BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — With record-setting Nate Sudfeld graduating, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson needed to find a quarterback who could play right away and another he could groom one for the future.
He got both in this year's 21-player recruiting class.
Wilson signed one of the top junior college players, Richard Lagow, in December and got Patrick Ramsey, an incoming freshman from Cincinnati Elder, on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Lagow has a strong arm and can be an evasive runner and will be the front-runner to replace Sudfeld. If Lagow lives up to the hype, the Hoosiers should continue their steady ascent. That should give them enough time to help Ramsey figure out what it takes to become a Big Ten starter.
The Hoosiers also signed Jayme Thompson, a 6-foot-2 junior college safety who started his career at Ohio State, and running back Kiante Enis, a late add who could play multiple positions. Enis rushed for 7,014 yards and 98 TDs in high school and is the nephew of former college star and NFL player Curtis Enis.
Indiana signed four offensive linemen, all of whom weigh at least 270 pounds, and five defensive backs. And the Hoosiers improved their versatility by bringing in three players tabbed as athletes.
Other things to know:
Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left.
Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best.
Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman.
One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford.
How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future.
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