ok, so poaching anyone won't be easy, we have our own coaching instability situation and so forth, but let's ignore that for a second and take a look at whether any of IU's commits is worth taking a snake oil a shot at. [also, insert comments about how we shouldn't need to poach from IU here. i know. but occassionally they produce good players]. i don't know the answer regarding any of the below, so i'm requesting input. here are a few selections:
All ratings are from Rivals
|Zack Shaw||LB||Coshocton, OH||****||Rivals said we didn't offer him, but he committed in April, so there's a chance we would have had he not committed early. He's Rivals' No. 13 ILB.|
|Ramon Taylor||ATH||Highland Park, MI||****||An athlete in our backyard. He projects as a CB. We didn't offer, so given his location, my guess is we intentionally took a pass. Worth another look?|
|Bernard Taylor||DT||Macomb, MI||***||Another guy in our backyard who we didn't offer. And his offer list isn't terribly impressive - MAC schools and IU. However, if you looked at TomVH's defensive recruits left on the board post, you'd notice that there weren't many DTs, a position of tremendous need. If NLOI day pulls near and we haven't made progress with the higher rated DTs on the board, we may just need to make offers.|
|Cody Latimer||WR||Dayton, OH||***||A 3 star receiver, but on the higher end of the three stars. After striking out on Watkins (please reconsider, Sammy) and still in need of one more outside WR, Latimer's name could surface. He's 6'3", 210. He does not have an impressive offer list, however.|
|Forissee Hardin||S||Louisville, KY||***||A taller safety at 6'1", Hardin had an offer from Kentucky, but has a brother at IU. You may have noticed the need for more bodies in the secondary.|
|Ralston Evans||OG||Indy, IN||***||Evans also doesn't have a great offer sheet, but he's got one from Duke. Not a shining beacon of football, I know, but David Cutcliffe has an eye for talent. We need more OLs in this class and after Christian Bryant, there aren't many OGs on the board. Rivals rates him the No. 31 OG in the country.|
as i stated above, i'm not suggesting that we recruit any of these guys, i'm simply highlighting some of the top rated talent in IU's class that could address some of our positions of need and asking whether any of them would potentially be a good fit in our class. comment away...
 one commenter asked that i examine miami's recruits too. while i think we stand less of a shot convincing any of them to join our class, they're obviously higher rated. so, below, another chart?
|Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Miami Northwester||****||Rivals top-rated dual threat quaterback after Braxton Miller. Obviously we'd take him, but we never offered, probably because we knew we had no shot. He never appeared interested in leaving the Southeast, and if he de-commits, my guess is that it would be to LSU.|
|Anthony Chikillo||DE||Tampa, FL||****||A weakside DE, Chikillo had offers from the entire country, including us. He appears to be more highly rated by coaches than Rivals, who lists him as the No. 6 weakside DE and No. 205 overall. Another guy we'd take, obviously, but also another guy that appears to have no interest in coming north.|
|Marcus Jackson||OG||Vero Beach, FL||***||Rivals No. 13 rated OG, but he has a nice offer list, although we're not on it. He was also offered by UF, FSU, USC (ntUSC) and Michigan State. He's 315, but only 6'2", so he might have a bit of a weight problem. But given our need at the position, he'd be worth taking a look at.|
|Albert Louis-Jean||CB||Brockton, MA||****||I don't even know if any of our coaches cover Mass. as it is so rare to find good prospects there. But Louis-Jean is a pretty highly regarded prospect. He had offers from PSU and Stanford [insert Harbaugh joke here] and is rated by Rivals as the No. 12 CB prospect. He's 6'1" so he passes the 5'11" CB test.|
|Nick Menocal||LB||Miami Jesuit||***||A mid-range 3 star, Menocal had offers from Iowa, N'Western, UVA and Stanford [no more Harbaugh jokes, please]. He's listed as an OLB, though he already weighs 235. Might be a bit of a tweener. But given the fact that he looked around at schools far from his home, maybe he could be snake oiled.|