To that end, 10 of the 15 recruits signed so far play defense (there are two athletes who will more than likely end up in the secondary).
IU will be solid on offense as they have a fairly young offensive line and none of the key receivers or running backs are graduating or leaving for the NFL Draft.
As we mentioned earlier, IU has jumped up in the rankings recruiting wise to be 49th in the country.
Class of 2013
IU doesn't have any 5-star recruits so we will skip this section. It's disappointing that IU hasn't locked up any recruits with this level of perceived talent, but it is also understandable as they are a program in rebuilding mode. Wilson looks to be putting together a very solid class that can make an impact immediately. This will probably be the best defensive class IU has had in the past 10 years.
Antonio Allen, DB – Indianapolis, IN – Ben Davis
Allen has primarily played safety and that should be where he ends up. He is very good in coverage and run support (IU needs a lot of run support, like all of the run support). He's listed at 5-foot-11 and 200 lbs, and is listed as the 20th best safety in the 2013 class. He seems to be the prototypical strong safety and could immediately improve IU's defense against the run and deep pass. He has a reputation as a play maker and a very solid open field tackler (the Hoosiers absolutely need solid tacklers). If he doesn't start soon he will be an impact player on special teams.
David Kenney, DE – Indianapolis, IN – Pike
Kenney is a disruptive pass rusher who has the size to move to the interior of the line, but should stay on the edge. Kenney is listed at 6-2 and 250lbs. He doesn't use a ton of speed off the line, but rather will utilize a swim or spin move to get past linemen. He is also good with his hands (i.e. creating separation and batting down passes) and has a strong power move when the finesse moves fail him. He is also another good tackler who always seems to wrap-up the ball carrier. IU needs a lot of help across the defensive line and also needs a more effective pass rush, which Kenney should be able to provide. That also bring us to our next recruit…
Darius Latham, DT – Indianapolis, IN – North Central
Latham is a stout interior run stopper with prototypical size (6-5 291 lbs) for the position. He should fit in well with the 4-3 scheme that IU runs. He is strong at the point of attack and good at shedding blockers. He needs a little bit of work on his technique and sometimes tries to tackle with just his arms. He does have good closing speed and is disruptive in the back field, which will still help against the run.
Rashard Fant, ATH – Fariburn, Ga. – Our Lady of Mercy
Fant is a bit of an enigma. He is an exceptional athlete and could play multiple positions. He is certainly a play maker with exceptional ball skills. He played WR and CB in high school, but was better on defense and has more potential there. As a defender, is very fast and makes it difficult for receivers to create space. He has all the skills to be a lock down defender, in both man and zone coverage. His only down fall is his size, 5-10 and 165 lbs, which means that he could get bullied by bigger receivers and give up broken tackles. Once he commits to bulking up he will be a tough defender. He could be used in the return game as well and is deadly with the ball in his hands.
These four players could all start the moment they set foot on campus. Each one fills a very big hole on the Hoosiers defense and it should be a credit to Wilson that he managed to sign all of them.
Allen signed back August while Kenney and Fant signed in late October. Latham signed after visiting IU in November for an IU basketball game, proving that Tom Crean's recruiting skills are not limited to basketball.
This is a deep class for IU with a number of players who might not make an immediate impact but have a lot of upside to their abilities and should help in the coming years. As IU continues to improve, Hoosier fans should see more classes like this one in the coming years.
We'll have more on this class coming soon.
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