Identifying IU's Recruiting Competition

Many of IU's top recruiting priorities have been identified, but which teams figure to provide the toughest competition? HoosierNation.com looks at some of the Hoosiers' targets and identifies which team will be the toughest to beat...

Kyle Koehne - Boston College. After all, former Cathedral standout Jeremy Trueblood went to BC and is now starting in the NFL. I talked to Koehne shortly after he got that offer, and I think that was a big one for him. Not saying IU is out of it by any means, but BC is a very formidable foe here.

Duwyce Wilson - Cincinnati. He's got some very good Big Ten offers with the likes of Iowa and Wisconsin, but from talking to him I think he'd rather stay closer to home. I think he'll land in Bloomington, but Cincinnati is a player here. They're reasonably close and have landed a handful of Indiana players, including his teammate Will Sadler.

Dusty Kiel - Cincinnati. He's got a handful of MAC offers, but the opportunity to play closer to home and in the Big Ten is going to keep IU well ahead of the MAC possibilities, in my opinion. Kiel told me last week that Cincy might offer, and if it does that's probably the only other school he'd give seri ous consideration to, for the same reasons as Wilson.

Tyquan Hammock - Notre Dame. If the Irish offer, I think it would be hard for him to pass up. The Irish have a big name and probably the possibility to play early, and that will appeal to Hammock. Michigan State is also a possibility, since they recently offered after he decided to attend one of their one-day camps.

Morgan NewtonKentucky. First off, I don't know that Indiana is much of a possibility at this point, even though Coach Bill Lynch's team is in Newton's top eight. For whatever reason, my gut says Lexington is the most likely destination. While he reportedly has offers from Florida and Miami, both schools have plenty of highly-ranked QBs on their board that could commit earlier. Kentucky is closer to home, has had success as of late, and Andre Woodson's success has clearly elevated the UK program in the eyes of some quality quarterbacks.

Zach Martin - Another player who I think IU is probably on the outside looking in, I'd think the 6-5, 260-pounder from Bishop Chatard will land at Michigan or Kentucky. Michigan's got the big name, while UK is where his father played.

Dolapo Macarthy - Iowa if they're going to stay in the picture for the long run, otherwise Central Michigan might end up being a possibility. Indiana has offered Macarthy and would love to have him, but Kiel appears much closer to a decision and Indiana isn't going to take three quarterbacks in the class. CMU recently secured commitments from his high school teammate Aaron Kaczmarksi, and that could wind up swaying Macarthy in their direction.

Tyler Eifert - Purdue. Indiana already has a tight end in the class, so their efforts on Eifert have likely either stopped or will do so soon enough. Purdue always figured to be the favorite here since the 6-5, 217-pounder's father played there. Purdue might have an issue now that Notre Dame has offered, but the Boilermakers still figure to be the team to beat.

Edward Hazlett – Unknown. Hazlett is an imposing physical presence at 6-7 and 250 pounds, and that has clearly drawn interest from a lot of teams. But despite stories suggesting IU offered him a scholarship, my sources suggest IU focused their tight end recruiting efforts elsewhere and never went all out after the Warren Central H.S. player. He's mentioned some very big names as potential destinations and has said they've offered, but the 23 scholarship offers he recently claimed is probably a bit off base. The 5.04 he ran at spring Scout.com combine isn't the kind of result that would attract the sort of high-majors that he claims offers.


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