The Indiana staff has landed a talented group of D-line commits for the 2017 recruiting class, but they are still hoping to add a couple more. One of their top targets, Ellison Hubbard from Loganville (GA) Grayson H.S., was at IU on Friday for a visit and the Hoosiers made a big impression on him. Peegs.com spoke with Hubbard about the trip to Bloomington and about where things stand with his recruiting at this time.
Going into the visit the three-star prospect said he was not sure how he would feel about Indiana, but after being there he realized Indiana might be the place for him.
"The visit to Indiana was amazing," Hubbard said. "I didn't know if I was going to like it or dislike it, but after being there I could see Bloomington being my new home for sure. The campus and facilities were absolutely amazing. Indiana is very strong with me. They made a great impression. It is fair to say they are my top school."
Hubbard was able to spend time with the coaching staff during his visit, and he appreciated the personal attention they gave him and his family while they were in town.
"I loved hanging with the coaches," he said. "Coach (Mark) Hagen and Coach (Tom) Allen showed us a great time and it was great talking to them. (Senior Director of Football Recruiting) Coach (Carter) Whitson did a great job showing my family and I around. The coaches felt like family to me."
The Indiana staff told Hubbard they see him as a player that could line up in a few different spots along their defensive line.
"They see me as a impact player for the D-line," he said about the message from IU. "Coach Hagen sees me playing both end and tackle in their four-man front. He wants me to be a part of their defensive line."
The Georgia native was also able to get a feel for the academic support Indiana provides their student-athletes and he was impressed with the plan they have in place.
"I got to see the academic atmosphere," Hubbard said. "I met one of their academic leaders and she told my family and I everything we wanted to hear about academics. I feel absolutely comfortable with their academics and what they have planned for the players."
Hubbard did not give a specific date for when he plans on making his decision, but he did indicate that he does not plan on taking much longer before making a commitment.
"Real soon," he said when asked about his timetable for deciding.