Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I always figured the problem was there weren't many decent football players in Indiana. Have they missed out on in state talent recently?
Actually the talent has grown pretty rapidly in recent years. Due to Pick any or all of the following; The Colts being good, The Pacers being criminals, the Pacers replacing criminals with bad basketball players, IU Basketball falling from it's previous lofty perch, the Colts being good, the end of One Class high school basketball tournament) Indiana is probably at least as much of a football state as a basketball state now.
The problem in previous years was that Purdue was the in-state school of choice and schools like Notre Dame, THE Ohio State University, Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin all got whatever was left before IU.
Now however, Purdue only had three in-state players from its most recent two classes, and more and more people have been giving IU a chance in recruiting.
The absolute top guys still are unlikely to come to IU, but there's about 20 kids per class who can all play in the Big 10 who are looking at IU now that weren't before. If IU can get a majority of those, they'll have enough talent to compete in the Big 10+2.