Indiana University has never been known to compete with other Big Ten foes when it comes to their football program, but Tom Allen is hoping to change that narrative. Entering his third full season as head coach at his alma mater, his ability to attract recruits and build excitement around the program has not gone unnoticed in Bloomington.
Recruiting inside the state has gone well for the Hoosiers. In the 2019 recruiting class, Allen landed three 4-star recruits from Indiana.
Sampson James from Avon, Beau Robbins from Carmel and Cameron Williams from Merrillville. James is a running back who originally committed to Ohio State; he averaged six yards a carry rushing for nearly 3,500 yards and 41 total touchdowns in his high school career. Robbins works as a defensive end with incredible speed off the edge which makes him an above average pass rusher. Williams is an outside linebacker with excellent change of direction and rare linebacker speed. These recruits rank second, sixth and seventh in all-time Indiana football recruits, per 247sports.
But Allen was just getting started. With the second signing day being on February 6, Indiana added more stars to their defense. Before he was hired at IU as defensive coordinator in 2016, he worked as the same position at South Florida under Willie Taggart. Allen keeps the Florida connection flowing as he often signs elite level defenders from the sunshine state, including two highly rated 3-stars in the 2019 class.
Josh Sanguinetti from Fort Lauderdale and Tiawan Mullen from Pompano Beach. Sanguinetti is the 35th best safety in the nation, offers extreme athleticism and was invited to the Polynesian Bowl. Tiawan Mullen is the younger brother of Trayvon Mullen, who plays defensive back at Clemson and recently won defensive MVP in the 2019 CFP National Championship. Tiawan is also a defensive back and ready to step out of his brothers’ shadows. He was invited to the Army All-American game and his ceiling looks sky high. Sanguinetti ranks 11th and Mullen ranks 18th in all-time Indiana football recruits.
Tom Allen left room on his roster for possible transfers, as he did the previous year. Indiana has already landed one transfer that is ready to make his name known in Bloomington. Jack Tuttle is a pro style transfer quarterback from Utah but has yet to be granted immediate eligibility. He was the eighth ranked pro style quarterback in the class of 2018, which had names like Trevor Lawrence and JT Daniels ahead of him. Tuttle was an elite 11 finalist but still has to fight for the starting job with the returning starter, Peyton Ramsey and the 21st ranked pro style quarterback in class of 2018, Michael Penix Jr.
The 2019 recruiting class shows a bright future for Indiana football. The class ranks them 37th among Rivals and 38th among 247sports and ESPN rankings. This recruiting class also launched assistant head coach/running backs coach, Mike Hart, into Rivals top 25 recruiters in 2019. Tom Allen left his second signing day press conference saying, “Next goal is to be a top-25 recruiting class.”