"You're kidding me. This is actually working? "Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
A strange thing has been happening at Indiana since Kevin Wilson showed up on campus. Indiana University Football has actually had some recruiting momentum working in their favor. Certainly the landing and then losing of Gunner Kiel hurt and in my opinion delayed the start of the 2013 class. However, once Coach Wilson got rolling on his 2013 class he has certainly been showing his stuff.
The Hoosiers most recent addition to the 2013 class is a Junior College DT from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Jordan Heiderman weighs in at 6'3 and 280 lbs and attended Iowa Western Community College. Heiderman fills a stated need that the Indiana coaching staff has been looking for Juco DT to try and fill a big experience and leadership void that will be left when seniors Larry Black Jr. and Adam Replogle depart at the end of this year.
Heiderman was honorable mention All Region last year as a freshman at Iowa Western and is a favorite to garner All Region honors this year. Jordan was getting looks from several regional programs including Iowa and Nebraska when he committed to the Hoosiers this week. Heiderman on the 2011-12 season recorded 42 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. Pretty solid numbers for a first year player. He will be looking to improve on that this season and next year when he begins at Indiana.
In some other whispers not involving Heiderman it appears that Indiana has some of the most non-tangible recruiting momentum in the history of the program. All across the state there are whispers of 2013 commits and recruits are discussing coming to Indiana. Indiana already had one player decommit from a bigger program to stay local in Antonio Allen. If you recall he left Ole Miss in favor of the Hoosiers.
Elijah Daniel, a four star defensive end from Avon, is a soft commit to Clemson and has been to Indiana games recently. He is just one example of the potential for Indiana to keep building it's 2013 class not from just the uncommitted but also the uncertain. If Indiana can successfully turn some of Indiana's best then they could quickly build into a very good program.** Especially on the defensive side of the ball as the majority of Indiana's great recruits for 2013 are defensive rock stars.
So keep an eye out for more recruiting news in 2013. Kevin Wilson most certainly isn't done with only 10 commits and with the rumblings going on in the state's rumor mill some of the news could be pretty big.
** Recruiting committed players when they are committed to other programs in football is fine. Literally EVERYONE does it. If IU doesn't do it then they'll fall even further behind.