Kevin Wilson has some losses to make up for from this 2015 Pinstripe Bowl-bound roster. All-Big Ten first team tackle Jason Spriggs has been projected by some as a first round pick. It was reported earlier today that Jordan Howard is expected to declare for the NFL Draft sometime this month. And of course, Wilson knows he'll have to replace the most Indiana's most prolific passer ever in NFL-bound senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld starting next spring.
Some of those replacements may already be on Indiana's rosters. Others might not.
One possibility might have just been added today.
Richard Lagow, the nation's number two JUCO quarterback and a three-star prospect per 247Sports, announced his commitment to come to Bloomington with the hopes of driving Kevin Wilson's high-powered offense as early as next season.
Gang Indiana Hoosiers ⚪️ ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/9L6CbzEPVn— Collin T⛄️ (@ASAP_Collin) December 7, 2015
Lagow chose Indiana over Memphis, Colorado State, and UNLV. Arizona State and Cal were also involved in his recruitment, but did not tender an offer. The big, 6-6, 240-pounder will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Nate Sudfeld -- if for no reason other than his height.
Lagow's road through college football has already been a winding one. He originally committed to UConn & former coach Paul Pasqualoni out of Plano High in the Dallas area, but transferred to Oklahoma State after getting lost in the shuffle due a coaching change when Bob Diaco's staff took over in Storrs. He left before ever playing a game, and details the change in this interview:
"I was committed to UConn for 6-7 months. Around signing day they got a new offensive coordinator and my recruiting coordinator left, he went to North Carolina State. When all of that happened I was thinking I was not sure I wanted to sign on signing day. I might want to see if I can find another spot, so I didn’t sign on signing day. Naturally that made the coaches mad. They wanted to know why I was not signing and they’re calling me wanting to know what is going on.
"A week or so later I still signed with UConn. I get there and all these coaches that had recruited me were gone. I felt out of place the whole time I was there. There’s some great people there, there really is but when it comes down to it I was one of two kids from Texas on the team. I didn’t have a relationship with any of the coaches. I had some good friends on the team, but I just didn’t feel right. I was there for fall camp and after fall camp I went back home."
From there, Lagow transferred to Oklahoma State, but left there shortly before his second season after being unexpectedly buried on the depth chart due to a glut of quarterbacks. He'll come to Indiana after spending a year with Cisco JC in Texas -- where he threw for 2200 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. You can check out some of Lagow's tape here on Hudl. It seems to make Kevin Wilson happy.