Written By Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
The Hoosiers have yet to wrap a bow on the 2015 season, but Kevin Wilson and his staff got an early Christmas present on Monday when Junior College quarterback Richard Lagow announced on Twitter that he was committing to the Cream and Crimson. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound gunslinger’s commitment comes during a very exciting 24 hours for the program, when the team found out on Sunday afternoon that they would be spending the Holidays in the Big Apple, taking on the Duke Blue Devils in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Lagow, a three-star prospect, had offers from Colorado State, UNLV and Memphis but decided that Indiana was the best fit for his style and skill-set. A native of Plano, Texas, Lagow joined the University of Connecticut football program in 2013 out of high school, but decided that the school was no longer a good fit after a coaching change. After transferring to and walking-on at Oklahoma State, Lagow decided that he would most benefit from honing his skills at the junior college level.
During his redshirt freshman season in 2014 at Cisco Community College, Lagow threw for 2,900 yards with 29 touchdowns. He followed that performance up with 21 touchdowns passes and 2,285 yards through the air this past fall as sophomore.
His highlight tape shows off his big arm, accuracy and ability to get through his reads. While he may not be the most fleet of foot, he is certainly no statue either; capable of extending plays just long enough to find an open receiver. He looks to be a great fit for the Hoosiers up-tempo offense, which will feature numerous experienced wide receivers.
Lagow’s commitment makes sense for multiple reasons that go beyond just style of play. The Hoosiers enter 2016 with uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position. With the graduation of Nate Sudfeld, Indiana’s options at quarterback includes Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron, both whom saw action this season, Austin King who redshirted this fall, and current class of 2016 commitment, high school senior Peyton Ramsey.