Indiana finished 13th in the Big Ten this season but that didn't stop Kevin Wilson and company from reeling in the 6th best class in the conference on National Signing Day. All 21 verbal commitments signed, along with two UAB transfers Jordan Howard and Marqui Hawkins, giving the Hoosiers two spots left to fill in their 2015 class. Here's the list of incoming freshman:
It's a well-rounded class that focuses on the trenches, as 7 of the signees play either defensive or offensive line. The Hoosiers also add 4 athletes that give Wilson's staff some versatility heading into the summer, allowing them the chance to mold guys into positions of need that match their skill sets.
Austin King is the lone quarterback, a pro-style passer out of Georgia who received the full court press from Indiana after Tommy Stevens flipped to Penn State. He will likely redshirt his first year, setting up an interesting battle for the 2016 job between him and Zander Diamont, assuming Nate Sudfeld has full control in his senior season.
Perhaps the thing that sold a lot of these freshman on coming to Indiana was the promise of a fair competition from day one. There aren't too many entrenched starters on this Indiana squad and Kevin Wilson has not shied away from playing guys early if he thinks they give his team the best chance to win.
With two spots left and no anticipated signings, we'll keep you up posted should Wilson flip anyone at the last minute.
UPDATE: Within seconds of posting this article, Indiana filled a remaining spot with JUCO wide receiver: 3-star, 6'2" Camion Patrick who had interest from Louisville and Tennessee. There is one spot left.
UPDATE 11:24 AM: The original list does not include Donovan Hale, who Kevin Johns announced would be starting his Hoosier career as a quarterback. The 6'3", 200 pound athlete out of Largo, FL was listed and ranked as a receiver by most services.