The Indiana Hoosiers haven’t been to a bowl game in six years. They’ve had one winning season since 1994, and they’re just two years removed from a 1-11 finish.
But that hasn’t stopped head coach Kevin Wilson from landing a great 2013 recruiting class — a class that now includes WR/DB Taj Williams. Williams is considered a four-star wideout by Rivals, and Wilson also seems to like his skills as a defensive back as well.
Williams caps off a 2013 class that has seriously turned some heads in the Big Ten. Of the 12 Big Ten schools, Indiana’s recruiting class ranks fourth according to Rivals, trailing only Ohio State, Michigan, and Nebraska.
For coach Wilson and the Hoosiers, this is a huge leap forward for the university and its football program. Landing a recruiting class that ranks 38th in the nation will get the school noticed. The fans will be more excited to get to Memorial Stadium, a place that has been sparsely populated in recent years.
I’m not implying as though one recruiting class can launch the Hoosiers into the Big Ten title game this season. Sorry Indiana fans, but that just won’t happen. But this gets things rolling in Bloomington, and momentum can be a scary thing. One recruiting class can very easily turn into two, and I think Wilson has this recruiting thing figured out.
Now the challenge for the Hoosiers’ coaches will be developing these young players into guys that can make a difference in years to come. Sure, some of them may be able to step right in and start, but the majority won’t. It’s these guys that Indiana must develop into top-notch players for their junior and senior years at Indiana.
A conference title isn’t quite within sight for the Hoosiers, but the vibe down in Bloomington means contending for one might be just beyond the horizon for Hoosier fans.
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