This past week in Indiana football

Only seven days ago, Indiana’s football program had three commits. These commits had promise: Beau Robbins is a 4-star with a knack for getting to the quarterback. Ivory Winters is a dynamic running back with a hunger for reaching the end zone. Last of the three is receiver Emery Simmons out of South View HS in North Carolina. Since then, Indiana had one player decommit; yet, the cream and white have added an additional nine players to their 2019 class. It has been a whirlwind of a week. Four recruits committed on June 19. In this article I’ll do my best to give you a quick recap on the hectic week in Indiana football recruiting.

Simmons’ decommitment

During Simmons’ junior season he tallied 55 receptions for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns, according to 247Sports. It was a quality season, yet he only received offers from East Carolina and Indiana. As a result, he committed to Indiana on March 18 while continuing to attend various spring camps. Sammy Batten, of the Fayetteville Observer (Simmons’ hometown), detailed Simmons time at these spring camps.

Simmons continued to impress

“Simmons’ recruiting stock has risen dramatically due to stellar performances at several spring camps and combines. He was one of the top performers at Nike’s Elite 11 regional combine in Charlotte back in April. The performance earned Simmons an invite to The Opening Finals presented by Nike, a prestigious invite-only combine featuring the nation’s top high school prospects scheduled June 30-July 3 in Frisco, Texas.”

More offers on the way

Not only did his performance earn him an invite to The Opening Finals, it earned him additional offers from Duke, Penn State, and North Carolina. All of a sudden, Emery found himself with a decision to make. Simmons describes this situation better than anyone else could, telling Batten:

 “Going back and looking over things, there were a couple of schools I knew would offer (after Indiana), and if they did I wanted to go play there.”

In other words, Indiana is great. But, if North Carolina comes knocking, driving an hour and a half to UNC is a little bit better than driving eleven hours to Bloomington. The Simmons decommitment leaves Indiana without a wide receiver for the 2019 class.

Alabama kid leaves for the Hoosier state

Yes, that headline is correct. C.J. Person is a 295-pound defensive tackle standing at 6-2. He left his home state of Alabama on June 18 to commit to the Hoosiers’ 2019 class. Person had offers from over twenty different schools. Notably, Purdue, Navy and Georgia Tech. C.J. announced his commitment in a tweet.

Hoosier fans should like the sound of that. 247Sports ranks Person as the 59th defensive tackle nationally, and the 36th best recruit in Alabama. In his last season, C.J. totaled 81 tackles (24 of them for a loss), three sacks and three forced fumbles.

June 19

Given we’re talked about the class of 2019 (emphasis on the 19) it’s somewhat fitting that Indiana saw four different recruits commit on this day. It was huge news, and probably the busiest day for Indiana Football since the NFL draft. Below is a basic description of what Indiana got in these four commits.

Dorian Jones (inside linebacker)
  • Attending Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach Florida
  • 3-star recruit
  • 6-0, 219 pounds
  • Ranked the 29th best inside linebacker nationally
  • 100th overall in Florida
  • Totaled a whopping 69 tackles in the 2017 campaign
Kervens Bonhomme (outside linebacker)
  • Attending Clearwater Academy International in St. Catherines, Ontario
  • 3-star recruit
  • 6-1.5, 235 pounds
  • Ranked the 61st best outside linebacker nationally
  • 125th overall in Ontario
  • Received 17 different offers including those from Michigan, Rutgers and Nebraska
Gary Cooper (tight end)
  • Attending Columbus HS in Miami, Fla.
  • 3-star recruit
  • 6-1, 217 pounds
  • Ranked the 41st best tight end nationally
  • 153rd overall in Florida
  • Received offers from 15 schools, notably: Michigan, Ole Miss, Florida, Pitt and Rutgers
  • (Indiana won big here)
Sean Wracher (long snapper)
  • Attending St. Ignatius in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2-star recruit
  • 6-4, 195 pounds
  • Ranked the 4th best long snapper nationally
  • 90th overall in Ohio

The other guys

Though Indiana had a very busy June 19, it was just a busy few days in general. They added nine guys to the class of 2019 in four days. Four. In addition, only one of their eleven recruits is from Indiana. The Hoosiers are going out, getting their hands dirty, and it’s paying dividends. Here’s a quick rundown on the rest of the Hoosier commits.

Larry Tracy (cornerback)
  • Committed on June 17
  • Attending Decatur Central in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 3-star recruit
  • 5-10, 175 pounds
  • Ranked the 68th best cornerback in the country
  • 12th overall in Indiana
  • Snagging the 12th best player in the state is huge for Indiana. Through three high school seasons, he managed to tally 228 tackles (22 for a loss), 14 passes broken up, five forced fumbles, five fumbles recovered, and five interceptions.
  • Tracey looks poised to make an impact from the moment he steps on campus.
Jeramy Passmore (defensive end)
  • Committed on June 15
  • Attending Columbus HS in Miami, Fla.
  • 3-star recruit
  • 6’2, 250 pounds
  • Ranked the 55th best SDE in the country
  • 114th overall in Florida
  • Received a whopping 32 offers, joins tight end Gary Cooper as the second player from Columbus HS in Miami to commit to the Hoosiers.
Matthew Bedford (offensive tackle)
  • Committed on June 16
  • Attending Cordova HS in Cordova, Tenn.
  • 3-star recruit
  • 6-5, 260 pounds
  • Ranked the 80th best offensive tackle in the country
  • 28th overall in Tennessee
  • Indiana led the recruiting race the entire way through
Michael Katic (offensive guard)
  • Committed on June 17
  • Attending Pine-Richland HS in Gibsonia, Penn.
  • 3-star recruit
  • 6-4, 270 pounds
  • Ranked the 38th best offensive guard in the country
  • 17th overall in Pennsylvania
  • Received offers from Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville and Rutgers

What does it mean?

Like I said before, nine recruits in four days is a big deal. Indiana nearly tripled the size of their 2019 class in a week. In addition to this, that means that Head Coach Tom Allen is finally getting his type of players. After this past week, Indiana now has the 35th best recruiting class in the country and the 10th in the Big 10. This is encouraging as an Indiana football fan, and feeds into the idea that the culture in Bloomington is changing. Nearly every sports program at IU is trending in the right direction and football is no exception. On paper this class is starting to look very impressive, but it all comes down to what Coach Allen is able to do with it.  

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Content Creator at Armchair Indiana , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Currently studying sports media at Indiana University because hey, it’s probably a good idea to follow your dreams while you’re young, right? I grew up in Northwest Indiana under an hour away from the best sports city in the world, Chicago. I’m a diehard Chicago Blackhawks, White Sox, Bears and Bulls fan. Lucky enough, I made the wise decision to steer clear of West Lafayette and the Boilermakers and found my home at Indiana University where Archie Miller will undoubtedly lead our Hoosiers back to the promised land. I think I’ve lived long enough to feel ways about stuff. That being said, Trubisky is the second coming, MJ is the GOAT, the Blackhawks are a dynasty and the media deleted the 2005 World Series. All opinions are my own. Can still hit the open 3. Follow @SamuelRBoland on Twitter.
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Content Creator at Armchair Indiana , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Currently studying sports media at Indiana University because hey, it’s probably a good idea to follow your dreams while you’re young, right? I grew up in Northwest Indiana under an hour away from the best sports city in the world, Chicago. I’m a diehard Chicago Blackhawks, White Sox, Bears and Bulls fan. Lucky enough, I made the wise decision to steer clear of West Lafayette and the Boilermakers and found my home at Indiana University where Archie Miller will undoubtedly lead our Hoosiers back to the promised land. I think I’ve lived long enough to feel ways about stuff. That being said, Trubisky is the second coming, MJ is the GOAT, the Blackhawks are a dynasty and the media deleted the 2005 World Series. All opinions are my own. Can still hit the open 3. Follow @SamuelRBoland on Twitter.

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