Grimes Makes Commitment

Coach DiNardo and his staff have been heavily pursuing Plainfield native Jordan Grimes. Many scouts consider Grimes to be one of the best offensive linemen that Indiana's class of 2004 has to offer. Yesterday, Grimes made his decision between Indiana and Purdue.

In his two years recruiting as head football coach, Gerry DiNardo has used his SEC ties to land recruits in southeast, particularly in Louisiana. DiNardo and staff have improved Indiana's skill players, but they have struggled to land highly-touted recruits at the positions where games are won and lost in the Big Ten—the linemen.

Also, DiNardo and his staff have not recruited well in the state of Indiana. Indiana's best high school players consistently commit to Notre Dame and Purdue instead of with the Hoosiers.

DiNardo tried to correct both of these deficiencies by landing Grimes, one of the best offensive linemen in the state. The Indiana staff maintained constant contact with Grimes, but in the end DiNardo's problems continue as Grimes signed with the Boilermakes yesterday.

The Hoosiers will continue to look for good players throughout the country to fill their needs but recruiting well in Indiana should be the top priority for DiNardo and company.

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