Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
After a terrific early signing period that saw Indiana position themselves for their best on-paper recruiting class in history, the Hoosiers added a pair of prospects on National Signing Day and currently sit at 38th on the 247Sports class rankings. Tom Allen and his staff secured the talents of Pennsylvania offensive lineman Tim Weaver and Florida safety Josh Sanguinetti as both signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.
Tim Weaver committed to the Hoosiers last week, choosing IU over offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia along with a number of Ivy League schools. At six-foot-five and nearly 300 pounds, Weaver played tackle in high school but he is expected to be an interior lineman for the Hoosiers. His size and physicality is a great addition at a position of need for Indiana. The coaching staff projects him as a guard or possibly even a center while his history as a tackle gives him the flexibility to perhaps fill in there in a pinch.
“I just got a great feeling being on campus and with the players and with the coaches. I had a really good feeling that this was the place for me,” Weaver told peegs.com after signing with Indiana.
Indiana head coach Tom Allen said in a release from IU that, “we are really excited to have Tim join our family. He brings tremendous length and athleticism to a position that we needed to restock. We look forward to his future successes at IU.”
The other signee of the day was safety Josh Sanguinetti, a high 3-star prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Indiana has tapped the Sunshine State pipeline quite often since Tom Allen has come to Bloomington and that continues with the addition of Sanguinetti.
As a sophomore and junior, the six-foot-two safety was a borderline 5-star prospect but he tested athletically a little slower than the recruiting experts expected and his ranking fell. While his 40-time was not blazing fast, Sanguinetti plays quick on his highlight film and he was highly productive in one of the more competitive football markets in the country. Indiana was desperate to land a safety and this prospect was one of their top targets down the stretch.
Allen describes Sanguinetti as “a very, very versatile talent who made plays at wide receiver, defensive back and on special teams. He played high level high school football and he is going to come in here and make us a better football team.”
He chose IU over offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Nebraska, LSU, Georgia and a “who’s who” of college football powerhouses. His biggest weakness entering college is his size. At only 170 pounds, he will need to get quite a bit bigger and stronger to be a contributor for the Hoosiers but IU is well-stocked at the safety position so they have the luxury of redshirting Sanguinetti and not forcing him into action before he is ready.
IU was in pursuit of a few other prospects (Dawand Jones, Kristian Williams and TJ Jones to name a few) that ended up signing elsewhere but this is still the best class the Indiana Hoosiers have had since the installment of recruiting rankings. The rankings don’t take one of the biggest additions to the roster into account as IU’s transfer quarterback, former 4-star Jack Tuttle (who would be the top ranked prospect in IU’s class), is not factored into the class rating. The Hoosiers have a few scholarships remaining if they choose to pursue a graduate transfer or a junior college prospect to perhaps fill depth spots along the lines of scrimmage.
Hoosier Huddle will have ongoing coverage of the 2019 recruiting class and National Signing Day.