Indiana added what appears to be the final piece of its 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday, picking up a late commitment from
6-foot-8 6-foot-7 forward Emmitt Holt.
Holt, who planned to attend Vermont Academy and join the 2015 class after a year of prep school, will be available for the upcoming season. He posted the following tweet on Wednesday morning:
— EAZY E (@holt_real) August 20, 2014
The New York product averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and five blocks as a senior at Webster Schroeder High School. He will accept Indiana’s last available scholarship. Holt also had offers from Vermont, Duquesne, Hofstra, Towson, Fairfield and Drexel, according to Rivals.com.
More to come.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana defensive tackle Darius Latham has big things on his mind for his sophomore season, Mike wrote.
A revamped Indiana soccer team got a good look at how much work is yet to do in Tuesday’s exhibition loss to Xavier, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU soccer began to find answers to its question in its first exhibition game, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student wrote.
Indiana soccer’s final exhibition game with Washington will cap off the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne Saturday, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
The IU wide receiving corps has traded in size for speed this season, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Depth and talent on the offensive line gives IU assistant coach Greg Frey reason to smile, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Darius Latham, here’s Mr. Big with a cover of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World.”
Larry McDaniel’s ideal group of defensive linemen would be one with versatility, one that can disrupt an opposing offense with its lateral movement and general quickness. A week and half before the season begins, that’s exactly what McDaniel’s unit is working toward.
In IU defensive coordinator Brian Knorr’s new 3-4 front, McDaniel wants his guys to be interchangeable between the defensive end and nose guard positions. He wants guys who can fit one place, but also have the ability to shift and bring havoc from another side.
Indiana and McDaniel hope to have such a luxury with guys like Darius Latham, Bobby Richardson, Ralph Green, Adarius Rayner and others all returning.
“I want to be able to say, ‘OK, you go play the end, you go play the nose,’” McDaniel said Tuesday. “Just because of the amount of activity that the position entails now, it’s not that true hunker down in the middle, take up two blocks and let guys maul you (position). We’re moving them around. You’re gonna see guys of various shapes and sizes out there at all three of those positions.”
In doing so, McDaniel wants his group to be active and attack opposing offenses, rather than the other way around.
“You’re going left, you’re going right, you’re going two gaps, you can go one gap,” McDaniel said. “What it does is it takes an aggressive offense and really limits their ability to tee off on you. The steps have to be slower, more methodical and I think we have an opportunity from a defensive standpoint to attack them not just on third down. I’m talking first, second, third. That’s the one thing our kids love is that they’re not getting teed off on.”
For more on McDaniel’s guys up front, check out Wednesday’s paper. We’re taking a look at Latham, who looks to be poised for a big sophomore season.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Monroe County Youth Football got a taste of Memorial Stadium thanks to IU coach Kevin Wilson at Saturday’s annual jamboree, Andy wrote.
New IU baseball coach Chet Lemonis is off to a strong start on the recruiting trail, notching five commits for 2016 already, Mike wrote.
Time is short and the bench is long as IU men’s soccer kicks off its first exhibition game tonight, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
No more quarterback by committee for Indiana, which is now relying solely on Nate Sudfeld, John Mutka of the Gary Post-Tribune writes.
IU wide receiver Nick Stoner is hoping to tattoo the competition this year, literally, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel wrote.
Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Dwyane Wade are among the players working out in Bloomington this week, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall reports.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Just for Nick Stoner, a cut off the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You album, “Hang Fire” live in 1981.
Brandi Poole and Kevin Eckert will not return to the Indiana women’s basketball coaching staff, a source close to the program confirmed Monday.
Poole worked alongside former IU coach Curt Miller, who abruptly resigned on July 24, for his entire 13-year coaching career at both Bowling Green and Indiana. Eckert had been an assistant to Miller for 12 of his 13 seasons as a head coach.
Director of Basketball Operations Liz Honegger, Assistant to the Director of Operations Briana Bass and Graduate Assistant Amanda Hyde are still in place on the staff. Associate Head Coach Curtis Loyd’s status with the program is unclear. New IU coach Teri Moren has yet to name her remaining assistants.
Thank You #HoosierNation! I have loved being a Hoosier & hope I made u proud. Good things ahead for this special group so keep supporting!
— Brandi Poole (@CoachBrandi33) August 16, 2014
Indiana added another piece to its 2015 recruiting class Sunday night, picking up a verbal pledge from Ohio linebacker Chris Green.
Green, a senior at Toledo Central Catholic, tweeted the news on Sunday night.
Green is ranked as a three-star recruit by both Rivals and 247 Sports. According to Rivals, Green also had offers from Illinois and Penn State, among others.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association recently declared Green, 19, too old to play high school football this fall for Toledo Central Catholic. He told 247 Sports on Sunday night that he was in the process of graduating early.
Green is the 13th commit to Indiana’s 2015 class and the third in the last five days, joining Georgia athlete Andre Brown and Florida receiver Nick Westbrook.
UPDATE: Green deleted his tweet announcing his commitment and, according to 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, the verbal commitment is not yet official.
Sorry for the confusion. I had a great weekend w the Indiana football family. I can foresee me being a part of it soon will be there game 1
— •CG• (@Chris_Green45) August 18, 2014
The first Associated Press Top 25 poll of the college football season is out and it features three opponents on Indiana’s upcoming schedule
The Hoosiers will face No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 22, No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 18 and No. 24 Missouri on Sept. 20.
Other Big Ten teams to crack the poll include No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 22 Nebraska. Florida State is ranked No. 1.
Here’s the complete AP Top 25:
1. Florida State (57)
2. Alabama (1)
3. Oregon (1)
4. Oklahoma (1)
5. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina
17. Notre Dame
19. Arizona State
20. Kansas State
21. Texas A&M
23. North Carolina