Wilson updates fall roster: Drayton didn’t make it, Griffith could miss season #iufb

CHICAGO — It’s been a relatively quiet off-season for Indiana’s football program.

That’s a good thing.

Kevin Wilson had only a few minor roster updates to provide on Tuesday, beginning with three-star signee Brandon Drayton. The incoming freshman safety out of Florida was unable to gain admission to IU and will not join the Hoosiers’ football program. Wilson said he believes Drayton may have found a new school, but he wasn’t positive.

Either way, he’s not coming to IU.

That’s certainly disappointing for a secondary that can always use talent and able bodies. The good news is that each of the 20 other players in IU’s February signing class has either already received clearance for camp, or will receive that clearance soon.

Incoming freshman defensive lineman Allen Stallings must complete a class before he can join the team for preseason camp, but Wilson said Stallings is doing well with the coursework and should have the class wrapped up this week.

“We have all indications that things are good,” Williams said about Stallings. “Everyone else has finished their other work. Everyone is in good shape. Academic-wise, everybody is good.” (more…)

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IU releases initial fall depth chart #iufb

CHICAGO — Here’s the first look at Indiana’s depth chart entering next week’s preseason camp.

Keep in mind, Kevin Wilson’s public depth chart typically doesn’t carry a lot of weight. But, at the very least, you can use this as a guide for where guys are and where things stand. Starters in bold.

LT: Brandon Knight,
Delroy Baker
LG: Wes Martin, Jacob Bailey
C: Wes Rogers, Simon Stepaniak
RG: Dan Feeney, Simon Stepaniak
RT: Dimitric Camiel, DaVondre Love
WR: Ricky Jones, Luke Timian
WR: Simmie Cobbs, Nick Westbrook
WR: Mitchell Paige, J-Shun Harris
QB: Danny Cameron or Zander Diamont or Richard Lagow
RB: Devine Redding, Mike Majette
TE: Danny Friend, Jordan Fuchs (more…)

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Live ticker: IU at Big Ten Media Day #iufb


4-star DT Juan Harris commits to IU #iufb

In a span of 18 months, Juan Harris reneged on his verbal pledge to Iowa three times.

Can Indiana keep him in the fold until National Signing Day in February? That now becomes one of the central storylines to IU’s 2017 recruiting efforts.

Harris, a four-star defensive tackle in the 247 Sports rankings, committed to IU on Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 368-pound prospect is the 10th verbal commitment in IU’s 2017 recruiting class and the fifth along the defensive line.

Harris decommitted from Iowa on June 15, marking the third time he decided to open his recruitment. (more…)


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IU remains in the mix for Malik Williams #iubb

Indiana is one of eight schools still in the mix for four-star forward Malik Williams.

The 7-foot Fort Wayne prospect, considered the No. 32 player in the 2017 recruiting class, lists IU along with Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Georgetown, NC State and UCLA as his final eight schools under consideration. Williams tweeted his list of eight on Monday afternoon.

Williams told The Herald-Times in June that Indiana’s staff, especially assistant Tim Buckley, has done a great job building rapport with him during the last few years.

“They’ve been there for a long time,” Williams said of IU. “They were my first offer and they’ve been consistent ever since. We’ve built a strong relationship.”

As a junior last season at Fort Wayne Snider, Williams shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks. Juan Gorman, his AAU coach with Legit Basketball, told The Herald-Times earlier this summer that Williams’ biggest selling point is his versatility and range on the perimeter.

“He has great timing in that skill set of blocking shots and going to find the ball,” Gorman said. “He has a motor. You don’t find too many 6-11, 7-foot kids that can run. He can run, he can defend and do all the little things that kids his size can’t do. … He’s fine-tuning what he does well and he’s getting stronger. He’s already got a nice, soft shot and he can shoot with the best of them. He can probably out-shoot some guards.”


Couple notes, observations on IU’s updated roster #iufb

Ahead of the program’s appearance at Tuesday’s Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Indiana updated its football roster with new jersey numbers, heights and weights for freshmen and returnees.

A couple quick observations:

— Of IU’s 21-man signing class for 2016, all but one are accounted for. Three-star defensive back Brandon Drayton is not listed. According to IU’s online student directory, no one by that name is enrolled in Bloomington.

— Freshmen Tyler Natee and Jonah Morris are both listed as athletes. Keep an eye on both of these guys, Natee especially. He was a 260-pound wild card at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, where he rushed for 3,000 yards on 337 attempts with 25 touchdowns for his career. He was also a three-time all-district selection, including twice as a quarterback and once as a fullback. Kevin Wilson could have a lot of fun toying with Natee in different packages. Morris, a 6-foot-4 receiver, was graded as a four-star prospect coming out of high school in Akron, Ohio.

— 16 players weigh at least 300 pounds, including 12 on the offensive line. Freshman offensive lineman Mackenzie Nworah is the heaviest man on the team at 335 pounds.

Kevin Wilson is scheduled to take the podium in Chicago beginning around 9:15 a.m. Eastern. We’ll update you then and throughout the day.

You can view IU’s complete roster by clicking this link.



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