1. Orhian Johnson, QB – It's basically a coin flip between Willis and Johnson, but for the time being I'll go with Johnson because Kellen Lewis has proven that it's the quarterback that makes this offense go. This 6-4, 190-pounder from Gulfport, Fla., is a good enough athlete to get scholarship offers from Ohio State and Tennessee to play other positions. While his senior season totals of 1,100 yards passing and 15 touchdowns isn't staggering, he has a big arm, tremendous athleticism, and a huge upside. He's only played the position for two years, so two years of backing up Lewis could be a perfect opportunity for the IU offensive staff to get him ready to take over for Lewis in 2010.
2. Darius Willis, RB - It's probably better to list Willis as 1a instead of No. 2, because IU Coach Bill Lynch and Indianapolis recruiter Billy Lynch desperately want to land Darius Willis in this class. IU loves his productivity (289 carries, 1,728 yards and 28 TDs as a senior), his speed (4.4) and his size (6-1, 215). It would also be a huge coup for the Hoosiers as they hope to begin luring the best in-state players to Bloomington. Willis is ranked second in the state by Scout, trailing only Notre Dame-bound wide receiver John Goodman.
3. J.D. Woods, WR – Sure, the Hoosiers will return Ray Fisher and Andrew Means next season, along with other potential contributors Terrance Turner and Matt Ernest. IU also already has a commitment from Indianapolis' Tandon Doss, a player that the staff thinks can make an immediate impact. Despite those wide receivers who are already in the mix, Woods remains extremely high on the Hoosiers' wish list. The 6-2, 185-pounder caught 54 passes for 851 yards and eight touchdowns and combines excellent size, speed and athleticism. With the Hoosiers looking to utilize four wideouts more often than not, Indiana can't have too many talented wideouts at their disposal.
4. Brynden Trawick, S – Indiana currently has one safety with wide receiver speed (Nick Polk) and another who's a big hitter (Austin Thomas). The IU staff likes the 6-2, 210-pound Trawick so much because he is a combination of those two. Trawick has 4.55 speed in the 40 and the size to step up and support against the run. He's been getting interest from programs in the ACC, Big 10 and SEC, but IU is hoping to make a big impression this weekend. He could very well be the most coveted defensive player on IU's list.
5. Doug Wiggins, CB/WR – Wiggins was Scout's 17th-ranked cornerback nationally a year ago and signed with Miami (Fla.). But after a less-than-stellar freshman season that included limited playing time and an eventual suspension, Wiggins has opted to transfer and could presumably be a January enrollee. Indications are he'll pick between Western Michigan (where family member E.J. Biggers plays) and Indiana. His high school coach has suggested that he will play offense at either school, although it's hard to imagine that IU wouldn't want to take a look at him on defense as well, since IU loses a pair of senior corners in Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors. Of course, as a transfer Wiggins will have to sit out the 2008 season no matter where he winds up.
6. Isaiah Pead, RB/CB – The 5-11, 180-pound Columbus, Ohio, product earned Division III Player of the Year honors after guiding Eastmoor Academy to a 9-1 record by rushing for 1,615 yards and 33 touchdowns. He told Bearcat Insider's Tim Adams that he has scheduled his IU official visit, although he didn't say when the visit would take place. Pead also said that each of his schools is recruiting him as a tailback, but he is Scout's 34th-ranked cornerback nationally. He has 4.45 speed in the 40, so he's a intriguing recruit because he has the versatility to play a couple of different positions, depending on what a team's needs are.
7. TBA, DE – This is a bit of a cop-out, but I'm pretty sure IU wants to bring in a pass rushing defensive end in this class, and it's even possible it could be someone who would be a January enrollee. I'm just not sure who it is yet. While IU does return both Greg Middleton and Jammie Kirlew next year, they do lose both Brian Faires and Ryan Marando who provided some depth. Watch for next week's visit list for a better idea about who this might be.
8. B.J. Daniels, QB – The 6-1, 203-pound Daniels has the same sort of dual threat capabilities that Orhian Johnson does. He's a little lower on our list, though, because indications are that IU has been after Johnson longer, and IU probably likes Johnson's height (6'4") a little bit better. Daniels also recently said that he intends to wait until the February signing date to announce his decision, and IU probably doesn't want to have to wait to find out if it's going to go boom or bust on getting a dual threat quarterback in the class. With all that said…Daniels a good one that IU would love to get. He accounted for more than 3,200 yards of total offense this fall and more than 40 touchdowns at Tallahassee's Lincoln H.S.
9. Willy Lowe, CB – If there is still a position of need with this class it's cornerback, and Lowe is a good one from Cleveland's Glenville H.S. Indiana would also like the idea of making it three straight years of luring a player from Coach Ted Ginn's program, following on the heels of Ray Fisher and Eric Thomas. Few programs in the nation turn out as many Division I players as Glenville, and Lowe would only bolster IU's chances of getting more from Ginn's program in the future.
10. Trent Mossbrucker, K – The Mooresville, Ind., product remains committed to Iowa, but there continue to be rumblings that he could be wavering. As one of the nation's top kickers in the '08 class that all but requires that he be on our list. Things could accelerate here if stories continue to circulate about the possibility of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz being a potential target of Michigan for its coaching vacancy.
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