Nathan Sudfeld, a 6-5, 215-pound Pro-Style Quarterback from Modesto, CA, is the 24th commitment to Indiana University’s 2012 football recruiting class. Sudfeld, ranked as a three-star recruit by national evaluation services, backed off an earlier pledge to Arizona and considered UCLA before casting his lot with the Hoosiers.
Sudfeld’s additon gives IU coach Kevin Wilson depth at the QB position after both Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker, part-time starters in 2011, left the program.
Sudfeld is described by ESPN’s recuiting analysts in glowing terms. “This guy may be one of the best pure passers this class has to offer. Sudfeld possesses prototypical measurables, close to elite arm strength, a smooth and quick release and more than adequate athleticism for the position. Is an imposing player and certainly looks the part. He shows impressive overall touch, timing and accuracy. He gets good RPMs on the deep-out route and is able to fit the ball into some tight spots. . Keeps the ball high while dropping and shows a compact, quick delivery. Mechanics are consistent, and he is a very confident passer — stands tall, steps into his throws and is very balanced. Sees the field well and can get the ball out quickly under duress. Possesses a powerful downfield arm and demonstrates an array of different throws.”
With the Hoosiers, Sudfeld will compete for playtime time with returning starter Tre Roberson and junior-college transfer Cameron Coffman.
IU did suffer a loss in recruiting when Defensive End Mike Cotton, a highly-regarded prospect from Illinois, decommitted and pledged to Northern Illinois.