Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The 2015 season is going to be a crossroads year for head coach Kevin Wilson and the Indiana Football program, but that is not stopping the Hoosier coaching staff from looking ahead into the future at the 2017 recruiting class. On Monday evening the Hoosiers were the first team to offer Clearwater, Fla. running back Adarius Lemons a scholarship.
We talked to Lemons via Twitter direct message about his offer from IU as well as Lynden Ostrander who has followed Lemons' career for the Tampa Tribune.
Lemons said that "it means a lot that (IU) offered me a scholarship because (they) are the first to offer, so this is a special feeling to me."
He is just a sophomore but has accumulated significant playing time during his first two years. Lemons has played in 15 career games for Clearwater High School has established himself as a triple-threat and can be seen running the wildcat on his highlight video. He can run, pass, and catch the ball, as he has totaled 338 yards through the air, 1,069 yards on the ground, and 152 yards are a receiver.
The 2017 prospect believes he can bring "explosiveness, speed, power and quickness" to the Hoosier offense and wants to "be the guy (IU) can count on to pick those five extra yards."
However, Lemons does realize there is plenty of room for improvement as he feels like, "everytime I step out on the practice field there is something else I can improve upon as to being a great running back."
At around 6-foot-2 Lemons is a bigger running back and both him and Ostrander compare him to former Oklahoma, and Kevin Wilson coached, running back Adrian Peterson. Lemons says in comparison to Peterson that "we run just alike and he is just a running back is tall also." Ostrander added that he has the "best frame of any back in the country." Add in the fact that he has 10.78 100-yard dash speed and has the ability to make opponents miss and explode through hole and you have the recipe for one of the best running back prospects in the nation.
Outside of football Lemons enjoys what normal teenagers do. He often rides go karts, dirt bikes, and four wheelers as well as enjoys the occasional game pick-up basketball.
While Lemons admittedly does not know much about the Hoosier Football program he "would love to" know more, which makes it that much more important for the Hoosiers to put on a show when they play Florida International the next two seasons.
Hoosier fans should be ready to watch this prospect's offer list skyrocket as more programs find out about this super sophomore.