Peegs.com has confirmed that a number of recruits will be in Bloomington tomorrow for Indiana's home opener against Ball State. Three commits from the 2017 IU recruiting class will be on campus, and they will be joined by prospects from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.
Britt Beery was one of the earliest commits for IU in the 2017 recruiting class. He plays defensive end at Carmel, but he has the frame that could allow him to add enough weight to be a defensive tackle in college. Through the first three games of his senior season he has recorded 14 tackles and he has blocked a field goal.
Bryant Fitzgerald was an even earlier commit than Beery when he pledged to the Hoosiers back in January. He is being recruited by the IU staff to play the Husky position in their 4-2-5 defense. Through the first three games of his senior season he has recorded 26 tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception he has returned 94 yards for a touchdown.
The Indiana staff made defensive line a priority in the 2017 class and Leshaun Minor was one of their top targets from the beginning. He will most likely be an interior defensive lineman in college, but he might be able to play some at D-end. His senior season is off to a very good start as he has recorded 19 tackles, five tackle for loss, two passes knocked down and one sack in three games. He has also hauled in a pass that went for a two-point conversion.
Kyle Bolden is three-star prospect from Colerain H.S. in Cincinnati, which is the same high school that current IU linebacker Tegray Scales attended. Bolden, who plays for his father Tom Bolden at Colerain, has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Purdue, Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Marshall, Miami (OH) and Toledo. He told Peegs.com that he is very interested in IU.
Keontae Jones is a teammate of Kyle Bolden at Colerain H.S. He is listed as a safety by Scout.com but IU likes him as a cornerback. He has offers from IU, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Louisville, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Miami (OH), Toledo and Western Michigan. His older brother, Deshaunte Jones, is a freshman WR at Iowa State. Jones announced a top three of IU, Iowa State and Iowa back in the summer. He told Peegs.com he could be at IU this Saturday but it isn’t a sure thing right now.
Mark Stickford could be one of the next additions to the 2017 Indiana recruiting class. He was in Bloomington back in early August when IU started Fall Camp and the staff told him they wanted to see him play a couple games this fall before offering. He told Peegs.com that Kevin Wilson watched him earlier this week at one of Carmel's practices. He will be in town for the game this weekend with teammate and IU commit Britt Beery. If the Hoosiers offer Stickford this weekend it would not be surprising if he pulled the trigger and committed.
Antwuan Johnson is a three-star prospect from Ohio that just recently decommitted from Michigan. Other schools in the mix for Johnson are Penn State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville and Toledo.
Will Kellison is a linebacker and tight end at Bishop Chatard, but the Hoosiers appear to be recruiting him as a defensive end. Kellison is also a standout basketball player for the Trojans.
Charlie Mangieri is the younger brother of former Indiana defensive lineman Nick Mangieri. The Dunlap, Illinois native has picked up offers from IU and Northwestern to go along with interest from Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Missouri and Stanford. Here is a story from yesterday in the Peoria Journal Star on Mangieri and his recruiting.
Jason Whittaker is a three-star QB at Rockford H.S. in Michigan. He has picked up early offers from Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan to go along with interest from IU, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State.