- Craig Haubert, ESPN Staff Writer
What was a tough loss for Iowa’s 2013 class has now turned into a huge gain for Indiana’s. This weekend the Hoosiers picked up a verbal from one of the top in-state prospects in David Kenney III (Indianapolis/Pike). The one-time Iowa verbal is a big pick-up for Indiana, as he is a talented defensive lineman who could potentially contribute as a freshman.
With good bulk at this stage he is a defensive end who could potentially develop into a swing lineman for the Hoosiers. He plays with a good motor and is a kid who seems to get after it when he steps on the field. He flashes good first-step quickness and the son of a D-Line coach, he demonstrates he can mix good ability with sound play which helps him to be active and productive.
He needs to watch his pad level, but can be a tough run defender that can not only be disruptive at times with quick penetration, but can also be stout when taking on blocks and he could be asked to quickly contribute as a run defender for an Indiana team that is last in the Big Ten in rushing defense. His strength at this stage arguably may be as a pass rusher. While not a true speed rushing threat off the edge, he does stay active, uses his hands well, displays some semblance of a plan of attack when he rushes.
Kenney III is a very nice pick-up for Indiana as he is not only one of the better in-state prospects, but he is also a good player who displays the tools to develop into a strong defender for them, and could productively contribute as a true freshman. A key to Indiana’s recruiting is keeping some of the good talent at home, something that they have struggled to do. While some of the state’s top prospects are still committed to other schools, with the commitment of David Kenney III they now have verbals from two of the state's seven four-star prospects.
17hDerek Tyson and Erik McKinney
2dDerek Tyson and Tom VanHaaren
3dTom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney