Stringer becomes IU's ninth commit

Omari Stringer became Indiana's ninth commit Monday night when he announced his decision on Twitter. Read on to learn what Stringer liked about Indiana before making his decision official.

In the end, Omari Stringer said it was Indiana's new 3-4 defensive system that was the deciding factor.

Stringer, a combo DB/LB from Crete (Ill.) Monee High School, announced via Twitter Monday night that he has committed to Indiana.

"It's official I'm committed to Indiana !!!! I'm a Hoosier thank you for all the support. Throughout this process," Stringer said in his tweet.

Stringer becomes the ninth commitment in the Indiana class.

Stringer said his dream has always been to play football in the Big Ten. He said his final choice came down between Indiana and Minnesota. He said he also had Big Ten offers from Wisconsin and Illinois.

"Since Indiana is going to run the 3-4 and that's the defensive system that I am most familiar with, it was just the perfect fit for me,'' Stringer said. "I won't be seeing anything different. And since they're just starting that system this year they probably won't have a lot of depth with it and hopefully I can come in right away and make an impact.''

Stringer first visited IU last season for the Illinois game. Since then he has been in Bloomington a handful of times. He was at IU last week for an unofficial visit and decided it was time to make it official. Monday night, he sent out a tweet at 6:45 p.m. ET while celebrating at a restaurant with his family.

"Ever since the first time I visited IU I just knew it was the right place for me,'' Stringer said. "I've visited a lot of other schools but I've never felt that same way anywhere else. It was a combination of the relationships I've been with the coach staff, the academics and just the social situation. There is nothing about Indiana I don't like.''

Stringer said he hopes to major in Criminal Justice at IU.

Stringer said he is projected to play as a hybrid linebacker/safety in college. He said right now he checks in a 6-4, 208.

"The defensive system is exactly the one I want to play in,'' Stringer said. "Not a lot of schools play it, so that just made my decision that much easier.''

Along with the four Big Ten schools, Stringer said he also had offers from Northern Illinois and Miami of Ohio.

"We're putting together a really solid class at Indiana,'' Stringer said. "I've met all of the commits we have so far and we all text and communicate to each other almost every day. I'm looking forward to being a Hoosier.''

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