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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 29, 2019 6:30 pm

Indiana lands Michigan wide receiver, highest-ranked recruit since 2002

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana made a big splash on the football recruiting scene Monday, securing a commitment from 2020 four-star wide receiver Rashawn Williams. Williams is the No. 39 player in the nation, per Rivals.com, making him the highest-rated recruit the Hoosiers have landed in the history of Rivals' rankings, which began in 2002.

Williams, a 6-foot, 178-pounder from Detroit, chose the Hoosiers over Purdue, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Syracuse and others. He is the No. 2 player in Michigan and the No. 6 wide receiver in his class. He also seems intent on bringing other recruits with him. Among those he could sway is high school teammate Peny Boone, a four-star running back, who is also considering Indiana and Purdue, among others.

"It's kind of like a fresh start, somewhere where I can go and put a lot of people that I know on the roster," Williams said of Indiana at Sunday's Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Cincinnati. "Get everybody and have a good Detroit-based talent team."

"The communication with them (is why I had them as one of my finalists). I trust the program, I trust the staff. It's like, one day they all text me, the whole coaching staff texts me. It's crazy."

Williams is Indiana's third recruit in the 2020 class – one of the others is Bishop Dwenger lineman Luke Wiginton – and the second four-star recruit the Hoosiers have landed in the 2019-20 classes, joining Avon running back Sampson James. Utah transfer quarterback Jack Tuttle was also a four-star.

"From a football standpoint, they are just getting a real physical, aggressive football player," Williams' high school coach Tyrone Spencer told 24/7sports. "He has really good ball skills, catches the ball in traffic and can adjust to it well. He has a lot more development ahead of him. Once he develops with his work ethic, he has unlimited potential there."

Williams' commitment is a testament to the excitement that coach Tom Allen has generated around Indiana's football program and the recruiting prowess of Allen's staff, including Mike Hart, the area recruiter that took the lead on Williams and James. Indiana seems to be building something lasting with this group.

– Journal Gazette