Commitment Capsule: Omari Stringer

Indiana picked up a commitment from Omari Stringer (Crete, Ill.), an athletic kid who played several roles in high school but will transition to outside linebacker in college. We look at his recruitment and how he will fit into the Hoosiers' 3-4.

Omari Stringer profile

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Pos Rank: NR
State Rank: NR
6-4 | 208
Safety / Outside Linebacker
Crete-Monee (Ill.)

His Recruiting Story:
Although he played varsity as a sophomore, Stringer's recruitment did not pick up until after his junior season. Toledo was the first to offer followed by Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. The BCS offers began when Missouri and Minnesota jumped in. Spring brought about even more as Wisconsin, Indiana and others offered. Stringer cut his list to seven and visited Bloomington one more time at the end of June before committing to the Hoosiers several days later.

"Indiana fits my skill set, they are looking for a 3-4 system and relationship wise it's incredible. I am just really comfortable with the coaches, to me I see them as more than coaches, they are mentors. They are more than football coaches, they change people's lives. My parents also love Indiana."

Scouting Report:
Very long frame, especially long arms and can easily grow into the 34 outside linebacker the Hoosiers envision him as. Has played safety in high school, but was in the box a lot and has also played linebacker. Stringer is a nice athlete who can change directions fluidly and covers ground with his long stride. He must get stronger and learn to rush the passer, but has the tools to be able to drop into coverage from that spot. He's a solid tackler, but is not yet a violent striker who will run through his tackles. That should come as he gets bigger and stronger.

Overall: Stringer's potential is there and that is evident by all the schools who offered him after seeing him workout in the spring. Far from a finished product, he will likely need some time before pushing for a starting spot on defense, but he has willingly played a lot of special teams for Crete and can be a really strong special teamer for IU early in his career.

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