Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers are making recruiting a family affair when they snagged a pair of cousins on Thursday night in safety Jonathan Crawford and dual-threat quarterback Donovan Hale. They mark the 16th and 17th commitments for the 2015 class, which has shot up to 50th nationally and ninth in the Big Ten after this past week.
Jonathan Crawford, from Largo, Fl, is rated 3-stars by 247 Sports composite rankings and is the 914th best prospect in the nation. At 6-2 175 pounds Crawford brings a body that is close to being Big Ten ready add in the 4.7 speed he possesses and there is a really nice prospect. He will add depth to a young safety group and could possibly redshirt as a freshman. A redshirt year would allow Crawford to improve his body and speed with a full year in a college weight and nutrition program. He was recruited to IU by offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and offensive line coach Greg Frey. Crawford also had offers from Wisconsin, Rutgers, Iowa, Minnesota, Louisville, and Virginia among others.
Donovan Hale is Crawford’s cousin, also from Largo, Fl, and is an unranked dual-threat quarterback prospect. This is probably a case where Indiana had to take the package to get Crawford’s services. Hale is 6-3 200 pounds and should add to the depth at the quarterback position. He also may be asked to switch positions to receiver or even help out Tom Crean and the IU basketball team. Hale also had offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisville, and Syracuse among others.
The Hoosier recruiting train is rolling now as they have picked up seven commitments in the last week. Signing Day is right around the corner and head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff still have eight spots to fill before then.