For the second time Monday, Indiana picked up a future Hoosier from the Pinellas County area.
Three-star Hudson (Fla.) offensive tackle Grayson Stover has committed to the Hoosiers. He was previously verbally comitted to South Florida.
On Wednesday night, Stover told AllHoosiers.com the feeling he got from Indiana was the deciding factor.
"It was just a good atmosphere to be in with the people from the school and the athletes and knowing they're in there to work and change a program," he said.
Stover is the second commit Indiana received from the area, as they also received a commitment from 2016 Largo safety Brandon Drayton.
With Stover's commitment, Indiana's 2016 recruiting class now stands at 16.
Bender is very familiar with Stover's play in the trenches, and provides insight below:
"Stover is an agile, aggressive hog in the trenches that flashes good knee bend and leverage. In addition to his intriguing size at offensive tackle, Stover has nimble feet and does a good job of sliding in pass protection. Stover is a nasty, hard-nosed offensive lineman who gives it his all until the play is whistled dead. Stover has to work on his body and trim some weight moving forward, but certainly fits the mold of a Big Ten offensive lineman."
Stover made his verbal commitment to IU official on Twitter Monday night.
Stover was primarily recruited Indiana offensive line coach Greg Frey, who saw the same qualities in him that Bender did. Frey tutored two of Indiana's offensive linemen into All-Americans this past season, with Jason Spriggs and Dan Feeney both earning those honors.
That aspect of player development stood out to Stover, who complimented Frey for the way he recruited him.
"Yeah he did good," Stover said. "I like Frey a lot and I can see what he's doing with the line having 2 all Americans it says something."
Stover said Frey and the rest of the Indiana coaching staff see him playing tackle at the next level. He said he was relieved to make what he felt was the right choice after the initial decision to commit to South Florida didn't feel right.
"(It) just feels like a huge relief," Stover said, "and feels even better every second."