1. Orhian Johnson, QB – With a limited number of scholarships remaining, Johnson is clearly the Hoosiers' No. 1 priority. This 6-4, 190-pounder from Gulfport, Fla., threw for 1,100 yards passing and 15 touchdowns as a senior, but it's his potential that intrigues IU and many others. He has great size, 4.51 speed in the 40, and has only been playing the position for two years.
He's being recruited by a slew of schools, but only a handful have targeted him as a quarterback. Johnson told HoosierNation.com earlier this month that Indiana, Kansas, Florida International, South Florida, UConn and Memphis were the six recruiting him to play quarterback, but USF recently told him they're looking at him as an athlete. While Johnson said he knows he's capable of playing other spots, he made it pretty clear about his preference.
"I want to be a quarterback in college," Johnson said.
Unless Johnson wavers on that opinion, Indiana would appear to have a great chance of landing the Boca Ciega H.S. standout. His Dec. 7 trip to Bloomington is his only official visiti to date, and he's yet to schedule any other trips.
2. Willy Lowe, CB - Unless there was a schedule conflict, the Hoosiers brought in their top tier of recruits in December, which suggest those who have been in town that remain uncommitted are tops on the Hoosiers' wish list. Cornerback remains a position of need, and Lowe could be the best fit for IU in fulfilling that need. Lowe is a 5-9, 170-pounder from Cleveland's Glenville H.S. who came to town on IU's big Dec. 7 recruit weekend. He has 4.5 speed, and has drawn interest from other prominent programs such as Iowa (visited Dec. 14-16), West Virginia and North Carolina. While Indiana is able to tempt Lowe with the fact starters Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors are both seniors, Iowa finds itself in the same situation with Charles Godfrey and Adam Shada both departing.
3. Isaiah Pead, RB/CB – Truth be told, Indiana would be ecstatic to get either Lowe or Pead in the class - either could fill the team's need at cornerback. The issue with Pead, though, is that his No. 1 priority is to play running back, and his second choice would be to play wide receiver. He's Scout.com's 35th-ranked cornerback nationally, but if he picks the Hoosiers, he says IU is recruiting him as a tailback. He said he'd be willing to move to defense eventually if that's where he'd have his best chance to get on the field, but one would have to think he'd start on offense considering IU's recruiting approach. Considering the fact IU has Darius Willis coming as its tailback-of-the-future, and it has needs at cornerback now, Lowe might be the better fit.
4. B.J. Daniels, QB –The 6-1, 195-pound Daniels hasn't been to Bloomington, but HoosierNation.com sources say IU is still recruiting the Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln H.S. star. Depending on how Orhian Johnson's recruitment unfolds, you could very well see Daniels taking an official visit to IU in January. Daniels accounted for more than 3,200 yards of total offense and 40 touchdowns as a senior and is Scout.com's 56th-ranked quarterback nationally. He's also a standout basketball player, averaging 26.7 points for his Lincoln H.S. team. It's unclear which other programs he's seriously considering, although he's talked about taking visits to Memphis and South Florida in January.
5. Trent Mossbrucker, K – Rumors continue to swirl about whether or not the Mooresville, Ind., product will in fact end up at Iowa, the school he committed to over the summer. Iowa's chances of keeping the All-State kicker in the fold have been enhanced by the fact Coach Kirk Ferentz doesn't appear to be going anywhere after his name surfaced as a possibility at Michigan. But this figures to be a situation to watch leading up to signing day. Mossbrucker, who took his official visit to Iowa in November, hasn't come out and said anything publicly about his Iowa pledge, so there could be some validity to the rumors.
Five Other Possibilities: This is probably a bit of a stretch, but Taylor Hill is a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker from Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney H.S. who recently de-committed from Oklahoma because he decided it was too far from home. He then appeared ready to pledge to West Virginia, but that was put on hold after Rich Rodriguez departed for Michigan. Suddenly, Scout.com's 27th-ranked outside linebacker nationally is re-thinking what he's going to do. He's reportedly scheduled an official visit to Michigan State for mid-January, and he hasn't ruled out West Virginia, either. But considering the fact Indiana did offer Hill over the summer, he figures to be getting some contact from the IU staff to see if he wants to visit the Bloomington campus…Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) OLB/DE Roosevelt Maggitt has talked about taking an official visit to IU in January, but the fact the Hoosiers received a commitment from Kyle Kozak could mean they're full at that position…Deonta Tate from Palmetto (Fla.) H.S. is a linebacker/defensive end that IU has also had an eye on. He's a 6-2, 225-pounder with excellent speed who could play linebacker or add some weight and play at defensive end…all indications are that Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards H.S. safety Tommie Thomas will wind up at Illinois, so long as Coach Ron Zook has a scholarship for him. If for some reason that falls through, IU could suddenly emerge as a possibility if Indiana has any scholarships available…Darrius McQueen is a 5-8, 190-pound wide receiver/cornerback from Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian School who said earlier this fall that he was favoring South Florida and planned to visit there this month. But he also said he had an offer from IU, and was planning on visiting the Hoosiers the following weekend. He clocked a 4.59 in the 40 Scout.com's Jacksonville combine over the summer, so he could be a possibility at corner if Lowe and Pead fall through.
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