Bloomington North’s Steinfeldt commits to IU

Indiana picked up a verbal commitment from Bloomington North tight end Aaron Steinfeldt on Friday.

Steinfeldt is the third member of the Hoosiers’ 2021 class, all in-state prospects. Elkhart defensive end Rodney McGraw committed in January, while Valparaiso defensive end Cooper Jones announced his pledge Thursday night.

As a junior at Bloomington North, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end caught 38 passes for 547 yards and 5 touchdowns. Steinfeldt has been a three-sport star at North, playing both basketball and baseball.

As far as football, Steinfeldt started out as a varsity receiver his freshman year, growing into a tight end as the years progressed. With that transition, his list of offers increased. Steinfeldt held scholarship offers from IU, Boise State, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Virginia, and UCF, among others.

He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 12 prospect in the state, as well as the No. 42 tight end prospect nationally.

“He’s got the measurables for them, but as a tight end, I see his biggest upside is the amount of time he’s spent as a wide receiver,” North coach Scott Bless said. “He’s a good route runner and has good hands. Last year was really the first time he’s spent with his hand on the ground.”

This is another in-state recruiting win for Tom Allen, but also another positive sign for the impression his new assistant coaches are making. New tight ends coach Kevin Wright, formerly of IMG Academy, just started building a relationship with Steinfeldt in the winter. The local junior was present at IU’s spring practices before they were closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve talked to Coach Wright a lot. We connect every week,” Steinfeldt said in an interview Wednesday. “Our relationship is really strong right now. I trust him. He trusts me.”

At the time, Steinfeldt was mulling when he would commit, especially given current uncertainties about when on-campus recruiting might open back up. But he felt solid about his relationships with the coaching staff at IU, including Allen.

“I know the coaching staff, all the coaches are welcoming and really good people,” Steinfeldt said. “Hopefully, some day, I can be a part of that.”

Steinfeldt already has connections to IU in his family, because his father, Jesse, is a sports psychologist at the university.

Along with Steinfeldt, the Hoosiers now have the No. 8 recruit in the state in McGraw, as well as the No. 5 prospect in Jones. They will be under the guidance of a new defensive line coach, Kevin Peoples, who replaced Mark Hagen, now at Texas.

High schools reporter Jim Gordillo contributed to this report.

4 comments

  1. A TE who until recently played Wide Receiver and was a 3-sport star? This kid sounds like another great get for IU. I suspect Steinfeldt’s ranking (and the list of schools recruiting him) was suppressed by him transitioning from receiver to TE. If so, good for IU.

    Good to see IU signing the best players from within the state, but still signing good talent from other parts of the country. I’m getting excited about the FB Class of 2021.

    1. Po,
      I agree with you. The more time goes by, the more impressed I am with TA. I know it is way too early to name the stadium after him but if he is able to continue on this upward trajectory, over time, that may be the end results. That is certainly what happened at the only other peer school of FB futility, Kansas State. I think TA has a great plan and if successful, will finally bring the miracle of FB success to Bloomington.

  2. This commitment to IUFB tops off the day as he is joined by Jones in coming to IU. IU is adding tall and good sized recruits that will be enhanced even more with coach Wellman’s strength program. Coach Allen has shown this off season he can replace coaches with very good coaches that fit IU’s program and bring in players that fit the program. The program keeps in getting better and I hope this coming season includes knocking off one or two of the big boys in the conference along with beating all of the teams IU should beat.

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