A baker's dozen is what Kevin Wilson and his staff have so far, and most of these commitments came in a rush for the Hoosiers. The class is heavily centered around their home state and the Midwest, and I don't think that is a mistake. However, this staff has great recruiters in Florida, and while there is not yet a verbal from the Sunshine State so far, we expect that to change.
Linebacker Jordan Wallace is a great prospect who had offers from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Illinois, and other BCS schools. To wrangle away an in-state prospect from those schools, especially when the Bearcats had several of his teammates committed, is key. Also, he came with brother Kevin Davis, a wide receiver with BCS offers of his own, and the two could begin a pipeline for Wilson into what is currently the most talent laden school in the state.
One that Got Away:
Indiana was in good position with Chicago Curie athlete Maurice Fleming, and received a visit from him in June, but he chose Iowa recently.
The offensive line has three committed. Two from in-state, Wes Rogers and Jacob Bailey and Illinois product Dan Feeney. We see Feeney and Bailey as guards and Rogers as a potential center, although he could also be a guard. Pulling in a tackle is a priority for the rest of the class.
New Castle (Ind.) Chrysler High's Adam Kranda earned an offer at camp and immediately went from in-state sleeper to hot commodity. He's a three sport star with great athleticism in a 6'6, 240-lb frame. He'll have to adjust to the level of competition, but he has all the physical tools. He'll be complimented an interior guy, Alex Todd, a 285-lber from Ohio. Nick Mangieri, a high school tight end and outside linebacker, could grow into a defensive end, as he already stands 6'5, 230-lbs.
We really like Lexington (Ohio) tight end Tanner Kearns, a long, 6'5 pass catcher with great natural ball skills. He has filling out to do, but his receiving skills are top notch. Caleb Cornett was not a big name prior to his Hoosier offer and subsequent commitment, but our staff saw him at a combine in the winter, and noted that the 6'3 receiver from Ben Davis had good speed and athleticism in a good frame.
A potential impact guy, in our minds, is O'Fallon (Ill.) linebacker Mike Cotton. He's a striker on tape, showing a penchant for contact. He has good athleticism and speed and may, right now, be the biggest sleeper in this class.
The Hoosiers have landed a number of sleepers from Ohio in the last few years. Safety Dawson Fletcher fits that role. He did not have a ton of offers, but has solid measureables, reporting 4.50 speed in a 6'0, 180-lb frame.
Obviously, everyone wants to know what Gunner Kiel is thinking. At the Elite 11 this week, the nation's top quarterback has again kept things close to the vest, which has been his M.O. Luckily for Hoosier fans, he did say Indiana was one of the schools he is considering, and we believe the Hoosiers have a strong chance to land what would be one of the biggest commits for them in some time.
Running back is a position of need and the Hoosiers are in good position with a couple of Midwestern backs. Two from Illinois, Tevin Coleman and David Smith are interested. Smith has visited Bloomington already and Coleman plans to soon. Both have other Big Ten offers and would be big gets.
In-state prospect Shawn Heffern, a 6'6, 240-lb defensive end from Carmel is down to Indiana and Purdue, and unless Michigan State offers, he will choose between those two schools. The Hoosiers are also still in it for Chicago Mount Carmel defensive lineman Vontrell Williams, who may be nearing a decision as well.
In-state, there are two prospects on the board with Hoosier offers that will consider the school. Concord tight end Jason Spriggs, a 6'6, 256-lb prospect, says he may decide in August, and IU is one of his top schools. Carmel defensive end Langston Newton has an offer, but Kentucky and Purdue are also in consideration.