Better make it two...
The dominoes keep falling for the Hoosier coaching staff. After Hunter Littlejohn verbally committed to Indiana Wednesday morning, Avon, IN defensive end Joey Belden decided to keep the good news rolling in the afternoon.
I'm blessed and humbled to say I've officially committed to Indiana University to play football! #CrimsonArmy15 ⚪️ ⚪️ ⚪️
— Flight 44✈️ (@_ovojb) June 18, 2014
While many expected this decision to come in May, Belden had a bit of hesitancy and backed off his May 18th decision date. When making his final decision it was a two horse race, IU and Miami (OH). While his high school teammate and fellow bookend on the defensive line, Mack Duffin, committed to the Redhawks back in February, the allure of playing big time college ball at his home state's flagship university was just too much to turn down.
While the Indiana coaching staff has done a lot of work thus far out of state in 2015, the efforts within the Hoosier state are paying off nicely as well. Belden is the third in-state player, and second defensive end to sign up to be a member of what recruits have dubbed "#CrimsonArmy15".
Belden is physically gifted standing at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. However, he is still the type of player that coaches dream about, a rugged, passionate player who works to find every bit of ability from within him.
Both the Indiana staff and Belden were intrigued from the beginning. The defensive end camped in Bloomington four years in a row. He grew up a Hoosier fan, and now he gets to live out his dream of playing in crimson and cream.
It truly was a huge day for Coach Kevin Wilson and his staff with the Hoosiers signing two 3-star prospects on the day, one on each side of the ball. The month of June has been a whirlwind thus far, and we are only about half way through. With four commitments this month alone, it has bumped the program's recruiting into the top-60 nationally. It looks as if the staff has gained back some of their 2013 recruiting swagger and is ready to bring in another highly touted class in 2015.