In a tweet on July 4, Jordan Jakes announced the Indiana Hoosiers are one of the final three schools in his recruitment.
The Hoosiers, Michigan Wolverines and Virginia Cavaliers are in the fight to land Jakes. David Johnson, an Ole Miss insider from OMspirit.com, claims that Jordan will be choosing the Hoosiers come August 17. While any predictions should always be taken with a grain of salt, this is undoubtedly a positive sign for Hoosier fans.
Rundown on Jakes
Jordan Jakes is a 3-star wide receiver from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md. 247Sports puts Jakes at the 1,058th best player nationally. More encouraging, though, is that he’s their No. 117 wideout nationally and the 21st ranked player in Maryland.
On Jakes’ limited Hudl tape from the GACA Football All-Star Classic, he’s seen finding holes in opposing defenses time and time again. More impressively, the 6-4 playmaker has a talent for making tough catches look easy. The first two plays on the Hudl tape below are both significantly tough catches to make.
The first, he has to turn his body and open up his hips in order to make the grab, all while trying to keep his feet in bounds with a defender draped on him. In the second, Jakes has to dive to make a catch and manages to keep the ball off the ground while doing so as well. These talents could be especially useful if Indiana’s quarterback accuracy stays consistent with how it was last season.
What Jakes Could Mean to Indiana
Currently, Indiana is without a wide receiver for the class of 2019. They did have Emery Simmons, but he de-committed to leave for North Carolina. While Jakes is ranked on paper as less talented than Simmons, any wide receiver commitment at this point would be a win for Indiana.
Jakes’ commitment would be huge as Indiana continues to recruit players outside of the midwest for players. The surprising thing is, the Hoosiers are actually landing a solid portion of these guys too. Jakes would make 11 commits outside the state for the 2019 class.
Additionally, the more guys which commit to this class, the better chance Indiana has at landing highly sought after recruit David Bell. The already committed class of 2019 is working hard at recruiting other players to join them, with tweets like this from C.J. Person, a defensive lineman commit for the Hoosiers.
C.J. Person isn’t alone in reaching out to fellow recruits about joining Indiana. 2019 commit Larry Tracy has joined the cause as well (story on Person and Tracy). If these guys are able to convince players to come to Indiana, there’s no saying what is and isn’t possible with this group. This class is helping to change the culture of Indiana football one day at a time. If Jordan Jakes comes aboard as well, that’s just one more piece of the puzzle coming together.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]