Bloomington – After securing all 15 of its 2009 verbal commits in a matter of 36 days, it might be awhile before the IU football program adds anyone else to the class.
Why? Because it really doesn't have much (if any) room left. The Hoosiers appear to be right up against the 85-man scholarship limit for the 2009, and their season class includes only 12 scholarship seniors. Big Ten teams are allowed to "oversign" recruits to allow for attrition, but they still must be at the 85-man limit by the time fall camp opens.
That will give the Hoosiers a little wiggle room, but they are seemingly already in an "oversign" situation. That's likely why they told recent Michigan State commit Dan France they didn't have room for them in the '09 class.
Things could change, though, to free up a couple of scholarships. Andrew Means might not be back in 2009 as he pursues a professional baseball career, and academic casualties is always possibility with an 85-man roster. In addition, little-used fourth-year seniors aren't guaranteed to come back in 2009. A year ago, Sean Edmundson, Matt Moses and Kyle Thomas all opted to pass on a fifth year.
It will be November or December, though, before many of those situations become more clear. So with that in mind, don't expect to see any more verbal commitments until after the season.
With the Hoosiers well ahead of schedule on their 2009 recruiting efforts, Coach Bill Lynch's staff figures to direct some early attention to the 2010 class, particularly in-state.
Among the top players Indiana figures to target are Plainfield H.S. offensive lineman James Hurst and Indianapolis Pike H.S. wide receiver Dyjuan Lewis. The IU staff has already let the 6'2", 180-pound Lewis know he will be extended an offer, while Hurst was at IU's summer camp and has also emerged as an elite in-state target.
Other top in-state targets figure to be Ft. Wayne Harding running back Roderick Smith, Center Grove defensive end Joel Cox, Crawfordsville running back Craig Fairley and Warren Central safety James Manuel.
Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Dave Berk recently provided his two cents on a couple of the Hoosiers' top commits.
On wide receiver Duwyce Wilson: "With Duwyce Wilson, the Hoosiers have picked up one of the top overall in-state prospects and he's a playmaker. While Wilson is ranked with three stars, he's a major talent with the ability to play for any program in the country."
On defensive tackle Adam Replogle: "Replogle plays in one of the top high school conferences in Southwest Ohio and has been a major player during his high school career."
On tight end Ted Bolser: "He's a 6-6, 220-pound tight end with wide receiver skills. Bolser may have only one star but he's a tough player with great hands who will be a major player during his college career."
If you're looking for one disappointment in the Hoosiers' efforts in this recruiting class, it would be along the offensive line.
For the second straight year Indiana secured commitments from a couple of their top in-state priorities at the skill positions. While Carmel (Ind.) quarterback Morgan Newton probably topped the team's wish list early in the process, they were ecstatic to get a commitment from Jeffersonville's Edward Wright-Baker. Columbus East wide receiver Duwyce Wilson, meanwhile, was clearly their No. 1 priority at wide receiver.
But Coach Bill Lynch's staff had hoped it could convince at least one of the state's top offensive linemen to come to Bloomington as well. Instead, Bishop Chatard's Zach Martin is headed to Michigan, and Indianapolis Cathedral's Kyle Koehne is most likely headed elsewhere. Some token interest was also shown in Carmel's Brook Michel (Minnesota commit) and Pike's Andre Cureton (Cincinnati), but Martin and Koehne were the two in-state linemen the Hoosiers coveted.
Unable to get either one, the Hoosiers turned to Michigan for Charles Chapman, Pennsylvania for Colin Rodkey and Ohio for Adam McShane. Indiana has now missed out on the top in-state offensive linemen in each of the past two seasons, as they failed to convince offensive tackle Kurt Wermers (Michigan) and center Braxston Cave (Notre Dame) to come to IU last year.
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