Keep An Eye on These Five

It's crunch time for football recruiting, and there are still some players IU is hoping to get, and some others they're trying to hang onto. Who are they? Where do we think they'll end up? takes a look at five of those players, what their situations are, and predicts where they'll sign Wednesday...

1. Jerimy Finch - He's only the biggest Hoosier recruit in 10-15 years. That's why there will be plenty of nervous coaches huddled around the fax machine Wednesday, waiting to receive a signed letter of intent from the 6-2, 200-pound safety from Indianapolis' Warren Central H.S.

A top-100 player nationally according to, Finch either misspoke, was misquoted, or was throwing out some misdirection a week ago while he was in Bloomington. After telling earlier in the week he was solid with his IU commitment, he quoted in one media outlet saying he was "50/50" between Indiana and Florida, and then told another he was "50/50" between Indiana and Michigan.

What's the best bet? That he'll wind up in Bloomington. Florida's best chance was to get a commitment from him while he was in Gainesville for an official visit. That didn't happen. Michigan's best bet was to keep him from de-committing in the first place. They were unable to do that. Proximity and the chance to play with his high school teammates were big selling points for the IU program, and odds are that will keep him as the marquee player in IU's 2007 recruiting class. Prediction: Indiana

2. Tray Herndon – Is he coming to IU or not? talked with Herndon late last week, and the 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver confirmed that he in fact pledged to the Hoosiers soon after making his official visit to IU in mid-January. That commitment seemed to squelch rumors that he was still looking at other potential destinations, most notably Minnesota. But a recent report suggests Herndon did in fact visit Minnesota over the weekend, and it appears Herndon might not be as sure about his IU pledge as he suggested last week.

It's a story to keep an eye on. IU obviously thinks Herndon is an important recruit – he's coming off a 1,700-yard, All-State senior season at The Bolles School in Florida, and he'd be the only wide receiver in the Hoosiers' '07 class. IU Coach Terry Hoeppner was in Herndon's home last week, which gives more weight to the thought this is a player the Hoosier coaching staff really wants to see in an IU uniform. Prediction: This is probably the real "50/50" situation facing the IU coaching staff. At this point, I'd have to guess he still winds up with the Hoosiers.

3. Johnathan Frink – It appears the one player that IU is waiting on an answer from is Frink, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from Oxford, Miss. The younger brother of former Hoosier defensive tackle Jamil Frink, Johnathan visited Bloomington the last week of January and followed that up with an official visit to Air Force this past weekend. Air Force assistant coach Ron Burton, who coached Jamil at IU, is the coach who's been recruiting Frink for the academy.'s 25th-ranked middle linebacker nationally, Frink is also considering Stanford, Kentucky and Ole Miss, and he's talked about wanting to major in engineering, which could be a strike against the Hoosiers. Prediction: Stanford

4. Moses Jenkins – It's a long shot, but depending on how things unfold in the next couple of days, there's always a possibility the 6-2, 175-pound Jenkins could re-surface as a possibility. And rest assured, if he decided at the last minute he wasn't to be a Hoosier, the IU staff would take him.

The Boyd Anderson (Fla.) H.S. standout debated taking his fifth and final official visit to Indiana, but instead opted to visit the Florida Gator program. That came on the heels of officials to Wisconsin, Central Florida, Nebraska and Iowa. Jenkins said he was still considering each of those schools except for Nebraska, and Central Florida, surprisingly, might be in the lead.

It's a stretch to think Jenkins would wind up in Bloomington despite not taking an official visit to Bloomington, but stranger things have happened. With signing day just two days away other schools could fill up on available spots at his position, which could, potentially, leave him scrambling. Indiana has a big need at cornerback, and Jenkins looks like an immediate impact sort of talent at the position. Prediction: Central Florida

5. Josh Robinson – The 6-3, 235-pound defensive end from Garland, Texas, committed to Indiana soon after his official visit to Bloomington in mid-January. But he apparently had a change of heard soon afterwards and instead decided that nearby SMU was a better fit for him.

That news probably didn't sit well with the IU staff, which looked at Robinson as a player who could wind up at either defensive end or linebacker at the collegiate level. Robinson isn't nearly as high-profile a recruit as Finch is, and thus there hasn't been much news about Robinson since he had the change of heart. But rest assured the IU staff was still trying to erase any misgivings he had developed about making the journey from Texas to the Big Ten for college, and there's still a possibility he could wind up at IU and not SMU. Prediction: SMU Top Stories