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Another McCullough links up with IU

Safety Daeh McCullough, son of IU’s running backs coach, is a major get for Tom Allen and company.

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The highest-ranked recruit in Indiana history has a familiar name. It’s Daeh McCullough, son of IU running backs coach Deland McCullough.

Daeh, a safety who will play for Bloomington South this fall, committed to Indiana this week, becoming the Hoosiers’ second get in the 2023 class. He follows Georgia defensive end Denzel Moore, who made a verbal pledge to Tom Allen in late March.

It’s still incredibly early in the 2023 cycle, but 247 Sports rates McCullough as a four-star prospect, the No. 78 overall player and the No. 6 safety in his class, and the second-best player in the state of Indiana. According to his 247 Sports profile, McCullough also has offers from Michigan, Maryland, Penn State, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, Arizona State and Fresno State, among others.

“This is my school,” McCullough told 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. “This is the school I always wanted to go to and my dad being part of it (again) was another piece of the puzzle.”

Daeh’s oldest brother, Deland II, plays at Miami (Ohio), his father’s alma mater, while his second older brother, Dasan, recently committed to Ohio State.

Here’s the scouting report from 247 analyst Allen Trieu:

“Has cornerback experience and has played there a lot early in his high school career, but as his body grows, he is beginning to project more to safety or nickel. Even from his cornerback spot, he was always physical and supported the run. He is disciplined, takes good angles to the ball and when he had to take on a block, did so with good technique and physicality. Has played some in the deep part of the secondary also and length and smarts allow him to get his hands on a lot of passes. Finding a true positional home and developing there and continuing to get more explosive will be keys for him in development, but a really good, savvy football player with growth potential and scheme versatility.”