The Week that Was in IU Football Recruiting

From Ted Bolser to Dakotah Tyler to Nick Zachery, there was plenty of news this week on the IU football recruiting front. What was the biggest news? What was the most inconsequential news? HoosierNation.com goes in-depth into what happened this week in football recruiting and why...

The best news - Ted Bolser's decision Friday night to commit to the Hoosiers. Indiana wanted one tight end in the class, and they got a very good one in the 6-6, 220-pound Cincinnati product. While some might be less than impressed by his current one-star rating, that will change. He had scholarship offers from both Louisville and Kentucky, which suggests he's a lot more than a marginal prospect. Bolser caught 68 passes for 1,068 yards as a junior while playing wide receiver, so he's clearly a pass catching threat. The tight end hasn't been a big part of the aerial attack in recent years, but that figures to change now that redshirt freshman Max Dedmond and Bolser are in the mix.

The worst news - Dakotah Tyler committing to Cincinnati. Cincinnati has been securing verbal commitments at break-neck speed, including a handful of players from the state of Indiana. While offensive lineman Andre Cureton and Whiteland linebacker/defensive end Mitch Meador weren't high priorities at this point for IU, Tyler was. The 5-10, 189-pound athlete was being targeted by the IU staff as a safety, but he has the sort of versatility that could enable him to play wide receiver or even running back depending on a team's needs. He also comes from Pike H.S., an Indianapolis program that Indiana would certainly like to be able to recruit successfully.

The Inconsequential news - You might be wondering, why write about something that's inconsequential, but sometimes when it comes to recruiting, fans don't always know that a player who commits elsewhere wasn't an IU priority. That's the case with Carmel offensive lineman Brooks Michel, the 6-7, 280-pounder who pledged to Minnesota on Friday. Michel is one of the state's top linemen, and he is someone who the IU staff looked at. But he's more of a Gerry DiNardo-type lineman - a big body who can wear defensive linemen down over four quarters. What Indiana has targeted are rangy linemen who have the athleticism to block out in space and the versatility to play a couple of different positions. Michel didn't fit that mold, and that's why Indiana has been looking elsewhere.

The most surprising news - Jordan Stepp's commitment to Cincinnati Sunday. HoosierNation.com talked to the 6-0, 280-pound defensive tackle from Indianapolis' Ben Davis H.S. late last week, and he appeared to be a sure thing for the Hoosiers. But that changed on Sunday when he made an unofficial visit to the Bearcats' program, and he wound up commiting to Coach Brian Kelly before he returned home. The defensive tackle spot isn't a huge priority for the Hoosiers in this year's recruiting class so his decision wasn't as tough to swallow as Tyler, but he's still an in-stater who got away.

Some news that shouldn't be forgotten - Indiana's 2009 recruiting class won't be a huge class, thanks to the presence of only about 15 scholarship seniors on the roster. While the class figures to be bigger than 15, it won't be much bigger than last year's class which ended up being 20 after Demarlo Belcher added his name to the list late. While other programs might be well ahead of IU when it comes to number of commits, Indiana will be keeping plenty of spots open so that it can try to attract some out-of-state products after the season comes to an end. Florida is a state that IU has been having success in as of late, and the Hoosiers know they'll have to wait until December or January to begin to added players from the Sunshine state to their commitment list.

Some news that shouldn't be forgeotten, Part II - Indiana only has a couple of members in its 2009 class, but it already has a pair of headliners. Everyone is well aware of the pledge from Edward Wright-Baker, the dual threat quarterback from Jeffersonville that committed eight days ago. But IU fans shouldn't forget about Jerimy Finch, the Indianapolis product who is expected to join the team in the fall. Assuming everything goes well with his summer coursework, he'll likely he'll be eligible at the same time that the 2009 class arrives on campus, and he'll be counted on to be a difference maker from day one.

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