Eight commits in, IU looking good

Indiana has eight commitments in the class of 2015 -- six offensive and two defensive players. In terms of quality and numbers of players who were high on IU's wish list, the class is off to a solid start.

It's not even July and the Indiana recruiting class of 2015 is beginning to look impressive.

I'm used to seeing a few decent names early on and then IU pick up a couple of good recruits at the buzzer. That seems to be more of IU's M.O. of late.

But as of today, the Hoosiers have eight commits in the class of 2015 and it's a pretty formidable looking group.

There is one quarterback, three offensive linemen, two defensive ends, a wide receiver and a tight end.

All three of the linemen are guys that IU was hoping to land. The first commit, Simon Stepaniak, out of Ross High School in Hamilton, Ohio, is a guard. So is Hunter Littlejohn, out of Olentangy Liberty in Ohio. The third lineman, Brandon Knight from Noblesville, Ind., could be the left tackle of the future.

The two defensive ends, Jacob Robinson of Westfield, Ind. and Joe Belden of Avon, Ind., are high motor guys and were two names that had priority on IU's wish list.

The quarterback, Tommy Stevens of Decatur Central, is a player who will be looked upon to get right in the mix from the day he steps on campus. His freshman year will be Nate Sudfeld's senior season, too.

The two receivers – WR Leon Thornton and TE Austin Dorris – are excellent pass catchers and should fit in, too.

So what would you like to see IU go after next?

My thought is that there are a lot of good wide receivers out there and IU can always reload at hat position. The linebacker position is one that Indiana is going to get better at with youth but it's one of those positions where you can never have enough good players.

Indiana has been talked about as being in on a lot of defensive backs with several offers out there. That's another position where the Hoosiers can always get better.

If I had one complaint about IU's current class of recruits it would be that six of them are offensive players and two are on defense. I understand that you take commits as they come but Indiana can always get better on the defensive side of the ball.

One other positive is that IU already has eight players in the fold. In the last 10 years, the most commits IU had by July 1 was 10 in 2011 and nine in 2012.

It will be interesting to see if there are still more commits by the end of June.

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