’t going to make and break the class…they also lost more seniors than us. Brad, did you really think that an 8 win season not having that “break out” win was going to make the 4 stars run our way? Be realistic guys!

  11. JPat = Typically IU hope which is good not bad. It’s not just 2 borderline 2 stars. Like IU it will include past recruiting classes and players coming back from injuries. For Purdue I assume Bell and Moore to go along with rest of team. IU Penix, maybe Cronk, maybe Ramsey to go along with rest of team. Plus other dents and dings will be in better shape.

  12. The Daily Hoosier does a nice job evaluating this year’s recruiting class. And as it points out, the difference in the average rankings between this class and last year’s IU class is minuscule. And let’s not forget, IU still has two scholarships to offer. If we get two really good players to sign, they could elevate IU’s Class ranking quite a bit.

    As I learn more about Charlie Spegal, IU’s Preferred Walk-on, the more impressed I become. If having a chip on your shoulder and feeling under-appreciated is motivation, watch out for Spegal. He may turn out to be IU’s version of Baker Mayfield. I guess the knock on Spegal is that he’s not fast enough, but watching his highlight tapes, you never see any defensive backs run him down! His coach is convinced that Spegal is a lot faster on the field than his 40-time suggests. I look forward seeing what becomes of this young man. I’m reminded of another HS running back who was considered to be too small and too slow and therefore got no scholarship offers from any major FB schools. His name was Walter Payton.

  13. I would love for Spegal to be a sleeper star for IU and he definitely has some speed and power coming in. Having him show he is everything he looks like on tape in the B1G then he would be a real steal. People thinking this class is a step down don’t consider the transfers and the different rankings in the recruiting classes from different services. They also don’t look at the commits happen before the season so PU is living on last season and so is IU. We all want IU to pull in 5* and 4* players but that isn’t where IU is right now. A couple or three season like this past one will go a long way to change the classes. I hope the players in Feb signing do see the season and say they can be part of bringing IU further up in the B1G.

    1. So, the goalposts are moved yet again with the tired and invalid excuse that good recruiting only follows breakout seasons. That wasn’t the case last year with either Purdue or Minnesota, so the argument really falls flat. This is and always has been an issue of the coaches, and little else.

      1. Man, I didn’t know the standards were so high for IUFB these days. I guess we’ve made it folks! Even with this being a smaller class, it’s still the 4th highest rated class in team history!

      2. BD, your goal post moving is getting old especially when you don’t deal with the points being made but instead just ridicule the ideas. I get it, you have your and can’t accept contrary ideas. Whether I right or wrong about my points they are the way I see the situation. If IU has another 8 win or better year next year and recruiting doesn’t improve I will agree with you it is about the coaches. Until then I will go by my analysis of the situation until better points are made IE the point about IU’s football history impact fan support and recruiting I accept even though I didn’t see that before.

        Other than changing coaches what is your solution for recruiting more 4* and potentially bring in 5* players?

        1. I’ve seen no analysis from you, though I admire your positivity as you continue to change your standards. You claimed the best way to evaluate was to look at individual ratings and, when that produced a class at the bottom of the Big ten and the Power 5, you change course and say that it’s the year after success that produces good results. You offer nothing to back that up and ignore that both Minnesota and Purdue had classes that directly contradict what you say. Even Illinois, Maryland and Rutgers are generating classes equivalent IU’s which, again, contradicts what you’ve said. Can’t wait for the next about face.

    2. You know V13,
      I hope you are right about Spegal, he is one of those underdog stories you like to root for.

      I wish some of the glass half full crowd could appreciate what little forward momentum IUFB even has. For some every little incremental step the worst D1 football program in collegiate history makes forward, a pessimistic observation is made. No, when you are as bad as long as IUFB has been, you are not going to make gigantic strides overnight. There is literally no other program out there to judge IUFB against, because no other program has been even close to this bad, this long. The only other reasonably close comparison was KSU and Bill Snyder broke that several years ago now.

      A Merry Christmas thanks to Chet for mentioning the term, because a lot of the pessimism sure looks like westlaffyitis to me. If not, some folks sure do need to get a bit of a reality grip regarding the magnitude of the steep hill IUFB must climb to ever reach just a low tier of respectability.

  14. When I read the negative posts that should be positive or someone complains, I mean we live in a world of complainers now…I wonder. I’ve been watching this program since I was a little kid and am enjoying every minute of this. My flag is flying off the porch and I’m on cloud 9.

    I often wonder though about the negative folks and complainers…are they season ticket holders, alumni, give back to the program, travel with the team once in a while??? I would guess the answer is a big fat NO!

    GO HOOSIERS!!!

    1. JPat really good to see/hear your explicit thoughts again. I’m all in with your feelings about IU. I as an extended veteran of the Hoosier fanbase believe as AD Glass stated as his goal after becoming AD that we are entering the golden age of IU athletics. 24 sports but 1 team I believe is how he put it. As I posted on another thread they’ll be times when we’ll miss him to. I’m higher on IU athletics than ever over 6+ and in a couple a months 7 decades. I’ll see many great accomplishments from IU before I done. Book it!!!!!!!!

  15. And I would guess that JPat is exactly right about the “complainers” on this site. I’ve complained about issues affecting IU Athletics many times in the past, but I go to games and have been donating money to IU’s Athletic Department for decades I’ve also written letters to key IU administrators from time to time. And when opportunity presents, I offer feedback in a polite but straightforward way to those IU administrators. If you don’t support the Athletic Department, you don’t really have the right to complain.

    Having once, a very long time ago, been involved in IU FB recruiting, I can assure you that V13 is exactly right. And to further support that argument, if one winning season in 12 years is supposed to result in an instant improvement in recruiting, then conversely, Purdue’s losing season should have resulted in an instant decline. And about the statement that it’s all about the coaches, that’s just not true. But if it was, then you’d have to conclude that Archie is in trouble. OSU FB lost their National Championship-winning head coach last year and OSU still signed back-to-back great recruiting classes. They didn’t skip a beat. It’s not just about the coaches, it has a lot to do with the school’s reputation, brand, history and fan support. That’s why I’ve been harping about the Hoosier Nation to increase attendance at IU home games. Fan support is a HUGE factor in recruiting.

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