Indiana’s biggest grab (to date) of the 2017 recruting cycle is officially on the board. Juwan Burgess is coming to Bloomington.
HOW HE STACKS UP
Burgess is the star of Indiana’s 2017 class, or at least was coming in to National Signing Day. He was committed to USC for months, and had offers from every major program in America. Yes, that includes Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State, so on, and so forth. He’s coming to Indiana. That’s a big deal.
Depending on where you look, he’s either a 3 or 4-star player — but almost everywhere a Top 25 athlete in the class.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered. #iufb officially welcomes defensive back Juwan Burgess (@OakhurstFredoo) to the family! #Breakthrough pic.twitter.com/HqTnE21jP0— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) February 1, 2017
WHAT IT MEANS
The Tampa-to-Bloomington pipeline established in past seasons but becoming a full on movement this year assuredly helped bring the former USC commit to Bloomington. Thomas Allen, a just-enrolled freshman at Indiana just a few days into his collegiate career, helped to bring his Plant High School teammate Whop Philyor alongside him to play for his father earlier this week, too. Burgess is the biggest star of the FIVE Tampa area players headed to Bloomington this fall — that’s more players for Indiana out of the Tampa area than any other school in America.
Meanwhile, here’s some highlights from the Plant star’s senior season.