The Indiana staff is still looking for a running back for the 2017 recruiting class and one prospect that has emerged as a strong possibility for them is Trace Christian. Peegs.com spoke to the 6-foot-1, 205 pound standout from Lake Brantley H.S. in Altamonte Springs, Florida about the visit and about how strong the Hoosiers are with him after getting a better feel for the school and the program.
The talented prospect said that as soon as he arrived in Bloomington he was impressed with everything that Indiana has to offer.
"From the second I pulled up to the stadium I was impressed," Christian said. "I got a chance to check out all the facilities and they were top-notch. The coaches shared the plans of the expansion in the South End Zone in 2018 and that sounded great. The campus was impressive as well. It is very pretty and I liked the architecture of all the buildings."
Christian said that IU running backs coach Deland McCullough made a strong first impression on him back in the spring, and this visit only reinforced how highly he thinks of the Indiana assistant coach.
"When I met Coach McCullough in the spring I knew he was a great guy," Christian said. "I saw more of that when I was on my visit. He had a printed schedule of our day and that impressed me."
Coach McCullough showed the athletic running back how they would use him in their offense and he liked what he heard about their vision for the running back position.
"When going over film (with Coach McCullough) I saw how my running style would work in the Indiana offense," Christian said. "The amount of backs that Coach McCullough has sent to the NFL is very appealing. It makes it seem like a reality to make it to the NFL."
Christian was also able to spend some time with some of the current Hoosier players to get a feel from them about what it is like to be a student-athlete at Indiana.
"I got to eat with current running backs and a receiver from my area, Nick Westbrook," he said. "It was good to connect with some of the guys and see how they liked the university."
The Florida native currently has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Missouri, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida and Florida A&M. He said that he has a couple more visits to take before he announces his top five schools.
"I still haven't narrowed my list but I am in the process of doing that," Christian said. "I am taking a couple last visits and then I should be dropping a top five."
Although he has yet to publicly announce his top five Christian did admit that he already knows one school that will make the cut.
"Oh yeah, they're in my top five," he said when asked if IU has a good chance of being one of his top five schools.