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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Indiana recruiting analysis

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Indiana Hoosiers

The class

Recruits: 25 (22 high school seniors, three junior college players, four players already enrolled)

Top prospects: Among the high school seniors, linebacker Ishmael Thomas stands out as a guy who can help a position of need. Indiana's three junior college signings -- linebacker Jeff Thomas and cornerbacks Andre Kates and Lenyatta Kiles -- all will contribute immediately this fall as the Hoosiers lose five of seven starters in the back half.

Sleepers: Athlete Kofi Hughes is an interesting prospect who could be a playmaker at quarterback or another spot. Indiana has recruited the wide receiver spot very well in recent years, and Logan Young should help there. Running back Matt Perez could be a factor if Darius Willis struggles or gets banged up again.

Needs met: The secondary was an obvious need as Indiana loses three starters, and the staff found immediate help with three juco players. Indiana also addressed the defensive end spot, where it loses both starters, though Jibreel Black would have been a nice get for Bill Lynch.

Analysis: Indiana started very fast in recruiting, securing 20 of its 22 commitments from high school seniors before the 2009 season. The class lacks many superstars, but the three junior college defenders address pressing needs at both linebacker and cornerback. Lynch's staff has done a nice job of recruiting offensive skill players, and this class should produce a few more. But if the defenders in this group don't produce, Indiana will have a rough time winning games this fall.

Scouts Inc grade: C-minus

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