If you recall, the Indiana Hoosiers had an incredibly busy week leading up to June 19. IU’s 2019 recruiting class had just three commits, and then they lost Emery Simmons to North Carolina. However, a week later they were sitting pretty, having grown from just two commits to 11 in a matter of days.
Nine recruits in four days is a big deal. Indiana tripled the size of their 2019 class in just a week. That’s huge in and of itself, but it’s also important considering Head Coach Tom Allen is continuing to add his “type” of players. That week gave them what was then the No. 35 best recruiting class in the country.
Not too shabby for a basketball school.
However, since June 19th, they’ve been laying low commitment-wise. Indiana has continued to talk to recruits. Meanwhile top targets Jordan Jakes and David Bell announced the Hoosiers have made their top 3 and 5, respectively, but they’ve been relatively quiet otherwise.
That is, except for defensive tackle Sio Nofoagatoto’a.
Nofoagatoto’a took to twitter to announce his commitment on June 30:
He closes his commitment letter by saying, “At the end of the day I have to make the best decision for me and my family and with all that being said I would like to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Indiana university.”
Nofoagatoto’a is a 6’2, 321 pound defensive tackle who also played part of his junior year season as a guard. He has the quickness and physicality to force his way into the backfield at will. A guy like that can really make things tough on opposing offenses. Moving forward, it’s looking like he’ll be a strong addition to Indiana’s already promising defense. Including Nofoagatoto’a, eight of Indiana’s 12 commits play on the defensive side of the ball. This latest commitment upon the defensive line marks their second defensive tackle in addition to C.J. Person.
Sio’s Junior Year
Statistically, Nofoagatoto’a’s numbers are impressive. Here’s a quick rundown on how he fared during his junior year season.
- Solo tackles: 69
- Assists: 21
- Tackles for loss: 40
- Total Tackles: 90
- Sacks: 13.5
- Forced fumbles: 6
- Fumble recoveries: 2 (one for a touchdown)
To see some of these stats in real time, check Nofoagatoto’a’s Hudl tape below:
Judging off his stat-line and hudl, it’s obvious Nofoagatoto’a has had success at the high school level. Residing in Clearwater, Fla., the 3-star defensive tackle comes in at No. 150 among prospects in the Sunshine State.
More importantly, though, is that he’s yet another highly scouted, out-of-state player who’s decided to come to Indiana. That makes out-of-state commit number 10 for the Hoosiers’ 2019 recruiting class.
Once again, this brings hope to Indiana football fans and continues to promote the idea that the culture in Bloomington is changing. Nofoagatoto’a helps to make this class look even more impressive, but it all comes down to what Coach Allen is able to do with them.
The culture of Indiana football is changing, and it’s all being fueled by these latest commitments.