Indiana Hosting 19 Prospects on Junior Day Saturday

Written By Alex Compton

Just weeks after National Signing Day 2016, Coach Wilson and his staff have shifted their efforts to 2017 and beyond, where they look to continue building momentum. Junior day will take place on Saturday, and there is an impressive list of potential IU signees expected to be in attendance. Junior day will conclude with the IU – Purdue Men’s Basketball game in Assembly Hall, which will likely provide all 19 prospects with a memorable experience. 

The list of attendees was obtained from Matthew Weaver at, and the rankings are from unless otherwise noted. 

Lynn Bowden- ATH

  • 6’1” 185lbs
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • 4-Star
  • Offers: Michigan, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Toledo, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Plays both RB and CB in high school. 

Richard Bowens- DB

  • 6’1” 175lbs
  • West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • 3-Star
  • Offers: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Syracuse 

Bowens has been recruited by Head Coach Kevin Wilson and Cornerbacks Coach Brandon Shelby.

Hugh Davis- LB

  • 6’1” 203lbs
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • NR
  • Offers: N/A

Davis attends Cathedral High School in Indy. He is a part of the 2018 class. Coach Wilson emphasized his desire to add more in-state players moving forward, so he is a name to watch in the future. 

Emil Ekiyor- OL

  • 6’3” 315lbs
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 4-Star
  • Offers: Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, NC State, Toledo, South Florida, Vanderbilt

Ekiyor also attends Cathedral in Indianapolis and is a member of the 2018 class. IU is seen as an outsider at this point, so work needs to be done to get back in the forefront of his recruitment.  

Jarius Grissom- QB

  • 6’2” 190lbs
  • River Rouge, Michigan
  • 3-Star
  • Offers: Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Houston, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Toledo, Wake Forest, Western Michigan

 Grissom is a dual-threat QB. He was on Michigan State’s campus earlier in the week, and received his first B1G offer this week (Rutgers).

C.J. Hayes- WR

  • 6’1” 195lbs
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • NR
  • Offers: Cincinnati

Louisville and Western Kentucky are expected to offer Hayes soon. 

James Hudson- DE/OL

  • 6’5” 260lbs
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • 3-Star
  • Offers: Kentucky, Bowling Green, California, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Toledo, West Virginia

He is currently a Kentucky commit. He committed to the Wildcats in July of 2015. He is rated as the nation’s #13 strong-side defensive end. 

Keontae Jones- S

  • 6’1” 175lbs
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 3-Star (
  • Offers: Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Miami (OH), Rutgers, Toledo, West Virginia, Louisville

Wisconsin is likely to come through with an offer soon. IU has used coaches Greg Frey and Noah Joseph to recruit him thus far. 

Tyler Knight- OL

  • 6’5” 255lbs
  • Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • 3-Star
  • IU commit 11/23/2015

Knight was the second commitment of IU’s 2017 class, and frequently reaches out to other recruits and members of the current team. Expect him to sign unless anything really drastic were to occur. 

Bryant Koback-RB

  • 5’11” 191lbs
  • Holland, Ohio
  • 3-Star
  • Offers: Kentucky, Indiana, Toledo, Miami (OH)

Koback is a current Kentucky commit. He committed last month. 

Vederian Lowe- OL

  • 6’5” 332lbs
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • 3-Star
  • Offers: Illinois

Lowe is receiving the most interest from Illinois, but has also unofficially visited Wisconsin, and now, IU.

Eric Mooney- RB

  • 6’1” 175lbs
  • Huntley, Illinois
  • NR
  • Offers: N/A

Mooney is a 2018 recruit and had a monster varsity season as a sophomore this year. 

Olalere Oladipo- DE

  • 6’4” 235lbs
  • Huntley, Illinois
  • NR
  • Offers: Central Michigan, Illinois, Western Michigan, Miami (OH), Wyoming

Oladipo is one of the top defensive ends in the state of Illinois, and attends the same high school as RB Eric Mooney. Can’t go wrong with another Oladipo at IU either, right? 

Amir Riep- DB

  • 6’0” 180lbs
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 4-Star
  • Offers: Michigan State, Ohio State, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Marshall, Miami (OH), Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

MSU and OSU are seen as the current front-runners for Riep’s services, but there is still time. After visiting IU, he will head to Penn State, Tennessee, and Notre Dame in the following weekends. 

Markese Stepp- RB

  • 6’0” 205lbs
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • NR
  • Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue 

Stepp is a member of the 2018 class, but has already established himself as one of the best players in the state. Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State have all expressed interest as well. 

Carson Van Lynn- OL/DL

  • 6’6” 235lbs
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • NR
  • Offers: Kentucky, Boston College, Iowa State, Ohio, Toledo, Wake Forest, Western Michigan

Ohio State is his hometown school and reported favorite, but there is no offer yet. There is interest from the Buckeyes, but it is unsure whether or not that offer will be given. 

Dalton Wagner- OL

  • 6’8” 280lbs
  • Richmond, Illinois
  • NR
  • Offers: Illinois, Louisville, Miami (OH)

He has already unofficially visited Michigan State, and other Big Ten schools including Wisconsin and Indiana are starting to show interest as well. 

Michael Warren- RB

  • 5’11” 200lbs
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • 3-Star
  • Offers: Kentucky, Iowa State, Iowa, Toledo, Western Michigan

Warren is a current Kentucky commit. He chose the Wildcats in July of 2015. He is the 25th best running back in the nation. 

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