With a contract extension in tow that will allow him to coach 2017 recruits through their entire Indiana careers, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson continued to be active on the recruiting trail for that class.
The latest development came with the commitment of Avon (Ind.) outside linebacker Bryant Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald became the third member of the Hoosiers' 2017 class, joining Florida offensive lineman Tyler Knight and Arkansas receiver Joshua Johnson (pictured with Fitzgerald in the previous tweet).
The Hoosiers were the first to offer Fitzgerald, who received that offer on July 28. Fitzgerald told AllHoosiers.com that played a big role in his commitment to the program.
"They were the one who took the chance and stuck their neck out for me first," Fitzgerald said, "and that meant a lot to me."
Wilson agreed to a new, six-year contract from Indiana on Jan. 11. Knowing that Wilson will be his coach through his entire IU career made the decision simpler.
"That contract extension made my decision even more easier," Fitzgerald said. "Knowing that the head guy recruiting will be there for your collegiate years is really a great feeling."
Fitgerald also had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa, Maryland and Miami (Ohio). However, the verbal commit from Fitzgerald appears to be a firm one.
He said he plans to visit for the Indiana's men's basketball home games against Purdue on Feb. 20 and Maryland on March 5 or 6. However, he won't be making any visits to other schools.
"I'm pretty set," Fitzgerald said. "Unless something drastic happens, I don't see myself making anymore visits."