While Fridays are exciting in every office, the facilities in Bloomington must be a rather lively place to be heading into the weekend. That is because Rossville, Georgia native Jermane Conyers committed to the Hoosiers, making him the second target to do so today.
According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, the 6'3" 290-pound Peach State prospect is the 105th ranked defensive tackle in the nation and the 150th best player in the state of Georgia. The 3-Star prospect had six scholarship offers, but he decided to pull the trigger on the lone opportunity that would allow him to play at a BCS level program.
While he is a three-star rated prospect, the lack of interest in a player with that type of physical frame hailing from the state of Georgia is a bit of a red flag. However, the Hoosier faithful will hope that recruiting ace Jon Fabris has a card up his sleeve as this is an interesting play for the Hoosiers.
My best guess is that the staff sees Conyers as a developmental project. The team has three brand new toys at the defensive tackle position including their highest rated recruit of the 2013 class (Latham) and two JUCO players (Cormier and Heiderman) . This will provide the depth necessary to give the staff the time they will need to develop Conyers into a Big Ten level tackle.
It will be interesting to see how Conyers develops in his senior season of high school. The biggest worry is that if he does take a jump up and local teams (Read: SEC) become interested, will his verbal commitment stay solid.
Conyers uses his body to his advantage and is able to recognize physical mismatches. He also has a very good burst off the line allowing him to get inside of opposing lineman at the high school level seemingly at will.
Here is some tape of the future Hoosier defensive tackle for your Friday night viewing pleasure.