With no game to play and one of its top commits set to visit a conference rival, it all sets up for an awkward weekend for Indiana.
2015 quarterback Tommy Stevens, who verbally committed to IU in June, will visit Penn State on an official visit Saturday, Decatur Central coach Justin Dixson confirmed Friday.
Stevens is a three-star prospect and considered the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to Rivals. Penn State offered Stevens in the last month after four-star recruit Brandon Wimbush decommitted and flipped for Notre Dame. Now, the Nittany Lions are looking for a similar flip from Stevens.
“Talking to Tommy and his dad, I think it’s really a push from his dad to make sure Tommy explores all of his options,” Dixson said. “He committed to Indiana in June, he was really comfortable with that and that hasn’t changed. He’s still committed to Indiana. I think it’s just that the Penn State offer came really late in the process and it wasn’t an option before then. They just want to make sure they go through the entire process with all of his options. He’s still committed to Indiana.”
Penn State coach James Franklin was a dual threat quarterback himself as a college player and thought he had a player in Wimbush who could’ve been the heir to Christian Hackenberg. He’ll make a strong push for Stevens this weekend, with Penn State expecting over 100,000 fans in a white-out game against Ohio State.
Stevens previously considered offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State and West Virginia before choosing to become a Hoosier.
“He weighed all of his options as they were up to June,” Dixson said. “I think he did that to the best of his abilities with the options that he had. He felt strongly about Indiana and everything that goes along with that. This Penn State thing happened late and he’s just making sure he can make the best decision possible for him and his future. From what he’s told me, he still feels real strongly about Indiana.”
The High School All-American Game rosters for both boys and girls were announced on Friday morning, with both games taking place on Dec. 13 in Raleigh, N.C., the same weekend as the men’s College Cup in Cary, N.C. Indiana has two men’s and two women’s recruits on the rosters.
In the boys’ game, midfielder Sam Stockton of Louisville, Ky., and forward Jordan Kleyn of Avon will represent the Hoosiers. Previous IU players to participate in the game are Femi Hollinger-Janzen (’11), Matt Foldesy (’11), Sean Cowdrey (’12), Mike Galullo (’12) and Michael Riedford (’13).
In the girls’ game, midfielder Cassidy Blacha of Avon and forward Caroline Dreher, the younger sister of current Hoosier Rebecca Dreher, of Cleveland will participate. Current IU freshman Kayla Murphy played in last year’s inaugural game.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Despite Tevin Coleman’s prominence in statistics nationally, not all eyes are on the IU running back, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Want to tell an in-state football or basketball coach, “You’re fired!” It’ll cost you, Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Film study shows a good second-quarter defense, and that’s about it, Dan at puntjohnpunt.com writes.
Playing point guard, at least in practice, is one way to force Troy Williams to make better decisions on the court, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Some Hoosier Hysteria contest predictions, via the staff of the Indiana Daily Student.
2015 big man Thomas Bryant will be in Bloomington for the second straight weekend to attend Hoosier Hysteria, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of this weekend’s events at Assembly Hall, Muse with “Hysteria.”
The field is set for the skill competitions at Hoosier Hysteria.
Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, Collin Hartman, James Blackmon Jr., Rob Johnson and Max Hoetzel will go head-to-head in Saturday’s 3-point competition at Assembly Hall. They’ll compete against Maura Muensterman, Tyra Buss, Larryn Brooks, Taylor Agler, Karlee McBride and Amanda Cahill from the IU women’s team.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Devin Davis, Troy Williams and Nate Ritchie will go head-to-head in the dunk contest.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
The Indiana soccer team rose to the occasion in a 1-0 win over No. 1 Notre Dame Wednesday, I wrote.
New IU women’s basketball coach Teri Moren is putting her own touch on the Hoosiers as the season approaches, Jon writes.
IU women’s players are still stunned by Curt Miller’s resignation, but they are moving forward with their new coach, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Expectations are the primary focus of the mailbag at Inside the Hall.
IU men’s basketball players shared their thoughts on the upcoming Hoosier Hysteria, at IUHoosiers.com.
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo says not to sleep on the Hoosiers and Boilermakers this season, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
IU women’s basketball players Kaila Hulls and Nicole Bell will not play this season, Casey Krajewski of the Indiana Daily Student reports.
Indiana goalkeeper Colin Webb came up big when necessary to record the shutout vs. Notre Dame, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
3. THE WAINSTEIN REPORT
The investigation at North Carolina turned up real answers, the ugly truth and proper blame in both an academic and athletic problem, Luke Decock of the Raleigh News & Observer writes.
How the NCAA handles the unprecedented situation at UNC may well determine its future, Stewart Mandel of FoxSports.com writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
This seems a good choice today — “Carolina Drama” by The Raconteurs.
Notre Dame picked up the intensity and effort in the final 45 minutes, but Indiana was well up to the challenge and actually surged in the final 10 minutes rather than wilting. Hoosiers post a 21-9 edge in shots, 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Colin Webb with three saves. This one will standout on the resume when tournament times comes. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0
Arguably the best half of the season against such a top-flight opponent for Indiana, which has dominated possession and the statistics. Hoosiers lead 10-1 in shots, 4-1 in corner kicks. Colin Webb made the one save he needed to midway through the half. Otherwise, IU with a complete reversal from Sunday’s loss to Maryland, when the Terps dictated the game and applied the pressure. In this one, it’s Indiana pressuring and dominating the midfield, particularly via the play of Dylan Lax. Biggest threat for Irish is the counter attack, but even those moments have been sparse to this point. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0
19th’: Indiana dominates the possession early, though had little true danger to show. But on the third corner kick of the night, Patrick Doody takes the left-footed corner kick, an inswinger that goes untouched across the goalmouth, caroming off the back post and in for the goal, his third of the season. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0
Indiana hosts a No. 1 team for the first time since 2007, as top-ranked Notre Dame visits Armstrong Stadium tonight. The No. 8 Hoosiers are looking to bounce back from a loss to Maryland Sunday, while the Irish carry a three-game win streak into the match. IU is fourth in the RPI ratings, Notre Dame fifth. Kerel Bradford will start for Billy McConnell at right back for the second straight game, while Notre Dame is missing senior defender Patrick O’Malley from its starting lineup. Updates to follow here and more frequently on Twitter.
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