BLOOMINGTON – Indiana's football recruiting roll continues.
Taj Williams, a four-star prospect rated the nation's No. 25 receiver by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service, has signed with the Hoosiers for the Class of 2013.
That gives IU 23 players in a class rated fourth in the Big Ten and 38th nationally. It is, by far, the best class signed by coach Kevin Wilson, who is preparing for his third season.
The 6-4, 175-pound Williams had 56 catches for 786 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. He also had four interceptions as a defensive back.
Plus, in keeping with this class's emphasis on speed, he won a state track title last year as a member of Lincoln's 400-meter relay team.
Assistant coaches Kevin Johns and Seth Littrell were at the recruiting forefront with Williams.
“We were very opportunistic there,” Wilson told IU radio announcer Don Fischer via IUHoosiers.com. “I believe he was a silent commit to an SEC school. They changed their minds and he was left out a little bit.
“We took a couple of visits. He came up and saw (spring) practice. Our players did a great job recruiting him. Coach Johns and Coach Littrell did a great job of recruiting him. He's an all-state kid, an upper-level kid. He's a tremendous DB for a tall guy. He's a good kid. He's got the skill set. He'll be a great addition and another quality kid for the program.”
IU now has five four-star players in the class, the third most in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Michigan. The other four-star players are defensive back Antonio Allen, defensive end David Kenney, defensive tackle Darius Latham and athlete Rashard Fant.
The conference schools with higher rated classes are No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan and No. 17 Nebraska.
“When it comes to recruiting, it's perception vs. reality,” Wilson said. “Sometims I think we're perceived not as good as we are.
“We're still a little short on victories, but there's a vibe there that our kids have. To be rated by various national services as No. 4-5-6 in the Big Ten and still building is a great sign. The belief is we're going to win.”
Overall the Hoosiers signed 13 defensive players, six offensive players and four players designated as “athletes.” They have six defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs. The offense features three receivers, two tight ends and one running back.
Players come from eight states: six from Florida, five from Indiana, four from Georgia, four from Ohio, and one each from Nebraska, Illinois, Louisiana and New York.