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Decommitments should benefit Indiana

10/16/2012

Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class is taking on a reverse trend from the 2012 class, and that is a very good thing for the Hoosiers.

This time last year, a slow start littered with blowouts and bad losses to non-BCS teams cost Indiana what could have been a strong recruiting class headlined by ESPN 150 quarterback Gunner Kiel. The Hoosiers’ 2012 class fell apart by the end of fall.

This season, though, the Hoosiers’ recruiting class got off to a slow start but now the Hoosiers are in prime position to land three of the state’s top seven recruits -- and all three are decommitments.

Four-star safety Antonio Allen (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) got the ball rolling when the former Ole Miss commit dropped the Rebels for Indiana in early August. And just this week alone, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Darius Latham (Indianapolis/North Central) and four-star defensive end David Kenney III (Indianapolis/Pike) decommitted from Wisconsin and Iowa, respectively.

Earlier this year, one Indiana high school coach said he expected Latham and Kenney to both sign with Indiana despite commitments elsewhere. With both open once again, the Hoosiers are considered a heavy favorite for Kenney, as his dad joined the Hoosiers’ staff this summer. Latham wants to play on defense, something that Indiana is willing to let him do.

If Indiana lands both, it would give the Hoosiers the Nos. 4, 6 and 7 players in the state.

Not only would it help Indiana help protect the talent in its backyard by landing all three, but it would help the Hoosiers build a strong base in Indianapolis. Nine of the state’s top 15 players are from the Indianapolis area, and the Hoosiers were going to miss out on every single one of them until Allen committed in August.

Having talked with several recruits this past weekend whom attended the Indiana game against Ohio State and raved about the visit and with the news of Kenney and Latham looking hard at Indiana, it appears second-year coach Kevin Wilson has the Hoosiers on the right path.