This past Saturday, Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers added a third member to their 2013 recruiting class: Patrick Dougherty. After receiving offers from Ohio, Boston College, Cincinnati and others, Dougherty decided he would be taking his talents to Bloomington. The two-star recruit joins three-star commits Isaac Griffith (WR) and Evan Jansen (TE) to round out the current 2013 recruiting class. Although Coach Kevin Wilson could currently scoop up his entire recruiting class in a Volkswagen Beetle and drive them into Bloomington, the commitment is noteworthy, considering Dougherty fielded interest from a host of teams including some Big Ten rivals.
Dougherty becomes the first defensive commitment in the 2013 class and is expected to line up at either the defensive end or defensive tackle position. He had a very impressive junior season at Aurora High School in Ohio in 2012. The 6’5” 250 pound defensive end compiled 78 tackles, 14 of them for a loss, and 5 sacks. Aurora enjoyed a very successful 12-2 season with an Ohio Division II State Semifinal berth. Dougherty’s size is complemented by impressive length and athleticism that makes him a terror for opposing offensive lineman.
Dougherty isn’t exactly a blue-chipper, but hey, when you’re rebuilding, the more the merrier. We’ll keep you updated as the recruiting process rolls on and Coach Wilson tries to snatch up the best available high school stars. Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter for additional information.