As already discussed in our first edition of Recruiting Redux, the 2013 Hoosier recruiting class is the most talented to walk on the campus in at least a decade, and very possibly of all-time. One of the things that may have drawn them to Bloomington was Kevin Wilson’s penchant for playing the best players regardless of seniority.
While the head coach has shown that to be true during his first two years at the helm, 2013 might be a bit of a different story. No so much in that he won’t play the man who can do the job best, but because there are finally less spots to fight for in the lineup. Indiana returns somewhere between 16 and 20 starters depending on varying definitions of the word, but nevertheless it’s a hefty quantity. This being the case it will be hard for many of the true freshman to make an immediate impact anywhere outside of special teams.
Last week we featured five Immediate Impact players that could break into the rotation their first year in Bloomington. However, just because a player fails to see the field during his freshman season it doesn’t mean he is less talented than the players who are, as there are varying factors involved. The key influence the majority of the time is positional depth. While positions such as defensive tackle are ripe for the picking, the same cannot be said for spots like wide receiver or offensive line. This week we are taking a look at the most talented players who will be contributors down the road for Indiana football.