Bloomington – The last class signed before his first Full Bowl season, Tom Allen’s 2019 has been fruitful for his program-building efforts.
Balancing the state, Midwest, and Florida, he upset other Big Ten school players and defeated a larger program in the All-American Bowl corner that made him one of the best defensive players in school history. But not all home run recruits became stars.
Player by player, let’s take a look back at how the Hoosiers’ 2019 signney fared:
(Players listed according to 247Sports Composite rank.)
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Sampson James, RB, Avon: A high-profile Ohio native, James was hired as a four-star recruit in 2019 and looked to be a promising future in the Hoosiers’ backfield. He certainly played that role in his game, his first Old as a freshman, his Oaken his Bucket, rushing for 118 yards and a win at West his Lafayette. However, James saw his carries dwindle before moving to Purdue the following summer.
Bo Robbins, DL, Carmel: Robbins, another four-star signatory of 2019, redshirted for the first year and remained behind the scenes for the second year. But over the past two seasons, he’s been a regular in his rotation on his defensive line, appearing in 20 games, and in 2022 he’ll start three. He got his first career sack in the season opener against Illinois.
Cameron Williams, LB, Andrian: Williams became a rare regional recruit in 2019 when he chose the Hoosiers over the likes of Purdue. He redshirted in his 2019, in 2020 he appeared in 4 games, and in 2021 he appeared in all 12 games. He recorded his one tackle on special teams in 2021 before leaving the program.
Josh Sanguinetti, S, Fort Lauderdale (Florida) University School: Like many players in this class, Sanguinetti started his career slowly in front of experienced hands. But in the past two seasons, he has become a key member of the Hoosiers’ safety rotation. Despite nagging injuries, he has appeared in his 19 games over the past two seasons, recording two interceptions, seven passes his defense and one fumble his recovery. Sanguinetti entered the transfer portal this offseason.
Tiawan Mullen, CB, Pompano Beach, Florida Coconut Creek: An Army All-American brother, Mullen attended the same game (now known as the All-American Bowl) after picking IU out in Pitt, Nebraska. The witty corner talked about creating something that didn’t exist before and explained why he watched his brother win the national title at Clemson but ultimately chose Indiana And Mullen has done just that, cementing the defense for back-to-back bowl appearances in January. In the process, he became the second All-American corner in school history and one of the best defenseman playmakers in Hoosiers history. Through his four seasons, Mullen had five interceptions, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and 33 passes defended. His younger brother Trevel has just finished his freshman year at Bloomington.
Da’Shaun Brown, ATH, Racine (Wis.) St. Catherine’s: A converted quarterback, Brown redshirted for the 2019 season to help transition to receiver. He appeared in his two games in 2020 and then tore his ACL against Michigan. He didn’t play for the Hoosiers again until his move last offseason.
DK Bonhomme, LB, Clearwater (Florida) Academy International: Pursued at least in part because the Indiana staff believed he could be a sort of flex linebacker/end that might help the Hoosiers evolve defensively, Bonhomme was initially a Appeared in 19 of 21 games in two seasons. He showed playmaking potential in 2020 when he forced a sack against Michigan and a safety against Maryland. However, his playing time dipped in 2021, and he appeared in just five games before he moved to South Alabama to join former defensive coordinator Kane Womack.
Matthew Bedford, OT, Cordova, TN: IU rewarded the Hoosiers for their hard work by fighting until signing day to keep Bedford from staying with the SEC. Bedford became a mainstay. He appeared in his 28 games between his 2019 and his 21st, mostly on tackles, and occasionally in flipping for guards. Bedford was set to solidify the right end of his line in Indiana’s offense this fall, but damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener against Illinois.
David Ellis, WR/RB, Clinton Township, MI Chippewa Valley: A versatile offensive threat, Ellis showed great potential from day one in the Indiana uniform. Bad luck with injuries never seemed to make him fully realize it. As a true freshman he played in all 13 games, then in his next two games he played just his eight out of 20, before suffering medical woes and retiring earlier this year. Did. A special teams weapon, Ellis finished his career with 1,054 utility yards.
Larry Tracy III, DB, Decatur Central: One of four in-state players in the 2019 class, Tracy has made 15 appearances over three seasons with Bloomington and recorded one solo tackle in 2021.
Jeramie Passmore, DL, Miami Columbus: Passmore was one of five Florida-based signatories in IU’s class of 2019, the state with the highest number of players per capita in the group. He appeared in three games after being redshirted in his 2019 and was named an Academic All-Big Ten in 2020. He has appeared in his 22 games in his last two years with the FIU.
Ivory Winters, RB, Hayti (MO): Winters was a prolific running back in high school, but never played a game at Indiana University. He reportedly transferred to Southeast Missouri in August of his freshman year and left SEMO the following year.
Antoine Whitner, DL, Bradenton, Florida IMG Academy: Whitner never made a big impression at Bloomington, redshirting in 2019 and not appearing in 2020 and 2021.
Mike Katich, OL, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Pine Richland: Initially recruited to play at center, Katic settled at guard instead, starting 21 games over the past two seasons. Although he’s switched to center a few times, he’s mostly held the left guard position for the Hoosiers and is set to become the leader in that room heading into 2023.
CJ Parson, DL, Montgomery (Alabama) Catholic Preparation: After redshirting in 2019, he appeared in all eight games in 2020 and was named IU’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Did.
Jordan Jakes, WR, Baltimore St. Francis Academy: A hulking receiver from Georgia via Maryland, Jakes hadn’t seen the field in his two seasons at Bloomington. He will move to UNLV in 2021.
Gary Cooper, TE, Miami Columbus: One of only two Columbus alumni in his class, Cooper caught two passes during the 2019 redshirt season before moving to wide receiver in 2020, appearing in six games. He then moved to Bryant. Over the last two years, he has scored 307 yards on his 25 catches and his three touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Sio Not ready, DT, Clearwater (Fla.) International Academy: Nofoagattoa has appeared in 41 of 45 games over the last four seasons, recording 52 tackles and four losses, and has been a core part of Indiana’s internal rotation. He attended Senior Day before the Purdue game, but he can return for five years under COVID eligibility waiver if he chooses.
John Harris, DT, Independence (Can) Community College: Harris’ IU career took a strange turn. He chose the Hoosiers over other Big Ten offers in high school, appearing in three games as a true freshman before a season-ending injury before leaving the team. He performed well before signing with Indiana again in 2011. He retired from football midway through his 2019 season.
Tim Weaver, Hellertown, Pennsylvania Saucon Valley: Weaver has redshirted the 2019 season. Since then, in his last three seasons he has appeared in 25 games, and this fall he has started 7 games in 8 games as a right guard. Weaver attended Senior Day, but he remains eligible if he wishes to return.
Demarcus Elliott, DT, Garden City (Cannes) Community College: A late addition to the 2019 class, Elliot also proved to be a quiet inspiration. Since his arrival, he has appeared in his 44 games, recording 109 tackles, 11 losses, 4 sacks and 1 forced his fumble. A devastating force in the interior, he has recorded his four pass defenses throughout his career.
Sean Wracher, LS, Cleveland St. Ignatius: Lutcher earned a scholarship as part of Allen’s focus on strengthening special teams, starting 45 games in 45 games and rewarding the head coach with near-perfect play. Teammates regularly list him Wracher among his Hoosiers leaders in his group of specialists.
Jack Tuttle, QB, Utah (Transferred): Given the increased focus on hiring ceremonies over the years, we need to start including transfers in these lists. An Elite 11 quarterback in high school, Tuttle moved to his IU from Utah and settled in the same program his father used to play in the 1980s. In some of his four seasons, Tuttle passed for 901 yards on 104 of 182 attempts, with five touchdowns and six interceptions. He was named captain of the team this season and will remain with the Hoosiers until the end of the 2022 campaign despite announcing his transfer decision this winter. His season was cut short when he injured his shoulder during a loss to Penn State.
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