National Signing Day 2016 is almost here. Here's a preview of who's expected to sign wtih Indiana tomorrow and make up a class totaling 15 for the Hoosiers:
Jonah Morris, Athlete, Archbishop Hoban HS (Akron, Ohio)
One of two Scout 300 players to give the Hoosiers a verbal commitment this cycle, Morris is an explosive four-star athlete who played defensive back and receiver for Hoban. By the end of the season, he was ranked No. 228 in the 2016 Scout 300 rankings. Morris was a former Michigan State commit who also had intrested from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio). When Morris tweeted his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers, he said he felt he found a school that would allow him to achieve his ultimate dream of making it to the NFL and earning a great degree. Morris stands 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds with a 4.4 40 time.
Coy Cronk, Offensive Tackle, Lafayette Central Catholic Jr/Sr HS (Lafayette, Ind.)
The other Scout 300 pickup by the Hoosiers in this cycle, Cronk was essentially recruited in rival Purdue's backyard. The four-star offensivel lineman played offensive tackle for Central Catholic and was a major presence on that line at 6-foot-5 and 272 pounds. Cronk committed to the Hoosiers early in the cycle back on Dec. 14, giving a verbal to the Hoosiers over offers from Vanderbilt and Illinois, among others. When he tweeted his verbal pledge, he said he was excited to play for his home state and earn a "world-class education" alongside "great coaches" and "great teammates." Like Morris, he played on both sides of the ball on the offensive line and defensive line.
Mackenzie Nworah, Offensive Guard, Manvel HS (Manvel, Texas)
Nworah was a late add to the 2016 class, as he give his verbal commitment to Indiana on Jan. 20 over offers from Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Mizzou among others. According to our G. Brooks, Nworah excels in pass protection due to his good lateral agility and solid technique. Brooks also cited him being long-armed, especially for an interior lineman. Scout.com rated the 6-foot-3, 306-pound Nworah as the seventh-best offensive guard in Texas and 36th-best in the nation.
Peyton Ramsey, Quarterback, Elder HS (Cincinnati, Ohio)
A dual-threat quarterback for one of the top high school football programs in Ohio, Ramsey was the first verbal commitment in the Hoosiers' 2016 class. He gave them his verbal pledge on April 21 during the spring cycle last year and hasn't wavered. He had offers from Boston College, Illinois, Wake Forest and West Virginia, among others. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Ramsey ran a 4.85 40 and showed the ability to make timely throws in the pocket or scramble when necessary. Scout rates Ramsey as the fourth-best quarterback in Ohio, eighth-best in Midwest and 44th-best nationally.
Cole Gest, Running Back, St. Edward HS (Lakewood, Ohio)
Gest verbally committed to Indiana during the summer cycle and brings speed to the Hoosier running back room. His most impressive performance this season was a 210-yard and two-touchrushing rushing effort against Mentor in the Ohio high school playoffs. He runs a 4.53 40 but has been hand-clocked much faster, as he recorded a 4.39 40 at Cleveland's Raw Talent Sports Combine in February 2015. He verbally committed to the Hoosiers after performing at their camp, choosing them over offers from Toledo and Ohio.
A'Shon Riggins, Cornerback, Hamilton HS (Hamilton, Ohio)
Riggins verbally committed to Indiana two days before Gest in the same summer cycle. Ranked as the No. 2 corner in the state of Ohio, Riggins brings speed to the Indiana secondary with a 4.60 40. He also gives Indiana more athleticism to an already athletic secondary, as he's played quarterback and wide receiver as well. Scout Ohio Recruiting Analyst Dave Berk notes that the 40 time doesn't make him the fastest, but his quick feet and quick burst give him great football speed. Riggins verbally committed to Indiana over offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, and West Virginia, among others.
Tyler Natee, Athlete, Trinity HS (Euless, Texas)
Natee is a diverse athlete at Euless Trinity in Texas who committed to Indiana during this cycle. At Trinity, he did a little bit of everything playing running back, fullback, quarterback and linebacker. He runs a 4.8 40 but his punishing running style made him a force on the field. At six feet and 235 pounds, Natee is built more like a linebacker. However, he was primariliy recruited by Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough and tight ends/fullbacks coach James Patton. When you take into consideration that he mostly played offensive positions, he would likely end up on that side of the ball. Natee verbally committed to Indiana over Arkansas State. Scout ranked Natee as the No. 10 athlete in the state of Texas.
Khalil Bryant, Safety, First Coast HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)
With his verbal commitment on June 22 last year, Bryant became the third member of Indiana's 2016 recruiting class. Bryant is a physical safety who can defend the run and the pass. His ability to do so successfully can be attributed to his speed, as he runs a 4.63 40. The 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back verbally committed to Indiana over offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Army and Kent State. Scout ranked Bryant as the No. 16 safety in the state of Florida.
Brandon Drayton, Safety, Largo HS (Largo, Fla.)
A late addition in this cycle by the Indiana coaching staff, Drayton verbally committed to Indiana on Jan. 27. Just two months earlier, he had taken an official visit to Nebraska and given the Cornhuskers a verbal commitment the next day (Nov. 28). Nebraska's loss was Indiana's verbal gain, as the Hoosiers got a verbal pledge from an athletic Florida safety in Drayton. At Largo, Drayton spent time on both sides of the ball, playing safety and wide receiver. He's rated as the 17th-best safety in the state of Floriday by Scout.
Allen Stallings, Defensive End, Oak & River Forest HS (Oak Park, Ill.)
Indiana had to scramble quickly after the decommitments of Georgia prospects Allen Cater and Chris Henderson to find a defensive end for its 2016 recruiting class. They thought they had the replacement in DJ Wonnum on Jan. 20, but Wonnum flipped his verbal commitment from Indiana to South Carolina 11 days later after the Gamecocks offered. The Hoosiers found their missing piece in Allen Stallings, who flipped his verbal commitment from Central Michigan to Indiana on Jan. 31. Stallings, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end, brings size and speed with a 4.6 40. He played mostly in a 3-4 defensive scheme during his senior season at Oak & River Forest HS.
Grayson Stover, Offensive Tackle, Hudson HS (Hudson, Fla.)
Stover was originally committed to South Florida, but flipped his verbal pledge to the Hoosiers after members of Indiana's coaching staff visited Stover last week. Stover played both offensive tackle and defensive end at Hudson, but he told AllHoosiers.com that the IU coaching staff sees him playing along the offensive line. Scout Florida Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender is very familiar with Stover's play in the trenches and provides insight below:
"Stover is an agile, aggressive hog in the trenches that flashes good knee bend and leverage. In addition to his intriguing size at offensive tackle, Stover has nimble feet and does a good job of sliding in pass protection. Stover is a nasty, hard-nosed offensive lineman who gives it his all until the play is whistled dead. Stover has to work on his body and trim some weight moving forward, but certainly fits the mold of a Big Ten offensive lineman."
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman also had offers from Vanderbilt, Virginia and Western Kentucky, among others.
Philip Benker, Wide Receiver, Sandalwood HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Originally a Central Florida commit very early in the spring cycle, Benker flipped his verbal pledge from UCF to Indiana on June 22. The Hoosiers gained a verbal commitment from a player who possesses strength and speed. Benker runs a 4.55 40 and can bench 280 pounds, with a 405-pound squat. He verbally committed to the Hoosiers over Wake Forest and South Florida, among others.
Ryan Smith, Defensive Tackle, Moeller HS (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Smith brought size to Moeller's interiorer defensive line at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. He was offered by Indiana after attending camp and soon after gave his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers on June 9, 2015. The verbal pledge from Moeller made him the second member of Indiana's 2016 class.
Shaun Bonner, Tight End, Colquitt County HS (Moultrie, Ga.)
Bonner was also a late addition by the Indiana coaching staff in this cycle. The 6-foor-3, 240-pound tight end excelled as a receiver and run blocker for Colquitt County, as he would sometimes be lined up at fullback, on the edge of the offensive line or out wide like a receiver. Bonner was courted by Georgia Southern but opted to verbally committed to Indiana instead on Jan. 31.
Ian Thomas, Nassau Community College (Garden City, New York)
A late SEC offer didn't sway Thomas, who has remained verbally committed to Indiana since Dec. 8. Despite Texas A&M offering Thomas during his official visit to College Station on Jan. 29, he said he was still committed to IU. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end finished last season with 23 receptions for 433 yards and three touchdowns. He played two seasons total at Nassau. He also had offers from New Mexico and Temple, among others.
NOTE: JuCo commits Richard Lagow and Jayme Thompson already signed their National Letters of Intent on Dec. 16. With those two already signed, the 2016 class total would be 17.