Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
During the early bye week the Hoosier coaches have been scouring the Midwest to check out some high school recruits, so we will be doing the same thing. This is the first part of a three part recruiting review for the 2015 Hoosier class that has been dubbed #CrimsonArmy15. The Hoosiers have 12 commits so far and rank 13th in the Big Ten and 55th nationally.
Tommy Stevens, QB, 3 Stars- The headliner of the 2015 class, Stevens is the seventh best prospect in Indiana and the 16th best dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to 24/7 sports. In his first game as a senior at Decatur Central he accounted for six touchdowns in his team’s 41-21 win. Stevens is a great grab for the Hoosiers, who have seen their quarterback depth evaporate over the last twelve months. He looks to have the talent to have a shot at backing up Nate Sudfeld and has the potential to be an impact player his freshman year. The Hoosiers beat out fellow Big Ten teams Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota for his services.
Leon Thornton, WR, 3 Stars- Thornton, out of Montini, is a highly touted receiver out of the Land of Lincoln as 247 Sports has in ranked as the 17th best prospect in the state. Thornton is a nice sized receiver at 6’1” and 190 lbs. He has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Iowa State, and Cincinnati in addition to several MAC schools. At 6’2” Thornton will give the Hoosiers some more size at the receiver position. With the departures on Nick Stoner, Shane Wynn, and Isaiah Roundtree after the 2014 campaign the Hoosiers need as many fresh faces as they can get their hands on.
Brandon Knight, OT, 3 Stars- Knight, a 6'5" 275 lbs. tackle from Noblesville, Indiana is ranked as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. He is also listed as the 10th best player in the state of Indiana and 78th nationally at his position. Knight had some big time offers from schools like Virginia Tech and Miami as well as several Big Ten schools like Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, and Purdue. To be a successful team in a power five conference recruiting quality talent in the trenches is key. Brandon Knight will anchor the Hoosier line for years to come.
Nicholas Westbrook, WR, 3 Stars- Westbrook is a 6’3” receiver out of Lake Mary, Florida. He was recruited to the Hoosiers by offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and linebacker coach William Inge. This is a nice grab for the Hoosiers, as they need to add some size at the receiver position. He had offers from 16 schools including Georgia Tech, Virginia, Kentucky, California, and Boston College. He is rated as the 86th best wide out in the nation. It is clear that head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff want to add more size to the receiving corps.