The Hoosiers got some good news Wednesday night as highly touted defensive back Antonio Allen committed to Indiana.
Allen is a four-star recruit by Rivals.com who switched his choice from SEC Mississippi to the Hoosiers because of the proximity to his home. He is the seventh member of the Indiana 2013 class and the highest rated.
Finally something to get a little excited at Indiana.
Allen is the nations No. 19 safety prospect out of the Indianapolis area. He’s a hard-hitting safety that recorded 70 tackles, two interceptions and six forced fumbles a season ago at Ben Davis High School.
He’s listed at 5-foot-11, 194-pounds and is said to run a 4.5 in the forty-yard-dash. A combination of size and speed that will give a weak secondary at Indiana a much needed boost.
The Hoosiers finished 114th last season in points against, and with Allen coming to campus next season, he could be asked to contribute right away. That could be a nice recruiting tool for Indiana to use in the future. There’s nothing more recruits want then to play right away at a high level.
At 194-pounds, Allen squats 450, benches 320 and cleans 300. Not too bad of numbers for a senior in high school, especially at the safety position. Indiana coaches have to be excited about receiving such a unique and special talent.
Allen’s high school coach Mike Kirschner had some high praise for the future Hoosier.
“This is my 29th year coaching,” Kirschner said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever coached anyone who hits harder than he does.”
It’s a great pickup for Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson.
He’s still got a lot of work to do.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.