2017 Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

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2017 Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown


The 2017 Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting Class Overview

It was going to be a fight to come up with a big class after the disastrous end of the Kevin Wilson era. Even with the relatively smooth transition into the Tom Allen regime, it was still going to take a fight to make any sort of splash with this year’s recruiting class. It’s not awful, but it’s nothing special when it comes to the offensive weapons. This year’s haul, though, is about doing even more for the defensive front. Tight ends Michael Ziemba and Peyton Hendershot should eventually help, and a few offensive linemen should make a splash, but …

The Indiana Hoosiers Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive linemen. The Hoosiers kept two of the key parts of what would’ve been Wilson’s recruiting class, hanging on to 300-plus pounders Derrius Mullins and Juan Harris to gum in the interior. Britt Beery is a big defensive end, while Lance Bryant is a potentially dangerous pass rusher on the other side. Throw in Tramar Reece from Florida to add more spark on the outside, and 290-pound LeShaun Minor to work inside, and the line got more than its share of help.

The Star of the Indiana Hoosiers Class Is …

DB Juwan Burgess, 6-0, 185, Tampa, FL – A really, really nice get for IU – a shockingly nice get – he was wanted by Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and other programs at the same level. But where was he going to play? The Tampa native has dangerous skills as a receiver, and could be used as a running back. But his future is in the defensive backfield, with the speed to work at corner, and the toughness to shine at safety – where he’ll eventually be.

The Indiana Hoosiers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Wide receiver. Not having blasting guard Dan Feeney on the right side is a problem, and not having tackle Ralphael Green or LB Marcus Oliver for the run defense is an issue, but the Hoosiers need to find more offensive firepower at receiver now after losing Ricky Jones and Mitchell Paige. Nick Westbrook led the team in yards – with 995 yards and six scores – but Jones and Paige were every bit as productive, if not as explosive, and will be sorely missed. Losing Paige as a return man is a problem, too.

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