Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Spring practice is over and fall camp is still a few months away so it is time for the spring evaluation period to begin (April 15-May 31). Recruiting will be heating up here over the next six weeks and the Hoosiers had an under the radar prospect on campus this past weekend as Tampa (Jesuit H.S.) lineman Connor McLaughlin.
McLaughlin has not been ranked by recruiting services, but his offer list speaks to his potential. He currently holds 16 offers and the list includes 10 Power Five schools and three from the Ivy League, Hoosier Huddle talked with McLaughlin about his visit.
“I love Indiana!” McLaughlin said, “it’s a great place with great coaches who make even better people.”
The Hoosiers have a need a tackle this class and are trying to build team depth for the future. However, there are other characteristics that McLaughlin is considering before he makes a decision in late June. “Academics will be the biggest factor I have for picking a school. I’ve always been a student first and I want to go to a top tier academic school.”
Since Tom Allen has taken over as the head coach for Indiana, he has developed a recruiting pipeline in Florida, especially in the Tampa area. McLaughlin said that is meaningful to him because, “Indiana drawing a lot of players from Tampa means a lot because they actually have a family aspect.”
He believes he can “use my athleticism to give more versatility to the team and support more stretch and zone.”
Currently, the Hoosiers have two commitments in their 2020 class and is ranked 71st nationally.