What's In Store for IU Football Recruiting?

Signing day is less than two months away, so what are the plans for the IU football staff for the next six weeks? HoosierNation.com takes a closer look at what's in store for the rest of the Hoosiers' 2007 class...

So what's next for IU football recruiting?

After securing a handful of verbal commitments during a couple of big recruiting weekends this month, the news hasn't been as positive in recent days.

First it was the decision of Warren, Ohio, safety Sidney Glover to back out of his IU verbal and head to West Virginia to play for Coach Rich Rodriguez. Next it was Glover's high school teammate, cornerback Chris Rucker, who pledged to Michigan State just days after labeling Indiana as his favorite following an official stop in Bloomington. The most recent blow was last night's announcement from St. Edward's (Ohio) safety Diauntae Morrow that he'd picked Iowa over Indiana.

That leaves Indiana with five or six scholarships still left to offer, and a couple more weekends to work with to get it done. The program doesn't plan on having any official visitors this weekend, and the NCAA-mandated "dead" period runs from Dec. 18-Jan. 4. Indications are the IU staff will be bringing in more prospective recruits on the weekends of Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 as it rounds out its class.

So who will be coming in during those two January weekends? The greatest needs appear to be on the defensive side of the ball, particularly safety and defensive end.

In the secondary, Indiana lost senior safeties Will Meyers, Troy Grosfield and Eric McClurg, and Glover's decommitment leaves IU without a safety thus far in this year's class. At defensive end IU loses senior Kenny Kendal, but returns 2006 contributors Brian Faires, Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton for next fall. It's a good bet, though, that the IU staff would like to still find an immediate impact rush end for this year's class, whether it's from the high school or junior college ranks.

So where will Indiana be looking next month? Expect to see plenty of visitors from Florida and Texas during those mid-January weekends. Both of those talent-laden states have been targeted heavily by the IU staff, and many of their players often wait until January to set up official visits and make verbal commitments. A year ago, the Indiana staff secured verbals from Texans Mandela Roberts and Richard Council after they made visits in January, and came close on Floridians Wondy Pierre-Louis and Culmer St. Jean after they were in town in early January.

HoosierNation.com will have information on who some of those January visitors will be once the visit dates get closer.

Indiana is also awaiting word from a couple of players who took officials earlier this month. Dallas, Tex., defensive end Ron Jackson was in town last weekend and has been offered by the IU staff, as has Plantation, Fla., safety Jarrell Drane, who was in Bloomington the weekend of Dec. 1.

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