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Indiana has lost another early commitment from its 2017 recruiting class.
Four-star athlete Lynn Bowden announced Saturday that he has decommitted from IU, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”
Bowden, who gave the Hoosiers a verbal pledge in late February, was the jewel of the 2017 class. He was seen as a running back at Indiana, but may have also factored into the passing game. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect is considered the No. 3 prospect in the state of Ohio and a top-100 player nationally, according to 247 Sports.
“I would like to thank Indiana University community for the love and support,” Bowden wrote in a message posted to his Instagram account. “As you all know I committed in February to IU. It was (my) attention to play at IU but God has a different plan. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I am reopening my recruitment.”
Indiana was reportedly the first school to offer Bowden.
“I thought that was a shockingly good early commitment,” Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu said last month. “That was a guy who I think was going to get more offers. I think an Ohio State offer was a possibility, but even looking at the programs that Indiana beat for him this early in the process — Tennessee, West Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky had all offered — so for Indiana to get a kid of that caliber this early in the process I thought was outstanding and surprising.”
IU, which also lost three-star receiver Josh Johnson to Iowa State in late March, has three players pledged for 2017. That list includes Avon linebacker Bryant Fitzgerald, Carmel defensive end Britt Beery and Florida offensive tackle Tyler Knight — each of whom are considered three-star prospects.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has said in the past that he expects this to be one of the smallest signing classes during his tenure in Bloomington and may not exceed 20 signees.
Tyler Lass was trying to pitch around Craig Dedelow, but the Hoosier outfielder swung anyway.
With the winning run waiting at third base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Dedelow’s choice to hack didn’t go over well in the Indiana dugout — at least not initially.
But after Dedelow turned a questionable decision into the signature moment of Indiana’s 4-3 walk-off win — and doubleheader sweep — over Northwestern, there was room for jocularity.
“I went from cussing at him to cheering for him,” Lemonis said with a smile.
That’s because Dedelow made the most of his dribbler to the right side of the infield. Given the stakes of the moment, with runners on the corners and the game on the line, Lemonis would’ve preferred a more nuanced approach. The first pitch from Lass arrived far outside the strike zone, making the Wildcat reliever’s intentions clear.
So when Dedelow swung at an off-speed pitch below his knees on the next offering, Lemonis was incredulous.
“I had walked back to the bat rack because I knew they were pitching around Dedes and he swung at a changeup in the dirt,” Lemonis said. “I was probably mad at Craig and then he ends up hitting the game-winner.”
Indeed, Dedelow hustled down the line as first baseman Zach Jones fielded the ball and made a hurried flip to Lass, who was covering the bag. It was a bang-bang play that never connected, as the ball popped in and out of the pitcher’s glove in a moment of panic. It allowed Tony Butler to score easily from third, give the Hoosiers (25-16, 10-4 Big Ten) a come-from-behind win that seemed unlikely only a couple innings earlier.
After edging Northwestern, 2-1, in the opener of Friday’s doubleheader, Indiana’s bats struggled to get anything going against Wildcats starter Joe Schindler, who retired 15 in a row midway through the nightcap.
Although, truthfully, the Hoosiers had an uneven day at the plate between both games, getting out-hit 10-5 in the first game before rallying late and producing five of their nine hits during the final two innings against the Wildcats (10-32, 2-15).
“We just weren’t great offensively today,” Lemonis said. “I don’t know why, but we played good defense and pitched. That’s usually our thing. They let us hang around and we had some good at-bats late.” (more…)
As he watched the television and anticipated the phone call that would change his life, Jason Spriggs tried not to get lost in the wait.
Viewed as a potential first-round talent, the former Indiana left tackle was left to go to bed Thursday with his future on hold for yet another day. But what happened Friday made the suspense worth the trouble.
The Green Bay Packers selected Spriggs in the second round with the 48th overall pick, sending him to a winning organization that values outstanding play up front.
“It was indescribable how excited I was to be part of such an organization and have an organization believe in me that they wanted to pick me up and bring me onto the club,” Spriggs said on a conference call with reporters Friday. “There are no words to describe the feeling.”
Green Bay traded up to get in position to land Spriggs, swapping the No. 57 overall pick, along with a fourth- and seventh-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 48 overall pick.
Spriggs, who was believed to be a late-first round option for a handful of teams late Thursday night, is the highest Hoosier draft pick since the St. Louis Rams selected tackle Rodger Saffold with the first pick of the second round in 2010. Spriggs is the ninth Hoosier selected by the Packers and the first since defensive back Jimmy Thomas in 1983.
Though it required an extra day of waiting, Spriggs is happy to have his new home decided.
“There were some teams that had me graded in the second round and maybe sneaking into the first, but I don’t think there’s a whole lot of difference per se,” Spriggs said. “For me, that’s not where most of my attention is. I just wanted to get to a club that I fit well in.” (more…)
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Indiana’s first-round drought continues.
Left tackle Jason Spriggs remains on the board after the conclusion of Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft. Considered one of the top five or six offensive tackles in the class, Spriggs was viewed as a possible late first-round selection.
Instead, he’ll have to wait for the draft’s second round, which begins tonight at 7 on ESPN and NFL Network. Indiana has not produced a first-round selection since the New York Giants took receiver Thomas Lewis at No. 24 in 1994.
Mock drafts released during the build-up to Thursday’s first round had Spriggs as a possible option for Seattle with the No. 26 pick and Carolina with the No. 30 pick. Denver, at No. 31, was another option, though the Broncos signed new left and right tackles during free agency.
As it turned out, Denver traded the 31st pick and a third-round selection to Seattle for the 26th pick, using it on Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. The Panthers used their selection on Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler.
The Seahawks closed the first round by taking tackle Germain Ifedi from Texas A&M. Ifedi was the fifth offensive tackle taken in the first round. (more…)
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