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Posted On: 05/30/18 9:10 PM
The class of 2018 is finishing up here with really only a few names left out in the open but with the vast majority of the class already committed, we decided to take a look back at each level and those committed to see how the class has shaken out.
Breakdown: Right now, there are 13 players heading to play DII ball at the next level. The state of Indiana only holds 4 DII teams if we include Oakland City who is an NCCAA program. Only Chance Coyle (USI), Glen Rouch (USI), Bryant Nalley (Oakland City), Anthony Barnard (Purdue NW), and Jaylin Chinn (Indy) will stay in state.
However, there are a ton of really strong programs at the DII level in the Midwest. Bellarmine is a powerhouse that recruits the state pretty heavily. They picked up Dylan Penn this class. Davenport has always been around and they got Chaz Birchfield. Findlay dipped into Indiana and got Trent Miller.
Also, this is a pretty typical size for DII talent in the state. Actually, it might be a little high. With Purdue Northwest becoming a DII, as did Davenport just recently, there will likely be a few new names to watch for at this level. Only Michael Roberson went way outside of the Midwest as he did with Johnson C. Smith University. Usually Florida DII programs have a strong influence here but they weren’t a factor in this class.
Overall, I think Dylan Penn can be a game changer at the next level, Anthony Barnard could be the best recruit Purdue Northwest has gotten in a while, and Chance Coyle could be an All-American type for Southern Indiana. It has a lot of high-end guys that drew interest from DI programs but I think that goes to show just how close DII and LM programs are in terms of talent level. Could be a class that ended up producing some really good talent.