IU Football Recruiting Board – Quarterbacks

Quarterback was a priority with the Hoosiers' '09 class, and it has worked out with two talented commits. How did the process play out with IU's targets? Who was their top priority? Are they done recruiting the position? HoosierNation.com answers those questions with our look at IU's recruiting board for quarterbacks...

Jordan Luallen (4 stars)
6-3, 192
Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove)

Luallen was a hot name among Hoosier fans early in the recruiting process, someone who was running neck-and-neck with Morgan Newton as far as recruiting buzz when he was a junior at Center Grove. Indiana was enamored enough with Luallen's dual-threat skills to offer him a scholarship before the start of his sophomore season, making him the first quarterback in the '09 class to be offered by the Hoosiers.

But Luallen was the first of the in-state quarterbacks to come off the board, pledging to Georgia Tech. News of his commitment didn't leak until May, but he said he had actually committed to the Ramblin' Wreck back in March. Family ties to the state of Georgia played a big role in Luallen's decision, and he had actually made it known that Georgia was originally his school of choice. When the Bulldogs backed off a bit, Luallen instead picked Tech.

Morgan Newton (5 stars)
6-5, 215
Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)

The best of a very good crop of quarterbacks in the state, Indiana has been in pursuit of the Carmel standout since his sophomore season. The seventh-ranked quarterback in the nation, Newton is the most heavily recruited in-state quarterback in recent memory.

A big, physical, athletic quarterback, Newton completed 124-of-213 passes for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns last season and led Carmel to the state championship. He's been a frequent visitor to Bloomington during the falls for football games, and has the Hoosiers on his list of eight finalists along with Clemson, Florida, Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina and Miami (Fla.). Despite IU's "finalist" status, few around the program think Newton is much of a possibility to wind up in Bloomington. He's most likely headed out of state and out of the Big Ten Conference for his college footbnall.

Edward Wright-Baker (3 stars)
6-2, 205
Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jefferson)

Indiana offered Luallen before his sophomore season and started recruiting Newton during his sophomore campaign, but its interest in Wright-Baker didn't surface until his junior season. That's because Wright-Baker didn't start for Jeffersonville until last fall.

But after accounting for 39 touchdowns and 2,600 yards of total offense last season, Wright-Baker quickly skyrocketed up the Hoosiers' wish list. The IU staff loved not only his athleticism and dual-threat skills, but also the fact he is still learning the position and should continue to blossom as he spends more time under center. While other players on IU's commit list might be ranked a little higher, Wright-Baker was probably the most important commit in the '09 class because he was the first and set the stage for other coveted recruits to follow.

Dusty Kiel (3 stars)
6-3, 220
Columbus, Ind. (East)

While the other four top in-state quarterbacks are all the sort of athletes who could play other positions in college, the 6-3, 220-pound Kiel is the one player in the group who was pretty well always locked into the quarterback position. He did play safety as a sophomore in high school and some think playing linebacker wouldn't be out of the question, but most thought he was a quarterback in college and a quarterback only.

That fact probably explains why Luallen, Newton and Wright-Gaker were offered scholarships long before him. The Hoosier staff had been monitoring him closely throughout his junior season, but the IU scholarship offer didn't come until mid-April. With that said, there's plenty that IU quarterbacks coach Matt Canada likes about Kiel's abilities. He's a big, strong-armed quarterback who is as hard-nosed as they come and spends plenty of time studying the game. He's been a regular at IU camps over the years, so the staff has been able to get very familiar with his skills and abilities, which prompted them to pursue Kiel hard despite already having a commitment from Wright-Baker.

Dolapo Macarthy (3 stars)
6-6, 200
Merrillville, Ind. (Merrillville)

As was the case with Kiel, Indiana's efforts with Macarthy picked up in April after it became clear Luallen was liked headed to a school in Georgia and Newton's recruitment had gone national. Indiana was faced with the very real prospect of not getting either of those two quarterbacks, and it knew it was going to have to out-duel Louisville and Kentucky (at least) for Wright-Baker. So Indiana offered both Kiel and Macarthy in April.

Macarthy said as recently has last month that Indiana and Iowa (which has also offered) were his two front-runners, but he told Scout.com's Allen Trieu earlier this week that Central Michigan was now his front-runner. Nothing against the Chippewas, but this change of heart is a pretty clear signal that Indiana and possibly Iowa has backed off in recent weeks. As much potential as Macarthy might have, it only makes sense for the Hoosiers to do that. With two quarterbacks already committed in a class that figures to include less than 20 players, it's a stretch to think IU would sign three quarterbacks.

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