Coaching changes can have a trickle down impact on recruiting, but it appears Indiana has avoided that in connection with its firing of offensive line coach Darren Hiller.
IU only has ten commits so far as part of what is expected to be a relatively small 2023 class, but three of them are offensive linemen.
When Tom Allen decided to make the change, no doubt an urgent step before the news broke was to get in touch with those three commits and convince them to stay on board.
Whatever was said, it appears to have worked.
Alcoa, Tenn. based Bubba Jeffries, St. Charles, Ill.’s Austin Barrett, and Hollywood, Fla.’s William Larkins all said in social media posts on Sunday soon after IU made the announcement they remain committed to Indiana.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity coach Hiller and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me!” Jeffries wrote. “I’m still committed to Indiana 100% The 23 class is coming up there to change the mind set of the OL we’re gonna be some killers!”
Jeffries is a 3-star prospect and the No. 57 offensive tackle in the class according to the 247Sports Composite.
“Still 100% committed. No question,” Barrett wrote.
Barrett is a 3-star and the No. 77 offensive tackle.
“Can’t wait to get up there and get things going!” Larkins wrote. “IM LOCKED IN.”
Larkins is a 3-star and the No. 80 interior offensive lineman.
All three also showed respect for Hiller in Twitter posts.
Thank you for everything Coach Hiller. pic.twitter.com/xkxDmrjX1s
— Austin Barrett (@austinbarrett04) October 9, 2022
Thank you Coach Hiller for everything you did for me 💯👏🏾🥲 pic.twitter.com/qjUJsJiKjs
— William “71” Larkins (@W_larkins55) October 9, 2022
Thank you for giving me the opportunity coach Hiller and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me!!
I’m still committed to Indiana 100% The 23 class is coming up there to change the mind set of the OL we’re gonna be some killers!! @IndianaFootball #iufb pic.twitter.com/KogNw9joSt
— Bubba Jeffries (@TylerJeffries53) October 9, 2022
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