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Indiana football recruiting: Hoosiers land former Mizzou commit, Georgia defensive end

On Wednesday, Kevin Wilson and the Indiana football program picked up a pair of commitments from offensive players in lineman Mackenzie Nworah and tight end/defensive end Dennis Wonnum

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Indiana netted a pair of solid commitments from Class of 2016 football recruits on Wednesday.

First, the Hoosiers started off the day by landing Mackenzie Nworah, a three-star lineman out of Texas.

Nworah, who is listed at 6'3" and 306 pounds, was once a Missouri commit, but de-commited from the Tigers on December 17 and took a trio of official visits to Indiana, Illinois and Arizona State and was also considering offers from Boston College, Maryland, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Nworah helped his Texas high school Manvel High School to an 11-3 record and is ranked the 35th best guard in the nation according to 247sports.

Kirk Martin, Nworah's head coach at Manvel, told Mike Miller at the Hoosier Scoop that Coach Wilson made him a focus in the last month, which led to the commitment:

"Coach Wilson was in here a week or two ago," Martin said. "He got to know him and they had a home visit with him and his parents. I just think he feels like it’s the right fit. He feels like he has a chance to go there and be developed into a great player."

Later in the day, the Hoosiers picked up their second commit of the day in tight end and defensive end Dennis Wonnum out of Georgia. According to 247sports, the Hoosiers project the 6'4", 225-pounder as a defensive end going forward.

Wonnum is ranked the 67th tight end according to 247sports and the 154th recruit out of Georgia. He had previous been committed to Iowa State, but de-committed this fall. The only official visit taken was to Bloomington on Jan. 15.

IU beat out most notably Nebraska for Wonnum's commit, as well as USF, California and Cincinnati, among others.

With the pair of commits, Indiana now stands at 14 members, including Ju-Co transfers Richard Laglow and Jayme Thompson.