A look back at Indiana’s unprecedented recruiting run

  • 07/27/2011 8:08 am in

Those of you who follow us on Twitter (cheap plug) may have noticed a tweet last evening that proclaimed the following: “A year ago, Indiana had one verbal commitment. Since August 9, 2010, Hoosiers have picked up 11 commitments, including four 5-stars.”

In less than 12 months, the question surrounding the state of Indiana’s recruiting changed from “Can IU lock down the borders of the state once again?” to “Who will the Hoosiers land next?” It truly has been an unprecedented run of success on the recruiting trail by Tom Crean and his staff.

Here’s a look back at the significant recruiting developments since last August in chronological order:

August 9, 2010: Peter Jurkin became Indiana’s first recruit in the 2012 class when he committed on a live television broadcast at adidas Nations in Chicago. Ryan was there to catch up with Jurkin shortly after he made the pledge.

August 15, 2010: Fresh off the positive momentum of Jurkin’s commitment, the Hoosiers quickly added to the 2012 class with Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson. Patterson says at the time of the commitment that he would like to see Lawrence Central wing Jeremy Hollowell join him in Bloomington.

September 1, 2010: Cody Zeller announced dates for his official visits. Butler drew the first straw, North Carolina was second and the Hoosiers landed Zeller’s last visit.

September 3, 2010: 2014 Bishop Luers freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. announced that he would play for Indiana before ever logging a minute of high school action. Blackmon’s father, James Sr., told Inside the Hall that Indiana was headed in the right direction.

September 19, 2010: Jeremy Hollowell says he’s impressed by the commitments of Jurkin and Patterson and adds that he believes the 2012 class is the one that will really turn things around for Indiana.

September 22, 2010: Reports surface that 2012 five-star point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Trey Lyles, who is regarded as one of the country’s best prospects in 2014, will visit Bloomington during the upcoming weekend.

September 26, 2010: Lyles adds his name to the list of Indiana commitments. Lyles’ father, Tom, says he’s already training his son for the rigors of college basketball.

October 12, 2010: Jeff Goodman reports that Baylor committed a violation in its recruitment of 2012 forward and Colombia native Hanner Perea, who had been listing the Bears and Indiana as his top two schools.

October 15, 2010: An impressive list of recruits attend Hoosier Hysteria.

October 29, 2010: Austin Etherington, Zeller and Hanner Perea attend the “Night of the Living Red,” an open practice at Assembly Hall. It’s an official visit for both Etherington and Zeller. It was a banner recruiting weekend in Bloomington.

October 31, 2010: Perea commits to the Hoosiers on Halloween and in the process becomes Crean’s first five-star recruit and third pledge in the 2012 class.

November 9, 2010: With the completion of his three official visits, Zeller calls a press conference for two days later at the Hatchet House in Washington.

November 10, 2010: Etherington signs his Letter of Intent.

November 11, 2010: Zeller commits to Indiana and Chris Korman breaks down what the decision means for the Hoosiers moving forward.

November 11, 2010: Ferrell’s father, Kevin Sr., tells Inside the Hall that the Zeller decision has pushed Indiana into lead in his son’s recruitment.

November 20, 2010: Ferrell announces on Twitter that he’s down to five schools.

November 21, 2010: A pair of 2013 forwards from Indianapolis — Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. — commit to Indiana. Hartman tells Inside the Hall he asked his mother to turn the car around on his way home from a visit to Bloomington so he could commit and Davis’ AAU coach says the Warren Central sophomore will bring another dimension to the Hoosiers.

November 24, 2010: Ferrell commits to the Hoosiers before his first high school game at Park Tudor and becomes the fourth member of the 2012 class. Crean is in attendance.

January 13, 2011: Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star reports that Ferrell, Patterson and Perea will play AAU together for Indiana Elite in the spring of 2011.

March 16, 2011: Hollowell tweets that he’s close to a decision. Cincinnati, Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue are the four schools reportedly in contention.

March 24, 2011: Hollowell makes the call for Indiana at a press conference at his high school and says he sees “something amazing about to happen” in Bloomington.

April 9, 2011: Indiana Elite Team Indiana — featuring Ferrell, Hollowell, Patterson and Perea — makes its spring debut at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis.

April 24, 2011: Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell, a member of the 2011 class, sets up a visit to Bloomington after being released from his Letter of Intent with Bradley.

April 27, 2011: Abell joins Etherington and Zeller in Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class.

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  • Anonymous

    Could there be more inaccuracy in one sentence?

  • Anonymous

    Could there be more inaccuracy in one sentence?

  • Anonymous

    Could there be more inaccuracy in one sentence?

  • Anonymous

    Could there be more inaccuracy in one sentence?

  • Anonymous

    Could there be more inaccuracy in one sentence?

  • Anonymous

    Could there be more inaccuracy in one sentence?

  • MillaRed

    I hear you Loop. When will RMK come back and give an inspirational speech to our Final Four qualifier?

  • MillaRed

    I hear you Loop. When will RMK come back and give an inspirational speech to our Final Four qualifier?

  • MillaRed

    I hear you Loop. When will RMK come back and give an inspirational speech to our Final Four qualifier?

  • Anonymous

    September of 2014 every Great Clips in Bloomington has lines out the door to get the Jaquan Lyle Hi-Top Fade!!

  • Anonymous

    September of 2014 every Great Clips in Bloomington has lines out the door to get the Jaquan Lyle Hi-Top Fade!!

  • Jam

    I don’t think we had a commit from Ben Wilson. We were recruiting him hard when he was shot, but I think most people thought it would be touch to get him out of Illinois.

  • Jam

    I don’t think we had a commit from Ben Wilson. We were recruiting him hard when he was shot, but I think most people thought it would be touch to get him out of Illinois.

  • base

    You are correct. “Indiana, DePaul and Illinois waited with baited breath to hear if Wilson would select their program.”

  • Anonymous

    I’ll second that, only I would replace PEEU & O$U with the inbreds from south of here. I refuse to mention them and spell it correctly because, according to Alex, that is what google picks up on then it brings the ads for their apparel.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll second that, only I would replace PEEU & O$U with the inbreds from south of here. I refuse to mention them and spell it correctly because, according to Alex, that is what google picks up on then it brings the ads for their apparel.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll second that, only I would replace PEEU & O$U with the inbreds from south of here. I refuse to mention them and spell it correctly because, according to Alex, that is what google picks up on then it brings the ads for their apparel.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t decide who I dislike more: The Whinners to our west or The Cheaters to our south. Don’t hate PEEU as much as I use to since the toupee who scowled the sidelines up there left.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I am waiting for Cheaney, Graham, and others to come for their freshman year.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I am waiting for Cheaney, Graham, and others to come for their freshman year.

  • MillaRed

    Did Indiana just land the top QB in the 2012 class?

    OMG

    I think my heart just skipped 3 beats.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Yes, He just gave a verbal but all of the big schools will still try and get him to commit, i.e. Ala, Okl & Tenn.  I think he choose IU due to Wilson’s rep of developing QB’s.  Gunner Kiel is supposed to be the #1 recruit in the Nation.  I think this is the first for IU’s football program.  He has a pro-style QB touch.   He threw for 2,700 yrd and 36 TD.  Kudo’s to Coach Wilson and staff.  Maybe IU football will be rebuilt just as fast as the BB program.  Great news.
    BC

  • CreamandCrimson

    It’s tremendous news and an absolutely perfect start for Kevin Wilson.  I kind of worry where Tre Roberson goes from here.  He was terrific at Lawrence Central but I think he is better suited at WR.  I hope he is willing to make the move when Gunner shows up.  One minor correction, Gunner Kiel is the #1 rated Pro-style QB.  He is a top-20 national recruit regardless of style or position but he is not the #1 overall recruit.  Still, absolutely amazing day for IU football.  This should bring in some other quality recruits and help Coach Wilson turn the tide and change IU football within a couple of years.  

  • IU_Fan_99

    MillaRed…. hahaha  gangsters on lower wacker in Chicago? only bums live down there… unless that’s what you meant!

  • MillaRed

    I remember my first time cruising down there. It’s like being in a movie. You haven’t lived until you see that with your own eyes. Life is good.

  • MillaRed

    I remember my first time cruising down there. It’s like being in a movie. You haven’t lived until you see that with your own eyes. Life is good.

  • Anonymous

    GUNNER KIEL !!!!!!!!! THANK YOU COACH WILSON …….  LETS SEE YOU GO ON A RECRUITING RUN !! IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS IT COULD B A GOOD TIME TO BE HOO HOO HOOSIER ! YES , IM EXCITED

  • eph521

    It’s rare to see such excitement from a “chronological” blog post. Yet, this post is something to treasure for sure.

    Considering the big news with IU football today (amazing!), maybe IU’s two biggest sports are both making a comeback together.

  • GFDave

    Gotta go off topic and give a shout out to CKW for landing Gunner Kiel.  WAY TO GO COACH!

  • GFDave

    Gotta go off topic and give a shout out to CKW for landing Gunner Kiel.  WAY TO GO COACH!

  • GFDave

    Gotta go off topic and give a shout out to CKW for landing Gunner Kiel.  WAY TO GO COACH!

  • GFDave

    Gotta go off topic and give a shout out to CKW for landing Gunner Kiel.  WAY TO GO COACH!

  • N71

    Next Gary Harris signs but takes a football slot as a receiver.  He plays both sports and decides which is best for him after his freshman year is over.  This leaves a spot for Mitch McGary who commits shortly after Gary.  Boom!!!  We’re rollin’ now.

  • N71

    Next Gary Harris signs but takes a football slot as a receiver.  He plays both sports and decides which is best for him after his freshman year is over.  This leaves a spot for Mitch McGary who commits shortly after Gary.  Boom!!!  We’re rollin’ now.

  • N71

    Next Gary Harris signs but takes a football slot as a receiver.  He plays both sports and decides which is best for him after his freshman year is over.  This leaves a spot for Mitch McGary who commits shortly after Gary.  Boom!!!  We’re rollin’ now.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget IPFW.  And USI should be D-I.

  • Anonymous

    “X”s and “O”s don’ look so great when they’re written with Rose Art-quality crayons.  You draw them for the guys coming and they’ll look like they were written by calligraphers.

  • Kelin Blab

    What I believe to be Creans formula for recruiting success is:

    + A priority on Indiana talent/kids. It does not take a genius to figure out there is a pipeline of talent coming through this state for years to come. Why not have the pipeline run to Bloomington.

    + Relationships: It is one thing to say hey coach I am picking another school, it is another thing to say Hey Coach, Cody, Austin, Hanner, Yogi, Ron, and Jeremy…I am picking another school…Hence (Gary Harris to IU…I called it)

    + Relationships part deux: Hanner and Jurkin…Teammates. Zeller, Etherington, and Yogi AAU teammates and friends. Davis and Hartmann..AAU teammates. You get my point?

    + Cook Hall…Bells and whistles sell!

    + Winners want to play with Winners. This is how these guys overlook the past two seasons records at IU and commit. They know they are going to win, the question is how much?

  • Kelin Blab

    What I believe to be Creans formula for recruiting success is:

    + A priority on Indiana talent/kids. It does not take a genius to figure out there is a pipeline of talent coming through this state for years to come. Why not have the pipeline run to Bloomington.

    + Relationships: It is one thing to say hey coach I am picking another school, it is another thing to say Hey Coach, Cody, Austin, Hanner, Yogi, Ron, and Jeremy…I am picking another school…Hence (Gary Harris to IU…I called it)

    + Relationships part deux: Hanner and Jurkin…Teammates. Zeller, Etherington, and Yogi AAU teammates and friends. Davis and Hartmann..AAU teammates. You get my point?

    + Cook Hall…Bells and whistles sell!

    + Winners want to play with Winners. This is how these guys overlook the past two seasons records at IU and commit. They know they are going to win, the question is how much?

  • IUJeff

    Such energy. Such passion. CTC I commend thee.

  • CutterInChicago

    IMHO: The UNLV team of 1987 was the best team in the tourney and we beat them at their own game. Amazing. And still IMHO, the ’87 UNLV was better than the ’90-’91 squads. RIP Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam.

  • CutterInChicago

    IMHO: The UNLV team of 1987 was the best team in the tourney and we beat them at their own game. Amazing. And still IMHO, the ’87 UNLV was better than the ’90-’91 squads. RIP Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam.

  • Devout Hoosier

    And It’s Indiana!!  Give them a reason and run a clean program that they’re not embarrassed to come too and the kids from Washington and all over the state will flock to and restore our heritage that they DO know so very well.  There’s more than corn in Indiana (and why the unnamed late governor didn’t put a basketball on the state quarter even though it won the most votes befuddles me).

    If history repeats, let’s repeat 76.

  • Devout Hoosier

    And It’s Indiana!!  Give them a reason and run a clean program that they’re not embarrassed to come too and the kids from Washington and all over the state will flock to and restore our heritage that they DO know so very well.  There’s more than corn in Indiana (and why the unnamed late governor didn’t put a basketball on the state quarter even though it won the most votes befuddles me).

    If history repeats, let’s repeat 76.

  • Anonymous

    how can you deface their apparel if you don’t know where to get it?

  • MillaRed

    How crazy would it be if GH said playing with Gunner sealed the deal?

  • MillaRed

    How crazy would it be if GH said playing with Gunner sealed the deal?

  • unclekerfuffle

    Cutter;

    I totally agree with your assessment of UNLV in ’87.  That should have been the NC game.

    On Sunday evening after the Saturday game, we sat across the dinner table from the only polite, semi-informed UNLV fans we met in New Orleans. 

    As I said they were very nice but they simple did not understand how RMK beat them.  They just kept saying that we caught them on an off game.  The fact that IU basically did not guard Mark Wade and played them 5 on 4 never registered with them–we just smiled and bought them a beer.

    When it comes to winning a National Championship, I believe that a team has to have a good game and a lucky game.  In ’87 the UNLV game was our good one and the Syracuse game was our lucky one.

  • Eyes_of_silver

    And the best thing about it?  We could give him a scholarship from football and keep the one from basketball.
    Wicked!
    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa – he laughs evilly!

  • Anonymous

    What about the part where the announcer kept indicating that Hanner Perea (when he meant PJ) was going to make his announcement?