Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The recruiting season has officially restarted and the Indiana Hoosier coaches are back on the road trying to fill out the 2015 class. However, this weekend most of the action will be taking place right down in Bloomington as three prospects are taking their official visits starting on Friday. The 2015 Hoosier recruiting class stands at 20 commitments including the two transfers from UAB as of January 15th. The typical class is capped at 25 scholarship players, which means head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff is trying to find five more players to pledge their allegiance to Hoosier Nation. Here are the three young men who will be in Bloomington this weekend:
1. Reakwan Jones, S, Lynn Haven, FL, 247 Sports Composite Ranking: 3-Stars-
Jones de-committed from Florida Atlantic University on January 4th after committing to the Owls way back in June and visiting the school at the beginning of December. The 6-2, 210 lb. safety is listed as the 235th best player in the talent rich state of Florida and ranked as the 124th best safety in the nation. Jones told 247 Sports’ Alex McCarthy that he is looking for a school that has “great facilities, great education, great support, cool players, and just a good feeling when I am on campus”. The Hoosiers have a bit of a depth issue at safety with the graduation of Mark Murphy and could use Jones right out of the gate, as his size and weight are almost ideal to play his freshman year. Jones will make two other official visits after his stop in Bloomington. He will be at South Florida on January 23rd and at California January 30th. He has other offers from Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Buffalo, and a handful of FCS schools. The leader in the clubhouse right now for Jones’ services is California.
2. Keith Washington, ATH, Prattville, AL, 247 Sports Composite Ranking: 3-Stars-
Out of the three prospects that are visiting Bloomington this weekend Washington probably has the best odds at becoming a Hoosier, but that does not mean IU will land his services. In high school Washington was a dual-threat quarterback and played safety on defense. He is ranked by 247 Sports as the 75th best dual-threat QB in the country and the 121st best prospect out of Alabama. Washington was originally committed to play for head coach David Cutcliff at Duke, but rescinded that commitment in September. Washington would be a heck of a grab for head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff as the highly recruited prospect would give them another athlete that could fit in either on defense or somewhere on offense. He recently picked up an offer from TCU and many prognosticators are predicting that he heads to Ft. Worth when it is all said and done.
3. Terez Hall, LB, Lithonia, GA, 247 Sports Ranking3-Stars-
Hall may be the most highly regarded recruit of the three as programs such as Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Cincinnati are heavily recruiting him. At 6-3 205 lb. Hall has the size to be an impact player at linebacker in the Big Ten. He is rated as the 445th best player in the nation and the 34th best as his position. Hall will be visiting Missouri next weekend on January 23rd and Nebraska the following week on the 30th. IU is a clear long short in landing Hall. 247’s Crystal Ball sees him committing to Missouri in the near future.
While the payout of these official visits may not be as large as it was when the Hoosiers made a run on a handful of recruits in mid-December, it is still impressive that Kevin Wilson and his staff are getting prospects of this caliber on campus. The Hoosiers are sitting at seventh in the Big Ten in recruiting at the moment and that may not be something that fans from other schools or experts see as progress, but from where Indiana was in recruiting before Kevin Wilson and his staff showed up, it is miles in the right direction.