IU Insider Blog: 5 Freshman to Watch

Four of the true freshmen who could make an immediate impact this season hail from the state of Indiana, including three from Indianapolis area high schools. Four of the five are on the defensive side of the ball.

In his first two years at Indiana, Kevin Wilson has been forced to play a lot of true freshman.

Twenty-seven to be exact.

But two years later, those athletes those are some of Indiana's top players in the program. We're talking starting offensive linemen such as Bernard Taylor, Dan Feeney, Jason Spriggs and Peyton Eckert. And wide receivers like Shane Wynn, Cody Latimer, and Nick Stoner. Quarterback Tre Roberson played as a true freshman as did running backs Tevin Coleman and D'Angelo Roberts.

On defense, some of the standouts who played as true freshmen include Bobby Richardson, Alex Todd, Nick Mangieri, Flo Hardin, Tim Bennett, Kenny Mullen and Mark Murphy.

It's difficult to guess just how many true freshmen will see the field this season in Wilson's third with the Hoosiers but one thing that's clear is that the IU staff will have some really talented players to choose from if they opt to go in that direction.

As first year players are scheduled to report for camp today, here's five Indiana true freshmen to keep an eye on this season:

Antonio Allen: The 5-10 defensive back from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis was originally a Mississippi commit that changed his mind and decided to stay closer to home. He was a Class 5A all-state selection as both a junior and a senior. He was ranked No. 5 in the Indiana State rankings and was known as a big hitter. As a senior he was always around the ball. He had 74 tackles, two tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Rashard Fant: The 5-10 defensive back from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Fayetteville, Ga. Was a three-time all-state selection. Played both defensive back and running back in high school and also returned punts and kickoffs. He had touchdown returns in both areas last season. He was ranked the No. 16 prospect from the state of Georgia. Posted a school record 4.37 in the 40-yard dash.

Isaac Griffith: The 6-foot wide receiver from Fort Wayne Homestead finished his high school career with school records in receptions (119), yardages (2,453) and touchdowns (37). He was a Class 5A all-state selection as a senior. The fact that he is considered to have a shot at working into the receiving rotation this season says all you need to know about Griffith. When you consider that IU will have a receiving group that could end up with five players who have at least 100 catches for more than 1,000 yards in their respective careers it's hard to imagine a true freshmen breaking into the lineup.

David Kenney: The 6-2, 246-pound defensive lineman from Indianapolis Pike was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the state of Indiana. Originally committed to Iowa and then changed his mind in October of 2012 and decided to attend IU. He's an explosive lineman who can get to the ball. He was a Class 5A all-state selection as a senior. He played with fellow freshman Rashard Fant in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

Darius Latham: At 6-5, 280 the defensive lineman from Indianapolis North Central is the fourth player in our Watch List from the Hoosier State and the third from the Indianapolis area. He has been described by Fox Sports Next.com/Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu as having imposing physical size and a great deal of athleticism. Latham was the highest ranked Indiana player at No. 4 of those who decided to attend IU. He played both defensive and offensive line in high school and was a Class 5A all-state selection as a senior.

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