The 2018 Indiana Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Indiana Recruiting Class Overview
The class isn’t going to scare the Ohio States or Penn States of the world, but for Indiana, it’s one of the better hauls of talent in a while.
There’s a little something for just about every spot, with Michael Penix Jr. a great-looking quarterback option out of Tampa – he’ll get a shot right away – and the tight end combination of Matt Bjorson and TJ Ivy out of Chicago will be a problem for the Big Ten a few years from now.
Throw in the running backs – Stevie Scott from Syracuse and Ronnie Walker from Virginia – and the offense doesn’t have the strength in numbers, but it has a few nice prospects.
On the defensive side, the ends are the stars – led by a dangerous pass rusher in James Head out of Miami – but …
The Indiana Class Is Heavy On …
Apparently, Indiana would like to stop the forward pass after allowing a whopping 10.4 yards per completion. This group might not make an impact right away, but there are enough options to bring a little bit of depth.
This is where the Hoosiers are hoping for bulk to matter. There might not be any sure-thing stars in the bunch, but getting Jordan Jusevitch out of Indianapolis and Elijah Rogers out of South Carolina will bring a little size to the secondary.
The Star of the Indiana Class Is …
QB Michael Penix, Jr., 6-2, 177
The lefty needs to bulk up at least ten pounds to be able to take a shot or two – the ball looks massive compared to his frame – but he can wing the ball around the yard, he insanely athletic, and he can run.
USF and Florida State were both interested in keeping the Tampa native close to home, and Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee wanted him, but he might just be Indiana’s starting quarterback early this season.
The Indiana Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The entire defensive front seven needs help with three starters gone off the line and all the top linebackers – hurt most by the loss of Tegray Scales – is gone. Throw in the loss of leading tackler Chase Dutra, and four of the top five tacklers are done.
There isn’t any linebacking help this season – Micah McFadden is the only recruit for the spot, and he’s hardly going to be ready right away – and there isn’t much for the line, either.