It has undoubtedly been a busy summer for Kevin Wilson. When he hasn't been mentioning half his dang roster in his opening statement at Big Ten media day, saying all the right things about paying college athletes or taking amazing family pictures, Coach Wilson has been making waves on the recruiting trail.
To-date, Wilson and the Hoosiers have 10 commitments for the Class of 2017 with four of those coming in the month of July and three more in June. For comparison, the Class of 2016 saw just one commitment in the month of July and six in June and July in total.
Kicking off the summer, the Hoosiers landed the commitment of Thomas Allen, a linebacker out of Tampa whom Scout ranks as the 96th linebacker in the nation. If the name rings a bell it's because Thomas' father, Tom Allen, is IU's new defensive coordinator. Allen is rated a two-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports and a three-star recruit by Scout.
Later in the month, Wilson got commitments on back-to-back days from defensive end Tramar Reece out of Clearwater, Florida and defensive tackle Leshaun Minor of Ben Davis.
Reece is listed as a two-star recruit by Scout and Rivals and a three-star recruit from 247sports. IU beat out many schools for Reece, including Purdue, Iowa State and Duke (the kick was good). Reece specifically mentioned that having players from his area on the Hoosiers' roster influenced his decision.
Minor, meanwhile, ranks as one of the Hoosiers' top recruits of the class, according to 247sports' ratings. The three-star defensive tackle is the 60th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation by 247sports and 10th best player in the state. Scout, meanwhile, ranks him as the top defensive tackle in the state and is the second Indianapolis-based player in the class.
Wilson kicked off July by nabbing Alfred Bryant, a defensive end out of Manvel, Texas. Bryant is the 46th best defensive end in the class, per 247sports, and a consensus three-star recruit. In his junior season, Bryant had 60 tackles, 20 of which were for loss, with 12 sacks and established himself as one of the best edge rushers in the state.
Indiana's first, and only so far, offensive recruit came in mid-July when tight end Peyton Hendershot out of Lizton, IN chose the Hoosiers. The Tri-West student comes in at 45th in 247sports' list of tight ends, but is the state's 17th best recruit. 247sports and Scout list Hendershot as a three-star prospect. For the Bruins last season, Hendershot racked up 685 yards and eight touchdowns on 51 catches.
Wilson and his staff closed the month with two more commitments, both on the defensive side of the ball. First, cornerback LaDamion Hunt out of Carollton, Georgia chose the Hoosiers before defensive tackle Juan Harris from Janesville, Wisconsin chose the cream and crimson.
Hunt is listed as a three-star recruit or recently made the move from safety to cornerback, a position where he can better showcase and utilize his (self-reported) 4.49 40-yard dash time. Hunt currently ranks as the 162nd-best recruit out of Georgia on 247sports' list.
In Harris, the Hoosiers land their second-highest rated recruit per 247sports, behind Avon's Bryant Fitzgerald. Harris is the 53rd-best defensive tackle in the nation and the fifth-best player in Wisconsin. Oddly, Harris de-commited from Iowa on three separate occasions before choosing the Hoosiers over Illinois and Minnesota.
As it stands, Indiana's 10-man class ranks 62nd overall by Scout, 56th by Rivals and 61st by 247sports.
The Hoosier still have their eyes set on some players around the area and country. Four-star safety R.J. Potts out of Fishers remains a top target, with 247sports' Crystal Ball favoring the Hoosiers at 50% over Michigan, LSU and Notre Dame. Potts, the No. 3-ranked player in the state by 247sports, currently has no timetable for his decision.
Wilson and his staff have already nabbed two of the top ten and four of the top 17 players in the state. Outside of Potts, the Hoosiers appear to be a favorite to land offensive lineman Caleb Jones out of Lawrence North while remaining in contention for Kurt Rafdal, a tight end out of Carmel.
Regardless, it was a busy, and successful, summer for the Hoosiers on the recruiting trail and the momentum gained could pay off in a big way if it can be sustained.