Jibreel Black changes commit from IU to Cincinnati

The news has apparently gone from bad to worse for Indiana. After Saturday’s heartbreaker, the Hoosiers also reportedly lost their top recruit in defensive lineman Jibreel Black. The brother of IU redshirt freshman defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., told Bearcat Lair, Cincinnati’s Rivals.com site (subscription only), that he called the Indiana staff Sunday to tell them he was opting out of his verbal commitment with the Hoosiers and committing to Cincinnati. The site reports that Black made the decision in large part because the Bearcats are unbeaten and he thinks the program gives him a chance to play for a national championship.

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  • dafdasf says:

    i wouldnt want to play for Bill Lynch either

  • Juan Blanco says:

    Shocker… John Mellencamp, please dig into your pockets and donate a few more million so we can hire a NEW COACHING STAFF!!! Not just a new head coach.

  • Juan Blanco says:

    I’m just sitting here sick thinking about Bill Lynch coaching the Hoosiers… I had many friends attending BSU when he was there and we all laughed at him.. At Ball State he was a joke. That is why I have no faith in the man and sometimes I am angry and get carried away. But IU football has no future with this man as head coach! Really! None!!! How can anyone justify putting the future of the program in his hands? A short term, low cost fix yes. But we must go in another direction ASAP!

  • HiggiStardust says:

    Fantastic…simply fantastic! This guy was supposed to replace Jamie Kirlew! Repercussions of these types of loses are certainly far reaching and long lasting. Can’t say I blame the kid, I still have a pit in my stomach from the loss to NW…

  • Goatee says:

    If the Hoosiers pull off a couple big upsets in the coming weeks…sure wish there was a way you guys could be force-fed the crap you’re hurling at Lynch.

    I bet when players read this junk it’s a great morale booster. Hair on goatee

  • Sam says:

    Never get excited about promises from a high school kid. Football. Basketball. Doesn’t matter. Don’t waste your time until they sign.

    QUESTION: What will Jibreel Black do when Brian Kelly leaves UC for a much bigger, higher paying job at a more prestigious school? UC is nothing but a stepping stone job and Kelly will be long gone before Black ever accomplishes anything.

    IU brings it on themselves. If you can’t put away a game after leading 28-3 you can’t expect recruits to hang with you.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised to see a larger exodus in the near future. It hasn’t taken the recruits long to see past the spin, as have our fans; new stadium, same experience.

  • PARPP says:

    You cant predict what Kelly will do at UC. Its an OK school, in a city location that lots of kids find attractive. Lets be honest, they arent going there for the academics, and neither are they at IU, so it shouldnt matter. Not all coaches jump ship after rebuilding, so Black made an informed decision; go with a program thats making great strides, and has a coach that offers hope, or come to IU where his own brother has probably given him all the inside dirt to turn him away.

  • J Pat says:

    I have a theory…big bro called him and said IU does not even bother to make halftime adjustments.

  • Kale says:

    Or he just watched our losses where the coahes blow it time after time

  • Marshall says:

    We need some perspective.

  • wisco says:

    Welcome to Indiana Football.

    I think Lynch probably needs to go too, but let’s not act like this is something he created. This has been going on for almost twenty years and the overwhelming majority of 125. It’s Indiana. I want to try hiring a big name, high profile person too. But I don’t know who would come and I kind of think they’d end up failing too.

    Beat Purdue.

  • Jay says:

    I can’t explain Black’s decision.
    Kelly has not rebuilt Cincy’s program, Dantonio did that.
    In 1975 I attended a high school football game in suburban Chicago. I don’t remember the half time score. One moronic coach made a defensive change at halftime, going from a 5-2 invert to a 6-1. The same dummy coach went to a slant pass on the first offensive play of the 2nd half. Well, the pass was intercepted. The 6-1 didn’t work too well either. That coach was me. Why tell you this? Because mistakes are made all the time. One of my father’s best friends was Ara Parseghian. Even my dad got on Ara after a 10-10 tie with MSU in 1966. One week later Ara/Notre Dame beat USC, he may have known what he was doing. This may explain why I have a difficult time calling for any coach’s job. Trust me, I have a lot questions concerning Lynch. I just don’t have the confidence to make the statement that Lynch has to go.

  • WK says:

    For those of you so keen on throwing Coach Lynch under the bus because a high school kid changed his mind, consider this…with a new head caoch, it is probable that Doss, Willis and Belcher, Baker-Wright and probably several others that Coach Lynch recruited, will end up transferring (even at the risk of sitting out a season). That is what normally happens with a coaching change. So those of you who think that throwing big dollars to get a top name coach will turn this program around are being very naive. Fact is that despite the debacle at NU and VA etc.; we’re making albeit slow but sure progress with the program under Coach Lynch. In my view, the next step is to get him some better position coaches.

  • J Pat says:

    WK, I have seen several coaching changes at IU and only 1 kid each year transfers that is even considered a good/great player. If the right coach is hired, perhaps we lose not one player. Did you watch the game vs NW?

  • FourthDown says:

    What’s to explain? He wants some glory to grab..a memory to cherish..

    Isn’t that what everybody wants? Before you know it, we’re all part of a special club…left to talking about days of youth vanished…We’re frozen in time…we are tarnished gold staring from our Heisman pose…we are the man on the dusty shelf taking final refuge…the boyhood football trophy that never sees beyond the walls of imprisoned den….always wondering what could have been…fourth down has eclipsed every first and ten.

  • Sam says:

    Those that beleive Kelly will hang around UC haven’t been paying attention. I live just north of Cincy and a great deal of time is spent talking about how to keep Kelly from leaving. With Dantonia is was the same way but when push came to shove he left.

    The problem is a coach at UC has to work very hard just to keep the stands full, which is not a given even when they are winning. It’s also tough to recruit against Ohio State.

    Kelly has proven he can win with talent and he can get a lot more talent at other places. Don’t think he or any coach is somehow locked into a school just because they had a good season.

  • Wisco says:

    I think Black’s decision is easy to explain. UC is ranked in the top ten, undefeated, going to bowls every year, having fun, winning a lot of games. Meanwhile, he could hang out with his brother at IU, but probably not much of that other stuff.

  • Dave says:

    I thought the Bearcats are a Basketball school.

  • Woodrow says:

    They’ll probably be hit with NCAA violations…the house of jumping coaches and cards will come tumbling down.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    I was really surprised Kelly did not end up at Auburn or Syracuse. He may be looking for something much bigger. I lived in Ohio for a time when I was much younger but still talk to Oh. friends and do business there. There is for the 1st time in Tressel’s tenure some anger developing with thoughts being they no longer win the big ones to stay on top, Pryor’s use in a non-compatible offense, smash mouth defense that never takes risk and game plans with no thought of creativity or imagination. This is what I hear from a few Buck fans. Hard to believe they would sack him because in the next breath he is almost revered as “young Woody”. But there is enough monetary resources in Ohio to make it happen in a heartbeat and still give him a highly compensated and profiled position in the AD department. Rumors generally are just that “rumors” but it is the 1st time I’ve heard them surface by Oh. fans(ESPN aside). A key indicator will be what happens against that team “up north” because they will never languish as long as they did with Cooper. Also every buck fan in the country has one eye on Kelly after the past 2 years.

  • Mike W says:

    Cincinnati will be found guilty of violating some rules in the next couple years guaranteed. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE goes to a smaller school without something given on the side. Yes, there are exceptions, but when it becomes more norm than exception to commit to these schools……yeah, something fishy is going on. But, I wish him all the best…..hopefully he’ll be no more than a sophomore when cards come crashing down….just like they did there in basketball.

  • Juan Blanco says:

    Goatee, Lynch serves us sh!t, he should have to eat it when we throw it back at him…

  • Wisco says:

    I’m not privy to all of this gossip about UC cheating. Maybe so, I have no idea. Clearly, the NCAA doesn’t really care that much anyway. It’s the general opinion that most/many schools cheat in some way or another and the NCAA does little to nothing to address real problems.

    I just think we should be blaming ourselves for losing Black, not pointing the finger at him or UC.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Black changed his commitment because of a blocked punt. A blocked punt. It’s that simple.

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