Recruiting Bumps Hoosiers Up Critics’ Lists, But Not Sportsbooks’ Futures

Posted on August 6, 2021

At least one outlet thinks the Hoosiers are killing it on the recruiting trail right now. However, Indiana football recruiting success doesn’t mean the team’s futures odds at Indiana sportsbooks reflect that lofty opinion.

Sports Illustrated now has the Hoosiers inside its top-25 recruiting class rankings. However, that’s the 2022 class, so current odds on Indiana to win its division, the Big 10 Championship game, etc., aren’t moving.

Rave reviews for Indiana football recruiting

Earlier this week, SI’s Tom Brew wrote about how recent additions to the 2022 class catapulted Indiana into the publication’s top-25 ranking. It’s the first time in the ranking’s history that Indiana has appeared on the list.

Moving the Hoosiers up to No. 22 are commitments from:

  • Omar Cooper – Lawrence North – wide receiver
  • Dasan McCullough – Bloomington South – athlete
  • Trevell Mullen – Coconut Creek FL – cornerback
  • Gi’Bran Payne – La Salle Cincinnati – running back

Indiana will maintain its spot on the list for at least the next few weeks. SI updates the list on the first Monday of every month. SI All-American’s Director of Football Recruiting, John Garcia Jr., explained the decision to put the Hoosiers on the shortlist.

“Indiana had a huge month of July. We know the Hoosiers have been putting in major work in the state of Florida, and they have a well-rounded class. We love Trevell Mullen, who’s probably the highest rated Hoosier commitment that we would value, at a premium position as well.”

Because these players might make their debuts in the 2022-23 season, IN sports betting apps aren’t moving off their current lines for this year.

The Hoosiers remain a moderate contender for notable success in 2021.

Where Hoosiers futures sit at IN sportsbooks

For those betting on the Hoosiers, most Indiana sports betting apps have the team among the second-tier contenders for conference success this year.


Lines on regular-season win total markets range between 7.5 and eight victories.

Several books have odds on Indiana’s conference opener at Iowa on Sept. 4. Most of them have the Hoosiers as 4.5-point or 5-point underdogs to the Hawkeyes right now.


Another market of interest for Hoosiers fans is Heisman Trophy futures. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. sits between +5000 and +8000, depending on the operator.

If this recruiting class proves as talented as SI believes it will be, Penix might have a talented cast around him to chase the 2023 Heisman, should he still be in Bloomington.

For this season, though, the Hoosiers and Penix remain among contenders but not favorites for sportsbooks.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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