Sammy Jacobs, T.J. Inman, and Nick Holmes review the 2016 recruiting class. How does it stack up in the Big Ten? Who are some hidden gems? Who will provide an instant impact?
Now that the whirlwind that National Signing Day always is, is now we are going to take you through the 2016 signing class for Indiana Football. Kevin Wilson and his staff signed 21 prospects to a class that Wilson admitted was geared toward the offensive side of the ball.
On paper this was not Kevin Wilson's best signing class. In fact, it was his lowest rated class since 2012. That is in-part due to how late this class came together, and how long it took to get an extension announced. However, this is a solid class for the Hoosiers.Read More
Written By Alex Compton
Taysir Mack (Brooklyn, New York)
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 175 lbs
Rankings: 3-star, #191 WR (247 Sports)
Just as National Signing Day was wrapping up, Kevin Wilson was able to add one more “#BOOM” by grabbing a commitment from wide receiver Taysir Mack. With a number of playmaking options on offense already in the class, offensive coordinator Kevin Johns has to be drooling over being able to add another player like Mack to the class. Mack was a Rutgers commit until today, when a last minute change of heart ultimately led him to sign his letter of intent with Indiana.
With a loaded set of pass catchers on offense next year, Mack will certainly have to compete to see immediate playing time as a freshman. With that being said, Mack making an impact on offense right away is certainly not out of the question. With his 6’3” frame, Mack projects as an outside receiver that will be able to stretch opposing defenses vertically. He already has extremely soft hands and excels in his route running. This combination should make him a great target for Indiana’s quarterback, and his level of success will come down to his ability to separate from defenders early on in his career. The skillset is there, the body is there. If Taysir Mack wants to become a great player in IU’s offense, the only thing preventing that from happening would be himself.
As a senior last season, Mack racked up 900 yards and 15 touchdowns on 45 catches. IU was able to land Mack after loving his official visit on the weekend of January 22nd. Although he visited Rutgers the following weekend, Mack ultimately decided that ending up in Indiana was a better option. It seemed like a last minute change of heart, because not even his high school coach knew what he was going to do until he announced on National Signing Day. Mack joins Jonah Morris and Phil Benker as receivers in the class.
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Marcelino Ball, 6’0”, 200 lbs., Roswell, GA, Roswell High School, 247Sports Composite – 3-star
Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers got a surprise commitment from Marcelino Ball, a hard-hitting safety from Roswell, GA. Ball chose the Hoosiers over West Virginia and several others. Ball is rated as the 104th best safety and the 142nd best player in the state of Georgia. IU has developed a pipeline into the Peach State and Ball is the second recent commit hailing from that area (Shaun Bonner is the other).
The Ball family has a rich family history in the sport of football as three of his older brothers played Division One football (Reggie Jr. played at Georgia Tech, Raeshon played at Chattanooga and Marcus played at Memphis and plays for the Carolina Panthers). Ball will be the youngest member of this class as he doesn’t even turn 17 until April. He plans on graduating in May and enrolling at IU in the summer.
Marcelino Ball’s coach at Roswell High School, John Ford, told Alex McCarthy of 247Sports that Ball is, “an incredible player, incredible person, four years from now he will be THE STEAL from the state of Georgia.” He projects as one of the run-stopping hybrid safeties in Tom Allen’s 4-2-5 defense.
Texas is widely considered the top high school football state in the country. It’s not often that a player from the Lone Star State finds his way to Bloomington but RB/FB Tyler Natee, a 5’11”, 258-pound bruiser from Euless, Texas has chosen to be a Hoosier.
Natee played as a fullback, running back and quarterback during his high school career at Trinity High. He completed 33 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns, ran for nearly 800 yards and a mind-boggling 8.6 yards per carry and caught six passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He helped lead his team to the state title game as a junior and guided them to a 10-1 record during his senior campaign.Read More
Coming in at 6’2” and 230 pounds, he has a nice frame for a freshman. His film shows that he is somewhat raw, but also has truly explosive athletic ability for someone his size. He has an extremely quick and powerful first step off the ball, and this should make him an interesting player in IU’s new defensive attack moving forward. In an interview with Edgy Tim of Rivals.com, Stallings mentioned how excited he was that new defensive coordinator Tom Allen saw him as a standup defensive end at IU. With great size and speed, one comparison that immediately comes to mind is former standup defensive end/bandit Zack Shaw. While he is still very raw at this point, Stallings has great tools and was a desperately needed flip for a defense that now has five commitments in the 2016 class.Read More
The Indiana coaches have become quite familiar with Largo High School. One year after welcoming Largo High alums Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale to Bloomington, the Hoosiers have added Brandon Drayton, a 6’2” safety. Drayton committed to IU on January 27 after deciding to decommit from Nebraska. Drayton is a 3-star recruit that played both offense and defense in high school but the IU coaches see him as a valuable member of the secondary that could excel in DC Tom Allan’s new 4-2-5 system.Read More
Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
On the morning of January 21, Kiante Enis decommitted from the Michigan Wolverines. The 6’1” “athlete” from Winchester waited until National Signing Day to pledge his new allegiance to his home state school as he announced that he would be playing for Kevin Wilson and the Indiana Hoosiers.
Momentum has gathered quickly after Kevin Wilson’s contract extension and Enis is the second in-state prospect for this class.
Enis, primarily a running back at Winchester Community High School, was prolific during his prep career. He ran for nearly 7,000 yards on 716 carries. For his career, he averaged 194.2 yards per game and scored a mind-boggling 113 total touchdowns for the Falcons.
ESPN’s recruiting service describes him as “tall, thickly built and possesses the frame to develop into a physical presence on defense or as a power back. He possesses deceptive long field and straight-line speed with terrific size and range. Appears to be more natural and comfortable as a running back as opposed to a safety.”
Enis is rated as the 40th best athlete prospect in the country and the 4th best prospect in the state of Indiana. He could either end up at running back or playing in the secondary for new defensive coordinator Tom Allen.
Morris is a very talented outside linebacker and tight end from Ohio. He was originally committed to Michigan State University but decommitted last November. He took an official visit to IU on January 22nd and committed just two days later. Morris also holds offers from thirteen other schools including Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh. He is rated by 247’s Composite ranking as the 13th best player in Ohio and the 18th best “athlete” in the nation.Read More