Written By Alex Compton
After securing a #BOOM Wednesday morning from three-star safety Brandon Drayton, it appeared Coach Wilson and company were done adding pieces for the day. That changed late Wednesday night, as offensive lineman Grayson Stover flipped his commitment from South Florida and joined the 2016 class at Indiana.
Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 300-pounds, Stover has a monster frame for a freshman. He uses his body well and really takes pride in his run blocking ability. As a senior at Hudson High School, Stover anchored an offensive line that produced two 1,000-yard rushers. The aggressive blocking style that he utilized in high school to lead the way for those rushers should transfer well to the college game and make him successful at IU. His breakout seasons as a junior and senior at Hudson led him to receive 20 offers, two of which he committed on (Virginia, South Florida). In the end, Stover felt that the chance to join an elite offensive line in the Big Ten was just too good to pass up.
Stover told Hoosier Huddle “[last year] they had one of the best offensive lines in the country and in the Big Ten. It really shows what [coach is] doing with the guys there.”
With exceptional foot speed and great hands for such a big body, he figures to become a tackle down the road. His sheer size and raw athletic ability make him an intriguing talent that could develop into a really, really special player. Coach Greg Frey has landed one of his favorite talents in the class, and will look to turn him into another stud offensive lineman as he has done frequently in recent years.
Indiana Football is on the rise. Stover noticed. “Just the feeling I had with the guys there. The atmosphere.”
Stover becomes the 16th member of “HoosierArmy16”, and joins fellow offensive linemen Ryan Smith, Coy Cronk, and Mackenzie Nworah in the class. He is ranked as the 948th best prospect in the country and 77th best at offensive tackle according to 247 Sports. His commitment put the Hoosiers' 2016 class at 16 prospects, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten and 62nd nationally.
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