Kevin Wilson and company have been hard at work since the end of the recruiting season trying to fill up their limited roster spaces for the upcoming season. Several very positive developments have occurred and the class is now starting to fill in quite nicely. The Hoosiers now sit at 15 recruits and have space for 7 more before they hit their max roster cap of 85. Below are some of the names that the Hoosiers are still scrapping for.
Something you'll notice in these profiles is the idea that Wilson is out there flipping a lot of soft commitments from other programs. It sounds ugly, but that's just the way that football recruiting works. It landed some of the best out our 2013 class last year and some high level targets remain possibilities for 2014.
WR Dominique Booth, Indianapolis: Booth is currently the biggest target for Kevin Wilson and company. The 4* WR from Pike High School had originally committed to Tennessee last month before re-opening his recruitment. Within a few hours Coach Wilson and QB?WR Coach Kevin Johns were in Indianapolis speaking with the electric receiver. Booth plans to enroll early and has signed documents locking in his scholarship offer at Indiana but has not officially committed. It appears he's taking a long hard look at Missouri before pulling the trigger. Currently the Tigers are full on scholarships, but those things have ways of working themselves out. Still it sounds like unless Missouri figures that out in the next two-three weeks, Booth will be a Hoosier.
WR Dorian Baker, Cleveland, OH: Baker is another 4* prospect that the Hoosiers have been in the hunt for awhile now. He's currently committed to Kentucky, but he's still taking official visits. One already to Minnesota and Indiana looks to be getting one in January. Baker would be a good flip to help replace a bevy of talented upperclassmen receivers. He went for 1000 yards this year and has the size and speed to be a real threat out wide.
OL Lukayus McNeil, Indianapolis: McNeil is currently committed to Louisville, but the staff is working hard to get a flip from him. The big guy had a huge year for Decatur Central and is still openly looking at other schools. Rivals has him rated as the 41st best OT in the nation and at 6'7" his 268 lbs frame has plenty of space to add a lot of bulk. McNeil may need a year or two in college before being a major player, but he would have that kind of time behind the experienced Indiana line.
OL Tim Gardner, Indianapolis: Gardner feels more like a long shot than others listed, but he's a guy that Indiana would be ecstatic to get. He graduated from Lawrence Central before heading to prep school this fall. He'll enroll in college in January, but will have to sit out a full year because he took online courses at Ohio State before an off-field incident saw him dismissed from the Buckeyes squad. Still he's a hell of a prospect and currently ranked #3 in the Rivals prep school top 30. He is current teammates with recent IU commit Jordan Fuchs.
DB Quintavious Knight, Milledgeville, GA: A good sized JuCo DB, Knight is a guy that could provide some more talent and depth to a still very thin Indiana secondary. Knight was scheduled to visit this past weekend but weather prevented that from occurring. Still the Hoosiers are hot on the trail of Knight and look to be battling UK, Arizona, Cinci and several others for his services. He currently sits at #60 on the Rivals JuCo top 100.
LB TeGray Scales, Cincinnati, OH: Scales is a guy that many think is just a matter of time before Indiana lands him. The #32 OLB in the nation, Scales has the size and speed to make an impact at the college level. He's made some visits over the last month and then yesterday named Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois as his leaders. Indiana has a ton of linebackers currently on the roster but they graduate 3 after this year.
Those are the five of the bevy of names that should be getting a lot of attention going into the new year. Some may pop pretty soon, but all of them will be big contributors if we can land them. Right now the 2014 IU class looks solid but not spectacular. Adding a few of these names to the fold could provide a huge boost.