The ball started rolling in 2012 as Indiana went 4-8 and was much more competitive as the players bought into Wilson’s vision.
The Hoosiers won two Big Ten games against Illinois and Iowa and lost a close one with No. 8 Ohio State 52-49.
The improvement on the field coincides with what analyst’s rank as Indiana’s best recruiting class in at least 10 years. The Hoosiers were ranked the 43rd best recruiting class of Rivals, which after the past three years of 66nd, 59th and 92nd rankings respectively is an improvement.
“They are competitive people and I’m not surprised they got a great class or did really well in Indiana at least,” Comer said. “And I won’t be surprised when they start winning games either. Kevin Wilson is a competitive guy and he’s not going to put up with stuff.”
Four-star Ben Davis safety Antonio Allen switched his commitment from Mississippi to IU and four-star Pike defensive end David Kenney switched from Iowa to IU.
Dutra talked to those two guys and decided, “I better hop on the train.”
With the higher rated recruiting class comes increased expectations, but that does not bother Dutra. He has enjoyed the attention that Indiana football has received.
“It’s really exciting,” Dutra said. “To get all the hype and to get a lot of people on Twitter talk and from alumni it’s really cool to just have that encouragement. The main part is to not live in the hype… I think it will be a really exciting next four years.”
As easy as of a decision as it was for Dutra to choose IU, the process to fax his letter of intent form on national signing day provided difficult.
He went to send the fax through the athletic director’s office and the fax machine read error. They tried again with the same result.