BLOOMINGTON — Indiana was “looking for an athletic big man,” according to Mike Kirschner. In LeShaun Minor, a three-star defensive tackle from Kirschner’s Ben Davis program, that’s what they got.
“What IU’s getting is a very big, very strong, very athletic big man,” Kirschner said. “They’re hard to find.”
Minor committed to IU on Monday night, picking the Hoosiers over a handful of Midwest schools, including Minnesota, Iowa State and Illinois.
The 6-3 defensive tackle announced his commitment on Twitter.
“After sitting down with my family,” he wrote, “I’ve decided to commit and further my education at Indiana University.”
The No. 50 defensive tackle in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, Minor swells IU’s recruiting haul in the rising senior class to six. He’s the third area player to commit to the Hoosiers in that group, following Avon athlete Bryant Fitzgerald and Carmel lineman Britt Beery.
Kirschner said IU always enjoyed strong ties with Minor, whose brother attends Indiana.
“For him, it had to do with proximity to home,” Kirschner said. “I think it’s just a good fit for him, where he’s at and where he lives.”
The Hoosiers’ two new defensive coaches — defensive coordinator Tom Allen and defensive line coach Mark Hagen — both played integral roles in Minor’s recruitment.
A former Ben Davis coach himself, Allen “kind of knows our kids a little bit better than some,” according to Kirschner. And Hagen, who played at Carmel and IU before he began coaching, has enjoyed considerable in-state recruiting success at both Indiana and Purdue.
In Minor, Kirschner said the Hoosiers will add a low-maintenance player who already has 290 pounds on his 6-3 frame, but can still run a 4.85-second electronically timed 40-yard dash.
“He loves playing. His demeanor, he’s very focused on the field but very laid back off the field,” he said. “Literally causes no problems for us.”
HOOSIERS NAB FLORIDA END AS WELL
While Indiana mined its own backyard for a commitment Monday, it enjoyed a lucrative weekend outside the Midwest as well.
Tramar Reece, a 6-3 defensive end from Clearwater (Fla.), committed to IU on Sunday, following a weekend trip to Bloomington. Reece picked IU over Duke, Iowa State, Louisville and Bowling Green, among others.
The 247Sports Composite rates him a three-star prospect, and the No. 75 weakside defensive end in his class.
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