- Craig Haubert, ESPN Staff Writer
It was another disappointing year on the field, but on the recruiting trail Hoosiers fans are being giving some hope as Indiana continues to put together one of its stronger classes in recent memory. As expected, the Hoosiers secured a verbal from in-state defensive line prospect Darius Latham (Indianapolis/North Central), who was a one-time Wisconsin pledge. For a team that ranked near the bottom nationally in total and rushing defense, and that played with several seniors at D-Tackle, Latham is a very good pick-up who can likely begin to contribute right away.
The ESPN 300 defender could move around the D-Line some initially for IU, but he is a big kid with room to still add some more size and will settle in as more of a D-Tackle. He needs to be more consistent with his technique, but he shows the tools to develop into a stout run defender for them. He can also provide pressure as a pass rusher as he can be violent with hands, does a good job of attacking half-a-man and with some polish could be a nice interior pass rusher for the Hoosiers. This is likely not an immediate impact type guy as Latham needs to continue to develop his game, but he is a big kid with some good physical ability and he should be able to work his way into the rotation as a freshman and begin to contribute in an area of need.
Not a surprising pick-up, but none-the-less a key one for the Hoosiers and with Latham on board, IU now has verbals from three of the state’s top seven prospects.