Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Indiana Hoosiers recruiting class.
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It’s not going to make a whole lot of national noise – because it’s Indiana – but it’s one of the program’s best recruiting classes in a long, long time. The difference? Tom Allen was able to bring in a few high-end talents to work around.
It’s not exactly a top-heavy class, but it could use the star pieces being brought in to be the leaders to build around. It’s too much pressure to expect any one recruit to be a gamechanger, but Beau Robbins is the type of defensive end who has to turn into the main man for the line, and Sampson James might just be the next great Hoosier running back.
There’s not a lot for the receiving corps. Allen only signed two wide receivers last year – along with two tight ends – and he only got two this season. However, he’s recruiting to a type, going after big targets.
This class works if the defensive tackles come through. Five were signed after all but ignoring the position last year. It’s a strength-in-numbers situation, but 350-pound JUCO transfer Juan Harris will be asked to gum up the works right away.
IU was able to pull Sampson James away from Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida State, but the best freshman recruit will probably be Tiawan Mullen. He needs to add weight, but he’s really fast, and really promising at one corner spot or in job in the receiving corps.
There weren’t any quarterbacks signed. Michael Penix was the great get in last year’s class, and landing Utah transfer Jack Tuttle was solid. With Peyton Ramsey in the starting job, the Hoosiers are set at the position.
The more instant help for the D line, the better. Harris was brought in for right now, and 315-pound Sio Nofoagatoto’a has the side to get a long look in the tackle rotation, too.
Nah, this isn’t the class to make Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State sweat, but it’s good enough to potentially beat one or two of them at some point. It’s a class that makes the already killer Big Ten East just that much better.