The Indiana football team got a verbal commitment from 4-star quarterback Donaven McCulley on Thursday.
This is starting to become a real thing in Indiana. The Hoosiers continue to knock down doors in recruiting and it happened again on Thursday when they got a verbal commitment from 4-star quarterback from Lawrence North High School in Indiana, Donaven McCulley.
McCulley picked the Hoosiers over fellow Big Ten teams in Iowa, Michigan State, and Purdue. He also had offers from Missouri, Kentucky, and Ole Miss among others. But the Hoosiers won out as he announced on his Twitter account that he had chosen the Hoosiers.
Tom Allen has been killing it on the recruiting trail and this is another example of reeling in some great talent that the Hoosiers haven’t seen in a long time.
Michael Penix Jr. has the Hoosier faithful excited about the quarterback position and the addition of McCulley to the 2021 class will only fuel the excitement. McCulley will have to compete but looks like he could be the quarterback of the future for the Hoosiers when Penix leaves.
McCulley is the third-ranked 2021 player in the state of Indiana according to 247sports and the 11th ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country.
National recruiting analyst Allen Trieu had this to say about McCulley:
Tall, bigger-framed prospect. Very good athlete who can run and make plays with his feet. Throws well on the move and shows the ability to throw from every angle and does not have to be set to generate velocity. Above-average arm strength and can throw with touch. Has to keep working on getting set and getting rid of the ball quickly consistently. Although he was forced to scramble more based on protection. Could potentially play another position but has good upside as a quarterback. If the talent gets polished, he can start at a high-major level and have a chance to play beyond college.
The Hoosiers are getting a good one and keeping an Indiana prospect in state is a huge win for Coach Allen. Allen has shown the ability to recruit inside the state of Indiana and also pull in players from other states also.
This pickup is another sign of how Allen has changed the culture at IU and is trying to get them over the hump in the tough Big Ten. They still are a step behind some of the top names in the conference, but they are starting to close the gap.
Hoosier fans hope the momentum being built on the recruiting trail will translate to the football field. We are less than 100 days away from the start of the 2020 season and the Hoosiers are getting some notice from experts around the country.