The Indiana Hoosiers have to be considered one of the surprise teams in all of College Football Recruiting 2013.
IU is traditionally dreadful in terms of identifying and acquiring talented young prospects, something that has played a prominent role in their perennial losing seasons. Head coach Kevin Wilson certainly realizes that dramatically increasing the talent level is one of the keys to improving the historically bad football team.
The key for college football recruiting is locking down your local area. You essentially need to build a fence around your state or region and make sure you don’t let the local kids play for other schools. That’s your homegrown talent that you need to sow every year. Wilson realizes this, especially for the 2013 class.
The state of Indiana has a surprisingly deep pool of talent in this year’s recruiting class. Rivals.com has seven players ranked 4-stars or better in Indiana, a state that usually has two or three tops. IU is surprisingly doing a darn good job fending off in-state rivals like Notre Dame and Purdue. Granted, the top player in the state, Jaylon Smith, is heading to South Bend, and who can blame him for wanting to play in that front seven?
This weekend saw the addition of star defensive tackle Darius Latham to the Hoosiers’ class, one of the top players in the state. He joins fellow four star in-state recruits Antonio Allen (Safety) and David Kenney (Defensive End) as Indiana commits. The last uncommitted four star player from Indiana is defensive end Elijah Daniel, who is close friends with Latham.
Daniel has freshly returned from what he called an “outstanding” official visit to Ole Miss this past weekend and will take another visit to the deep south in January when he goes to the University of Florida. Could IU snag Daniel? Originally I would have said no, but the way they’ve been recruiting, I can’t help but think there’s a good chance, especially since Daniel is such good friends with Latham.
Regardless of where Daniel signs, IU is doing a darn good job recruiting right now. Plus, they’re doing it the right way, focusing on their local turf while reaching for some national prospects. It’s going to be interesting to see how Wilson develops all of this fresh talent.