Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The 2014 season is one that the Hoosier fans and coaches will probably want to forget as soon as possible. It started with a gut wrenching loss to Bowling Green, continued with losing quarterback Nate Sudfeld for the year, and now the hits keep coming as David Woods of the Indianapolis Star has reported that quarterback Tommy Stevens has decommitted from the Hoosiers and will head to Happy Valley to play for the Nittany Lions. Stevens later confirmed the report on Twitter. This is about as bad of a body blow to the Hoosier program as any.
The 6’3” 196lb signal caller is ranked as the 7th best player in the state of Indiana, the 20th best dual threat quarterback, and the 556th best player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports’ composite rankings. The impact of this decision by Stevens could be felt for years by the Hoosier football program. Stevens was seen as the future at quarterback for Indiana after Sudfeld graduates and would have added some much needed depth at a position that has been decimated by injuries.
Head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff will have to scramble late in the recruiting process to find a quarterback for the 2015 class. According to 247 Sports Indiana is looking at 17 quarterbacks, including Stevens. Two of these prospects are listed as “warm” by 247, Jalen Miller, a 6’0” 185lb dual-threat QB from Illinois, and Justin Agner, a pro-style quarterback from Georgia.
The Hoosiers will have to rely on Nate Sudfeld staying healthy in 2015 and for current starting quarterback Zander Diamont to use the next three games to improve his skills and continue to get up to the speed of college football. Hoosier fans must now keep an eye on Brandon Peters out of Avon, Indiana. Peters is in the class of 2016 and is rated four stars, as well as the 11th best pro-style quarterback in the nation and the third best player in the state of Indiana