Thursday, February 3, 2011
Indiana recruiting analysis
By Adam Rittenberg
Recruits: 21 (all high school seniors, one player enrolled early)
Top prospects: Indiana is bringing in several exciting offensive skill players, including Shane Wynn, a wide receiver rated as the nation's No. 41 athlete by ESPN Recruiting. The Hoosiers also bolstered their backfield with quarterback Tre Roberson and running back D'Angelo Roberts, rated as the nation's No. 46 running back. Zack Shaw is a promising player at the linebacker spot.
Needs met: The Hoosiers need more competition in the secondary and helped their cause with five defensive backs (three cornerbacks, two safeties) in this class. Although none of the players are highly rated, a guy like safety Mark Murphy could help early in his career. It also was important for new coach Kevin Wilson to keep Roberson on board. Whether or not Roberson ultimately plays quarterback in Wilson's system, he'll be an asset to the IU offense.
Analysis: Wilson came aboard only in December and since then has endured some fluctuation on his coaching staff, but Indiana still kept most of the key committed players on board. Players like Wynn, Roberson and Roberts should help immediately on offense, but Indiana has to build depth on defense and that process likely will take some time. Expect to see more of Wilson's touch on next year's class, but there are some guys coming in now who can help IU.
ESPN Recruiting grade: C-