IU Insider Blog: A Big First Commit

Robert Johnson's decision to commit to the Hoosiers in the class of 2014 Friday wasn't of Cody Zeller-like significance but it was clearly a major get for IU and coach Tom Crean.

The Hoosier Basketball Nation has been anxiously waiting for any good news regarding the 2014 recruiting class.

Before Friday, it just wasn't happening.

More players seemed to be taking Indiana out of the mix rather than adding the Hoosiers to it.

With one commitment on Friday afternoon, however, all of that changed. And just that quickly Indiana basketball fans everywhere are getting excited about hoops again.

Robert Johnson's decision Friday afternoon to give his commitment to play basketball at Indiana and play for the Hoosiers over the likes of North Carolina, Virginia and Florida State was a huge get for Tom Crean and his staff.

It wasn't Cody Zeller-like, but it was significant nonetheless.

I can tell you this much: Nobody in the IU basketball offices was pushing the panic button by any stretch. There is too much good talent yet to commit in this class and too many options for Indiana to be at that point.

But ever since James Blackmon Jr. de-committed from IU the sense of urgency within the Hoosier Nation has clearly been amped up. With that urgency has come name after name of elite level players who have shown interest in playing at Indiana.

Still, until at least one of those elite players, stepped up and gave Indiana his commitment the class lacked any true substance.

That's behind the Hoosiers now. Now, Indiana can focus on finding the right fit or two moving forward. IU had just two scholarships to give in this class but if the Hoosiers can over-sign they will. It simply makes sense when you have a lot of question marks out there involving potential kids who could leave early. You need an insurance policy and Indiana will clearly be open to that option.

The big question moving forward is who will be Indiana's second commitment in this class? Devin Robinson? He lives in Robert Johnson's neighborhood and the thought of them as a package deal has always been considered. Johnson will make an official visit to IU the first weekend in October for Hoosier Hysteria. Goodluck Okonoboh? He would be another one that would be a big get (no pun intended) for Crean and his staff.

Often times, all it takes in a fluid situation like this one is for one player to commit and it gets the ball rolling. There are some interesting possibilities out there and my guess is that the next two weeks in particular will be a very interesting time as we find out what player or players will want to join Johnson as commitments in this class.

Stay tuned and keep following Justin Albers from our staff who has been all over the Robert Johnson recruitment and very closely tied in with the Johnson camp since joining AllHoosiers.com.

It's a big day to be an Indiana basketball fan with Johnson's decision. No doubt about that.

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