Already with an eye toward the 2017 recruiting class, Indiana University added some local flavor Saturday, with the commitment of Avon High School standout Bryant Fitzgerald.
He gave the Hoosiers his pledge on a campus visit Saturday.
“This has been my childhood dream to go here, and I’m excited to be here,” Fitzgerald told IndyStar. “This is my home.”
A two-way player for the Orioles, Fitzgerald rushed for 587 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. He amassed 1,260 all-purpose yards as Avon won its first regional title since 2005.
Listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Indiana’s staff sees Fitzgerald playing a hybrid defensive position in college. He’s considered a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, which ranks him the No. 59 athlete in his class and the No. 8 player in Indiana in 2017. Fitzgerald chose Indiana over an offer from Miami (Ohio), and interest from several Power Five schools, including Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota.
Fitzgerald also cited the strength of Indiana’s Kelley School of Business as part of the Hoosiers’ appeal.
“The program is on a rise, and I don’t want to miss out,” he said. “They’re looking for the spot I play on defense, and I’m the perfect fit for it.”
Fitzgerald is the third reported commitment in the Hoosiers’ 2017 class, joining Arkansas wide receiver Joshua Johnson and Florida offensive lineman Tyler Knight.
IU coach Kevin Wilson and his staff are also working hard on closing out their 2016 class, with several priority targets on campus this weekend.
Another IU commit
The Hoosiers also got a commitment Sunday from receiver/defensive back Jonah Morris from Archbishop Hogan of Akron, Ohio. He tweeted his announcement:https://twitter.com/Jumpmane22/status/691311652436852736
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