IU wrestling added two 2021 recruits on National Signing Day Wednesday. Jake Evans and Henry Porter, IU’s new signees, are ranked No. 42 and 81 in the country respectively.
“Going into this recruiting season we knew our recruiting class would be small compared to the previous two years,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said. “My staff focused on blue chip recruits who can have an immediate impact in our lineup, and as always, we look to recruit young men with high character.”
Evans, a native of Elyria, Ohio, has a 125-22 record in high school and has qualified for the state finals three times, placing once. He has also placed twice in the Ironman tournament in Ohio, finishing second last year in the 182-pound weight class.
Escobedo, who has put together top 25 recruiting classes in his first two years at IU, said Evans’ recruitment was a huge priority for his staff.
“Jake has goals to be a world and Olympic champion, and my staff and I are excited to help him achieve those goals,” Escobedo said.
Porter is a three-time California state finalist and has placed second once and third twice. He is also a two-time National High School Coaches Association All-American and has a 135-15 record in high school.
“Henry Porter has had an amazing high school wrestling career so far in one of the toughest wrestling states in the country,” Escobedo said.
Escobedo noted that Porter is coached by UFC champion and Olympian Daniel Comier, and that his school, Gilroy High School in Gilroy, California, has a rich wrestling tradition.
After laying a strong foundation in the class of 2021 with Evans and Porter, the Hoosiers could potentially add even more talent before the Aug. 1, 2021, deadline for signing.